Monday, September 30, 2013

Battle in orange dust

This week in the land of orange dust.

We pickup with our hero in the process of cleaning up a neck blank and making it into something useful. The new dust collecting equipment is working overtime trying to stop the orange tide of particles.

Cleaning up the neck blank involves band saws and table routers. First the band saw. Cut the excess from the blank.

We only have to be close to the plane of the fretboard as the router table finishes it up. Then a quick pass through to thickness the headstock. I start on the big saw but 1" blades don't turn and follow volutes so I moved to the small bandsaw. You can see the wedge holding the first cut open.

Now to the router table to do some scary stuff.

While I had the router table setup I might as well cut the trussrod on the other neck blank laying around.

A little silicon to stop trussrod rattle. It had to dry fully before attaching the fretboard.

Preparing to glue the top on the new headless guitar as well as cleaning up the neck blank. I am going to use a walnut veneer between the top and the body. I want the line but don't want to waste an ebony veneer. I just need something dark enough to be seen.

RoboRAD worked overtime this weekend.

Multiscale humbucker bobbins on the machine.

Then a 6 string neck.

While the CNC was working I profiled a 7 string neck by hand.

And put wheels on my new Drum sander. Yes it is that heavy.

Wasting rotting ebony is not going to happen on my watch. This is what West Systems epoxy can fix. It soaks into the rot and voids so I can use something this ugly. This is not a customers guitar so it matters even less to me. But it is going to work and look good. After sanding most of the voids and soft spots are gone.

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