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by Mike Conner
Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

My lovely and patient bride Dianne helped wrangle the tape as we trimmed and glued the binding and purflings. Titebond original applied with a trimmed flux brush. This Scotch Edgelok tape is thicker and stronger than typical blue masking tape, and holds up well to pulling the binding tight. D053 - G...
by Mike Conner
Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

This is the binding rig I used for the archtop instruments. The body is clamped on the rims with padded bolts in threaded inserts in the blocks attached to the 3/4" plywood frame. With my archtops, the rims are a uniform depth around the perimeter (2-7/8" for a guitar), and the arched plates extend ...
by Mike Conner
Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

We made our own binding from a 0.250" thick curly maple board and 0.050" thick walnut, glued with Titebond 3. Sliced off the binding strips 0.075" thick on the table saw. Got about a dozen binding strips from this one glue up. D047 - Binding Blank - Curly Maple and Walnut.jpg After treating overnigh...
by Mike Conner
Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

The interior rims and back get a couple coats of waterborne polyurethane to seal the surfaces, plus it looks cool. Attached the labels by laying them on the last coat. D044 - Sealed Interior and Labels.jpg I realize that this could cause problems for future repairs, but this is for me to play, and I...
by Mike Conner
Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

Did some more carving on the back braces now that we can see how the front and back plates will line up: D040 - Final Carve on Back Braces.jpg Back in the mold to glue on the back plate. The little maple fingers act like cam clamps, tightened with the screws. D041 - Gluing Back Plate.jpg Flipped the...
by Mike Conner
Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Rookie Bending Questions
Replies: 10
Views: 500

Re: Rookie Bending Questions

I am a relative rookie, and progressing on my 9th build - a squareneck resonator in curly red maple with walnut accents. I videoed my bend process and posted on YouTube https://youtu.be/NRdh_jVhQUY Two of my archtop guitar builds had walnut back and sides, and I found that walnut is more forgiving t...
by Mike Conner
Fri Feb 12, 2021 7:49 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

Thanks Peter! I was in part inspired by your older post on building a reso... Here we go with some more: The tail of the rim gets a curly maple tail wedge with walnut purfling. Looks fancy and relatively easy to do, and it hides any errors where the sides meet at the tail - not that I would have any...
by Mike Conner
Fri Feb 12, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

Cross-grain strips to reinforce the center seem on the back, and a red maple patch to support a couple of sound posts near the tail block:
D032 - Center Seam Brace on GoBars _r.jpg
This GoBar thing is really working well!
by Mike Conner
Fri Feb 12, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

The back braces are carved to create a flat area to support the sound posts connecting the front plate sound ring to the back plate, and extra material is removed. No plans available for this, so we are just going with what looks right. D031 - Carved Back Braces _r.jpg I notched the rims to capture ...
by Mike Conner
Fri Feb 12, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

Once the glue has cured, I scraped and sanded the joined plates to 120 grit. Traced the rims and cut outline with a fine blade in a jigsaw: D027 - Back Plate sanded and cut _r.jpg Selected some SPF (spruce-pine-fir) as close to quartersawn as possible for the back braces. This wood is harvested duri...
by Mike Conner
Fri Feb 12, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

Now on to the back plate. Used some alcohol on the 0.090" thick red maple to select the best match for the curl: D023 - Alcohol on Back Plate to Select Bookmatch _r.jpg We want these joints to be perfect! Clamped the bookmatched sections together between two pieces of 3/4" plywood. Jointed the edge ...
by Mike Conner
Fri Feb 12, 2021 8:31 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

A 1 inch thick red maple plank provided the material for the interior brace: D021 - Red Maple Brace Layout _r.jpg Hand planed to level out some cupping and twisting, then planed to 5/8" thick in our Dewalt planer. This is some hard stuff and took a while to plane down with light passes. Laid out and...
by Mike Conner
Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

Side braces and reverse kerf linings are glued in. These stiffen and strengthen the rim assembly and provide more glue surface for attaching the front and back plates. D017 - Side Braces and Reverse Kerf Linings _r.jpg The linings and blocks are leveled by clamping the rim assembly in the mold. Inte...
by Mike Conner
Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:49 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

A 2" thick chunk of red maple from a tree we cut down a few years ago at our home in SC provided the material for the neck and tail blocks: D015 - Neck and Tail Blocks _r.jpg The neck block is 1-1/2" thick since I am planning for a dovetail joint, and the tail block is a generous 1" thick. The notch...
by Mike Conner
Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

Bending the curly maple sides on a hot pipe and clamping into the mold to set. I did a video and uploaded to YouTube: https://youtu.be/NRdh_jVhQUY The video is real time and 36 minutes of your life you will never get back :roll: You will get the idea in the first few minutes and can skip ahead if yo...
by Mike Conner
Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:33 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

The sides are 0.075" thick, 32" long, and taper from 4-1/2" to 3-3/4" before trimming. Each section from the board yielded 4 bookmatched pieces after resawing. From the template I could measure the total length needed, and the apex of each of the bends: D008 - Laying out sides _r.jpg After trimming ...
by Mike Conner
Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:23 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

Plates stickered after SuperSoft 2 treatment:
D007 - Maple Plates Stickered for drying _r.jpg
by Mike Conner
Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

The donor board is 3/4" thick curly red maple, 8 ft long and 9,5 in wide. D004 - Curly Red Maple Board 8'x9.5 _r.jpg A church friend Mike Martin has some tools we don't have - a large bandsaw for resawing and a 16" drum sander. I broke down the board into 21" sections for front or back plates, and 3...
by Mike Conner
Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

{Back to it! Have been posting the build in a FB album, so downloaded the compressed images from there. Maybe there is a better way?} Design created by starting with the LMII dreadnought plan outline, then working out all the interior body details based on inspection of my existing instruments and ...
by Mike Conner
Wed Feb 10, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

All my building experience so far has been with archtop guitars and octave mandolins. I have the LMII and Stew-Mac dreadnought plans to refer to, and the Beard plan is for an R body. So, I need a design. Starting with the LMII dreadnought plan, I traced the outline onto white paper and then drew in ...