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palolowarrior 06-18-2017 12:24 PM

Such quilting.
It's like the Tree's sister.

What voice are you expecting from this build?

Mark Hatcher 06-18-2017 02:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by palolowarrior (Post 5379081)
Such quilting.
It's like the Tree's sister.

What voice are you expecting from this build?

Thanks palolowarrior! This is guitar is being built for a client that has several guitars already and is looking for a complimentary maple guitar. So this is the ideal where I am making the guitar without any real compensation since it is supposed to sound like what it is. We're expecting the quick fundamentals and strong bass that a maple guitar does best!

Mark Hatcher 06-20-2017 11:56 AM

New Saw Day
 
New saw day! Today I took delivery of a much larger band saw for my shop.
This will be set up for resawing and general straight cuts.
You can see from this photo why a shop should have a garage door!

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4289/3...a002518d_c.jpg

687lbs of saw just doesn't go through a regular door :)

cigarfan 06-20-2017 12:07 PM

Looks like it might even be tricky through the garage door! ;)

Congrats Mark!

BrunoBlack 06-20-2017 12:27 PM

Nice Mark. And it looks like you got those bad T-storms too.

Mark Hatcher 06-21-2017 02:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cigarfan (Post 5381055)
Looks like it might even be tricky through the garage door! ;)

Congrats Mark!

Thanks Cigarfan! It cleared the door OK but, it was close.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Haasome (Post 5381077)
Nice Mark. And it looks like you got those bad T-storms too.

It was mostly a sunny day except right when the delivery truck came until I just about got the saw in the shop. Fortunately, the saw had a plastic cover.

I got it all set up today, ran the electric, attached the dust collector, moved lights, assembly, settings, and even a couple test cuts. It's a Gruzzly 21" hp saw. Now I have my smaller band saw for curves and detail and the large one for straights. It's also big enough to handle my resawing needs which opens up a lot of opportunity for me! Gotta love a new toy! :)

Mark Hatcher 06-23-2017 11:08 AM

Neck Work
 
Back to the quilted Maple Greta. This guitar has a 25" scale length and the neck is joining the body at the 13th fret. The neck wood is hard Maple. It is also a left handed guitar. I've joined up the neck halves and am in the process of binding the Macassar Ebony fret board;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4262/3...8b0d10ce_c.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4230/3...eab9d3d3_b.jpg

Thanks for viewing!
Mark

Nemoman 06-23-2017 11:18 AM

Sweet looking fretboard, as is the one you're using to clamp it up with!

invguy921 06-23-2017 11:23 AM

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Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5375976)
Well ukejon you seem to be on to my stratagem!

Ha! I think someone would need to be asleep at the proverbial wheel to not be on to your stratagem Mark :roll: That said, it works...it draws ALL of us in. So, if I were you, I'd stay the course.

Let me quick to add that I think your builds reflect more natural creativity than I have seen with most builders...and your photography skills rank right up there at the top of the "builder class", rivaling some professional photographers. Nice work! I'm certain this will be another stunner!

Mark Hatcher 06-24-2017 07:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nemoman (Post 5384500)
Sweet looking fretboard, as is the one you're using to clamp it up with!

Thanks Nemoman. I've been stocking up on Macassar Ebony because it's a versatile wood and a great rosewood substitute so it is only natural that I'd have aboard handy for the job at hand.

Quote:

Originally Posted by invguy921 (Post 5384508)
Ha! I think someone would need to be asleep at the proverbial wheel to not be on to your stratagem Mark :roll: That said, it works...it draws ALL of us in. So, if I were you, I'd stay the course.

Let me quick to add that I think your builds reflect more natural creativity than I have seen with most builders...and your photography skills rank right up there at the top of the "builder class", rivaling some professional photographers. Nice work! I'm certain this will be another stunner!

Thanks Woody!

Mark Hatcher 07-03-2017 02:19 PM

I am in the final stages of getting everything together before I carve the neck.
The fret board gets glued on;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4233/...c0265bfd_c.jpg

The maple burl back strap and purfling is glued up;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4039/...ea0082fe_c.jpg

The headstock overlay design is finalized and the glue is drying right now;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4105/...35e70164_b.jpg

A little spark of celebration is inlayed into the heel cap of this almost all maple guitar;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4263/...9a7501b1c1.jpg

I've got a couple more steps and expect to carve the neck on Thursday. We're closing in!

Mark Hatcher 07-06-2017 08:08 AM

Getting to the final stages before finish;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4038/...a5c47cfb_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4113/...d3f99ea3_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4283/...16ed518e_c.jpg

I've got a bunch of clean up and will be installing gold EVO frets hopefully tomorrow

Hierophant 07-06-2017 11:16 PM

Hi Mark, let me just say that this looks fabulous. I'm super excited to see this guitar come together.

CaE 07-07-2017 06:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5381035)
New saw day! Today I took delivery of a much larger band saw for my shop.
This will be set up for resawing and general straight cuts.
You can see from this photo why a shop should have a garage door!

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4289/3...a002518d_c.jpg

687lbs of saw just doesn't go through a regular door :)

You can't just show a picture of the thing crated outside and not follow up with a picture of it installed....

Mark Hatcher 07-09-2017 01:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chris Ensor (Post 5399576)
You can't just show a picture of the thing crated outside and not follow up with a picture of it installed....

Hey Chris,

Yeah, you're right. Installation took a bit longer than anticipated. The saw runs on 240v which I had available but, then the issues began. Seems the circuit board that I have in my shop is from a company that went out of business a while ago. Apparently, they had circuit breaker issues that stuck and caused a lot of fires. They weren't real forth coming with the data. They were burning down about 2,000 houses a year. Sooo I had other things to worry about for awhile.

Yesterday I got it up and running. It's a Grizzly 22" 5hp saw that I'll use exclusively for resawing and straight cuts. It works wonderfully!

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4287/...8b39278a_c.jpg

Mark


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