Hand Tool Build #3 - "Shredder" for my cousin

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  1. poro78

    poro78 Well-Known Member

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    I was planning to build an LP for me next, but at the moment it seems that it'll be build #6... [​IMG]

    My teenage cousin asked if I could build a guitar for him and I couldn't say no.
    So we have talked about all kinds of stuff and he wants a Superstratish guitar, basically a noise stick that looks like it has something to do with Ibanez.
    Couple of new challenges ahead - this will be a neck-through guitar with a black burst finish and body binding.

    So.... let's see how this will end. [​IMG]

    Some wenge for the neck.

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    Ebony for fingerboard. No inlays, only side dots this time.

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    Some maple for top.

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    And swamp ash for the "wings".
    (As you can see on the background, my previous project is almost done. [​IMG])

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    First blood drawn. [​IMG]

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    Still lot of thickness to remove, but a start is a start. [​IMG]

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    First bites of the wenge.
    Really scary wood. When I bought it, I carried the blanks from the seller's warehouse to my car and from my car to my apartment without gloves.
    Got about dozen splinters and half of them caused inflammation.
    And those tiny bastards also hurt like hell! [​IMG]

    But it looks so nice.
    From a splintery, dusty, crappy black chunk...

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    ...to quite nice dark, striped chocolatey wood.

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    And it's rough on my tools, after about 20 minutes it seems to be the time to turn to the sharpening station. [​IMG]
     
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    I just passed on buying a wenge FB blank due to the splinters and the sharpening involved, and here you go making a whole neck out of it.

    Awesome wood choices, I'll be watching.
     
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    I have a wenge neck in progress, it will always be an upcharge from now on. Too hard to work with.
     
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    The first two I made had Wenge necks. I love the stuff.
     
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    Ive only used wenge once, but I never got one splinter.... I guess my fingers aren't good enough.
     
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    Yeah, looks lovely but I think it's going to take a lot of work based on the first session with it.

    Josh, how rough was your wenge? Mine was "hairy", when I touched it the first time I remembered that this was that splintery devil wood which likes to hurt people. :D
    On the other hand, planed wenge feels quite ok.
    Almost not scary :D
     
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    Damn, the whole summer went by without any significant progress.
    The biggest reasons were too hot weather (for me) and really nice case of heat exhaustion that made me quite heat sensitive for couple of weeks.
    Excuses, excuses, I know.

    Well, the days are getting colder so it's time to roll my sleeves and get back to the business.
    The neck blank is now planed and the next step is to cut it to tiny bits.
    3 strips of wenge coming up!
    ...but don't hold your breath while waiting. :D

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    Had to test my new kataba saw, which cut quite well, but my old ryoba is better for this job.

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    I think I know what I'll be doing tomorrow. :rolleyes:
     
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    You've got short summers north of the Wall. Winter is coming!

    Good to have you back at it!
     
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    Well, we have a saying here that translates roughly to "Finnish summer is short with only some snow". :D
     
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    One down, two to go. (+ the maple strips)

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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q4CrPeZBP8"]One Down Two To Go - King Diamond - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Yeah, I'm subscribed to his channel. :thumb:
    Bumped into his videos a while ago as I was looking for a better design for frame saw.
     
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    Love watching your work, man! A friend of mine is asking me to use some wenge. I may have to try it.
     
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    Well, thanks for watching. I guess my threads are a bit like Jackass of guitar building - lots of stupid feats, people (me) getting hurt and crap. :D
    I think I'm starting to hate wenge already. :D

    And speaking of wenge...

    I rested the whole weekend so why my hands feel so powerless? Is this part of wengé just harder?

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    Let me check the other side.
    Nope. The wengé is all right, your hands are probably well rested.
    You're just not sawing it straight and the saw blade has more friction.

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    FFFFFFFFFFF......................

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    (Ok, my assistant, Mr. Google, told me that I might still be safe. Phew.)
     
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    Wenge is very hard to cut and shape.
     
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    Yeah, I spent half of the time sharpening the irons when I planed this blank.
    Luckily I don't have deadlines, because this will take ages. :D

    I think I need to build another frame saw, the blades of the Japanese saws flex too much with my barbaric technique. :hmm:
     
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    Just grab a chisel and Mjölnir.
     
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    Nah man, Poro's doing hand tools. I'm pretty sure the lightning god's hammer counts as a power tool.

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