A Build for Brainy: Carved Walnut

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  1. nosmo

    nosmo Friend of Leo's

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    I was tinkering with this idea, and thanks to Kwerk, I now have a reason to build it.

    Even though I didn't know him well, Brainy & I had quite a bit in common. A slightly sarcastic sense of humor, a love of good knobs, mediocre finishing skills, and of course the quest for world dominance.

    I miss him. This one's for you Andy.
     
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    You'll have to wait while I mess with Photobucket of $#!&. Apparently, between me buying a new computer and them constantly changing the site, my photos are not the optimum size to post. I have to change them one at a time since I can't figure out how to change them all at once.

    I have to do that before I post any pics because the last time I changed (edited) a pic after I posted it, Photobucket of .... changed the order in the album which changed the link.

    I'll be back
     
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    Awesome! Nosmo is in the house!
     
  4. nosmo

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    I've had this piece of Walnut for over 20 years. It used to be a lot longer. Well, it used to be a tree so...

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    Anyway, the Maple will be a fretboard or two. Just ignore the Cypress. I decided to use Spanish Cedar instead for the back.

    The Walnut block was twisted. Or had a twist in it, so I had to level it out with a router sled set up.

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    This must be a picture of the second side. When I leveled the first side with the router, I had to put little wedges in two corners to get it to sit right.

    The block wasn't just twisted, it was also tapered. I had to square one edge. Got no jointer, so I set up to do it on the table saw.

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    Like this.

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    Then it needs to be split down the middle.

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    After running it through the drum sander, it looks like it might work.

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  5. John Nicholas

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    Wow! That looks amazing!

    Love the grain in that walnut!
     
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    It was from somewhere around a crotch so the grain is pretty crazy.
     
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    Do you think Gender had anything to do with it:rolleyes:
     
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    Oooooohh, crotch-crazy fer sure. Gorgeous book match! I can't wait to get my crotch into my new drum sander!

    Question for Kwerk, the unofficial, non-moderator of this here non-Challenge: are we permitted to nominate ourselves for extra marks consideration by committing a Brainy class innuendo? I am, of course, referring to my totally spontaneous, but nevertheless borderline rude comment above about Nosmo's book match.

    (Sorry for the hijack, Nosmo, you can have your thread back now)
     
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  9. nosmo

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    Hijack all you want. Just have to split the ransom with me.

    One more look at the top with the fancy see-through template/pattern.

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    True up the edge a little

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    and glue that sucker up.

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    That is pretty walnut
     
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    Thanks. It's really light too. I guess if you dry out wood for 20 years, it gets like that.

    By the way - I gave up resizing the pictures. It looks like the new forum software doesn't care. They used to prefer 800 x whatever.
     
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    I think it resizes itself.I resize all mine before I put them on postimage or hunt101 that way they upload faster.
     
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    That wood is a real beauty.
     
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    The back was a little trickier. I decided to use Spanish Cedar instead of the Cypress. The Cypress is 2” thick, which I didn’t need because the top is 3/4”. I bought some Spanish Cedar awhile ago for classical necks. It’s 1” thick. The board I had wasn’t wide enough to have the grain running straight up the body, so I had to fit the pattern at an angle.


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    The tape is the new middle - if you know what I mean.


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    It will look something like this later. Maybe.


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    First, I have to get good glue edges. This is the best way I have.


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    We’ll see how that goes.


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    I used to have some Photobucket of.. program on my other computer that you could use to resize when you uploaded. I guess they don't have that anymore.

    Thanks. It took me this long to realize it was big enough for a guitar body:rolleyes:
     
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    Nice woods Nosmo, love to follow one more build of yours, many things for me to learn here.
     
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    Not done yet?

    I dig your builds they're no nonsense with plenty of nonsense.
    Beautiful wood :oops::oops::rolleyes:
     
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    Be very careful when learning stuff in my threads! Usually think about a process for 2 or 3 days, and then I get so confused I just wing it.

    I majored in nonsense a long time ago. I think I've perfected it over the years.
     
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    While the top & back were curing in the clamps, I started working on some other stuff. I tend to jump around in no particular order.


    I resawed the Flame Maple for a couple fretboards & ran them through the drum sander.


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    As long as I was cutting on the BS, I cut a few strips for binding.


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    My pictures are all out of order in the Photobucket of… album, so it’s hard to remember when I did what. If you want a logical, chronological, step by step account of how to build a guitar, you might want to find another thread.


    OR…….you could wait ’till the end, copy the whole thread, cut it up and reassemble it in the right order. You could even paste in posts from other threads to fill in the stuff I leave out ;)
     
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    Funny! I'm the same way... so I just skip the thinking about it part now!
     
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