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by Mike Conner
Sat Jun 12, 2021 7:39 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: First Build Milestone
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: First Build Milestone

Congratulations! I believe that when your mind and soul are at peace, healing is enhanced. Enjoy your shop and the guitar build, and step away for a break when it gets frustrating. You may find that sharing your blessings and talents with others blesses you as well :D
by Mike Conner
Thu Jun 03, 2021 9:06 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 60
Views: 9794

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

So, this happened... I made the front page of the local newspaper here in Murphy NC. I am humbled by the opportunity to share the concept of building for a purpose: https://www.cherokeescout.com/local-news-newsletter/creating-sound-purpose?fbclid=IwAR2HfMGpFdUP3H0vLzs_eF3GX_esE2PQZRXvFXp4aqWDMDVj45Z...
by Mike Conner
Tue Jun 01, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 60
Views: 9794

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

A really nice resophonic Mike, with lots of attention to detail I agree that a sunburst accenting the figure has a place, especially in "old timey" instruments like these, since that's the way mine turned out, and it makes them look aged from the get go. :D That's right, Peter! And I'm less likely ...
by Mike Conner
Tue Jun 01, 2021 12:29 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 60
Views: 9794

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

Bob, I see it the same way. The hand-rubbed bursts can have a "patina" appearance, and I feel that the chances that accenting the figure in the wood are better. I need to experiment more with off-cuts and scraps to increase my experience and confidence.
by Mike Conner
Mon May 31, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 60
Views: 9794

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

With the resonator one week old, some observations: The body design was based on a Martin dreadnought plan - I traced the dreadnought outline and then developed the layout and bracing plan for the spider resonator. I had purchased a Guardian Deluxe Resophonic case through Elderly for the reso to tra...
by Mike Conner
Wed May 26, 2021 4:10 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 60
Views: 9794

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

Bob, Thank you for your kind words! Barry, I had done a good bit of research into lacquer finishes and feel like I understand the process. I decided early on that I did not want to tool up with ventilation, respirators and explosion proof gear in order to achieve that goal, and never even considered...
by Mike Conner
Tue May 25, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 60
Views: 9794

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

Some reflections on where I'm at in the lutherie craft: Been thinking about how my skills are evolving, and whether I have achieved "control" in the many processes and skills it takes to successfully create an instrument. By "control", I am defining it as having developed the skill level to achieve ...
by Mike Conner
Mon May 24, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 60
Views: 9794

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

With the assembled cone and spider dropped in the ledge, the outer strings can be installed to check alignment and confirm the position of the tailpiece, then drill and screw on the tailpiece using a strap lock button. (Landed right where it was supposed to - what a relief!) D121 - Aligning Tailpiec...
by Mike Conner
Mon May 24, 2021 9:40 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 60
Views: 9794

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

Carved and installed the bone nut and slotted for the strings (0.325" string spacing). Installed the Gotoh 510 tuning machines - these are really good machines! Neck meets the body again! Two screws with bellville washers are installed through the neck block from the inside of the body to lock the n...
by Mike Conner
Mon May 24, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 60
Views: 9794

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

Five days later...
We use automotive rubbing and polishing compounds with a 6" buffer to "finish the finish"
D117 - Polishing Supplies.jpg
A few hours work and:
D119 - After rubout and polish.jpg
by Mike Conner
Mon May 24, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 60
Views: 9794

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

After 5 days curing, the finish can be level sanded with 320, 400 and 600 grit dry, then wet sanded with 1200 and 2000 grit. The goal is to create a level and smooth satin finish. D116 - Sanded to 2000g.jpg D118 - Before rubbing out.jpg Then it hangs another 5 days to cure some more. (So hard to wai...
by Mike Conner
Mon May 24, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 60
Views: 9794

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

The finish is General Finishes EnduroVar waterborne urethane varnish, applied with a foam brush. We have a HVLP sprayer but have not taken the time and effort to figure out how to spray this finish. The schedule was: 1) 3 coats, wait 1 hour between. 2) Dry overnight, then dry sand with 400 grit. The...
by Mike Conner
Mon May 24, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 60
Views: 9794

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

Here is the sunburst dye before blending with alcohol. All using TransTint dyes in alcohol: Honey Amber for the entire body, then Vintage Maple from edges, followed with Medium Brown for the edges and waist areas. I have really limited experience with sunburst finishes like this. It's a challenge to...
by Mike Conner
Mon May 24, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 60
Views: 9794

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

Several hours of sanding completed. Wet with distilled water, wait overnight to dry, sand to 220, look for flaws and repeat two more times! Taped to expose the binding, then dyed with Honey Amber, sanded and dyed again. D110 - Taped for Dye and Finish on Binding.jpg Two coats of finish on the bindin...
by Mike Conner
Fri May 07, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 60
Views: 9794

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

The remaining dot markers are glued in where the alignment pins where and leveled. Ebony grain filler was applied to the head plate to close up some of the open grain of the walnut. D101 - Ready for final sanding.jpg After lots of shaping and sanding, the neck is basically completed. Now, some long ...
by Mike Conner
Fri May 07, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 60
Views: 9794

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

Under this forest of clamps is the fretboard glued to the neck. This is where the two pins really help with alignment.
D100 - Gluing fretboard.jpg
You can never have too many clamps!
by Mike Conner
Fri May 07, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 60
Views: 9794

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

The neck dovetail will be locked in place with two screws installed from the body interior. Drilled the holes though the neck block from the outside, then inserted the neck and marked the hole locations in the neck heel. ( The third hole is left over from the dovetail fixture). D099 - Dovetail screw...
by Mike Conner
Fri May 07, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 60
Views: 9794

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

Now on to the neck... Added a decorative walnut cap to the neck heel. D097 - Walnut heel cap.jpg A lot of work for only one picture... Installed a MC inlay in the headstock, assembled from tiny pieces of white binding. Tedious, but it looks cool. Realized later that for some reason I ended up with t...
by Mike Conner
Fri May 07, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 60
Views: 9794

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

Garden is doing well, and other projects completed, so now back to the Dobro build... Now is as good a time as any to install the soundposts. These are 1/2" and 1/4" poplar dowels. Lots of trial and error to fit these between the back braces and maple top ring. Glued in with gel superglue, but I thi...
by Mike Conner
Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:13 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes
Replies: 60
Views: 9794

Re: Squareneck Resonator - Detailed Build Notes

Really looks like a dobro now!
D092 - Neck Fretboard and Body Together.jpg
Next, lots of carving to complete the neck thickness profile, and drilling the headstock for the tuners. Also will inlay a MC logo. The neck will not be permanently attached until after the finish is completed.