thecableguy's Former Challenge Build

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  1. thecableguy

    thecableguy Friend of Leo's

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    Hey Franco, I just used a small polyester paint brush to apply the acetone to the binding and the channel. Did a few inches at a time and then taped it up and moved to the next section. Just make sure the brush doesn't melt in the acetone.

    Nice 335! The birch I have is hard as a rock. There must be different varieties of birch out there with different densities.
     
  2. francomanca

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    Hi cable...
    I guess same tree...different story ....my one was a pleasure to work....
    However ....binding....maybe I might use pig hair brush....should not melt away.....
    Just another question....how long does it take to stick well firm...I have to bind the f holes of my telephone project....which is already stained and sealed with vinyl.sealer ready for final costing and assembly.....would like to avoid to make disaster ....just can't start over!
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    I don't know how long it takes to dry since this is the first time I've done it. I'm going to leave it until this evening. Should be good by then.
     
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    Looks like it's dry after a couple hours.

    Warmed up the broken off piece with my heat gun and pressed it into the curve. Dipped it in acetone and taped it down.

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  5. francomanca

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    Aaaaahhhhhh...so you mean you are working on it right now???

    Then...good luck...wood seems nice....i will follow this very closely!

    Keep us updated!

    Ciao

    Franco
     
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    Yeah I'm updating it as I build, and thanks! I'll be finishing up this challenge build and documenting as I go, thanks for checking it out!
     
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    Scraped the binding flush.

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    The acetone method left no residue unlike CA and it melted and filled in all the gaps against the wood.

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    I'm starting to think maybe I should do a more transparent finish instead of the gold like I originally planned. Maybe a dark stain on the back to contrast the binding and a lighter color on the front. What do you guys and gals think?
     
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    Hey, Brian, been out since Thursday, and was surprised to find your "former Challenge thread" here, but going back, understand and agree--you gotta make the call that makes sense to you.

    Regarding the finish, ehhh, I would describe the birch grain as interesting, but not especially pretty. Maybe a fairly heavy transparent gold to just let a little of the grain shine through? On the other hand, what does your wife think of the new chunk of wood, and how it should be finished. :confused:

    Extremely nice binding job, BTW, and nice recovery from the break. I learned the hard way that acetone is the way to go for plastic binding. Had a little jar of melted binding, too, just in case, but used essentially none of it.
     
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    Hey Rick, good to hear from you and thanks for the input! FWIW the grain does look more even in person. I was also thinking about a translucent gold, but how would you do that? Is it possible to mix a transparent gold color in lacquer and then layer it until it's the right opacity? Would you still be able to have the slight sparkle? Maybe I should test the duplicolor on scrap, there's an idea! (thinking out loud)

    The acetone did work extremely well and pretty much free of mess. Definitely the way to go.
     
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    The wood is cool and there's no harm in trying the finish cut with clear-- worst case, you spray a final color coat that isn't mixed. My biggest concern with getting it transparent is that the material used in the gold paint may be big enough that your finish will just look dusty.

    Really nice job on the binding, by the way!
     
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    Thanks for the advice Chris. I'll do some tests on scrap first and see how it looks.

    Thanks, the binding went on really easy with the acetone.
     
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    Set up the neck template I made previously. Shimmed it up at a 2 degree angle.

    There's a body in there somewhere, can you see it? :D

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    Took 5 passes at 1/8" per pass and now I have a neck pocket.

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    Next on the list: neck and bridge mounting holes. I'll have to transfer the holes locations from the neck into the neck pocket.
     
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    This is something I wish had known before.....
    Good info ...CA made a mess I had to sand level and then the sanded spots had to be stained, sealed and sanded flat again....huge waste of time ....
    So....binding + acetone goo just needs scraping....correct? Will not eat the sealer away?
    Regards
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    Explixarive pixs
     

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    Yeah I don't think I'll ever use CA for binding again. Not sure if acetone will eat sealer. I wouldn't be surprised if it did. You'd have to test it and see. The binding should go on before any finish anyway I believe.
     
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    I need to transfer the hole locations from the neck to the pocket. Made some screw in pointy things to accomplish that. Used some brass machine screws.

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    I said bad words when this happened.

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    But then I made it look intentional.

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    Bolted the neck on and aligned the bridge.

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    My P90 covers FINALLY showed up from China so here's a mockup.

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    Small screw up. I routed the neck pocket too shallow. Supposed to be 5/8 deep at the heel end but I made it 5/8 deep at the top end. :rolleyes: Easy to fix, just a time waster.
     
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    Better than being to deep :p Nice save on the screw holes for the neck. I think it looks better that way and can only imagine it will be more comfortable. Looking good Brian! :D
     
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    Good save Brian! Looks great..
     
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