Walnut Wolf #6 - extended scale

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  1. gangreen

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    Starting another walnut wolf nearly identical to the last walnut wolf #5. However, this one will have three extra frets added below the "old" nut position. So the scale length will go from 25.5" to ~30.3". Planned 25 frets total but may add a few at the bridge end to cover the spoke nut 24" bass truss rod. Waiting for that to arrive before I can make that decision. Have another piece of quartersawn black walnut from #5's neck board and will use that for this neck. Solid black walnut body. Ebony fretboard. Dimarzio pups. Schaller Megaswitch m. Black Floyd.

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    Recently acquired a used performax 16-32" drum sander. Works nicely to even out a 14" body blank. Starting with 1 5/8" blank.
     
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    Nice looking blank.
    Despite being very different, those boards mate well in the middle. Good work. Good eye.
    How many times did you flip them and realign them before you decided? :D
     
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    Very good question Elias! Darrin how many times did u flip them. I sit normally days, before i can make a decision
     
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    I thought it was just me that fumbled around with them for days, sometimes weeks before deciding ;)
     
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    I don't spend much time at it because half of what you see will be gone when I contour the top. If it were a flat top I would have hemmed and hawed for a while. On the flip side I have never seen a walnut top that wasn't interesting. Grain is always stunning. Biased? Maybe.
     
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    Routed the truss rod channel in the neck blank. Drilled the hole for the spoke nut barrel and routed the recess for the spoke nut.



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    Ready to attach the fretboard to the neck. Fretboard is close to its final dimensions with extra left at the nut end to go under the floyd nut. Rest will get sanded off when I thin the headstock.

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    A few beads of white silicone caulk in the channel keeps the truss rod from rattling. And enough masking tape to keep the glue off the truss rod.

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    Clamp with a caul. Even with this many clamps spaced so closely I have had waves in the fretboad which were visible from the side. Those became firewood. I clamp to the surface of the big bench as it is dead flat.

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    Routed the neck pocket using a 3/4" MDF template on two tapered risers (see swamp ash wolf for pics of that template) to get 1.5° layback. Pocket is 5/8" deep at the bridge end.
     
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    Trimmed and sanded the neck up to the fretboard. Cut headstock on the band saw and approached final shape on the sander. Took 4mm off the back of the neck in prep for the carve. Goal is ~21mm thick when done
     
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    Rough shaping on the neck back.
     
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    3/8" holes drilled for Floyd posts.


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    Using 3/4" MDF template routed the top of the trem cavity as far as my pattern bit would reach with an extra 5mm taken out of the lower (in this pic) end for unhindered divebombing with the big block.


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    Drilled all the way through, flipped it over and routed the cavity from the back with a flush trim bit.


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    Lined up the MDF spring cavity templates and routed leaving 20mm from the cavity "bottom" to the front of the guitar.


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    Routed the pickup recesses 5/8" deep. Leaves 5/16" between the bottom of the PU recess and the spring cavity. Threaded inserts for the PU mounting screws will straddle the spring cavity.
     
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    image-1602567002.jpg Routed cavity cover recesses to 1/4" deep. image-3000003625.jpg Terrace lines. image-123396015.jpg Routed to 1/8" deep by 1/2" steps. image-3125733933.jpg image-3566737992.jpg Sander down to terraces with 60 grit on the angle grinder. image-97749316.jpg Cleaned up those marks with 150 grit on the random orbit.
     
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    Used 1/2" Forster bit to take the cavity front to 5/16". I prefer this over using a bowl bit in the drill press.

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    On the spindle sander thinned down the headstock to 0.55".

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    Finished shaping the neck. Drilled 3/8" holes for tuners and reamed the taper. Found a T-handled reamer at the hardware store with an ideal angle for the tuners.
     
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    Frets beveled, leveled and dressed.

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    Threaded inserts for pickups.
     
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    Channels for all the wires.

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    Spring claw in place after...

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    Using the right angle drill attachment to drill the holes.

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    Spring claw ground wire channel.

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    Holes and recesses for neck screws and ferrules.
     
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    image-1322598876.jpg Locations for the volume pot and switch channel. image-1074575078.jpg 3/8" hole for the pot and 1-16" x 1-1/8" channel for the megaswitch. image-1841071501.jpg Thinned the cavity over the switch channel to 1/8".
     
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    Love your work. That's a great job. Every bit of it.
     
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