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Posted by: @boo

Ps. I’ve got my haggis and whisky ready for Burns night. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🥃 (there is no haggis emoji) 

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Great work @koendb and you are braver than me, I’ve still only got as far as vaguely thinking about an acoustic build one day.

 

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@koendb that's looking really nice. Getting closer to closing the box in. 🙂


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Looking great @koendb. Coming together nicely. 

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This morning I glued one side in, during lunchbreak the other..

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Perhaps I should buy  a lottery ticket.. 2 spots where I had JUST enough space left on the soundboard. Next time I ll make sure to leave more extra space when bandsawing the top 😊 

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Now I have a 3D version of my soon to be guitar 🙂

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Nice work Koen

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@koendb It’s looking so good Koen, I bet you are excited, I am. 👍

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I bet you are excited, I am. 👍

I am supressing my excitement until I played it 😜 ( but I could not prevent a bit of pride to escape 😉)


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Looking good!


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@koendb that is looking fantastic.  🙂


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@koendb

Great work you are getting more confident I think

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  • Sanding of the sides: done.
  • Facets towards heel and tail: done.
  • Kerfed lining for the back: done.
    Although a bit sloppy cut work there, I am afraid my notches are a bit on the big side. Here and there also some rough chisel work, resulting in broken pieces of kerfed lining.
    I do need some more work in refining my techniques.
  • Braces on the back cut to size.
  • Test fitted everything, some work on back graft and heelblock to get everything fitting properly ( hopefully )
  • Cleaned up the side join which, I find acceptable. You can not feel the transition between the difference in thickness of the sides.
    There was hardly a gapto begin with, but I sanded from the thicker side, towards the thiner side, keeping all collected wooddust, which filled all possible little gaps, then I used thin CA glue along the seem, sanded it all out after drying. Job Done.
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After dry clamping 3 or 4 times, writing something on the soundboard, I went all in and glued the back on.

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Wish me luck!


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@koendb beautiful work. Well done. 🙂


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@koenbe, you are clearly on a roll! I bet you’re not getting much real work done!

Great job and I’m sure you’ll love it when you get to string it up. Just in case it doesn’t knock your socks off from day, one, I had guitar which started of sounding really very thin but which has completely changed in tone over the course of two years so sometimes you may just have to give the guitar time to settle down with the string tension applied. It is now completely awesome and probably my favourite self build.

Cheers

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@koendb

OK then good luck. I agree totally with Darren the instrument will take some time to settle down before it plays well. Are you planning to finish the neck and sound box before they are fixed together or after. 

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Success!
No light gaping through the cracks, squeeze out all around
Also around the heel and tailblock.

I could not completely contain the excitement this morning 🙂

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Posted by: @darrenking

I had guitar which started of sounding really very thin but which has completely changed in tone over the course of two years

@darrenking Yeah I know. we'll figure that one out when we get there. I will love it anyway, cause I made it myself

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Are you planning to finish the neck and sound box before they are fixed together or after. 

@rocknroller912 I am not sure yet, need to rewatch The acoustic build instruction videos again. I am more leaning towards the idea to do it when it is fully assembled ( minus the bridge ). But I am open to all suggestions


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Beautiful work @koendb 

Very clean work. ✊

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@koendb

The inside looks very clean which is impressive. Be careful when you are trimming the soundboard to the sides it can split very easily in the waist area due to splitting along the grain.

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Posted by: @rocknroller912

Be careful when you are trimming the soundboard to the sides it can split very easily in the waist area due to splitting along the grain.

I am actually doing that right now, with a chisel, thumb plane and a scraper.
Rosewood was a hell, spruce is like butter. I did have issues getting the chisel in the right angle on certain spots around the waist areas.

Done now for about 65%

Alright alright a quick sneak preview...

The back is all done with the chisel and planer, The side I am showing here is already done with a scraper , just for me to check the end result.
Here and there , I still need to remove some glue squeeze-out on the side of the back. I was just doing the side of the  soundboard, which goes a lot quicker.
At this stage I only use a bit of rough sandpaper (120grid) to remove some problems, caused by bad chisel techniques, but up till now, I only used it twice.

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If I can continue like this, I think I am going to be really happy.


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@koendb

Looking like you have it under control

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Excellenté @koendb. 👍 

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