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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Folderol » Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:42 pm

You've way more patience than I have! The finish already looks as smooth as glass :thumbup:
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:11 pm

Although.... if you run your finger over a glass surface it drags slightly. Most modern guitars feel like that to me - despite being glossy they can feel almost sticky.

I’m going for a different kind of smooth, more like silk. That’s the plan anyway!
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Sam Spoons » Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:15 pm

Before satin was fashionable I used Mr Sheen to achieve the same end ;)
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby blinddrew » Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:18 pm

A nice satin finish is a fine thing, if a bit more tricky to do really well. Looking good Adrian. :thumbup:
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:59 pm

I haven't posted much as it's a bit boring: spray, sand, spray, sand etc..

The February visit to the workshop saw another couple of coats of finish, first one cut back with 800 wet, second one I brought home and cut back with 1000 wet and polished up with T-Cut. At this stage you have a make a call, can you live with the imperfections that remain or are you going to call it a day and let it go? I decided to call it a day. Someone is only going to knock it off it's stand at some point anyway....

So first thing this visit was to do a final polish with fine surface compound. Here's the result:

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I'm quite pleased - the surface is glossy but in a warm sort of organic way, very smooth to the touch.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:03 pm

Wow - it's jaw hits the ground time Adrian! :o

That finish looks stunning, and it's truly a labour of love :clap:


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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby zenguitar » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:09 pm

Shiny.

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Wonks » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:17 pm

Yeah, half-arsed job. ;)

Looks good.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:28 pm

Next, I took off the masking tape from the fingerboard. I'd forgotten what a mess it looked - superglue from filling the bits torn out when I refretted, unfinished frets, and screw heads showing where the board goes over the body.

So I first lightly rubbed down each edge of the fingerboard with 1000 grit on a block at angle to help remove any finish that has seeped under the masking tape and on the fret ends. If you do this before cleaning the top of the board it reduces the risk of finish chipping off.

Then using a triangular file I cleaned off all the excess superglue, checked and re-filled any remaining divots and cleaned up any mess I'd made doing that.

Next I polished the frets using 600 grit paper wrapped tightly round a crowning file (can go finer but 600 is good enough). Lastly I scraped the fingerboard with a small cabinet scraper.

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:28 pm

Wonks wrote:Yeah, half-arsed job. ;)

Looks good.

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:34 pm

Then there were the screw holes in the fingerboard. This is where access to workshop tools makes life easier.

Using a plug cutter I drilled four 6mm plugs out of a rosewood offcut. These are then snapped out, superglued in, chiselled off, then filed and scraped smooth and level. Simple!

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Wonks » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:37 pm

Those plugs look neat. :thumbup:

Only up to 600 grit on frets is a half-arsed job in my book. Though the most important bit is the coarser grits, and getting rid of any cross-fret scratches that stop the strings sliding across the frets smoothly and make the neck feel 'gritty'.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Folderol » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:45 pm

Talk about a labour of love! It does look really good though :thumbup: :clap:
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby blinddrew » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:49 pm

Good work, will the frets be getting a final steel wool polish?
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:53 pm

blinddrew wrote:Good work, will the frets be getting a final steel wool polish?

Nope - they are good enough. Smooth enough not to play without nasty noises bearing in mind this will be set up for slide. :D If it was a an electric it would be different..

{edit} Even then I find 600 is usually enough. As Wonks says the coarser grades do the work in removing any nasty scratches, it’s then just how shiny you like your frets to look. :D
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