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Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by LiveOVErdrive, Nov 6, 2017.
get to blendin boii
Yeah it looks blotchy in that picture, so I went back down and gave it another few passes and blended it through. Looks pretty good. Especially after scraping the binding.
I'll post pictures after it dries and I shoot a coat of clear.
Some blending and some clear coat and...
I'm gonna get banned for spam if I keep posting like this
Dude, badass! I haven't paid attention to ALL the posts in here so pardon me, but- Gloss or satin? And what of the back/sides?
I am waiting anxiously to see that pickup mounting system too. It looks great so far, and I especially dig the multi-binding.
Gloss for sure. I haven't yet done a perfect gloss and I'm gonna make it happen, dammit!
The back and sides I will probably very lightly stain to add a little warmth, but I want them to contrast the black binding, so I'll keep them pretty light.
Flowed some epoxy onto the top (did the back and sides already, though they might need another coat). I love this stuff.
Nice job! Do you use Acetone for thinning to spread the epoxy evenly or is that a PU finish that boat builders use?
This is just bar topper finish, so it flows okay on its own. Famowood Glaze Coat
That came out really well. Nice one.
Thanks guys. Unfortunately there's a blemish to the right of the neck pocket that I'm not gonna be able to fix. It's driving me crazy but I'll just have to live with it. While learning to cut down epoxy drips, I pried a chunk of base coat all the way off, leaving that part paler.
Live and learn I guess. Turns out rough sandpaper on a big flat block is much better at taking those bumps off than a chisel. Epoxy is just too damn hard for a chisel to work well on.
Wow looks so wet and blue i could dive right in! super work
So. Epoxy is awesome, but it turns out of you don't perfectly follow the mixing instructions, it becomes a thick, perpetually sticky mess that you can't even sand off because it is too sticky.
Put another way, I think my explorer body is ruined.
Ill revisit that shape some other time, but for now I'm dialing it back and I'm gonna build myself a simple oiled guitar that hopefully plays well, because Ive abandoned pretty much every build since my second due to (largely) finishing problems. So let's do this.
Maple top, basswood back. Just like the explorer. I'm doing the same (though modified) flush mount humbucker rings I planned to do on my explorer, too.
I designed this guitar to be comfortable for me. The bigger the arm carve, the better, I find. And the tummy cut causes more problems than it solves IMO. Holding the body as is feels REALLY good. I'm excited.
I'm just going to do a simple satin oil finish on this. The neck will be bamboo with a purpleheart fretboard. I'll do purpleheart pickup mounts to tie it into the body, and black inlays on the fretboard to tie it into the black hardware.
More Kiesel than Kiesel.
That is some BIG bevel... Do you think you could enhance that "eye" on the bevel?, I think it could become really nice. Not on the drawing an eye over it, but some stain here and there and make it pop a little more above the rest... or then, why not go nuts and make it Sauron's...
I love a good bevel every now and then. Excited to see this one finished
How about some post-finish photos?
Just look at that bevel.
Purpleheart neck and fretboard because I found a chunk of quartersawn purpleheart and I just can't leave a simple build alone.
I just learned how to change material appearances in fusion360. Kind of fun.
I'm so excited about this neck I'm going to have to do a few tests before I mill the real thing.
So I was milling my purpleheart neck and it was going well. I made a few mistakes but I was able to fix them and move on. Then I spaced and forgot to re zero my x axis after shifting the workpiece. So I ended up with a neck carve that's a little off position.
So that's shot. Bummer too. It was gonna look nice. If anyone wants to try to salvage it let me know.
But the fretboard went just fine. Need to slot it yet but oh well.
I know, I know. "how could you put those stupid block inlays on that beautiful piece of purpleheart." the answer is because I like em. And purpleheart fretboard blanks are easy to come by in my town, for some reason.
It's kind of cool. You can see the difference in color between the wood where I've milled it and where I haven't. The non milled stuff is oxidized and hence a much richer purple. In time the milled fretboard will take that color too. And then a deep brown.
I needed a neck still, so I thought I'd try the thing I'd been wanting to try for a while: bamboo laminate:
I'm not sure how well it is going to work. It is pretty bendy. But if the truss rod can keep it straight I think it won't warp or anything, since it is so many tiny laminated pieces. The purpleheart fretboard should help with rigidity tho.
Stiff splinters like crazy though. Gonna need a little thicker finish than I was planning.
Are you using carbide motion to send your g-code to the machine?