What's going on in rockdog's shop

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  1. WTM Guitars

    WTM Guitars New Member

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    looking forward to it! I would love to see some pics of some of the tools / hand & machine your using? Clean work as always and thank you for taking the time to share like you do.

    -William
     
  2. rockdog

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    Thanks William!
    Here is a pic of my milling machine, beside this I only use the regular tools like jigsaw, drill and my Dremel with router base, very useful especially for inlay stuff.
    But this is for sure my favorite

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  3. rockdog

    rockdog New Member

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    :pissed: :wallbash: :pissed: :wallbash: :pissed:

    Today was a bad day, and I guess I can throw the neck in the trash.
    I inspected it and realised some serious cracks around the heel. I don't know why, thought the neck was dry, the cracks are running perpendicular to the quartersawn grain.
    The hatched area would be removed, so the cracks are in the step of the heel/tenon transition. Sanded a bit deeper, but they are still there.

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    Dammit, guess I need a little break now... :sadwave:
     
  4. Casual_Reader

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    :sigh:

    are you sure they're cracks and not breathing vents / gills?

    wood has to breathe, yanno.
     
  5. Knarbens

    Knarbens Well-Known Member

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    May I ask what you can do with a milling machine like this?
    What's the difference to a drill press or CNC machine?
     
  6. Ronsonic

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    A vertical mill like that has a table that can be moved precisely on both the X, Y axis. The head moves on the Z but with much more precision than a drill press. Overall it's much more robust and precise than a tabled router, drill press or any other common tool. That one is not computer controlled, there are hand wheels to move the work and cutter.

    That one looks like exactly the business for guitar work. Clamp the body down and then do things like pickup and neck pocket cuts, just turning the wheels to move the body under the cutter and with way more precision than a router and template. Curvy cuts don't lend themselves to that approach, but, that big stable head and bearing can be applied as the top half of a pin router. Oh, and it works just fine as a drill press. I'm really wanting that tool.
     
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  7. rockdog

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    Hey Frank, sorry for my late response. Guess I was too frustrated after the cracks in the neck that I haven't checked the thread in the last days.
    To answer your question:
    I think Ronsonic hit the nail on the head, I couldn't explain it better. Thanks! :yesway:
    It's really a versatile tool, I just added a machine vise for holding small items, and now it's perfect.

    I've put my ES away for now and work a bit more on some PU's and other stuff, seems that this will be a looooong loooooong build process......
     
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    Knarbens Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the club :cool:
    Patience is a virtue, but sometime you just want to see something finished :hmm:
     
  9. Metal Snake

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    That P-90 looks delicious. More like a Hershey bar than a soap bar.
     
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  10. rockdog

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    Hey everyone, time to overcome my laziness and go on with this build, it's been a while since my last post, so here comes a little update.

    The new neck is in the works and looks good so far, trussrod already installed, ebony veneer applied, headstock rough shaped.
    No visible defects in the wood, I guess it was just bad luck with the cracks in the other neck.

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    maple top applied...

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    ... and the body so far, in the next days I'll work a bit more on the top carve, it needs a bit more fine-tuning, hope I'm on a good way.

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  11. Blackdog

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    Looking great RD !

    And so incredibly clean as always !

    This build is a great inspiration as I'm working on a hollow body prototype myself…
     
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    Looking great! Any updates?
     
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    Yes, a few updates of this weekend:

    Neck cavity done

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    and finished the headstock shape

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    The neck fits in the cavity, but it's still very rough and needs some extra work to fit perfectly.
    A quick test fit with fretboard and bridge on showed me that the neck is still about 1/8" too high, so I need to remove most of the maple that's left under the fretboard. I'll fix this in the next days.

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    But it starts to look like a guitar :)

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  14. Knarbens

    Knarbens Well-Known Member

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    P.r.e.m.i.u.m
     
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    After some chiseling today the neck fits much better. Height is still ok for the bridge.

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    Tuner holes drilled, no problems so far. I'm still waiting to screw up something...
    The other neck is for my Korina Special.

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    I wasn't sure if I should add binding around the headstock or not. Finally I decided to do it and to continue the white inlay stripe that's on the fretboard.
    I hope that this single white line is a nice accent and not too much for the headstock. We'll know on Sunday...

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  18. Murkar

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    Nice!!! I hadn't checked in on this thread for a while, that looks fantastic :bowdown:

    I think the headstock binding will look awesome.

    I too am curious about the mill, because I've been thinking of looking for a small used one for making my handplanes. How versatile is a manual vertical mill versus CNC? Are you able to do curved cuts, or would you need the mill to be computer controlled for something like that?
     
  19. Ronsonic

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    I like the idea of the headstock binding continuing that line from the fretboard. Far from being "too much" it's an elegant look.
     
  20. Knarbens

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    Can imagine the mill works perfect for cutting truss rod channels? :hmm:

    Like the inlay idea on the headstock!
    Your work is too good - this thread show too less pics :D
     

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