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Got myself more wood, Brazillian mahogany, Northern Ash and some more yew. Aiming for neck through with a yew top. So far I got the neck blank sorted, waiting on stuff before I can go further so got on with sorting some yew out.

 

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Under starters orders again Neil. Looking forward to this one. Is there a wee YouTube video? 

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@russ will be, waiting on the fretboard and truss rod to do more filming first


   
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Well I'm still here waiting on the fretboard showing up! In the meantime I thought I'd get on with the top for the bass. Sanded it all back and gave it a wipe with white spirits to see how it looks.

 

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Really starting to get the hang of this resin, while waiting I decided to sort out a body blank for a future guitar too.

 

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@nsj Looks great! I’ve used resin a lot, especially blue and green, it always looks good against the contrasting wood colour.

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Dear Mark, don't cut 26 fret slots on my bass fretboard, it just confuses me 🤣 

 

Anyway, fretboard from Mark and Carol arrived so I can crack on with the bass.

 

Also got the 9.5mm radian router bit but it was still to big for the tight corners of the template.

 

What I did was to use a 6mm dril bit to drill the corners first and that worked perfect. Happy days.

 

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Posted by: @nsj

What I did was to use a 6mm dril bit to drill the corners first and that worked perfect. Happy days.

 

 

What a neat idea - I'd never have thought of doing that!!

 

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Got the trussrod slot routed, headstock angle done and fretboard glued and clamped. I like cutting the headstock angle wide of the line with the bandsaw then using a handplane to bring it into place.

 

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@nsj Very nice. I love your little helper too! 😺

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Yeh he's a proper nosey git lol

 

 

Anyway, board radiused to 12 and got the fret markers in

 

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Frets in, side dots in, fret ends filled and the main neck carve is done. Next up will be some headstock work I think

 

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Nice work @nsj. Enjoyed watching your wee videos on this one. 

I guess you might have to batten down the hatches for a couple of days now.....Babets on the way. 

We've just got a strong breeze and heavy rain down here but I hope it doesn't get too bad up there. 

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@russ cheersw buddy, so far so good. I had to use two bin bags to get my neck out to the shed to do more work though lol. Normally I can wrap a guitare neck in a jacket but this thing is sooooo long! 🤣 

 

I think we're meant to get the worst of the storm later this evening, just a bit brezzy and wet just now.


   
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Posted by: @nsj

I think we're meant to get the worst of the storm later this evening, just a bit brezzy and wet just now.

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Take care Neil. 🤞 

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@russ it's fine, I'm on top of the hill lol


   
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@russ it's fine, I'm on top of the hill lol

 

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Had a bit of flooding in the shed but I lifted everything off the floor and took my wood in the house before hand so all was good. The ground next to the shed is higher than the floor and if the water table gets to high the water comes up through the floor lol. Still got on with stuff though, added wings to the headstock

 

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Much nicer day today and storm Babet has well and truly left the building. Didn't do a lot but sorted out a piece of yew which I book matched and glued onto the headstock. Tomorrow or Tuesday I'll get the headstock shaped.

 

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Good to hear you got off lucky and weathered the storm without too much damage. Over in the west we got the winds but not the rain this time, so trees down but no floods. The fallen trees dissappear quickly for log burners, so no guitar wood.


   
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@nsj Glad to hear that your mini flood didn’t cause you too many problems, my shed wasn’t flooded but the wooden walls were well soaked by the persistent rain and wind, they are drying out slowly but there was a lot of condensation inside yesterday and today. Which leads me to my question, my guitar body and neck are well advanced and I’ve just been leaving them in the shed, now the weather is getting colder (and wetter) would it be better to bring them in to the house? I fitted the neck last week, before the storm, and it was a fairly snug fit in the pocket, on trying to fit it yesterday it was very reluctant to go in at all, most likely due to having swelled a little in the high humidity.

Would appreciate hearing all of your thoughts on this one.

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@brie Tough one to answer, but here is my 2 cents. Here in Sweden the relative humidity has a high peak in july-august-september and is really low during winter months. If I take wood into the house during winter, I have to use a humidifier to add some humidity and it still tends to be too dry. I have all my guitars in the basement and run a humidifier down there most of the time during winter. My workshop/garage, which is heated during winter (but not to more than 6-12 C), seems to be the most stable environment regarding humidity. But any gluing or finishing job will take longer to cure.

So, I guess it will come down to how dry it is indoors or if you somehow can keep the environment constant in your shed. I would probably not move the wood back and forth too much during the build process.

Edit: My garage is insulated by the way.


   
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