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Old 07-17-2019, 07:18 AM
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Default Cocobolo OM Fan Fret Build for Jim

I met Jim at the LaConner show and by the end of the show we had come to agreement on a commission for this build.



Parts gathered to start the project




Sides bent and blocks shaped ready to glue up rim



Rim completed ready for rest bevels and kerf cut lining



Kerf cut lining and bevel rest parts ready. Note 2 back bevels as ordered by client



Back bevels being glued to sides



Arm rest bevel lining



Top Kerf cut lining glue up



Back kerf cut lining glue up



Rim ready for rest shaping, side bracing and sound port.



Top and back ready for Rosette and bracing



Top routed for rosette



Rosette installed and sanded level, Fingerboard laying over top for final look preview



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Old 07-25-2019, 01:01 PM
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The top and back now braces and ready for voicing









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Old 07-30-2019, 03:32 PM
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In-letting the back braces into the sides



This will have bevels on both sides of the back as per Jim's request



Top ready to glue to sides



Top and sides pre cut for armrest bevel

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Old 07-30-2019, 04:38 PM
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Smile This will be COMFY

I am a major fan of bevels. The older I get the more I appreciate the extra comfort!

Looks sweet so far... have FUN

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What a sweet set of Coco!

This is really looking great so far.....
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More progress photos



Top attached using gobar deck



Back ready to attach to rim

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Back attached in gobar deck



Box closed ready to rout for binding



Cocobolo porn shot



Cocobolo back going to be a beauty under finish coats

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Binding and bevel veneer completed



















wet with solvent to simulate final color after finish

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Gorgeous! Are your bevels covered with single pieces of ebony that you've bent to fit?
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Are your bevels covered with single pieces of ebony that you've bent to fit?
With ebony binding I use black Dyed veneer as solid black ebony is almost impossible to get. With other binding I try to match the veneer, at normal veneer thickness no pre-bending needed though the back bevel is a bit harder in the waist area. Veneer is taped on tight with binding tape until the glue dries.

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Wood working completed and ready for finish application which is done in house.















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That looks fantastic, Fred!

Really looking forward to seeing it under finish...
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The guitar is started into the finishing process, photos after the 1st coat of West system epoxy pore fill



Pore fill started






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That's a stunner. Very nice Cocobolo and beautiful rosette work.
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The pore fill is now completed,the neck is set and bridge located using locating pins in outer bridge pin holes. This allows me to mask the top and accurately glue on the bridge. A few photos showing the tools I use to set neck alignment and angle and bridge location.

Now ready for masking and a visit to my spray booth for a few days;














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Guitar is now completed and will soon leave for its new home. I have retired the tree as backdrop for my photos and thanks to one of my students photo setup nave somewhat better results.




























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