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Old 05-26-2011, 02:13 PM
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Just a quick note to say I'm really enjoying this thread! Thanks for the frequent updates and keep up the good work Roger.
Thanks. I really appreciate that. I'm hoping to get a lot of pics this weekend as my buddy and I try to get about 5 hours of building in
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Old 05-28-2011, 05:58 PM
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So my neighbor is also a bit of a tinkerer and works at a place that manufactures builders supplies/tools. We had a joint garage sale today, and he had some bins full of brand new tools, some of which were nice, metal yardsticks. I picked one up to tell him what I had planned for it, and he goes into the garage and gets me this-- a nice piece of 2mm thick aluminum.



I'll cut some slots in to fit over the frets, and I'll have a great tool to make sure my neck is level when I do fret levels

Combine that with the granite that my home-builder friend is having polished up for me, and I'm going to be a fret-leveling machine... oh yeah, as soon as I really figure out how to do it
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Old 05-29-2011, 05:04 AM
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Stew mac has a "Fret Rocker" that is excellent for the fine tuning of the frets.
The project looks cool. Installing a Rocket launcher?
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Old 05-29-2011, 09:35 PM
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Ok, since I couldn't do any work on the actual guitar today, I figured I'd work on some things that I'll need later. I got this from my same neighbor who works for the building supplies manufacturer.



Cut it down to a more useable size with my trusty hacksaw



Cut some slots that correspond to frets-- again using my hacksaw. I've used that tool more than anything else up to this point, I think.



File the slots into v-grooves using a file I found while cleaning out my dad's old toolbox today. It's not exactly pretty...



But it works great. This is my new neck bow gauge for use when I do my fret level.

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Old 06-02-2011, 02:08 PM
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That's awesome I need to make one of those, the Stew-Mac one is way to much. I usually just put a strait edge along the side of the neck on the bottom of the fretboard.
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Old 06-04-2011, 04:51 PM
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Very cool build. Love what you are doing with the ammo box.
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:32 AM
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Any updates on this build? Looks really interesting!


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Old 06-17-2011, 08:41 AM
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Loving the series, Roger! Can't wait to see the final product.

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Old 06-21-2011, 08:07 AM
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I think the military took him out for messing with their stuff......
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:39 PM
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I've made some significant progress after so long. I've just kind of given up on waiting for my buddy to get some time, so I've just started heading over to his shop when I get the time. Luckily he trusts me and doesn't mind

I had to go pick up a top bearing bit today


I then worked on getting my working template ready. Here my master template is clamped on top of another piece of mdf


Truth be told, I was so excited to start routing the actual body that I didn't finish with the working template. I just used the master

Here's the body just after routing the profile


And after cavity routing


The routing wasn't perfect, and I had some tearout in a couple of spots. I'm not really worried about it, though, because as you may remember, this one isn't going to look factory-fresh and brand new.

Sorry some of the pics aren't too good. I only had my cell phone with me at one point. Anyway, I'm pretty pumped about moving forward finally.
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Old 07-08-2011, 06:46 PM
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Looks great! Glad to see some progress on this one.
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Just checkin to see if any new progress has been made. Cool project to kinda watch .

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Old 08-19-2011, 01:55 PM
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Just checkin to see if any new progress has been made. Cool project to kinda watch .

Rick
I concur. I don't stop in at the forum without checking Build and Repair for this particular thread. Hope all is well, Roger.
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Old 08-19-2011, 04:06 PM
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Thanks guys. Everything's fine. I just haven't had ANY time to work on it... until today

It's been a loooong time, but we have PROGRESS!

I finished up my neck pocket jig, routed my neck pocket, did the round-over, re-routed my control cavity to proper depth, and made my neck template. The neck pocket still needs some work, though, and I'm not sure of the best way to proceed. I was able to do a mock-up though. I like it!



This isn't the bridge I'm going to use. I'm making my own out of the .50 cal ammo box, but I don't have it worked enough for the mock-up, so I just grabbed one to put on.
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:17 PM
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Looking good!
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