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TomB'sox 03-19-2016 02:51 PM

No sorry if I wasn't clear. I was referring back a few posts when he cut out the cardboard to place inside the guitar once the sides were bent???

OddManOut 03-19-2016 06:57 PM

Ahhhh...that is the inner mold which supports the bent sides until the top is on.

Most luthiers use outside molds. I think Larry uses the inner mold for simplicity and it allows him to make sure the sides are relaxed.

OddManOut 03-22-2016 08:51 PM

Back Brace Prep and Layout
 
A boatload of pics have come in from Tahoe Guitar Co. Several Posts follow.

Here Larry preps and lays out the back braces. Larry goes for tall and thin "blades" for all four back braces.

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...pst7nffkug.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psj4qx6dz0.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps5uq1tkl6.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psfzvvf0ex.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psfmxnyuwn.jpg


Larry marks of the space for the neck block. I guess that's a "mock block".
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psmswnpvrj.jpg


And the tail block.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps2zwart2g.jpg


The cutouts for the center strip are marked.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps7qbspdsk.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psmpcuxpxw.jpg

OddManOut 03-22-2016 08:53 PM

Back Brace Glue Up
 
Larry glues up the back braces.

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psgb3wv4mb.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psnoqf8yu8.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psh53y8k1d.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps5pd2cand.jpg

OddManOut 03-22-2016 09:02 PM

Back Brace Trimming
 
Larry takes the back brace ends down to 0.01 inch and reduces their overall mass.


Marking the ends to show the intersection with the rims.

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psuynf9qt7.jpg


A fixed offset is added.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps2gapdcux.jpg

The router and height guide are ready.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...pslkjbar0m.jpg


A tad of power tool action...
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...pstcdj4boj.jpg

...and the brace ends are down to final height.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psplmi6ijb.jpg


Now the curved chisel and skilled hands brings the ends into the familiar swept profile.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...pserceu2f5.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psyiq7tiqb.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psr4paps08.jpg


The brace heights are reduced. The braces will be brought back to a bladed profile.

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psnfuq6yuf.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...pskjdj4jvm.jpg

OddManOut 03-22-2016 09:12 PM

Top Brace Layout
 
The top braces are laid out.

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...pstujzmvyo.jpg

The X notch is cut.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psupkbyhsb.jpg


Fits like a glove.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psf3uer8v8.jpg

The rest of the usual suspects.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psd6eanbkv.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...pskgkkv7cd.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psyexf8f5j.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...pskkaj6mjm.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psckkiitby.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psp3mozt0n.jpg


The top braces are glued up.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...pszzoxwf40.jpg

OddManOut 03-22-2016 09:22 PM

Top Attached To Rims
 
Here the top is attached to the rims prior to tuning the top. Larry prefers to have the rims attached for the tuning process.

The spool clamp positions are marked.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...pscs5c8uzz.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psjshd9zor.jpg

The rims are notched to accept the brace ends above the sound hole (the other ends are faded to nothing).
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psowwy4ne3.jpg

Ready for launch.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psalsfthxd.jpg


Boom!
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psnhkvugjs.jpg


The top is now attached to the rims.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...pscjwor0or.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...pswwq5oaud.jpg

TomB'sox 03-24-2016 08:15 PM

Is there significance in marking where each clamp will go when gluing the top? I mean there must be, but I would think one would just apply them to the construct as you go along?

Thanks

OddManOut 03-24-2016 08:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TomB'sox (Post 4876281)
Is there significance in marking where each clamp will go when gluing the top? I mean there must be, but I would think one would just apply them to the construct as you go along?

Thanks


There is...each clamp is pre-adjusted to the proper depth at each of the marked points. This increases the speed at which Larry is able to place the clamps once the glue is applied. The top needs to be clamped fairly rapidly before the glue sets up.

BTW, Larry commented to me that the new LMI glue sets up rather quickly...noticeably quicker than the previous formulation.

bajawatt 03-24-2016 10:44 PM

Loving the thread. If I have a custom build in my future it would be an all California build. Following Larry's work. :D

tahoeguitar 03-24-2016 11:24 PM

It takes about 20 minutes to get the threaded clamps all set to the right length and laid out exactly as they will go on the guitar. The glue would set up before I got the last clamp on if I didn't have a system for getting them on quickly. When they're all laid out, I can set and tighten all the claps in about seven minutes. A pretty common rule most luthiers use is to dry fit everything first anyway.

OddManOut 03-25-2016 07:35 AM

More Bracing Pics
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bajawatt (Post 4876409)
Loving the thread. If I have a custom build in my future it would be an all California build. Following Larry's work. :D


Thanks much! Very glad you're enjoying it. Stay tuned...more to come!


Here are a few more pics of the top and back braces being worked upon.

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psahuxem4v.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psrmrvlj0q.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...pstqox4mvt.jpg


http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...pspncx2pon.jpg


The back braces shaped to profile.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psu9iswffx.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psdqndfd7v.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps0tsadmsg.jpg

eljay 03-25-2016 07:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bajawatt (Post 4876409)
Loving the thread. If I have a custom build in my future it would be an all California build. Following Larry's work. :D

not to hijack this thread (too much) but i'll have my 00-14 from larry in early april. carp on madrose. will post the ngd, of course . . .

OddManOut 03-25-2016 07:48 AM

Side Strips
 
In this sequence, Larry glues up the side strips. The are made from the offcuts of the back and/or sides. They help prevent grain line cracks, and if a crack should occur, they prevent it from traveling the length of the side.

The inner mold is removed.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...pslhlzx3ou.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps3p4ay7eh.jpg

The "unstripped" sides and the strip stock.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps2keqfbef.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psy9s2ntvg.jpg

The side strips being dry fit.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps5v5xda0e.jpg


Now they are glued and clamped.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psivnhfcrb.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psfnsopudk.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps236n4esc.jpg


http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...pshbthtog4.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psotdk5stt.jpg

OddManOut 03-25-2016 08:11 AM

Neck Joint 1
 
Larry routs and carves the mortise and tenon for the neck joint.

Here are the necks for the two guitars Larry is currently building. Mine is the maple neck.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...pssvxxivfh.jpg

The heel prior to any carving.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psfuw0zfit.jpg

A look at Larry's standard five-piece mahogany neck with the uncarved face of the heel.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps6encnxuo.jpg

With the bolt holes drilled through the tail block, the mortise is routed. The router is placed atop the jig shown and a mortise is born.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...pscvzzoqe0.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps7ts1ctvm.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psryepqzjq.jpg

The neck is clamped to the body, and the position of the tenon is marked on the heel.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psn37yjvrg.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...pswuuyrpae.jpg

The tenon is now carved into the heel.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps2zpaff9m.jpg


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