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Liljeström 01-27-2017 04:22 AM

Liljestrom Juniper Parlor
 
Hi friends!

Here are a few pictures of my Juniper Parlor model bound for Southern Strings in Louisiana.

At the moment I have the box ready and I'm working on neck joint.

SPECS

Sitka spruce top
Curly Spanish Cedar b&s
Cedar neck
Masur birch fretboard, headplate, binding

Carbon fiber inner sides
Carbon fiber reinforced top braces

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Zacharius 01-27-2017 06:27 AM

Looks awesome Anders! I like the Masur Birch - especially your angled binding. :)


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Liljeström 01-27-2017 10:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zacharius (Post 5208956)
Looks awesome Anders! I like the Masur Birch - especially your angled binding. :)


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Thanks Zach! I love it when there is figure, flame and quilt all in same piece of birch.


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Liljeström 01-27-2017 10:05 AM

I did the neck joint and glued on the fretboard and headplate with epoxy. Now its gonna dry couple of days.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...ec51a48437.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...643151f7b2.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...353b13aa22.jpg


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justonwo 01-27-2017 10:09 AM

That looks amazing!

rogthefrog 01-27-2017 11:58 AM

That angled binding is super cool.

I am not familiar with that kind of birch. Is it a species, or some kind of nature-driven process that happens to regular ol' birch (bugs, fungus, twisting, etc)?

Liljeström 01-27-2017 12:03 PM

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Originally Posted by rogthefrog (Post 5209348)
That angled binding is super cool.



I am not familiar with that kind of birch. Is it a species, or some kind of nature-driven process that happens to regular ol' birch (bugs, fungus, twisting, etc)?



Thanks!
Masur birch is not a different species but grain figuring in the wood. We happen to have lots of nice masur birch here in Finland. And what is really special about these trees that fell down over a big storm is that there is flame and quilt in addition to figuring.


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rogthefrog 01-27-2017 12:04 PM

Thanks for the answer!

Liljeström 01-27-2017 12:05 PM

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Originally Posted by justonwo (Post 5209198)
That looks amazing!



Thanks J!


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alohachris 01-28-2017 01:06 PM

Nice looking unique guitar
 
Aloha Anders,

A very nice, unique looking parlor guitar with beautiful wood choices. I've used Masur Birch for appointments (overleaf, rosette, pick guard, butt plate) but never for a fingerboard. How does its hold up?

Question: Will you finish the Masur Birch fretboard or leave it natural?

The reason I ask is that, if left unfinished, the Birch will definitely discolor & turn black w/ regular use, especially in the first seven frets, as with worn-through maple fretboards on an electric guitar.

Will you finish the Birch to deal with that appearance & wear issue?

Good Luck, Anders!

alohachris

Liljeström 01-29-2017 12:47 AM

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Originally Posted by alohachris (Post 5210538)
Aloha Anders,

A very nice, unique looking parlor guitar with beautiful wood choices. I've used Masur Birch for appointments (overleaf, rosette, pick guard, butt plate) but never for a fingerboard. How does its hold up?

Question: Will you finish the Masur Birch fretboard or leave it natural?

The reason I ask is that, if left unfinished, the Birch will definitely discolor & turn black w/ regular use, especially in the first seven frets, as with worn-through maple fretboards on an electric guitar.

Will you finish the Birch to deal with that appearance & wear issue?

Good Luck, Anders!

alohachris



Hi alohachris!

Thanks for nice comments!

I will indeed finish the fretboard but not with any lacquer. I have come across this superior 'oil ' that after hardening makes it much like glassfiber in strength. It also penetrates very deep in to the wood because of low viscosity. This stuff is used on floors people walk on airports. And its totally natural. Just pure stuff.

We have put it on maple and then done fretwork over it. The surface was all black from the metal, just wipe it with naphtha and its clean!

All the best


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ukejon 01-29-2017 02:02 AM

Beautiful. Does the one glue kerf photo above show that the sides are lined with glass or carbon fiber?

printer2 01-29-2017 08:10 AM

I may have to revisit one of my guitars that I tried a radiused edge on. I kind of like the angled look.

Liljeström 01-29-2017 09:31 AM

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Originally Posted by ukejon (Post 5211094)
Beautiful. Does the one glue kerf photo above show that the sides are lined with glass or carbon fiber?



Thanks, and yes I glue carbon fiber cloth inside the sides to stiffen it up. I also like the looks of it. It adds very little mass but significant stiffness.


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Liljeström 01-29-2017 09:32 AM

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Originally Posted by printer2 (Post 5211203)
I may have to revisit one of my guitars that I tried a radiused edge on. I kind of like the angled look.



