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Mark Hatcher 03-23-2021 04:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TomB'sox (Post 6670343)
That will be a stunning guitar. How could it not be with Mark's touch and those woods! That Bubinga is special.

Thanks Tom! The colors will really pop when I put the black binding on this one.
The fretboard inlay colors and additional abalone will also dress things up quite a bit.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lonzo (Post 6670350)
..to that Bubinga.. it looks like a reflection on a water surface in late light... a bit browner, ok...👌🏻

Thanks Lonzo, the figure has a real sparkle. I see your comparison with water reflections. It is even more pronounced when I move it under light.

Thanks for e comments!
Mark

John Osthoff 03-24-2021 06:17 AM

Great work Mark,

Thanks for the nice detail shots. I appreciate the time you put into taking such great photos. My shots from the shop are much more candid. I should at least clean up a bit :)

Mark Hatcher 03-25-2021 02:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by John Osthoff (Post 6671198)
Great work Mark,

Thanks for the nice detail shots. I appreciate the time you put into taking such great photos. My shots from the shop are much more candid. I should at least clean up a bit :)

You're welcome John, glad to see you posting!

Mark Hatcher 03-28-2021 08:02 AM

Binding
 
I'm excited to finish up the trim work on this guitar this week. It will be done with Black Ebony and the top will have abalone purfling.
This is the first Penelope I have done with an arm bevel which will also be Black Ebony. The body binding is pretty much all glued in so Monday I'll finish up the arm bevel and clean everything up:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...b4abeced_c.jpg

Thank for viewing!
Mark

Mark Hatcher 03-30-2021 06:16 AM

Front Progress Shot
 
Here are a couple pictures of the Penelope x-over. I've capped the arm bevel and cleaned it up enough for a peak of thing to come:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...6b835ff0_z.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...f888d653_c.jpg

Thanks for following along!
Mark

Lonzo 03-30-2021 07:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 6677051)
Here are a couple pictures of the Penelope x-over. I've capped the arm bevel and cleaned it up enough for a peak of thing to come:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...6b835ff0_z.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...f888d653_c.jpg

Thanks for following along!
Mark

Such nice guitars we get to see here, the above 2 to start with, and in other current threads... thanks for sharing ! A joy to watch and follow along!

Mark Hatcher 03-31-2021 03:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lonzo (Post 6677099)
Such nice guitars we get to see here, the above 2 to start with, and in other current threads... thanks for sharing ! A joy to watch and follow along!

Thanks Lonzo!

John Osthoff 03-31-2021 06:27 AM

Hey Mark,

I took a couple of minutes this morning as I was trying to wake up with a cup of coffee to go back through this thread. Thanks for your great posts.

First off, you need to have a messier shop, you are making me look bad.

I really like the Larry Robinson Inlay on the fretboard. He is an incredible talent. I have sketches somewhere in my office (Please don't show me how organized your office is :)) Anyway, I have hoped to do some sort of (new) vine flower at some point. It will take some inspiration to get the sketches to implementation. Another thing on my list of things to do.

The wood sets are gorgeous. I love the tree set and the Bubinga is not too shabby either.

On another note, I see you are using the Irwin Quick grip mini bar clamps. You obviously like them. Mine are terrible. They have no clamping power and slip. It is not just one bad one, the whole bunch of them slip. I still have them but only use them when I don't need much pressure. I hate to throw stuff away, but (mine) are junk.

Mark Hatcher 04-01-2021 05:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by John Osthoff (Post 6677995)
Hey Mark,

I took a couple of minutes this morning as I was trying to wake up with a cup of coffee to go back through this thread. Thanks for your great posts.

First off, you need to have a messier shop, you are making me look bad.

I really like the Larry Robinson Inlay on the fretboard. He is an incredible talent. I have sketches somewhere in my office (Please don't show me how organized your office is :)) Anyway, I have hoped to do some sort of (new) vine flower at some point. It will take some inspiration to get the sketches to implementation. Another thing on my list of things to do.

The wood sets are gorgeous. I love the tree set and the Bubinga is not too shabby either.

On another note, I see you are using the Irwin Quick grip mini bar clamps. You obviously like them. Mine are terrible. They have no clamping power and slip. It is not just one bad one, the whole bunch of them slip. I still have them but only use them when I don't need much pressure. I hate to throw stuff away, but (mine) are junk.

Thanks John, My only secret to keeping the shop organized is the only things in the shop are for building guitars. If it isn't an active participant it's out of there!

I started using those Irwin Quick clamps a long time ago when I was building cedar strip kayaks. They were black back then. They worked great then and they work great now. They are lightweight and the clamping force is easily adjustable and I am never short on clamping force. I particularly like how easily they are used one handed.

The only slip I ever have is they can slip out of their rubber shoe if I don't line them up correctly. So there you have it, maybe you got stuck with some knock off?

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...0b7bd253_c.jpg

Thanks for your comments
Mark

Mark Hatcher 04-01-2021 10:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by John Osthoff (Post 6677995)
Hey Mark,

On another note, I see you are using the Irwin Quick grip mini bar clamps. You obviously like them. Mine are terrible. They have no clamping power and slip. It is not just one bad one, the whole bunch of them slip. I still have them but only use them when I don't need much pressure. I hate to throw stuff away, but (mine) are junk.

John, I was wondering how you and I could have such different experiences with those Irwin clamps so I did a little research. You mentioned Irwin quick grip mini bar clamps. That is not what I am using. I am using the quick grip bar clamps which is the next one up in strength.

BEJ 04-01-2021 03:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 6678849)
Thanks John, My only secret to keeping the shop organized is the only things in the shop are for building guitars. If it isn't an active participant it's out of there!

I started using those Irwin Quick clamps a long time ago when I was building cedar strip kayaks. They were black back then. They worked great then and they work great now. They are lightweight and the clamping force is easily adjustable and I am never short on clamping force. I particularly like how easily they are used one handed.

The only slip I ever have is they can slip out of their rubber shoe if I don't line them up correctly. So there you have it, maybe you got stuck with some knock off?

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...0b7bd253_c.jpg

Thanks for your comments
Mark

Mark, I think with a little more careful placement you could get 3-4 more clamps in there.:D

Mark Hatcher 04-01-2021 05:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BEJ (Post 6679414)
Mark, I think with a little more careful placement you could get 3-4 more clamps in there.:D

Hey use 'em if you got 'em :)

Mark Hatcher 04-05-2021 09:43 AM

"Tree" Josie small jumbo update
 
I've been quietly working away these past several weeks french polishing the top of this "Tree" Josie small jumbo. I am now getting to the last steps in this process:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...f797afdb_c.jpg

I've also been picking away at some of the other final details like mounting the gold Waverly slot head tuners with Snakewood buttons:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...b1f8d27d_b.jpg

I'm really looking forward to seeing this fat lady sing!

nootis 04-05-2021 10:14 AM

That is looking quite beautiful Mark!

Mark Hatcher 04-05-2021 03:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nootis (Post 6682797)
That is looking quite beautiful Mark!

Thank you nootis. I am getting the French polish to blend well into the other finish. The top of the arm bevel is the urethane finish so there just isnít any need to touch the French polish at all when playing.


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