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Tim McKnight 04-06-2016 08:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LouieAtienza (Post 4890876)
Sorry Tim, it's too easy...

On a more serious nore, hope all is well. I have no experience with olive wood, wondering what your thoughts were as to sound/workability. ... it sure is pretty stuff.

Olive has been great to work with. It's a true hard wood, it bends easily, its close pored. The best part so far is the olive aroma wafting through the shop as its worked. I had always assumed that the wood would be oily but that's not been the case that I have found with this project. It has glued easily with no hint of glue / joint failure with PVA or Hot Hide Glue..

Tonally it has a good tap tone with a lower main frequency. We are still a month away from hearing it strung up.

Tim McKnight 04-10-2016 07:11 AM

Sanding the body and bindings flush with one another:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-H...2/IMG_3283.JPG




Rounding over the sharp corners on the bindings:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-0...2/IMG_3285.JPG





Most luthiers would notice Mary squatting under my arm pit to get a shot like this, but I've has grown quite accustomed to Mary being in my way ;)
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-K...2/IMG_3286.JPG




There is still a lot of hand sanding to do, in tight areas that power tools won't access:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-5...2/IMG_3287.JPG

Tim McKnight 04-10-2016 03:14 PM

Super high tech top secret wood math:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-b...2/IMG_3303.JPG




Now that the prototype is well on its way its time to show the actual sibling McTele:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-n...2/IMG_3304.JPG




Back to watching the excitement of the Masters ;)

LouieAtienza 04-10-2016 07:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tim McKnight (Post 4896299)
Super high tech top secret wood math:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-b...2/IMG_3303.JPG




Now that the prototype is well on its way its time to show the actual sibling McTele:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-n...2/IMG_3304.JPG




Back to watching the excitement of the Masters ;)

I think the big top secret question here is, what is that piece of wood wrapped up in foil for?!

I think the ivoroid was a great choice! Can't wait to see the finish on it... we need a mock up with the neck!

Tim McKnight 04-11-2016 12:09 PM

Its not foil but remnants of wax paper and glue from the lay up in the vacuum frame.

Tim McKnight 04-13-2016 10:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LouieAtienza (Post 4896495)
Can't wait to see the finish on it... we need a mock up with the neck!

Ask and ye shall receive ;)
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6...2/IMG_3339.JPG





Locating the neck bolt holes:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-D...2/IMG_3337.JPG




Locating the pick up jack hole:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-a...2/IMG_3340.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-P...2/IMG_3341.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-t...2/IMG_3342.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-s...2/IMG_3343.JPG




Grandpa's final quality control "cookie" inspector:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-0...2/IMG_3345.JPG

drplayer 04-13-2016 11:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Tim McKnight (Post 4899522)
Grandpa's final quality control "cookie" inspector:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-0...2/IMG_3345.JPG

I would think that sweet little gal would need at least one more sample to fully assess the consistency of the batch?

Mary 04-13-2016 03:21 PM

My favorite cookie IS the little girl on Grandpa's bench. http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Hey, what's this I just read? Tim is use to me being in the way? Hmmmm ...

(Commercial break. If anyone is interested in coming to the McJam on June 24 and 25 please let us know so we can add you to the sign up list. Vern and Jane just signed up for this year, too.)

Steve Kinnaird 04-13-2016 10:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Mary (Post 4899831)
My favorite cookie IS the little girl on Grandpa's bench. http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Ooh, she's a cutie!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mary (Post 4899831)
(Commercial break. If anyone is interested in coming to the McJam on June 24 and 25 please let us know so we can add you to the sign up list. Vern and Jane just signed up for this year, too.)

Let me know if you guys need some good looking t-shirts for the party. :D

Tim, aren't Tele's McFun to build?!

Steve

MC5C 04-14-2016 07:14 AM

very interested to see your finishing schedule on the curly redwood top of the tele. I just finished a curly redwood archtop, the flame is about the same as yours, and did a red/brown to yellow sunburst using dyes hand rubbed over a shellac seal coat. I was able to enhance the flame a bit, but nothing I tried really got it to pop. Looking forward to see what you do.

Mary 04-14-2016 04:03 PM

Gladly Steve! (and anyone else else who wants to donate a door prize) McJammer's like to win freebies. :)

Email me at: [email protected]
OR send things to me at the following address:


Mary McKnight
c/o McJam 2016
187 South Street
PO Box 6
Morral, Ohio
43337-0006

Tim McKnight 04-15-2016 10:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Steve Kinnaird (Post 4900208)
Tim, aren't Tele's McFun to build?!
Steve

They are, well at least the first two have been. I doubt I will make a habit of it but its certainly a nice change of pace.

Tim McKnight 04-15-2016 10:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MC5C (Post 4900446)
very interested to see your finishing schedule on the curly redwood top of the tele. I just finished a curly redwood archtop, the flame is about the same as yours, and did a red/brown to yellow sunburst using dyes hand rubbed over a shellac seal coat. I was able to enhance the flame a bit, but nothing I tried really got it to pop. Looking forward to see what you do.

Please stay tuned because I should have some pics up soon.

Tim McKnight 04-17-2016 08:09 AM

This piece of curly walnut will end up as the pick guard.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-n...2/IMG_3349.JPG





Trying to decide on natural or a bit of stain on the Olive wood. The right side is just shellac and the left side is wiped with a bit of vintage maple stain. The stain brings out a bit more grain definition of the slight amount of curl in the wood. Our customer opted for the stain:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-s...2/IMG_3351.JPG

jessupe 04-17-2016 11:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Tim McKnight (Post 4885182)
Sometimes things just don't go as well as you've planned. We wanted to use curly walnut binding on the electric to match the acoustic build but the wood was just too stubborn to comply:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-U...2/IMG_3251.JPG




It would get to about right here:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-P...2/IMG_3253.JPG




And then SNAP
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-m...2/IMG_3264.JPG




Even this guy was no help:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-0...2/IMG_3265.JPG




Frustration was setting in BIG TIME! I made the binding thinner, as thin as I could and it still snapped. I soaked it over night in Super Soft II and still no luck. Sometimes its just best to just take your lumps and humbly move in another direction:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-3...2/IMG_3266.JPG

perhaps next time this may be of some help? You do beautiful work!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Z0SsAyHKzc


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