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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:53 am

Binding bending done, on to gluing. First I took a chisel to the channel previously routed roughly to size to clean it up and provide a nice close fit for the binding, test fitting a few times till I'm happy, then a couple more times till Col's happy.

Then I'm handed an impossibly long shoelace on a roll (the 'rope') with a loop at one end. Loop goes lengthways round the body, then I apply glue to a length of the channel and fit the binding, pulling the loop tight over the binding to hold it, then winding the rope round the body keeping it it tight on the binding the whole time. Col helps by applying glue so I can concentrate on keeping the rope taught, and someone else stops the free end of the rope turning into spaghetti behind me. Can't see how this is a one man job, but people do it. By the end I could have handled the glue but the rope would have been a challenge.

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:56 am

The last turn is held tight in place by a sash clamp:

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:00 am

All looking OK I think!

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One down three to go. I've said it before, I'll say it again. Next month - binding.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby blinddrew » Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:24 pm

Loving this thread. :)
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Wonks » Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:22 pm

All this tying things up with lots of rope. Is there something you want to tell us, Adrian? ;)
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:28 pm

Gotta get yer kicks where you can at my age.....
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby garrettendi » Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:47 am

Amazing! :thumbup:
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:12 pm

On we go - more of the same to start with this month. First the second top binding, I cleaned out the channel with a chisel, glued and roped on. The only difference from the other top binding is that since there is already a binding glued, when I got close the end I stopped, let the glue dry, then cut exactly to butt up to the existing binding and glued the last bit in:

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby blinddrew » Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:35 pm

Very impressive. All I've been doing on mine for the last few weeks is sticking layers of oil on, so it looks pretty much exactly like it did a month ago.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:09 pm

Then on to the back bindings. Colin suggested that since the binding is a similar colour to the back I could add a thin strip of different coloured veneer between the two. I wasn't keen, I didn't think I would be able to glue veneer to body, then binding to veneer, and then rope it all on in one operation. I prefer to keep things simple really. But Col said this is simple, so I gave it a go. I cut a length of 0.3mm ebony veneer and set to.

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I didn't find it all that simple. You work round the guitar body in sections applying glue to the channel, laying the veneer in, applying glue to veneer and roping the binding tight on top. I managed to get glue everywhere on the first one, including gluing the rope firmly to the body. Second one wasn't so bad.

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:10 pm

blinddrew wrote:Very impressive. All I've been doing on mine for the last few weeks is sticking layers of oil on, so it looks pretty much exactly like it did a month ago.

I'm looking forward to getting to that stage!
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:11 pm

Next I planed the bindings down flush with the body..

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:33 pm

Planing only gets you so far, to finish off the bindings I have to then take a cabinet scraper and try to get them really flat. Although this is quite a satisfying job it is murder on my poor old arthritic thumbs. It's also quite annoying that I cannot get the knack of sharpening the scraper and have to ask Col to do it..

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Lots more scraping and sanding ahead but the body now feels like it's a guitar...
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:49 pm

It's great how a bit of scraping and sanding starts to make problem areas less of a problem.

Here's a bit where I was careless with the router and then got some veneer stuck in it. Had to scrape a good three quarter of a mil off but looks fine now..

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:51 pm

And here's the binding I split while trying to bend it, before and after. You can see where it has been glued but it's enough like a grain line not to worry about it..

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby blinddrew » Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:20 pm

Shaping up very nicely! Couple of good saves there as well. :)
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Wonks » Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:57 pm

adrian_k wrote:And here's the binding I split while trying to bend it, before and after. You can see where it has been glued but it's enough like a grain line not to worry about it..
But you'll know it's there.... ;)
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:36 pm

Wonks wrote:
adrian_k wrote:And here's the binding I split while trying to bend it, before and after. You can see where it has been glued but it's enough like a grain line not to worry about it..
But you'll know it's there.... ;)

:bouncy: Yep and all the others I haven’t mentioned!

Also did some work on the neck but am bored waiting for pics to upload..
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby zenguitar » Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:13 pm

Ah... the thumbs. Feel the burn ;)

I was taught how to sharpen a cabinet scraper by one of my fellow students at the Totnes School of Guitarmaking many years ago. I use one of my bevel edged chisels as a burnisher so I don't want any distractions.

Very nice work, well done :)

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:52 pm

Thank you Andy, much appreciated. :)

Maybe you could do a post on how to keep a scraper sharp? Mind you I don’t fancy trying it with a chisel :o
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