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Old 05-16-2023, 05:52 PM
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Thoroughly enjoying this, Tom!! What a blast!! And with some great folks.

Following along......watching for your next chapter.

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Old 05-16-2023, 07:42 PM
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This brings back some awesome memories--I know you're having a blast!

Enjoy the ride...
Thanks, I bet it does, today's pics should really bring back some memories, some not so good either LOL!

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Wow! I am so happy for you. This will no doubt be an experience you will cherish forever. That will be a very special guitar for you. You do realize 9 out of 10 Doctors recommend guitar building for a strong and healthy heart and, largely contributes to years of happy living.......
Thank you, did get a cardiac workout today sanding rims, woot woot!

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Getting to hang out in one of the nicest shops I've ever visited, with two stellar humans/luthiers and build a guitar sounds good to me! Good luck, Mr Sox, and have fun.
Your name has come up several times thus far, I will leave you to worry about the context.

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Thoroughly enjoying this, Tom!! What a blast!! And with some great folks.

Following along......watching for your next chapter.

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Old 05-16-2023, 07:49 PM
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Thought day one was busy, well then there was day 2!

We started the day by bending and installing the back linings, kerfed reversed linings.

GB day 2 a.jpg

Then I got to use my favorite tool and jig to cut out the sound hole which is way cool.

GB day 2 b.jpg

Then I cut out the rough shape of the top, not being a hero, cowards are rewarded in this shop!

gb day 2 c.jpg

Thicknessing the top, I took it a bit thinner then planned, but hey, it is either gonna implode or it will be very responsive! I am hoping for the latter.

gb day 2 d.jpg

You have heard of Man vs. Food, this is my version of Man vs. Go-bar...

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Man Won!!!

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Old 05-16-2023, 08:03 PM
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OK, definitely not my favorite task. The sides are cut proud, no heroes allowed at the bandsaw, unfortunately that means the sides have to be sanded down to match the radius of the back in this nifty little jig run by human power. Good luck to you if you have a rotator cuff injury!

gb day 2 h.jpg

Here I am using a chisel to carve the back braces, I did OK, but a little nerve racking. I passed the test as no blood was drawn on mine nor anyone else's fingers or hands.

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Next up was the second stage of top braces, the finger braces, the sound hole braces and a center joint reinforcement piece.

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OH GUESS WHAT? There is a TOP AND A BOTTOM to a guitar, I got to do it again!!!! If I am not mistaken, over my groans of pain, I think I heard Ryan laughing.

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Next up was rough cutting the peghead to size. I am being watched by Steve closely. I think I have proven myself a bit to Ryan, I had not worked with Steve too much yet, so he is paying close attention to what I am doing. I think I passed, I am pretty sure he was impressed by my one handed technique LOL!

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Drilling holes for the tuners.

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So after lining up the back and marking where the braces would by laying across the lining with a dental pick, I used a router to remove the lining to allow the braces to fit down into the lining and for the back to be glued to the sides.

gb day 2 o.jpg

The end of day two culminated into the aforementioned back being glued in and tortured with a series of rubber bands and a few clamps just to show it who is the boss. A lot of work done today, but very satisfying as well. Supposed to have a closed box by the end of tomorrow which means someone has to carve those top braces, I have a feeling that might just be me, Yikes!

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Thicknessing the top, I took it a bit thinner then planned, but hey, it is either gonna implode or it will be very responsive! I am hoping for the latter.

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Looking good guys. What will the binding be?
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Old 05-16-2023, 08:59 PM
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I have been singled out in the past for my fashion sense.

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Looking good guys. What will the binding be?
Wait, we have to do binding too???
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Go, Tom, Go! Looking sweet. Responsive is our wish for you, Sir.

Maybe you need some CF support rods, but perhaps too late for that…

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Such fun to watch! Things are lookin' schweeet!

When do you install the 45 style paua? Really looking forward to that.
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Old 05-17-2023, 06:28 AM
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Maybe you need some CF support rods, but perhaps too late for that…

Cheers

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Thank you Paul, I was thinking of coating the whole thing in titanium!

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When do you install the 45 style paua? Really looking forward to that.
That is far too pedestrian for me Dennis, you should know that...
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Gosh darn, this is exciting! Cutting the channel for the binding - Now that will be nerve racking!!!!

Add "wood surgeon" to your CV.
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Outstanding, Tom! What a thrill this must be. Good on ya!
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What a fun interesting thing to do.. ( Enjoy the Journey ) Looking forward to progression photos .

Side note :: those black and red ones, are the same hearing protection HP's I used for years Unfortunately they broke last year and my new ones are not near as comfortable
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OK, definitely not my favorite task. The sides are cut proud, no heroes allowed at the bandsaw, unfortunately that means the sides have to be sanded down to match the radius of the back in this nifty little jig run by human power. Good luck to you if you have a rotator cuff injury!

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I heard Steve has a potters wheel for that task, but he only breaks it out for some folks
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