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Unread 05-19-2009, 11:52 PM   #16
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It looks awesome! Did you get a kit of some kind or make it from scratch? (Sounds like I'm talking about food. LOL)

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Unread 05-20-2009, 12:08 AM   #17
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I have no earthly idea, with how brittle that stuff is, that you were able to cut it like that and not have huge chunks just split away... That was one of the biggest problems I had when shaping the Nightshade. I had to redo the bottom wing twice because of that.
I'm not sure if you will believe this...

But I used a saw t put a thin groove and drove chissles in and put in screwdrivers
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Unread 05-20-2009, 04:59 AM   #18
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I beg to differ. I split the block on either side of the neck with a chisel, and a sledgehammer. Took 2 hours though.
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Unread 05-20-2009, 05:15 AM   #19
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powertools, my friend, this is why God gave us powertools!!!
Is there a reason you're not using a router?
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Unread 05-20-2009, 05:50 AM   #20
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Is there a reason you're not using a router?
Probably the same reason Samson didn't use the femur of an ox.
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Unread 05-20-2009, 07:13 AM   #21
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A chisel would never cut PPH like that... Trust me. I shot a 4 inch thick block with a 7mm magnum and then a 30-06 right afterwards... If you look at it from the back of the wood, you'd never know it had ever been shot... Both bullets were either disintegrated or fell on the ground somewhere we couldn't find in our back yard, they splintered where they hit pretty well but neither bullet was in the block when we were done.
pics? Was it a FMJ or soft point round? FWIW folks a .30-06 round from an M1 Garand will punch through over 2' of solid oak.

Billgamesh, is that one of the "hockey stick" carvin pointies, or did you shape it to look like one?
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Probably the same reason Samson didn't use the femur of an ox.
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Unread 05-20-2009, 09:41 AM   #23
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I'm not sure if you will believe this...

But I used a saw t put a thin groove and drove chissles in and put in screwdrivers
I mean... I hand sanded mine for the most part except for the bottom of it... I believe that it can be hand worked... I just can't figure out how you're doing it so fast and not splintering it like crazy...

Question: what are you gonna seal the wood with? You should look at a dark colored epoxy, regular grain filler will take 2 or 3 times the amount and discolor the wood.
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Unread 05-20-2009, 11:10 AM   #24
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Is there a reason you're not using a router?
Yes. Flaming purple sawdust when I tried ripping it with a power saw, plus the saw started smoking. Also, with being over 2 inches thick, thats a lot of pressure to put on a router bit. Also, when you need stress relief by physical exertion it works well. Also, the drill ended up cutting it out better than anything else I tried, (though using a masonry bit helped)

I shaped the headstock as close to a tele headstock as I could. It used to be a 80's carvin pointy with a few severe chips and dings.

Also, I am using a lot of utility knife and rasp on it. The rasp is just incredible at cutting it down and shaping it. And blades are what I am most comfortable with.

As far as grain sealer goes... Still researching. It'll be a little while before I cross that bridge yet.
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So a month later...

The trinity knot needs some polishing and a little final work and then I need to inlay it. I still need to cut an electronics cavity and buy a bridge. This weekend though, the electronics cavity will be cut. I also need to buy the pickups I plan on keeping in here. I threw a set of carvins I had lying around in to help visualize the final product.

I need to drill the holes for the tuners, install the bridge, drill a hole for the 3 way switch finish the thing, and decide whether I want a volume or tone knob.

I deepened the pickup routes since I last posted photos and got rid of some of the point it had on the back end.

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Unread 06-24-2009, 02:57 PM   #26
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Looks great. Where are the controls going?
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Unread 06-24-2009, 02:59 PM   #27
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Personally not a fan of the strip of normal coloured wood, but other than that I like it a lot.
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Unread 06-24-2009, 03:02 PM   #29
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Looks great. Where are the controls going?
south of the knot and where the bridge will be somewhere in between.

I am debating mini toggles for parrelel/series/split mode on the individual pickups or leaving them off, or seymour duncan triple shots.

Believe it or not, the split would be the least used of those features most likely.

I like the clean look. I have also debated just a single blend knob.

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Personally not a fan of the strip of normal coloured wood, but other than that I like it a lot.
Its a neckthrough, and it was going to be trickier to match the purpleheart over top of it, and then there is the problem of the rounded body and the neckthrough. I decided to just leave it natural as it provides a nice color contrast IMO.
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Unread 06-24-2009, 03:24 PM   #30
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That looks like a killer deal...
If I didn't have a job, wasn't married, had a fully stocked workshop, wasn't about to buy a house, and had any clue how to turn it into mandolins (seems it'd be just wide enough for some nice book-matched backs)... I'd be all over it. Heh.
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