Taylor's Consolidated Projects Thread

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  1. Taylor

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    I don't have anything on hand, but could possibly export a pdf if I can find the time. Can I ask what you want it for?
     
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    Well the truth is I fell in love with that shape and want to build it for personal purpose. I do not sell any of my guitars I built because there are many and many in the market that it is becomed almost impossible . People don't have money to buy custom guitars . This is my opinion an what I saw in my city. I lost my job due to covid 19 and in my free time I love to woodworking and of course build guitars. that's it.
     
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    Well I did some digging and found a pdf of it. This was from when I was still using Inkscape instead of Fusion 360 but it shouldn't be any different. Here's the link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/g3kjlgie6pfrcg2/Muse.pdf?dl=0

    Happy building!
     
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    Thank you Sir. Hope to be able to try building this beauty.:djent:
     
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    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    Haven't posted here in a while, but I started prototyping my V shape. It started out as a five piece padauk/wenge neck-through, but after a mishap with the depth stop on my router and the truss rod channel (I fucked up and didn't lock the depth stop, causing me to route to deep into the neck) I had to salvage it by ripping it down the middle with the table saw and adding another strip of wenge down the middle. African mahogany body wings and a macassar ebony fretboard.


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    Love making shavings with my old handed-down hand plane. It's over 100 years old and still running like a champ!

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    Little bit of separation of the laminates at the end of the blank, but I gave myself plenty of length for leeway.

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    Adding a bit of flair for the scarf joint

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    The bevel cut a bit deep and the output jack recess is lacking a bit of meat now, but there's still a couple of mm there. But this is how she currently looks. Pretty happy with the quality of this build so far. Making less and less mistakes as I gain experience, so at least I'm learning :lol:

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    That already looks amazing.
     
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    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    Think I'll leave the heel like this. I'm sure it'll tessellate the thumb quite nicely. Jokes and cheap shots aside, I thought I'd do a scooped heel. Will have to see how it balances with strap button placement. Planning on quite a thin neck so hopefully not horrible neck dive.


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    Here it is after a few hours:

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    Got the volute about how I want it:

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    Some more pics for y'all


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    Ordered a 3/16" flush trim bit for getting tighter corners on my pickup and neck pocket routes. Worked beautifully on a new template until I broke it less than an hour into using it. Completely my own fault; got a little aggressive in the tab pockets. You can see the bulk removal done by a 1/2" bit with the corners not cut all the way through with the 3/16" bit. Been bashing my head into the wall (figuratively) over breaking the bit. Will have to wait on the next one to arrive before I can get my template perfected and get some routes cut on the guitar.


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    Doh, been there done that with those thin bits. Gotta buy two or more at a time and label them with a reminder to go slow and shallow.
     
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    For sure. I really like how tight I can get the corners with the 3/16", I think it looks much cleaner and more "sharp" so to speak, so I'm definitely going to stick with it.
     
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    Should start using a router with a brass collet and use a straight 1/4 bit. Can get perfect corners on tight radiuses covered pickups. Just have to make new templates to adjust for the offset of the collar.
     
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    Will have to try those out one of these days. :yesway:
     
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    Some wood porn for you all. Found a nice piece of curly koa in the "waste" bin at Woodcraft. They were selling pieces by weight and I think this came out to roughly $45. It's about 1 3/8" thick, 30" long, and 9.5" wide. Will make a lovely top if I can manage to resaw it.


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    Working on a neck-through build for my Muse shape. Flame maple and walnut neck, African Mahogany body, and possibly that piece of Koa for the top.

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    Also waiting on some micro mesh pads to get this fretboard even glassier.

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    Don't like to spam my thread but the micro mesh set showed up and these little pads shine fretboards up nice! The only "problem" was that glossiness of the board revealed some tool marks that I missed. Just means I'll have to bring those spots back up through the grits. 1000 grit will probably zip those spots quick. 0926211625_resize_21.jpg

    You can see I got a little dent in the left corner of the fretboard. Will need to see if I can ease it out with some steam. You can also see some errant file marks toward the right edge of the board.

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    Will need to devise some better storage and workspace areas. Getting little dents and dings accumulating. I haven't done any final sanding on the body or neck yet but I'd like to have a dedicated storage are that's not my cluttered workbench. Working in a crowded garage right now so space is at a premium
     
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    Glad I nabbed that piece of koa. Managed to get it resawn, but it's going to take some work to get it cleaned up. I threw some mineral spirits on it so you can see the figuring. It's going to make a pretty nice top I think. 1001211618_resize_60.jpg 1001211619_resize_95.jpg

    Got the tool marks off the fretboard and got it up to the 12000 grit pad. Promptly masked it off after so hopefully no dents or dings or scratches.

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    At the moment am working on electronics cavities. After that I need to sharpen up the bevels, inlay the logo into the headstock, and do the pickup cavities. Then I can do my final sanding and get some Tru Oil on her.

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    So you know that feeling you get sometimes where things are going really well and so you get this anxiety that something big is going to go wrong? Well I don't have that anymore... Because I fucked up.

    The bridge pickup route came out nice. Had to squeeze the controls close to it to be able to fit the cavity on the back. Will have to change the design in some way to fix it.

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    Annnnnnd for the fuck up. bearing on the router bit I'm guessing jumped up on TOP of the template somehow and I didn't notice for a while as you can see (Me big dumb-dumb). 1004211739_HDR_resize_44.jpg

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    With some denatured alcohol splashed on the fix. Definitely visible up close, but I tried to match the grain as close as possible. Basically invisible from more than two feet away. Maybe less. Very unhappy with myself right now. Mistakes happen I know, but still.

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    Pretty fuckin top notch repair, good job
     
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    Thanks. Definitely going to make the switch to brass bushings now hahaha
     
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    Definitely repaired like a pro, dude.
     
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