Milestone Day

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Hello, everyone. This is a big day for me.
First Top
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.
In The Sun
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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I like it.

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That looks good! Glad you did it!
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Freeman Keller wrote:I like it.
Thanks!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

-Eric

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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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Lookiin' good Eric

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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.

-Eric

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Applause! Hope the next steps will go equally good.

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Good job!

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Great! Looks good.
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Beate Ritzert wrote:Applause! Hope the next steps will go equally good.
Thanks for all the encouragement.

-Eric

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Todd Stock wrote:Good job!
Thanks, Todd. Your advice and videos have been very helpful.

-Eric

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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.

-Eric

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