The 10 Year Project

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Re: The 10 Year Project

Postby Nathan Dodd » Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:22 pm

Eric Baack wrote:I used this method but with varathane wood filler (dark walnut)

http://youtu.be/NuQaLbZ9OTI

It really pops the grain out to use a darker filler then just filling with clear.


I actually have some medium brown water based wood filler I use with French polish I could water down and use on the walnut actually, that would cut my costs down a little too
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Re: The 10 Year Project

Postby Eric Baack » Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:17 pm

it was about $6 for a tube of the varathane at menards
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Re: The 10 Year Project

Postby Eric Baack » Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:18 pm

the really dark filler brought the grain out very nicely.
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Re: The 10 Year Project

Postby Nathan Dodd » Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:11 pm

I have as of today applied my grain filler in a watered down formula to the walnut of the guitar. Tomorrow I'll fine sand the whole thing and prepare for the finishing regime.
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Re: The 10 Year Project

Postby Greg Robinson » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:33 pm

Nathan, if you watered down the grain filler, make sure you allow plenty of time for it to dry out, you don't want it shrinking back after you've applied finish on top (you may need multiple applications), or to trap moisture underneath the finish.
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Re: The 10 Year Project

Postby Nathan Dodd » Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:17 am

Thanks Greg, the filler will have until this evening in my warm house to set, that's almost 24 hours but I'll still check for signs of moisture while i sand the excess.
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Re: The 10 Year Project

Postby Greg Robinson » Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:13 am

I'd prefer to wait around a week (longer if it was oil based). Even if you're following directions on the container, guitars are much more demanding of finishing products than furniture is.
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Re: The 10 Year Project

Postby Nathan Dodd » Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:36 am

I should point out that the product is a stopper that I loosened up in order to use it as a grain filler and applied it with a paint brush so the guitar was far from saturated. I'll do a patch sand this evening on one area and see if I get any glagging in my sandpaper. The guitar won't be receiving any spray finish for another week or so anyway. I'll proceed with caution :)
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Re: The 10 Year Project

Postby Louie Atienza » Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:08 am

Nice work so far!
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Re: The 10 Year Project

Postby Nathan Dodd » Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:36 pm

Thanks Louie! :)
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Re: The 10 Year Project

Postby Nathan Dodd » Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:03 pm

Grain filled and sealer coat applied over the top of a rubbed down amber dye coat and the guitar is half way through it's finishing cycle. Here's a sneak peak. I'm really impressed with the depth and richness in the walnut as there's no tint or dye and it's a lovely chocolate brown. The top cap is showing it's figure off very nicely now and I'm really looking forward to shooting the yellowish amber tint over the top. I'm going to attempt to get a kind of lemon drop finish but if it turns out that way it will be a miracle as I'm a complete Nitro novice and my efforts leave a lot to be desired. Practice makes perfect though and I hope to get a lot more of that!!
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Re: The 10 Year Project

Postby Nathan Dodd » Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:45 pm

Another day, more progress. The lacquer has been applied and the nice Lemon Drop finish has been achieved. this one was a sure case of flying by the seat of my pants but i'm happy with the result, even down to the 'un-burst' as i've seen them referred to. Now to wait for 3 odd weeks for another chance to ruin everything by flat sanding and buffing. Here's hoping that those clear coats are nice and thick.
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Re: The 10 Year Project

Postby Hans Bezemer » Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:15 pm

Nice work Nathan.
Thank you for sharing, I always love building in progress topics.
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Re: The 10 Year Project

Postby Nathan Dodd » Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:11 pm

Thank you Hans, glad you're enjoying the thread!
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Re: The 10 Year Project

Postby Eric Baack » Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:33 pm

looks like it's going to be a beauty!
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Re: The 10 Year Project

Postby Nathan Dodd » Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:26 pm

After waiting patiently for my lacquer to dry over the last few weeks, i have finally completed the 10 year guitar. There's a little more tweaking to be done here and there but for all intents and purposes here's the completed article:
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Re: The 10 Year Project

Postby Pete Halliday » Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:29 pm

Very nice!
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Re: The 10 Year Project

Postby Nathan Dodd » Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:43 pm

Thanks Pete!! :) and for my next trick; an acoustic. Watch this space ;)
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Re: The 10 Year Project

Postby Dave Locher » Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:43 pm

Very nice, and kind of inspirational to follow. It really looks good.

One minor detail question: what are those pickup rings? They look like a nice color. Right now I have a pair of "creme" rings from Stewmac that seem too dark and brownish to me, and a pair of white ones that I hit with "vintage tint" lacquer that seem to yellow to me. Yours look like the proverbial "just right," at least in the photos.
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Re: The 10 Year Project

Postby Nathan Dodd » Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:21 pm

Thank you very much Dave!! They are a pretty standard cream as far as i know, they were just the cheapest ones i could find from a UK based vendor. They are likely just an all parts style generic replacement.
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