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by Eddie McRae
Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:28 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic
Replies: 109
Views: 143083

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic

Both necks with fretboards glued.......ready for final shaping and contouring.
by Eddie McRae
Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:39 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic
Replies: 109
Views: 143083

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic

Cut the rough heel contours and then cut the rough shape on both neck blanks. I already have one top joined so I guess it's time to get the rosettes done and then on to the top bracing. I'm hoping to have both of these closed up by the middle of the week but that remains to be seen. At this point, a...
by Eddie McRae
Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:32 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic
Replies: 109
Views: 143083

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic

Cut neck angle on both neck blanks. A shot of both blanks along with both fretboards.
by Eddie McRae
Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:28 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic
Replies: 109
Views: 143083

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic

Installed inlay dots on both fretboards and then radiused using a swing fixture on the vertical mill.
by Eddie McRae
Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:25 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic
Replies: 109
Views: 143083

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic

I used another guitar for the basic design of this project so I never had a blueprint or plan to work from. I've basically just made things work out as I went and kept a log of all specs for future reference. With that in mind, I figured it was about time I sat down and drafted out a bracing design....
by Eddie McRae
Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:19 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic
Replies: 109
Views: 143083

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic

Yeah....plus it also explains why I needed and wanted a better and more accurate fixture to use for the actual joining. At any rate, if I can ever find the time, I do have plans to build a thickness sander.
by Eddie McRae
Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:03 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic
Replies: 109
Views: 143083

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic

I don't have a thickness sander in the shop so I normally try to get pretty close to final thickness when planing. I keep an extra set of dedicated planer blades that are used for tops only. The reality is, my planer will only take a top down to a range of .113" - .120". And the rest, I'll have to d...
by Eddie McRae
Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:05 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic
Replies: 109
Views: 143083

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic

In case anyone is wondering.... that's a top joiner that I made a while back after finally getting fed up with the results I was getting from using both the "tape method" and the "nail-board" method for joining tops. I designed this in a similar fashion to a joining station that I built to clamp and...
by Eddie McRae
Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:56 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic
Replies: 109
Views: 143083

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic

One of the spruce tops from Old World Tonewoods before planing and thicknessing.
by Eddie McRae
Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:51 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic
Replies: 109
Views: 143083

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic

I also cut the bracing stock from scrap spruce and then radiused to 25' for top and back.
by Eddie McRae
Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:48 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic
Replies: 109
Views: 143083

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic

The goldtop powder/epoxy combo is very brilliant until you make the mistake of level sanding it. Sanding it flattens the metallic and makes it look drab and gray. So, with that in mind, I don't completely fill the engraved areas.....I leave it low. And then finish filling with straight clear epoxy.
by Eddie McRae
Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:43 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic
Replies: 109
Views: 143083

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Eddie McRae, Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic

Finally had a chance to get back on this one and get a few things done. Since I'm actually building 2 of these simultaneously, I really didn't have any progress to post lately since I've been catching up on the second one. I ordered new spring steel slats and also incorporated spring tensioners to t...
by Eddie McRae
Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:31 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Eddie McRae - BluesHound biscuit-bridge resonator
Replies: 20
Views: 10516

Re: Eddie McRae - BluesHound biscuit-bridge resonator

Thanks David. With this one and the tricone, I was experimenting with some laminated mahogany that I'd gotten my hands on. I pretty much built them side by side, so the tricone is pretty much the twin to the guitar in this thread. I've gotten overwhelmed in the shop lately so I haven't had time to f...
by Eddie McRae
Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:10 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Eddie McRae - Dead Man's Hand custom T-Type
Replies: 14
Views: 10524

Re: Eddie McRae - Dead Man's Hand custom T-Type

David, I have a 3HP 9x42 mill. Max speed is 4800 rpm so it's not suitable to use as a pin router except for maybe in very light work situations. I made a pin table that mounts to the mill table which you can then align and index under the spindle. In theory, it was a good idea but I quickly realized...
by Eddie McRae
Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:29 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Eddie McRae - BluesHound biscuit-bridge resonator
Replies: 20
Views: 10516

Re: Eddie McRae - BluesHound biscuit-bridge resonator

Pete, read thru this thread. It pretty much sums up how I spray my burst finishes.
http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=513
by Eddie McRae
Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Eddie McRae - Dead Man's Hand custom T-Type
Replies: 14
Views: 10524

Re: Eddie McRae - Dead Man's Hand custom T-Type

Thanks! The one word I kept in my thought process throughout this entire build was..."Saloon". And I'm happy with how it turned out.