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What has happened over the weekend???

 

A lil love for that joint

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Thats a joint

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oh boy... a prehistoric guitar

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i love it

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some thinking...

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... and marking

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As i decided to go the stony way whenever possible, but for the real reason i wanted to do the things that you don´t get on a machine made guitar - the decision to carve was obvious.

i love my garden and my tools

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workbench from hell, clamping ... no comment

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that´s better (moved there after 20mins)

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thats fun but i don´t really know how much to do... or better when to stop...

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thats already so much better, and that wood is performing way better than i ever imagined

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getting there aka stop! Access should be perfect to all high frets there, i hope that horns will look fine

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I think what most guitars lack is a comfy carved back, no wonder - i think that just has to be done by hand, makes sanding harder, will add like a good 100€ to the price of a normal guitar which is unacceptable for the greater part, or maybe just noone wants that?!...

... plus it denies a normal flat backplate, so i suppose it´s time to create one BEFORE i carve there....

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what????

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however.... for the form of the backplate... i first wanted to do a Skull or amthg like that, but then i decided i wanted to make it not from the same wood as the body but from a leftover from the fretboard to see how the finish will differ there then, and as the fb is already cut on the long sides i just went for a std geometric form.

I decided to for every routing create a temporary template (maybe except i might make a permanent one for humbuckers) ... so i tried

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routing is fun

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yes!  .... am i being too far away from the border for the cable plug?

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Now for the cavity for the pots..

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a template on the other hand would have spared me the paperwork

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i went a lil soo narrow there

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fitting

 

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after a lot of filing and sanding..... yay


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a custom backplate

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So... outside again... let´s get carving II

Always keep looking for the perfect unexpected spot in your garden

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I think i really should move to sanding on the front

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so.. lets pay attention to that back

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my hands are hurting

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yes, that´s somehow how i thought it should be carved

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now... just carving over the backplate edges

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i´m happy

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an to the sander....

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Custom dust extraction

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Owwwwww.... that will take forever... and i mean a lot of hours.... the carving leaves quite deep scratches, i have a lot of diff sandpapers, but even on 40gr it takes a long long time to even those out, and it´s sooo noisy... i think i´ll move to files .... and instantly order a rounded metal handscraper

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Scary fact is that i will soon reach a point where i am not gonna fail anymore in the meaning of taking the thing and burning it, still there are the pickup cavities to be routed (i think that will be ok), connection holes to be drilled - damn scary, and most scary potholes to be drilled and fit - as the surface is carved that might be adventurous, i really really will have to look before the leap there (i know i wont), the same goes for the plughole, and where i could really destroy everything is final depth adjustment of the neckpocket which is by 3mm not deep enough, but i swear i will do that work mainly on the neckside which is less less dangerous. From that point i think i´ll end up with an instrument - a very bad one maybe, but undeniably a guitar. We will see...

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The journey continues...

Memo to myself:

Draw the lines to carve to before carving, take your time with that and think twice, do that completely it will save you hours if you do the carving once only 😉

 

obviously i went back to start and finished (or continued my final carving lines) for front and side at least

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Yay - new tools extremely needed - at least the carved scraper

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and here it goes

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scrapers are tools from the gods because...

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removes a lot of material in every pass, leaves a very smooth surface already and no noise and dust at all, so no eye and ear protection, little cleaning up.

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if you ever will go for something like that consider well if you will go for a caved surface - thats the part of the build that is gonna take the most amount of time by far!

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however - i will always do that

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i am soooo unsure about the end of that horns... they will be worked over

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the lower one looks a bit cut off devilhornish - i like that. maybe that one is final

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let´s make it pretty and shaped to see

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hammer

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gotta be thinking that the surface here un the lower part will be holding controls - fitting will be ... interesting

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now to the front fishmouthy part ... esp i want to have really nice sharp transitions... drawing lines to add a symetrical aspect in forming them

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remember that between each photo there is at least 10min of carve work avg.

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tried to accent with chisel

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now for the side..... thats only in the state of being cut with the bandsaw.
Now i can sy it would be best to after cutting first smooth the sides, draw the carve lines and carve, but my order is not a big problem also, it just makes a bit more moving from surface to side and vice versa

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it took an hour, but i got that sharp line to the upper horn exactly as wanted.

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happy.
 

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don´t hesitate - on to sanding

starting with 80gr

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ah... that wood begins to reveil some of it´s pure awesomeness

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that first time ever carving/sanding went better than expected

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Yeah... that upper Horn is already a lot better like that... i cannot go all wild there cause it is gonna save the puprose of presenting the strapholder.
If anybody with design talent (which i harshly lack) has a great idea how that hornend will look best - please shout!

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those will be handy, i´m happy they made it to my mailbox quickly

 

Sanding 180 and  320 or 400 is up next so is carving of the back and sanding there, then scary things.

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