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Milestone Day

Postby Eric Knapp » Wed May 17, 2017 7:48 pm

Hello, everyone. This is a big day for me.

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First Top

I've been wanting to do this for a very long time. It feels pretty good. The rosette in installed and leveled. The sound hole is cut and I cut out the top oversized. It feels like progress!

That first pic is in my shop where the lights are very white and stark. Here's a pic in direct sunlight.

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In The Sun

The real color is somewhere in between.

If you zoom in on the rosette you will see a lot of flaws. I will attempt to improve them before I put a finish on it. Overall more things went right than wrong, by a little. I am going to call that good for my first effort.

Thanks for helping me get to this point.

-Eric
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Re: Milestone Day

Postby Freeman Keller » Wed May 17, 2017 10:01 pm

I like it.
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Re: Milestone Day

Postby Mark Swanson » Wed May 17, 2017 10:34 pm

That looks good! Glad you did it!
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Re: Milestone Day

Postby Eric Knapp » Wed May 17, 2017 10:49 pm

Freeman Keller wrote:I like it.

Thanks!
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Re: Milestone Day

Postby Eric Knapp » Wed May 17, 2017 10:51 pm

Mark Swanson wrote:That looks good! Glad you did it!

Thank you. Today I felt like I was making a guitar instead of working towards making a guitar. I hope I can get my shop's humidity down to close the box this summer.

-Eric
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Re: Milestone Day

Postby Bryan Bear » Wed May 17, 2017 11:07 pm

Looking good. It is nice to finally feel like you are making a guitar. I can't wait to see how excited you are when you get the sides bent and the rim assembled!
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Re: Milestone Day

Postby Eric Knapp » Wed May 17, 2017 11:11 pm

Bryan Bear wrote:Looking good. It is nice to finally feel like you are making a guitar. I can't wait to see how excited you are when you get the sides bent and the rim assembled!

Thanks, I hope I can sleep because just thinking about that is too exciting. Oh, yeah, I guess I have to pick some wood for the back, rims, neck, bridge, binding, purfling, and fretboard. Details!

-Eric
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Re: Milestone Day

Postby Freeman Keller » Thu May 18, 2017 11:24 am

Eric Knapp wrote:Thanks, I hope I can sleep because just thinking about that is too exciting.
-Eric


I can't tell you how much sleep I've lost worrying about how I'm going to do something (or how I'm going to fix the mistake that I just made.....)
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Re: Milestone Day

Postby Bryan Bear » Thu May 18, 2017 12:08 pm

Eric Knapp wrote:Thanks, I hope I can sleep because just thinking about that is too exciting. Oh, yeah, I guess I have to pick some wood for the back, rims, neck, bridge, binding, purfling, and fretboard. Details!

-Eric


Picking that stuff out and making those decisions is half the fun! Enjoy!
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Re: Milestone Day

Postby Patrick DeGreve » Thu May 18, 2017 1:44 pm

It looks good Eric. Sleepless nights thinking about the next steps, is part of the fun. Enjoy the ride. I like the wood you chose for the soundboard, it has character. I am looking forward to seeing your progress.
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Re: Milestone Day

Postby Eric Knapp » Thu May 18, 2017 2:46 pm

Patrick DeGreve wrote:It looks good Eric. Sleepless nights thinking about the next steps, is part of the fun. Enjoy the ride.

I ended up sleeping very well. I guess working in my shop all day does, in fact, wear me out. This is good.

Patrick DeGreve wrote:I like the wood you chose for the soundboard, it has character. I am looking forward to seeing your progress.

Thank you, I think this piece of cedar chose me. It is from a piece of cedar siding I had leftover from a project done 20 years ago. I just couldn't throw it away or burn it. Recently I looked at it and realize it was perfectly quarter-sawn and was probably Western Red Cedar. The idea for this guitar was born at that moment. The board was 13' long but I think I'll only get one guitar out of it. There were some cracks that couldn't be seen until I had resawn some of it. I wish I had more now, it does have character. Since I'm not trying to sell guitars character is good, eh?

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Re: Milestone Day

Postby Patrick DeGreve » Thu May 18, 2017 4:25 pm

Hi again Eric, I love western red cedar, I have used It about a dozen times with great results. I do remember a discussion on this web site about western red cedar having a tendency to have their bridges pull off. As I recall the glue would hold to the wood, but the top layer of wood would separate. For that reason when I have used western red cedar on tied bridges, like classicals, I have dowelled them to the soundboard. When I have used it on steel string pinned bridges, I have not dowelled them. I have had no problems with any of my bridges pulling off. I like the tone of Western Red Cedar, it seems to be very rich and warm.
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Re: Milestone Day

Postby Bob Francis » Thu May 18, 2017 7:21 pm

Lookiin' good Eric
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Re: Milestone Day

Postby Eric Knapp » Thu May 18, 2017 7:39 pm

Bob Francis wrote:Lookiin' good Eric

Thanks, Bob. I'm certainly in new territory as a woodworker now. It's fun, but I don't know what to expect next. That's OK.

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Re: Milestone Day

Postby Beate Ritzert » Fri May 19, 2017 4:24 am

Applause! Hope the next steps will go equally good.
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Re: Milestone Day

Postby Todd Stock » Fri May 19, 2017 9:50 am

Good job!
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Re: Milestone Day

Postby Karl Wicklund » Wed May 31, 2017 10:31 pm

Great! Looks good.
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Re: Milestone Day

Postby Eric Knapp » Wed May 31, 2017 10:33 pm

Beate Ritzert wrote:Applause! Hope the next steps will go equally good.

Thanks for all the encouragement.

-Eric
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Re: Milestone Day

Postby Eric Knapp » Wed May 31, 2017 10:34 pm

Todd Stock wrote:Good job!

Thanks, Todd. Your advice and videos have been very helpful.

-Eric
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Re: Milestone Day

Postby Eric Knapp » Wed May 31, 2017 10:35 pm

Karl Wicklund wrote:Great! Looks good.

Thanks. If I can keep it safe from falling objects I'll be happier. Next is choosing wood for back and sides.

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