Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Did you know that adobe clay has great tone and sustain? Of course it doesn't! I'm just pulling your leg. The guitar pictured above looks like it was molded from adobe clay, but it is actually Honduran Mahogany coated in tinted TimberMate grain filler.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
|I like the look and feel of a bound neck. It's so clean and smooth. However, next time, I'll glue on the fretboard and sand the seam flush with the neck BEFORE I install the fret wire.|
|This neck was made with Honduran Mahogany and a Rosewood fretboard bound with white ABS.|
Monday, November 21, 2011
|Today, I bound a Rosewood fretboard with some white binding. After scrapping off the excess, I sanded the bottom true so it will sit nice an flat on the neck. Before I install it, I'll add some mother-of-pearl marker dots and the fret wire.|
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I added a couple of items to the shop this weekend. The first is a big dust hood to collect chips from my drill press and router. The second is a downdraft table, which sucks the dust from whatever I am sanding. Next up is a dust and chip separator. This consists of a 30 gallon trash can with a special lid that will catch 99% of the dust and chips before going through my dust collector. Finally, I have a heavy duty air filter on order from Grizzly. Later this coming Spring and summer, I plan to build a new shop in my basement.
Friday, November 11, 2011
I hate wet sanding, however, it is a necessary evil if you want a glass-smooth finish. For these two guitars, I'm trying a slightly different approach that will hopefully dramatically reduce the time I spend wet sanding.
What I did was spray 7 coats of water-based lacquer. After they dried over night, I dry sanded with 320 grit. Then, I sprayed another 7 coats. This morning, I dry sanded with 400 grit and began spraying what I anticipate will be a total of 5 light coats. The first is very smooth. If I can keep it that way with each coat, I hope to be able to wet sand with only 2,000 grit. We'll see, but I'm optimistic.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
|Up next is a Highline Legato. That's a one piece slab of Honduran Mahogany.|
|The top will be bookmatched flamed Maple.|
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
|My goal is a deep blue color about the same as the word Rit on the box. I mixed a tablespoon of Rit powder into a cup of denatured alcohol. Then, I poured the mix into another container to separate it from the dregs.|
|I used a brush to test the tint on a piece of scrap. When I was happy with the color, I brushed it onto the body.|
|The result will be ready for clear lacquer in a few hours.|