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About alde

  • Birthday 06/14/1961

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    Bremerton, WA USA
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    Maritime History and Ships

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  1. I spent yesterday trying to get my neck angle right. There needs to be a clearance above the bridge with a straight edge laid across frets and over the bridge. The process to do this is called flossing where you slip sandpaper between the heel of the neck and the body and apply pressure while you pull the sandpaper out to remove material in the right place to angle the neck up or down. It's a slow process but works great. I started with a gap of around 5/16" and ended up at just under 1/16" which seems to be what most builders shoot for with this size guitar. When it's under string tension the top will rise 1/16" right away and over time it will increase. I'm still learning and trying to figure this stuff out. I did have a bit of a setback. I went through the lacquer while wet sanding. Now I have to spray a few more coats and let it cure 2 or 3 weeks. That's the way it goes.
  2. I'm close to the point of installing the neck and saddle then it's final setup. It's probably still a month or so away. I'm also thinking wether I want to build another guitar or get back to ships. This one is a dreadnought size and I really want a 000 size to go with it. I guess I could take a break from guitar building when this is done and get back to ships for a while and see how I feel in a few months.
  3. Hey Mark, glad to have you aboard. I'm just across the Sound over in Bremerton.
  4. Their beauty is in how well they work. Sometimes you just need that thingamajig holder.
  5. I made a little progress. I have the neck pretty much finished. I final shaped it to a nice feel. I almost can't belive how well it went. It's perfectly symmetrical and nice and straight. The fretting went well and the fingerboard stayed dead flat which is really nice. I also did the inlay in the headstock for my initial. The body is finished in nitro cellulose lacquer and has to cure for a couple of weeks before I wet sand and buff it. The neck will be finished in TruOil gunstock finish.
  6. Just a tiny bit of progress but I got to use my Model Machine's disk sander. I was really apprehensive about doing this job but it went well. I cut the trench for the bone nut. I used my disk sander to make a 15 degree angle on a piece oak I had around the shop and used it as a cutting guide to hold my angle against the headstock. Now I will do my inlay, do some final sanding and put on the frets.
  7. Thank you. I will keep the log going to the end. I hope to have some progress to show in a couple of days.
  8. Sjors, It's not that I didn't really love building the guitar but at least for now one is enough. I may change my mind in a year or so since I have invested so much in special tools. Some of the tools will be useful for ships though. Of course I'm still a beginner with ships too and want to develop those skills. Seeing ships like yours, Chucks and some others really drives me to get back to ships.
  9. Thanks Sjors,, but I have a feeling this will be a one and only for guitars. I was considering doing a second one with a smaller body size but I think I will get back to the ships.
  10. I'm making a little progress on my guitar. I have level sanded the body. And sprayed the final coats of lacquer. I have also done some sanding to the neck but there is not much to see so I won't post a picture of that until there is more to show. I have practiced doing my inlay into a piece of scrap rosewood. It could be better so I will do a couple more practice runs before I take the router to my headstock. The body has to sit and cure for 2 weeks before I can start to wet sand it. In the meantime I will try to get the neck done.
  11. Thanks for the kind words everyone. It's not much different than building a ship model except the parts are bigger. Now I'm going to have to learn how to play the thing. Right now I can't put 2 cords together. I'll try to keep this thread updated like a build log so I can share my project with you guys. Please feel free to give your input or suggestions. I know there are at least some guitar players on here. Maybe I can convince one or two of you to try building one. A good basic start is he book "Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar" by Jonathan Kinkead. It will at least show you what's involved.
  12. I have strayed away from ship building for a while. I have had a few family issues but have also been working on another project. It's a scratch built acoustic guitar. The back and sides are Indian Rosewood, the top is European Spruce, the neck Mahogony and the binding is Hawaiian Koa. It's a dreadnought size body. It's getting near the end of the build and then it's back to ships. Here are some pictures. I lost all my earlier pictures. If you guys are interested I can continue this like a build log.
  13. Thanks Tony. Family issues have kept me out of the shop for quite a while now but I'm getting close to getting back to it.
  14. Tony, Outstanding work. You are helping me to get back to the shop and start working again.