JimF First Build! Slow Progress

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  1. JimF

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    Hi All,
    I'm starting a build thread mainly to keep track of my progress and also for hints & tips if anyone stops me going wrong somewhere, and encouragement if I get disheartened!

    As per the title, this is my first build from scratch. Like everyone else I've done a few parts builds, but I've also got experience with woodwork from a little knifemaking sideline I've done until changing jobs recently. For those who are interested, here are some pics:

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    Back to the case in hand!

    I'm building the following:
    6 string Blackmachine type guitar
    Tulip Poplar body
    Maple top (below average figuring)
    Padauk neck with wenge centre strip & white laminates (0.6mm thick), scarf joint into headstock.
    Ebony ferret
    Fixed Hipshot-style bridge
    Locking tuners
    Still undecided on pickups, I have a single Sentient, but I fancy white/zebra pups in this build so am toying with the idea of a set of Irongear pickups. For the price I don't think I can go wrong.

    Colour and finish wise I'll be going for an unfinished neck, oiled body and stained top. Haven't decided whether to go for oiled satin finish on the top or wipe on poly buffed to a high gloss. Colour will be a light brown/dark amber non burst.

    I'm cheating with this build as I have bought a pre-slotted, pre-radiused fretboard, and I'll be using router templates :D

    On to pics!

    Router templates from http://www.templatesandjigs.com/
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    Photos from the eBay listing of the top wood:
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    Pics of the raw materials:

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    Looking forward to getting started in the coming weeks!
     
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  2. Omzig

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    Looking good,i look forward to checking out your progress.

    How much did the templates end up costing you if you don't mind me asking?

    I messaged them a while back about the Suhr Modern set they do and i think it came in at around £80 all shipped,which i thought was a bit much.

    Love the knives btw,i have a box of off cuts ive been thinking of giving my bro for his wood burner,but now i think i found another use for them!
     
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  3. jwade

    jwade Doooooooooom

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    Scrolling down to see pictures before reading the post made it seem like you were going to be making a really fancy Bo Diddly guitar :lol:
     
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  4. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire git gud scrub

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    this just reminds me that I have to finish my knife build lol
    I dig your wood choices for the handles.
     
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    Thanks guys!
    I think including shipping it worked out at £65 or so, but it was more the fact it was a complete set of templates with no issues of lining up individual routing templates eg neck pocket, pickups routes etc and I would be able to use them again.

    The bo diddly death metal special will be ready soon!
     
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    Damn, dude, those knives look awesome!
     
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    Nice!! Can't wait to see it done! Good luck!
     
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    Hurry up! Looking forward to seeing it done! :D
     
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    Looking forward to seeing this take shape, man. You're inspired me to have a crack at knives too. Do you buy blade 'blanks' or something?
     
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    Yes sir, blade blanks and found somewhere willing to work to drawings I made.
     
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    Overdue update, but I'm determined not to rush things. I've also sold my car, bought a new one, resigned, job hunted and then started a new job - so plenty on my mind & to keep me busy!

    Pictures are pretty self explanatory, but that's never stopped me waffling before!

    First pic is the obligatory layout photo, showing the padauk strips, wenge centre, and white mystery veneer strips. Why mystery veneer I hear you say? Because I forgot what I ordered. The laminates were cut on the bandsaw, before being trued up with the Safe-T-Planer, planes, spokeshave and scrapers, each used in differing orders with varying degrees of success.

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    Glue applied liberally, and then clamped up, I applied a secret weapon to stop the veneers curling as they were glued...

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    Staples!

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    It was then brought into the house, and left in the dining room to be forgotten about and subsequently tripped over.

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    A few days later it was time to straighten everything out, make sure it was true and flush.
    N.B. Wenge is brutally hard compared to what I'm used to with my knifemaking history! I thought maple was hard!

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    Artistic shot, including delicious looking curls

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    Off centre, I know, but starting to look more like it should!

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    Sanding belt cut, and then double-side-taped to the bench for sanding on a larger scale

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    Distance shots including messy bench! If your bench/workshop isn't messy, are you even making progress?...

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    Scarf angle measured!

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    Then cut on the bandsaw, then sanded on the bench mounted paper. Then to the belt sander as the guard worked as a handy guide at the correct angle.

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    There's a slight low spot at the nearest edge (hence the curve in the line) but I'm not overly concerned about this at this stage.

    Then I started with the piece I intend to scarf onto the neck blank. This was about 50mm thick, so I ran it through the bandsaw, then due to inexperience/lack of attention/not enough coffee, it ended up slanted/wedge shaped and needed correcting.
    Out came the Safe-T-Planer setup including the trusty old-shelf rest.

    My fence/guard for the setup was the same height as the piece of wood I was working on. So I got the double sided tape, and fixed two offcuts to the base to even it up (after sanding flat & true). Sanded again on the bench mounted paper, and ran it through the planer.

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  12. JimF

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    Action shot - mind your fingers!

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    Back to the bench-sandpaper, to remove any marks

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    And a bit of light sanding later:

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    Then a cheeky mock up - Looks alright I think!

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    Not bad progress for a weekend in my opinion!
     
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    Them are some pretty woods.
     
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    Looks great. Time to glue em up!
     
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    Looking awesome for a “first build”...clean work!
     
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    Thanks guys! Realised I’ve done an 11degree scarf instead of 7 as per the norm for BM style builds. Can’t see it being an issue but want to research a bit just in case before I glue anything up.
     
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    I usually do a 12 degree scarf. Never knew blackmachine used such a narrow angle
     
  18. JimF

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    I could be wrong!
    I’ll stick with what I’ve got it looks about right!
     
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    I thought he used 10°.
     
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    Doesn't matter at all - glue it up. :agreed:
     

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