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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:15 am

Next I have to create a slot in the top of the body to house the block on the neck where the end of the truss rod is.

I get a bit of scrap ply, mark a centre line then measure and cut out a hole the same size as the block. Then it's just a case of clamping the ply template in line with the guitar centre line and carefully routing it out to the required depth.

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Of course I couldn't resist another mock up:

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:21 am

Here's a close up of the body/neck join area. The perch pole will joint into the new heel. The fingerboard will be screwed to the blocks you can see inside the routed area. The pole itself is only attached to the body by a screw at the end, not glued, so if I ever need to take the neck off again it won't be tooo difficult.

What I like about this picture is the cross section of the purfling and the binding, sitting there all snug. Yes I am a sad man.

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:36 am

I also did a bit more on the neck.

First I cut a bit more off the heel with a coping saw. I'm kind of creeping up on carving it properly. Then I decided to flatten out the camber on the fingerboard, using a long sanding block and a straightedge and fret clamp caul for checking as I go. I wanted to sand it anyway to see what colour it was. I've taken the radius from about 12" to 16" on the basis that it ought to be better for playing slide if it's flatter. It's about 90% there, just a little finishing to do. Finally I had some fun laying out dots. I'll drill out the existing plastic ones and replace with awabi. I'll also need to add some to cover the screw heads at the body join.

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And that's it for another month! I started looking at this last July so it's a year now, might have missed one month so it's 12 or 13 actual days working on it. But the end is in sight.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby blinddrew » Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:26 am

adrian_k wrote:What I like about this picture is the cross section of the purfling and the binding, sitting there all snug. Yes I am a sad man.
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Not at all, this is coming together beautifully. :)
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Wonks » Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:15 pm

It's certainly coming on!

You could have taken the neck home with you to shape the heel and save a bit of time from your next visit.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:06 pm

It's an excellent suggestion and sometime around January I was thinking of cleaning out the garage, finding somewhere else for my PA gear and putting a workbench in. For some reason I haven't got round to it yet. But I will!
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Wonks » Sun Jul 29, 2018 5:34 pm

Been too hot to do too much of that sort of thing for me recently.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sun Jul 29, 2018 5:48 pm

Too blinking right.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:17 pm

I've discovered it's impossible to over-estimate the amount of sanding that goes into making a guitar.

Anyway, on we go. No update last month as life got in the way, hopefully back to normal now.

This visit I started by hand sanding off the headstock veneer, which was compressed fibre and appeared to be painted brown. Not a good look, so I am replacing it with real wood.

Also this neck had been fitted with a zero fret which I am going to replace with a bone nut, so I made space for the nut by using a fine saw to cut almost through the fingerboard at the zero fret and then chisel off the unwanted wood. I then sanded the headstock until it was dead flat starting from a point 5mm from the end of the fingerboard. The truss rod is held at the head end by a metal block, this also needed filing back so I have a nice flat surface for the new veneer.

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:25 pm

The new headstock veneer is, as with nearly everything else on this guitar, something Colin has had kicking around for years but can't bear to throw away.

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This is an old piece of walnut that has a knot at one end and has warped. We use the flatbed sander to bring the thickness down from 4mm to about 1.5mm, then I draw round the headstock and use a bandsaw to cut out the veneer, slightly oversize. Then it's just glue and clamp it on till dry, and then use a small plane and chisel to clean off the extra.

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:29 pm

We use a pillar drill to drill holes in the veneer for the tuning pegs using the existing headstock holes as guides.

Then drill through the veneer into the truss rod recess and open it out using a file and small carving chisel.

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:41 pm

Time to have a go at the heel. First I plane the maple block down level with the side of the neck.

Colin carves his necks mostly using feel, having carved maybe a couple of hundred of them. However I need some pencil lines so I roughly draw the shape I'm aiming for, and have at it with the rasp and a small rounded file with very sharp teeth (or whatever it is that files have).

Finally it's starting to look heel like, so I smooth it off with a fine file. Not quite there yet but not far now.

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:45 pm

Last job this month was to remove the orangey lacquer from the neck with a scraper and sandpaper. Not a fun job! But quite satisfying to see that nice clean maple neck. Just a little bit of fine tuning the shape to do especially around the heel join, but definitely looking guitar neck like now :D

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby blinddrew » Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:58 pm

Been waiting for this update, glad to see it coming together. :)
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Wonks » Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:12 pm

Come on Ade, get a move on and finish it! ;)
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:36 pm

I don't know why it's taken me so long! :bouncy:
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:56 pm

adrian_k wrote:I don't know why it's taken me so long! :bouncy:

It's because you refuse to compromise on quality :clap:


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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:35 pm

I'll take that ;)
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:39 pm

Actually I've been doing it all wrong - here's how to do it in one day ....

https://youtu.be/vdrck92KhDI
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Wonks » Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:58 pm

All you needed was one you'd prepared earlier.
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