Another current build
My other topic here "current build" is now at the finishing stage. I have a tendency to rush that stage, which generally ends up taking a lot longer when I have to remove the finish that I've rushed and start again!
To stop me doing that, here's another build that I'll do in parallel with finishing the other two ...
It's Idigbo, and has some interesting features/grain patterns in it. I thought a carved top and oiled finish would work well.
Except it's a heavy beastie. 6lbs 6oz as-is.
So, the solution is to hollow out the body from the back, and add a back.
I had an offcut from the plank which was wide enough for me to slice on the bandsaw and give me a "bookmatched" back. Except the depth of cut on my bandsaw is about 0.5" short.
So, take 1.5" off the edge of the offcut, and make a 3 piece back instead!
That's 3 bandsawn slices from the offcut, then thicknessed down to 10mm.
And here they are being joined on my Bailey-designed jointing jig (I'd already jointed the first 2 pieces, this pic shows the 3rd piece being added). My extendable Bailey-designed jointing jig fits all 3 pieces!
After some time on the drill press, the body is now down to 5lbs 2oz. Still too heavy, but I reckon that, by the time I've tidied up all the drill marks and smoothed out the edges with the router, and make the neck & pickup cavities, it'll be under 4.5lbs, which I can probably live with.
Neck pocket cut, and checking alignment to mark out the position of the bridge and pickup cavities ...
Not planning anything too fancy for this - standard couple of HBs with a 5-way superswitch from StewMac (which gives various options on combinations of the HB coils)
But it *will* have a carved top ...
... should only take a few days of sweating to get it carved and sanded!!