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Old 11-25-2018, 06:14 AM
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All right. Now I am just mad. I am sure you are probably a nice person, but the stories of wood like that just......

If I had a couple beers in me I'd take a swing at you.
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Old 11-27-2018, 10:35 AM
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Here is a picture of the headstock overlay:



It has a swipe of shellac on it to show color and figure.


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Interesting. Are you going to fill the carved out area with epoxy or keep it like that?
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Old 11-27-2018, 11:16 AM
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Interesting. Are you going to fill the carved out area with epoxy or keep it like that?
The cut out area will be filled with part background color and part shadow as I tried to capture in this photo.
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Magnificent! I love it all, so far. Did you decide to do the neck in mahogany or Spanish cedar?
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Magnificent! I love it all, so far. Did you decide to do the neck in mahogany or Spanish cedar?
Thanks SJ VanSandt. I was having a tough time choosing between Mahogany and Spanish Cedar. I have 100yr+ Mahogany but, the really old guitars were made with Spanish Cedar necks. In the end I decided to go with Spanish Cedar because I am also making this a very lightweight guitar and the cedar is substantially lighter. Plus I love the smell of it!
I'm in the market for really old Spanish Cedar. Maybe I can find an old boat up for salvage.

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Love this thread ... the story about the redwood ... and that peghead overlay ... wow!
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Just read through this entire thread......amazing wood......the Redwood is sublime! Love it! Your entire approach is so professional, knowledgeable and beautiful, Mark. Congrats on a fabulous build and thanks for taking us along!!
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Love this thread ... the story about the redwood ... and that peghead overlay ... wow!
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Just read through this entire thread......amazing wood......the Redwood is sublime! Love it! Your entire approach is so professional, knowledgeable and beautiful, Mark. Congrats on a fabulous build and thanks for taking us along!!
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Thank you for the kind words Fred! I am passionate about my work and I enjoy sharing what I do and what Iím thinking about in the process. In many ways putting my thoughts together to do posts helps me clarify in my own mind my purpose and intentions.

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I have the neck fitted to the body and am now gluing on the fretboard and head plate. As I am building this guitar I think about the traditional methods and the tools that were used. Building a vintage style guitar sets the stage for seeing my usual building methods from a different perspective. I'm saying this because when I look at the picture here I'm thinking maybe I should have used wooden cam clamps or spindle clamps like they used to use. But then I think if they had these lightweight clamps that are so easy to adjust the clamping strength with and can be used with only one hand, I'm sure that's what they would have used. Traditional woodworking has always valued using the best tool for the job and these little plastic clamps are just better for this job:

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This is all coming together beautifully.
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This is all coming together beautifully.
Thanks ukejon, Iíll carve and clean up the neck this week and start putting the finish on this week. There wonít be a sending it away to the finisher pause on this one as Iím doing it entirely in house. I have a new (to me) French Polish method that I believe is great for this guitar. Iíve been testing and practicing it and I feel it holds great promise. This technique aligns perfectly with the vintage nature of the Woodsman.

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I roughed out the neck today. I love the smell of Spanish Cedar so carving and sanding is a pleasure. Actually, doing necks is a pleasure anyway. Out of all the steps involved in making guitar shaping the neck is my favorite:



We're getting a lot closer to how this guitar is going to look in the end:





So this is what it looks like when you reach the halfway mark.

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Love it - it's very beautiful at this stage. I was wondering if you have decided on the finish you are going to use for this one. Varnish? French polish? Nitro-cellulose finishes go pretty far back into the 20th century, I think, but I think this guitar would look great with a softer, less glassy finish. Just my two cents.

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Love it - it's very beautiful at this stage. I was wondering if you have decided on the finish you are going to use for this one. Varnish? French polish? Nitro-cellulose finishes go pretty far back into the 20th century, I think, but I think this guitar would look great with a softer, less glassy finish. Just my two cents.

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Stan, I absolutely could not agree with you more! I will be French polishing this guitar. I have been doing a great deal of research and testing of French Polish methods and not the modern French polish methods that try to emulate a contemporary finish look. Iíll have a much more to say and show as we get into it this week!
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