The Acoustic Guitar Forum

The Acoustic Guitar Forum (https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/forums/index.php)
-   Custom Shop (https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=38)
-   -   Hatcher's Studio 2021 (https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=601295)

Mark Hatcher 01-19-2021 05:40 AM

Snakewood
 
I just got this shipment of fretboards, bridges, headstock overlays, backstraps, binding, and tuner buttons!

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...5625da6f_c.jpg

I can do a lot with a 30 inch long, 35lb half log of Snakewood!

Archaic Guitars 01-19-2021 05:46 AM

Not to be too nosey, but does switching to all hand tools also include sawing and milling that snakewood by hand as well?

I particularly endorse the q-tip dispenser in the background!

Lonzo 01-19-2021 09:21 AM

..cool! Not only the snakewood log, this also nicely shows your new bench and how you set it up at a distance and with the tool board... hope your horror story with the Tree back/guitar has not happened yet and now will not ever happen ;o)
Looks great and the new seat will fit in very well, both practically and optically.
Enjoy !

Mark Hatcher 01-19-2021 03:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Archaic Guitars (Post 6608523)
Not to be too nosey, but does switching to all hand tools also include sawing and milling that snakewood by hand as well?

I particularly endorse the q-tip dispenser in the background!

I won't be doing much sawing and milling of Snakewood quite yet. I don't have the saws to handle it yet. I've been studying ways to resaw by hand. My tools to buy and learn to use list includes a Blackburn Roubo frame saw kit. I'll start with cedar and some domestic hardwoods and work my way up to the harder and more expensive woods from there. In the meantime I'll keep doing it the old fashioned way using my bandsaw to cut the blanks and go with hand tools from there.

I also know someone from our local makerspace that is an expert with Japanese saws. He has built large structures with these and understands the methods and saws for working timber. After we get through this pandemic I hope to spend some time with him to get a feel for what I can do using the larger Japanese tools.

I built three little dispensers into that shelf: the Q-tip dispenser, one for pins and one for tooth picks. You've got to keep those critical high tech little hand tools in easy reach!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lonzo (Post 6608657)
..cool! Not only the Snakewood log, this also nicely shows your new bench and how you set it up at a distance and with the tool board... hope your horror story with the Tree back/guitar has not happened yet and now will not ever happen ;o)
Looks great and the new seat will fit in very well, both practically and optically.
Enjoy !

Thanks Lonzo, no accidents yet luckily, I'm pretty good at predicting the worst. I still have a way to go getting the tools I want and researching what is available and who is making/selling them.

Mark

Mark Hatcher 01-21-2021 08:18 AM

Swing Away Stool Swung Away
 
I got the swing away stool arm and hardware last night and now have it all set up. It works wonderfully so please pardon me for a minute while I obsess:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...5ffd6fff_c.jpg

Here the Swing Away is Swung Away:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...7cd6280d_b.jpg

OK back to work!

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...ef074166_b.jpg

Thanks for viewing!
Mark

Nemoman 01-21-2021 11:38 AM

Looks beautiful, Mark--what a sweet set-up!

BrianM99 01-21-2021 01:55 PM

That's a mighty neat and clean workshop. Not a bad looking Woodsman either.

Mark Hatcher 01-22-2021 02:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nemoman (Post 6610632)
Looks beautiful, Mark--what a sweet set-up!

Thanks Nemoman!

Quote:

Originally Posted by BrianM99 (Post 6610722)
That's a mighty neat and clean workshop. Not a bad looking Woodsman either.

I got that Woodsman strung up today. The bridge was glued on yesterday so it was ready to go this morning. That starts with drilling the bridge pin holes on through the top of the guitar. The holes were already started so they guide the drill bit the rest of the way through:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...27d8ed7e_c.jpg

You also may notice the I am not drilling the holes straight down through the top but am coming at it from a bit of an angle. I ramp the back of my bridges and the bridge pins heads will sit flat to that surface.

I also tilt the saddle back at an angle for several reasons. One is this relieves some of the forward pressure from strings wanting to pushing the saddle from behind. That forward pressure can cause a bridge to crack out after time.
The second reason is the saddle is set at an angle is to help keep the guitar from loosing intonation when the saddle is raised or lowered. The higher the saddle the further back the string break point goes which helps offset the addition stretch on the strings when fretted from the greater height.

Now neither of thee things are really vintage ideas but they are subtle changes and,well, better is better.

