Thinline build.

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    I have not posted much. I decided tonight that I would start a thread about my current build. I am building a replica of a 69 Thinline. To be honest the body is already built so I will just post some pics and tell the story. This build will also include my first neck build and my experience with the Sheltema jig.
     
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    I could not decide what wood to use to build the body. I knew I wanted the top to be a book matched quarter sawn wood. As sometimes happens, the wood found me. My wife was having dinner with a colleague and they started talking about my guitar building obsession. She said that her neighbor built guitars in his shop. It took me 9 months but I finally called him and asked if we could get together. He is a great guy that has a huge shop and builds acoustics only.
     
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    3B58AEE0-F205-47F9-B3FB-F549AFE66989.jpeg I took one of my builds over to show him and he said that he had some big blocks of mahogany that had been buried under his bench for years. He pulled one out and handed it to me. A really nice piece of Honduran mahogany. I ask what he wants for it and he says take it. Then he planes it down for me. Really a nice guy.
     
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    751ACAFA-9124-4D80-B17A-C9C35220E7EE.jpeg 7CC79476-9070-46E7-8C50-AA02AFCC494A.jpeg BE7DC010-89A9-4BBF-96F5-4DD22D959D04.jpeg I had already made the body template from plans. So I dug in and started working on the body.
     
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    You can see a boo boo in the last pic. The darn router bit came loose. Came within an 8th in of blowing through the back side. Yikes.
     
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    Looking forward to seeing this one completed.
     
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    66724028-1C1F-4C1D-9EE9-2E87A7127796.jpeg I went to visit my new guitar maker friend and I showed him a piece of white ash I was thinking about using for the top. He showed me that it would not for well for that and jumped up and started digging through his wood saying he had some quarter saw ash that woul work well. He never found the white ash but he pulled out this 10 foot long piece of highly figured quarter sawn oak. Oak had never been on my radar due to weight and the fact that it was oak. This looked pretty cool. So I offer to buy a chunk and we come up with a price. He cuts it off, runs it over the jointer a few times and runs it through his drum sander. Then he remembers that I had brought him a 6 pack of beer and says were even.
     
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    44BB1680-AA0F-440B-8DA8-1DCFDD06228E.jpeg The oak was about 7/8 inch thick. I cut a piece long enough to make a top and then realized my band saw could not resaw a piece 7 inches wide. My table saw is a POS, but I decided I would rip it 3/8 wide and flip it over and rip the other side. Then I used a hand saw to cut the last chunk out. I planed it down to just over 1/4 inch and glued it up. I had never book matched anything before. It is my opinion that I failed. Maybe I should have asked the forum for advice.:p
     
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    DA64D618-F32F-4816-BD08-A54163320638.jpeg I will switch to my first neck build for a moment. As I stated earlier, I had some white ash that I thought might work. It is not quarter sawn, but I think it will be strong enough?
     
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    That is a pic of the template I built sitting on top of the ash. I think I was about to drill the alignment pin holes. I use a couple old drill bits as pins.
     
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    Nice work
     
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    I haven't heard of making a neck from ash, but if it's strong enough for a baseball bat, it seems like it'd work for a neck!
     
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    love the figured oak. such an underused guitar wood imo.
    you forstnered the ****e out of that thing! (is that a verb?). Can't help but wonder... when you do that are you clamping it down and moving it each time? I ask because when i hog out with forstner, I've noticed that if I try a cut without the center of the bit secured in wood it will want to 'throw' the piece. So it becomes a lot of work to do it as thoroughly as you have here - drill, move, clamp, repeat. I often give up early and just start routing.
     
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    I started out clamping each time but after about 10 times I gave up and held it. As you stated, the key is to get the center point in fresh wood. Sometimes you can’t do it so you hang on tight and fight the bit drift.
     
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    I was not sure about the oak, but it has grown on me.
     
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    thank you for the reply. mine really pulls to the point where I'm afraid I'll break a knuckle or ruin my piece... so I wondered how others were doing it. thanks for answering that! yes, def keep the oak! I've seen some amazing builds that used oak for a top and it's really a breath of fresh air. such a beautiful light color.
     
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    CC3993BD-95A8-4BE8-9CEE-B8813648D01B.jpeg 62D2A520-D884-49E1-BDAB-D4817A0A4D2C.jpeg My process for the neck is to figure out where I want it on board, set the template on it bottom up. Then drill the alignment pin holes and pin it. Then trace the outline with a pencil and take the template off. Bandsaw as close to the line as I dare, then reattach the template and route the remaining chunks off. Avoiding the ends that may tear out. I clean those up with the OSS. If you look at the top pic you can see a clamp on the headstock. That’s what happens when you get greedy with the router and it tears out. Thank goodness it tore out like a fan an I could just glue it back on. Whew. Lesson learned.
     
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    I would also, if possible, orient the body so I could hold it against the main post for the drill press. At least that made me feel safer.
     
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    If you look close in that neck pic you can see the beginnings of the sheltema jig.
     
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    Once done with the routing I started concentrating on building the Sheltema jig. I was to chicken to hand carve the contour. I followed the plans I found on here. I built it out of MDF and left over ash. Construction was easy. I loaded up the neck and set a fence to center my bit and then realized that my bit was to short. Doh! Since I am basically cheap and had just bought this bit I started looking at alternatives. My brain could not figure out if putting a spacer between the jig and neck would mess with the contour, kind of brain dead that day. I kept going back and watching the Sheltema video and realized that his neck blank was way thicker than mine so that answered that question. I went for it. 4371E92A-CAFF-4F5D-BCBE-CA8C3A57B590.jpeg 0A7F79DA-DBA1-448D-BA36-289A86DBBDC8.jpeg
     
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