Discussion in 'Guitar Building' started by Knarbens, Oct 24, 2014.
Buy 100 clamps. Use them all. That's what I do
Haha, yeah ... seen that I always wonder how you tighten the clamps with all the handles that close to each other.
Just glued the same board to the same neck ... looking forward to unclamp it tomorrow to see how I really did ... think it was better than the last time.
Here's hoping it turns out!
So here's the success of tomorrow forenoon
First I sanded the neck surface. Looks like new.
Then I sanded the bottom of the fretboard. Both surfaces came out really good! I'd say almost better than when I was gluing them for the first time.
Then I inserted the trussrod (with silicone padding this time) which had I really nice fit and clamped the board. I placed the clamps in turns: 2 1 2 1 2 ... to make sure there's tension on the outer sides and in the middle. Next time I'll go with two full rows of clamps though as it ain't optimal this way.
And here's the glue joint after I removed the clamps and sanded some of the glue squeeze-out.
Thank you all for your encouragement! I NEVER thought I was able to remove the board without any problems and one week from now I NEVER thought I'd re-glue the same two components again ... thought I had to start all over. The freboard surface ain't perfectly flat after all this work, but since I wanted to radius everything over again anyway I might be ok.
So, lesson learnt, gained experience, fixed a flaw and I can go on know. I'm really thankful!!! Thank you too boys!
I'm glad you saved it man!
woooo! if this were an RPG you'd have just leveled up! new skill acquired!
All three components (body, neck, fretboard) are finally together Still a long road ahead though ... here's the slightest hint of a mockup.
You can see the pencil lines where the bevels will be.
I also like your cavity. Also the rest of the guitar is cool too.
Kickass, man! Congrats!!!
Thanks 40,5 hours for now ...
Recreated the fretboard radius this forenoon with 100 grit paper and sanded through the inlays. I installed the inlays deeper than the fretboard surface on purpose to avoid that, but still 4 of the 10 inlays where down. Redrilled, replaced and reglued them ...
I test fitted the electronics and my selfmade jack plate. All good! The cavity cover leaves like 2 mm space to the push/push poti.
i usually jsut rough in the radius, then inlay, then finish sand the radius.
i've sanded through too many inlays... =P
Woah, this build is awesome. I too have learned a thing or two from you wonderful folks on here.
Yeah, that sounds right Or the inlays have to be deeper. MOP is so thin most of the times ... the ebony inlays in my #3 has been 3 mm deep.
Boys you gotta help me with two questions:
1. How clean has the tang been cut off? I have a Sintoms tang nipper that leaves me with a slight humb where the tang was. Will I have to grind it down or will it press in?
2. I'm afraid of loose fret ends. Do you glue them down to your binding?
Whenever I used binding on a fretboard I cut and filed every fret. You can use a dremel but I find hand filing is more accurate and safe (fretwire gets freaking hot with the speed of a dremel!)
I use CA on the fret ends but I haven't found a way to NOT make a mess I have to use a razor blade to scrape between the frets afterwards!
Fretted and first bevel roughed in ...
1: typically if the tang isnt clean i try again and usually it takes off enough material undernearth where grinding isnt necessary. even if theres a slight nib it'll push in fine
2. i put a VERY light dab of CA on the fret ends that sit ontop. Have a rag nearby to clean the CA while its still flowing. its a bitch to remove cleanly after. esp with binding cause you cant use acetone. If its unbound then use wipe with a little acetone to remove the excess.
If you start cutting the longer frets first you've got a fall-back plan if you end up with one too short. I'll touch up a poorly cut fret end with a file.
Don't glue to the binding, it's not very strong, glue into the wood. CA is a good glue to use, it can be undone with heat (which a lot of techs and Luthiers use automatically when pulling frets) or a drop of acetone if there's no binding.
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