I use my egg beater hand drill for this purpose now. It is remarkable how much easier it is to hold the angle correctly with this than a heavy powered drill. The egg beater is perfectly balanced and the handle is in line with drill bit. A power drill is faster while the egg beater is slower and more accurate. I'll take accurate over faster.

Here are a couple initial pics of the guitar:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...ecfb61a9_c.jpghttps://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...e300e5cd_c.jpg

Nemoman 01-22-2021 02:56 PM

That looks fantastic, Mark--the french polish finish really sets it off beautifully!

Mark Hatcher 01-22-2021 05:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nemoman (Post 6611715)
That looks fantastic, Mark--the french polish finish really sets it off beautifully!

Thanks Nemoman, I like the look of French polish too. It really keeps your attention on the actual wood and the grain pops with a sense of depth.

Thanks for commenting!
Mark

TomB'sox 01-22-2021 06:21 PM

I have one French polished guitar and I have to say, it is extremely responsive. Of course it had a very good builder behind it (David Wren), but it is a sweet guitar!

This Woodsman looks phenomenal and I feel like I can almost hear it already!

cigarfan 01-23-2021 04:59 AM

The current Woodsman looks great Mark. I too love the way French polish yields a natural wood look and pops the grain.

Wish I was there to join you for a Padron.

Mark Hatcher 01-23-2021 10:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TomB'sox (Post 6611923)
I have one French polished guitar and I have to say, it is extremely responsive. Of course it had a very good builder behind it (David Wren), but it is a sweet guitar!

This Woodsman looks phenomenal and I feel like I can almost hear it already!

Thanks Tom, I hope to get a sound clip made before this guitar ships. I agree French polish really lets the response and tone shine! This is a responsive one too, partly owing to it’s sub 4lb overall weight.

Quote:

Originally Posted by cigarfan (Post 6612247)
The current Woodsman looks great Mark. I too love the way French polish yields a natural wood look and pops the grain.

Wish I was there to join you for a Padron.

Thanks cigarfan! That would be great. It seems Padrons have been in shorter supply lately. Apparently Honduras has been socked pretty heavily by hurricanes recently on top of everything else that is already going on.

Mark

Mark Hatcher 01-23-2021 03:58 PM

Weekend Work on the Workshop
 
The weekend is here so it's time to work on the workshop. This week I started getting in my new upgraded layout tools. I'm building modular racks to hold tools to the 4' by 8' slatboard wall behind the workbench. The advantage of the slat board is I can move the rack units around and I can arrange the tools right to the slatboard until I have them organized in a way that works best with my workflow before committing them to a custom rack.

I have four racks done so far and two to go:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...97d2190c_c.jpg

Top left is saws and drills and the shelf rack below is smalls including hex nibs and handles. The top middle is planes and scrapers. Below that is the handled tools rack which is mostly chisels.

I now have the layout tools top right on the slatboard until their positions settle in. Below that will be another shelf rack with to-be determined tools.

I am very pleased with how this is working so far and I am happy to see that using hand tools I can reach almost everything I need to make a guitar while standing at my bench.

cigarfan 01-24-2021 04:05 AM

Schweeet !!! :)

Mark Hatcher 01-30-2021 04:12 PM

Penelope Cross Over start
 
I have a new start on a Penelope nylon cross over:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...10f1c5a0_c.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...268ee5fc_b.jpg

It will be Western Red Cedar on two toned water falls figured Bubinga.
I have been filling out my WRC supply with more color and figure choices so we need to make a choice on which top:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...eff8bc69_c.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...d5086c9d_c.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...50be57b6_c.jpg

We went with the natural sunburst top. One reason this top was chosen was how well its color matched up the the figured two toned Bubinga sides:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...93a081d7_c.jpg

This guitar will have the elevated fretboard and the lyre stye headstock I use with the Knilling planetary geared tuning pegs. This will also be the first Florentine cut away Penelope that I have made in the eighteen years I've been making this model.

I think this will be fun build to watch because there will be more surprises along the way!

And we're off!

warfrat73 01-30-2021 10:14 PM

That is a stunning piece of Bubinga. That's going to be one good looking guitar.

cigarfan 01-31-2021 05:26 AM

Schweet! The Bubinga shimmers. Wow! I'll be watching for those surprises.

BrianM99 01-31-2021 05:41 AM

Choice looking woods there. Lovely!

