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Old 8th March 2008, 07:17 PM   #21
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Well, I've found my wood. Got a recommendation for a place about an hour from my house where they might sell me some good quality walnut. Went up there this morning, and sure enough, they had some 2" thick walnut slabs. I got a piece 2" thick, 9" wide, and 34" long for around $35. I just got back home, and I have to leave for work in only a few minutes, so I'll have pictures up tomorrow of the block.
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Old 9th March 2008, 05:27 PM   #22
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Well, as promised, here are the pictures of the slab I bought.

Here's a picture of the slab placed next to the neck blank. As you can see, the slab has been lightly planed, but some work is still needed in order to get it flat.
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Another shot showing the slab and the neck.
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This picture shows some type of oil residue down the left hand side of the block, but you can also see the grain pattern running the length of the wood.
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In this picture, I have lightly wetted the surface of the block to show the grain better. I believe the grain will look stunning when finished. I'm very happy with the purchase.
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Old 9th March 2008, 05:41 PM   #23
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Oops! I found a few pictures I had lost track of on my computer. The first two are pictures of the cut I made for my headstock. The last two will show the further cracking of my original walnut blocks, and why I needed to buy a new block.

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Old 9th March 2008, 06:23 PM   #24
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Nice looking chunk of walnut you have there. Looks like the other walnut wasn't quite dry when you got it.

Should be a beautiful project when finished. What are you going to finish it with?
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Old 9th March 2008, 06:30 PM   #25
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Nice looking chunk of walnut you have there. Looks like the other walnut wasn't quite dry when you got it.

Should be a beautiful project when finished. What are you going to finish it with?
Yes, the new block is very nice; kiln dried this time so I know it's good. The other block should have been dry; I really don't know what happened to them. They were over 25 years old, air dried in a nice shed/barn in a loft with spacers between all of the wood, and they were protected from the elements very well. The man I got the wood from has plenty of other walnut that is perfectly fine under the same conditions; only the thick blocks seemed to crack, so the drying methods needed must be different. I guess the blocks just weren't going to cooperate with me.

Yes, I'm hoping it will turn out as beautiful as I'm envisioning. Right now, I'm thinking a tung oil or similar finish since I believe a matte finish will look better than a high gloss finish will.
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Old 11th March 2008, 04:00 PM   #26
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are you going to have round frets, ot flat frets? i once built a bass with a Hagstrom neck that had low flat frets. it had a nice smooth action, and was a dream to play.
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Old 11th March 2008, 04:52 PM   #27
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I've got round fretwire for the frets. It's the jumbo fretwire from LMI. You can see a picture in post#14\. For me, the higher frets feel better to play on.
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Old 12th March 2008, 01:48 AM   #28
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I got the wings for my body cut today. Pictures will come when I get home. Right now, I've got musical practice after school, so everybody sit tight.
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Old 12th March 2008, 03:36 AM   #29
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Well, here are the pictures showing the results of cutting the body out. I cut the rough shape out with the band saw, then did the smoothing of the curves with a drum sander, and last i flattened the side which will be attached to the neck with a disk sander. I'll be sending that edge through the edge jointer next time.

The first picture shows the body shapes cut out of their blocks. I'm keeping the cut away parts so that I will be able to clamp the body to the neck with a fairly even pressure and so that the clamps have parallel surfaces to clamp against.
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The next two pictures show the wings with the neck blank. It's finally starting to look recognizable as a guitar.
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An angled shot showing the wings with the neck blank.
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And a closeup.
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I did manage to make one mistake. I cut the end of the block off before positioning my templates and cutting the blocks out. The wood has some small splits on the lower wing. The two splits to the right hand side I think are positioned in a place where I can drill them out in order to place my jack and jack plate/cup. The one on the left I'll have to fill with epoxy or something.

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As always, questions, comments, & criticisms are welcome. I need to learn somehow.
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Old 12th March 2008, 03:40 AM   #30
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PS. I have all of these pictures and more on Picasa Web Albums. I didn't want to clutter this site with more photos than necessary. You can see this build log here .

I also have a few pictures of the guitar I built this past summer in a class put on by the high schools in my area. I don't have nearly as many pictures of this guitar or the building process. You can see those photos here.
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