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New header! I figured it was time – and since it’s spring now, it might as well have some color (rather than the usual black and white). I’ll switch back to monochromatic when winter comes round again.
Also, another plane is almost complete. This one is also Cocobolo – however the wedge is Madagascar Rosewood, which is much harder than the Cocobolo. My hope is that it will wear better, I was concerned about how the Cocobolo would hold up over time.
In the future however I’m hoping that these planes will be entirely made from a harder wood – in particular I’m hoping I can make them with Ebony or Ziricote, but I’ll have to see what’s available to me (and what’s affordable).
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Have been working every day 12 hours for a week or two…exhaustion is long past set in, but regardless I’ve managed to find a couple of hours to work on this project and it’s coming along quite nicely.
First step – make some cheese bread from scratch!
After that I hogged out material for the pickup routes and the wire channel, then screwed down my acrylic template.
Routed out the cavities. Had some tearout from rushing and not being careful (exhaustion) but it will be hidden in the end under the pickguard anyways. I will patch it up and clean it up a bit later.
This is what I’m going for – same as my first build (the prototype). All gold hardware, two humbuckers – one volume, one tone, and a blend pot instead of a toggle switch. Gotoh TOM bridge and stop tailpiece.
The headstock inlay has been order from DePaule supply, so I’m looking forward to having that here so I can finish up the neck.
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Lots of progress on these two guitars today!
Marked out the neck, and got a truss rod. I don’t have a second truss rod so I’ll have to get one before I do the second neck. I like the ones from Allied Lutherie the most.
Marked holes to drill for screws.
And screwed down my acrylic template. It works much better than using double stick tape. The screw holes will be filled with glue and covered by the fretboard so they’re not seen. This neck pocket was flat originally, so it needed to be angled to match the neck plane angle of two degrees.
And routed it. I wasn’t careful and I got a bit of tearout, which I’ll repair tomorrow or later tonight.
MDF template for routing the body has to go on the back (which has no routes) so I used double stick tape here.
Routed the body out. Sanded it later so its nice and smooth and clean now.
Used the template to mark out the neck pocket. The tenon is actually shorter than the one on the template though.
Screwed down the neck pocket template.
Hogged out most of the material with the drill press and a forstner bit.
Routed the neck pocket on this body also.
And that’s it for now – tomorrow I’ll start in on the electronics routing on the mahogany body I think.
Just a quick note on an update I’ve added to this blog…there is now an image gallery! The gallery contains shots of all of the stuff going on around here, and I will continue to change it and update it as I have more and more interesting projects on the go.
You can have a look at the gallery by clicking “Image Gallery” from the navigation bar across the top of the page, or by clicking here.