Mark Hatcher 01-31-2021 09:08 AM

Here are the dimensions of my Penelope model:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...ce3f0dd0_b.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by warfrat73 (Post 6620402)
That is a stunning piece of Bubinga. That's going to be one good looking guitar.

Thanks warfrat73. There's a lot going on in the figure of this set!

Quote:

Originally Posted by cigarfan (Post 6620504)
Schweet! The Bubinga shimmers. Wow! I'll be watching for those surprises.

Thanks for following cigarfan.

Quote:

Originally Posted by BrianM99 (Post 6620511)
Choice looking woods there. Lovely!

Thanks BrianM99!

TomB'sox 01-31-2021 09:29 AM

Those were some amazing looking tops, could not make a wrong choice with those.

Mark Hatcher 01-31-2021 04:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TomB'sox (Post 6620660)
Those were some amazing looking tops, could not make a wrong choice with those.

It would be tough to tell the apart blindfolded. They weigh and sound very close to each other. It would be a fun experiment to see if they were rated differently blindfolded verse in sight.

Guitars44me 01-31-2021 08:40 PM

Holy Smokes!!!
 
What a SET OF WOODS!!! Super beautiful

Have FUN with this

We will enjoy vicariously...

Salud

Paul

Mark Hatcher 02-01-2021 07:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Guitars44me (Post 6621406)
What a SET OF WOODS!!! Super beautiful

Have FUN with this

We will enjoy vicariously...

Salud

Paul

Glad to have you along Paul!

Here I am laying out on the cedar halves where the top will be cut after it is prepped and glued:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...947f8fe6_c.jpg

In this next picture I am setting up to plane the two halves and lay up the top. You can see in front the tops are on a shooting board which levels and squares the plane. A planed surface glues better than a sanded or scraped surface so the plane cut needs to be perfect.

Back on the workbench you can see three bar clamps and various other clamps I'll use when I glue the top. Planing the wood for joining and gluing it is not two steps, it is one step. The faster the wood is glued after being prepped the better the glue joint will be. Fifteen minutes is an unacceptable amount of time to wait before gluing, especially WRC, so everything is ready upfront:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...d84ba4ac_b.jpg

Here it is step complete:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...d025fbe4_b.jpg

Thanks for viewing!
Mark

Mark Hatcher 02-02-2021 03:36 PM

The Fretboard
 
Here is a picture of the fretboard:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...0ee091e6_c.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...f546c185_k.jpg

The inlay work is by Larry Robinson. This kicks things up a bit, ya think?

TomB'sox 02-02-2021 04:56 PM

Wow, amazing fret board work by Mr. Robinson!!!!

Nemoman 02-02-2021 05:21 PM

Stunning fretboard!

SJ VanSandt 02-02-2021 06:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 6623258)
Here is a picture of the fretboard:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...0ee091e6_c.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...f546c185_k.jpg

The inlay work is by Larry Robinson. This kicks things up a bit, ya think?

I'll say! That's one of my favorite pieces I've seen posted on Larry's FB page. I should have known it was for you - it fits your aesthetic to a T (IMHO, of course).

Lonzo 02-03-2021 06:00 AM

That is absolutely lovely and beautiful... I think I‘d be afraid to scratch it and wouldn‘t dare playing it... sure a piece of art within another one.

Mark Hatcher 02-03-2021 10:37 AM

How is this all going to go?
 
Thanks for commenting everyone!

I had to do some thinking to figure out how to make the colors in this:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...0ee091e6_c.jpg

Go with the colors in this:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...50be57b6_c.jpg

After some consideration what stood out to me was the green stem that runs through out the fretboard inlay. That's a color that would easily carry over.
So my thought was to put Lignum Vitae wood in the rosette which is the same color as that stem.

An easy second thought was to go with black Ebony binding on both the fretboard, guitar body and headstock.

The final idea was to add abalone purfling to the fretboard and carry it into everything else,

Here was my mock-up:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...9a48b7d0_c.jpg

After all parties agreed next step is to make the rosette. I used a center ring of Lignum Vitae wood which came from this board:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...44f3302e_c.jpg

Now the funny thing about Lignum Vitae is this is the color of that board freshly cut:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...2e91d81c_c.jpg

It's UV light that brings out the green. Normally I'd put it outside but not in this weather. Fortunately, enough UV makes it through a window to slowly green things up.

So here is the top with rosette in but she's not quite ready for her close-up:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...25f6325e_c.jpg

Thanks for following along!
Mark


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:22 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, The Acoustic Guitar Forum

vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=