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slingblader last won the day on August 16 2020

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  1. Not much to report this weekend, but I made a little bit of progress. Drilled the holes for the tuners. I marked out the material to be removed from the headstock face along with the transition. Made the cut on the face of the headstock on the bandsaw. Made the perpendicular cut on the bandsaw to remove the waste. Used the spindle sander to shape the transition. Sanded the face and cleaned up. More soon.
  2. Time to attach the fretboards to the necks. I made sure that I had good center lines marked as well as nut location on all the necks. I carefully aligned the fretboards and clamped them in place. I drilled a 1/16" hole at the first and last fret location, then removed the clamps. I use 1/16" side dot marker rods as pins for alignment (not pictured). At this point, I also roughly taper the fretboards on the band saw. I preheat the necks and fretboards with a heat gun, then apply hot hide glue. The necks go into a vacuum bag for a couple of hours. After drying overnight, I chase the fret slots to ensure that they're full depth after being radiused. I use a Robosander to bring the boards down as close as possible to the neck itself. The fretboards are then flush trimmed at the router table (not pictured). A little cleanup will be needed, but these look pretty good. More soon, buckaroos.
  3. This isn't for the current build, but it just arrived today. Curly claro walnut. Yummy.
  4. Well, thanks. Keep in mind that I'm just learning this stuff, so probably most of it isn't the way that it should be done.
  5. Not sure what Hamer used, but both Gibson and Fender use oval head sheet metal screws. Adding this to your search may help narrow it down as most wood screws have a different thread spacing, etc.
  6. Next, I started to prep the fretboards. I had enough of the figured maple for 2 of them, and the third will be some plain straight maple. Cutting fret slots on the table saw. Cutting fret slots on the table saw using a sled and slotting blade. Setting up the router table to radius the boards. These radius bits make pretty quick work of this. Partially there. Radius complete, just needs a little cleanup with a leveling beam. More soon.
  7. I'm not sure what size Hamer used, but I get Gibson and Fender sized screws from Philadelphia Luthier Supply. They're very nice quality.
  8. Next, I decided to get started on the necks. These will be two piece, maple cap necks. I'm using StewMac double action rods with the slotted nut. Yeah, not historically accurate, I know. I just want a nice functional truss rod that doesn't require too much complicated work for me. The first thing that I did was to make a little jig so that I could drill the hole for the TR nut in the heel of the neck. Then I cut off the neck blank nearly flush at the heel line. I aligned and clamped the jig in place, then drilled the nut hole to the appropriate depth with a brad point bit. Nut hole, complete. The truss rod nut needs some clearance in order for it to slide into position, so I used a 1/2" forstner bit to drill a hole on the top of the heel right on the center line. This hole is as deep as the TR slot/nut hole. Then I took the blanks to the router table and routed the slot for the truss rod. Good fit. After cutting out the necks at the band saw, I attached the neck template. I sanded as close to the template as possible. Then back to the router table to flush trim the necks. And the pile of parts is getting more shapely. Thanks for following along, more soon.
  9. So far, I haven't sold a thing. I've given one guitar to a friend and I've kept the rest for myself. Of course, now I'm making one for my brother and dad, but that's a family thing. LOL So, PM me; I'm not sure that discussing monetary transactions on the open forum is acceptable behavior and I don't want to get the boot.
  10. I made a little more progress on things. I got another piece of maple for the neck. (I only had figured maple which was enough for two necks) The third neck will be plain maple, but that's fine, I'll keep that one for myself. Here are all the wood components, templates, etc. ready for shaping. I rough cut the body shapes on the band saw. Clearly I should have changed the blade before I started this. I sanded the body shape as close to the line as I could, then I attached my body template and went to the inverted pin router to cut the cavities. My template is made in layers so that they can pull double-duty. You can see here that I found some inclusions in this alder, some of which will need to be scraped out and filled. Sometimes alder is just like that, but it's OK as these will be solid color anyway. Cavities have all been routed to depth. I removed the "cavity" layer from my template and move over to the router table to route the perimeter to shape with a spiral compression bit. Done. More soon.
  11. Man, I dig that guitar!! I totally agree with your points. I discovered the same thing when I was researching these builds. I ended up buying 10 pieces of the wonky binding from R&F about 6 weeks ago, but apparently the price has gone up since you bought it. It's now over $8 a piece... yikes. I do also have thin black binding to sammich it on both sides as well. Like you mentioned, I'm hoping to cut it up and piece together enough to use for both front and back bindings. Hopefully I bought enough... I haven't gotten up the courage to go see if I actually have enough good material. LOL. If it doesn't work out, I'll just use black binding for the gold one, it won't be the end of the world.
  12. Here is a small progress update. After roughing out the pieces for the body blanks, I jointed the glue edges. Clamped them up. Out of the clamps after drying overnight. Roughly flattened with a plane, then through the drum sander. Ready for further processing. More soon.
  13. I gotta be honest, I get stressed with ANY shipper aside from Amazon themselves right now. They are all sucking hind teat for whatever reason(s).
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