Yeah go ahead, looks and ergonomics all in the same package!


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Liljeström 01-29-2017 01:22 PM

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Having used all kinds of finishes over the years shellac is the most beautiful hands down!
In my opinion at least. This juniper will have it too.

The top in the picture is my classical guitar that I'm french polishing at the moment.


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alohachris 01-29-2017 01:43 PM

Aloha Anders
 
Aloha Anders,

Thanks for your response.

IS the "superior" oil you'll use on Masur fretboards called Duraseal Neutral Sealer/Oil?

A blend of natural & synthetic oils, Duraseal is made to be enough for flooring, achieving that glass fiber penetrating strength you mentioned. I like it because it doesn't darken lighter woods like Koa or Maple with successive coats. I use it on pic guards sometimes but not specifically for lutherie.

However, I have hundreds of Koa gift items & picture frames all over the Islands that look like they were lacquered yesterday, though some are over 40 years old. Three coats of Duraseal & a coat of carnauba wax power buffed gives me that result & durability.

It sounds like the oil you use on the Masur fretboard is similar. What brand is it?

Man, you're guitar looks good enough to eat. Can't wait to see the finished result. You have a very tasteful eye for combining exotic woods esthetically, my friend. That's not always the case in luthierie, IMO. BTW, that's also a gorgeous, unique rosette on your classical.

Thanks Anders!

alohachris

Liljeström 01-29-2017 02:20 PM

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Originally Posted by alohachris (Post 5211572)
Aloha Anders,

Thanks for your response.

IS the "superior" oil you'll use on Masur fretboards called Duraseal Neutral Sealer/Oil?

A blend of natural & synthetic oils, Duraseal is made to be enough for flooring, achieving that glass fiber penetrating strength you mentioned. I like it because it doesn't darken lighter woods like Koa or Maple with successive coats. I use it on pic guards sometimes but not specifically for lutherie.

However, I have hundreds of Koa gift items & picture frames all over the Islands that look like they were lacquered yesterday, though some are over 40 years old. Three coats of Duraseal & a coat of carnauba wax power buffed gives me that result & durability.

It sounds like the oil you use on the Masur fretboard is similar. What brand is it?

Man, you're guitar looks good enough to eat. Can't wait to see the finished result. You have a very tasteful eye for combining exotic woods esthetically, my friend. That's not always the case in luthierie, IMO. BTW, that's also a gorgeous, unique rosette on your classical.

Thanks Anders!

alohachris



Thanks buddy!
Really appreciate your nice comments.

My oil is not Duraseal, it is siloxan based oil, i can look it up for you if you give your email?
That sounds like a great solution you got with Duraseal and wax!

All the best


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Liljeström 02-03-2017 02:42 AM

Neck shaping day. This is starting to look like a guitar finally! What do you think?https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...4f3cbb4d71.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...5c6200ca26.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...5ac598267d.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...6f8b5718e5.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...8f5da31e0d.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...264432f3fa.jpg


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Liljeström 02-03-2017 06:42 AM

Neck ready, final sanding next

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Liljeström 02-03-2017 06:48 AM

One more pic!https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...4b9e3f242e.jpg


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Nemoman 02-03-2017 10:35 AM

This is really a sweet looking little parlor--super cool beveled bindings as well!

Thanks for sharing it.

CoolerKing 02-03-2017 06:18 PM

Beautiful back under the finish!

Liljeström 02-04-2017 04:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nemoman (Post 5217047)
This is really a sweet looking little parlor--super cool beveled bindings as well!

Thanks for sharing it.



Thanks Nemoman!


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Liljeström 02-04-2017 04:11 PM

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Originally Posted by matthewpartrick (Post 5217571)
Beautiful back under the finish!



Thanks , this cedar is really special!


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Liljeström 02-07-2017 09:30 AM

Everything is ready for finishing! I have applied the filler and sealer and sanded everything flat. First coats on friday.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...6f0148a2ff.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...d209433b4d.jpg


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Liljeström 02-10-2017 06:46 AM

First coats of finish. With this product that I'm using the wood looks like its oiled, deep hues and very organic. I personally prefer this over super glossy surfaces. And its very very thin too.

I can see a reason for doing glossy UV finishes but to me wood is not glossy. It never is in the forest at least. Wood is beautiful in its most simplest state. This finish justifies that and gives it a little bit of protection.

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Liljeström 02-24-2017 12:46 PM

Hi friends!

Today i warmed up hot hide glue and attached the neck to the body. What do you think?https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...e848820bc0.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...20f5af098a.jpg


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Liljeström 03-10-2017 08:37 AM

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nacluth 03-10-2017 08:47 AM

Beautiful work.


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