What's going on in rockdog's shop

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  1. rockdog

    rockdog New Member

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    Thanks Murkar!

    Well, I'm quite happy with my manual milling machine, it has an extra long table that allows me to rout a length of about 480 mm (~ 19"), so long enough to cut a truss rod channel in one step. Clamp the neck on the table and cut a dead straight channel or absolutely square PU and neck cavities, very comfortable and absolutely accurate.

    I recently upgraded it with a vise for doing small parts, guess that would be also useful for making handplanes.

    It's possible to upgrade it to a CNC, the hand wheels would be replaced with motors and a computer unit, but I don't think that I need it for the two or three guitars that I build per year. I still like to do as much as possible by hand. I'm only a hobby builder and my manual milling machine is entirely sufficient for me.

    You can also do curved cuts with such a milling machine, but without a CNC you must be more than perfect with the handling of the x and y hand wheels, or simply use a round template and a router bit with bearing - or upgrade to CNC...
     
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    rockdog New Member

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    Thanks Sir!


    Yes, absolutely dead straight TR channels :thumb:

    Thanks so much!
     
  3. rockdog

    rockdog New Member

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    Ok, a few pics from today, hope to finish it tomorrow

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    This was a good weekend :)

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    Too clean and neat. I hate you. :D :D :D
     
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    Wow, this is a really beatuiful guitar!!
    Especially the fretboard.

    Markus
     
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    Today I worked a bit on the neck, the fretboard is already installed and the sides are flush with the board.
    Next step will be the body binding.

    I'm very curious how the flames will look once the neck is shaped...

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    Good lord, man.
     
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    You do crazy clean work man. Really dig your thread.
     
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    Just awesome.
     
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    Just sanded the body / neck transition to the final width, the scratches on the sides of the body are sanded away and smoothed, oh damn, I can't feel my arms anymore, I badly need an orbital sander...

    Bass side needs a bit more sanding

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    treble side already ok

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    Ready for body binding

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    Done for today. More to come.
     
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    Too much orbital sander use can actually cause nerve damage! One of the finish guys at Collings constantly has to wear an arm brace and use special gloves that pad the orbital because he's sanded so much with an orbital...
     
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    Guess with the mess I made with the binding I should better buy a vacuum cleaner instead of an orbital sander :hmm:
    Eeek, that stuff sticks everywhere...

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    Double-bound ftw :cool:

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    I also started with the neck

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    It needs more sanding but the rough shape is done. More tomorrow.

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    This is so well done I'm worried I may start hating you!:rofl: (Kidding of course)
     
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    No problem man, thanks ;-))


    Today I worked a bit more on the neck, smoothed it and sanded the areas around the heel and volute a bit more. Neck feels good so far, I'll final check it during the test run, but for now I wonder that it turned out that nice. I'm very satisfied with it.

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    Also trimmed the heel down to body thickness, I think the neck now has a good and tight fit.

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    And still the question about the pickups. Although I already have two Staples done, I'm tending more towards Humbuckers at the moment. Need to rout the PU cavities before the neck goes in.
    Quick mockup

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    What happened to the build?
     
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    Oh well, I'm a bit lazy with this build at the moment, need to wind the humbuckers and have to rout the PU cavities, both not done yet, damn it, all I've done in the last weeks was the headstock logo.
    I cut the pearl with very thin lines and am happy that it didn't break, still one piece, phew.
    I think I'll leave the rest of the headstock plain without any other inlay, no crown, no flower pot.

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    But in the meanwhile I finished a new wooden stand where my guitars can rest a bit. Does that count? :wave:

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  18. cain61

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    That thing looks so good I could eat it.
     
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    I hope you are not a wood beetle :lol:
     
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    That inlay looks perfect.
     
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