Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

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Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

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Finally done with the clamp construction. Man, that was more work than I thought it would be.
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Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

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So back to the replacement body. I glued the rest of the lower braces in the 25' radius form. Then I glued the upper braces in my half form that has a 60' radius for proper neck geometry. Finally, adding the splint on top of the X-brace joint (this is one of my few deviations from Martin methodology).
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Nice work.
I really appreciate all the pictures.
I need your help. I can't possibly make all the mistakes myself!

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I like the idea of the 60’ radius form for the headblock area braces. I usually sand the fingerboard attachment area flat to accomplish the same on my builds. I’m going to have to think awhile about your approach.

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I did the math once and the 60' radius gave me the optimum neck angle.
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Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

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Shaping the braces to as close of specs for this age, as I can.
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Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

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Place my label on the popsicle brace. When viewed with a mirror it reads.....
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The new wood on the inside of the guitar is way too bright so I toned it down with an alcohol stain. You can see the contrast of the back and un-toned top.
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And finally, the new cam clamps make their debut.
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The clamps stained brown have pads that are angled for the waist and inline at the headlock.
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Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

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I am sure that after looking at Bob's elegant clamping arrangement, this will look like clamp overkill, but that is sort of my credo.
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Yeah, it looks like overkill. But, congratulations. Your work looks very nice. Were it not for your label, I’m not sure folks would know it was new work after it ages a few years.

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it is real nice - great job Barry
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Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

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Looks like you are coming right along with it. The clamps look good too.
Something I use to "age" wood when I need to is Potassium permanganate. Some one gave me a bottle of it, but I've heard you can get it from pool supply places. It is a strong oxidizer. Sometimes when working on old wood (instruments or furniture) and need to restore the patina because I sanded through the original surface I will first start by oxidizing the wood surface with KMNO4. It can also be used where you want to "age " new wood.

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Interesting Clay. I used to use thousands of gallons of the stuff to clean up contaminants in groundwater and soil. It starts out as a dark purple liquid and then turns clear as it reacts with other organic substances. It can neutralize all kind of baddies out there.
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Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

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I was given some lab grade crystals which I dissolve in water similar to what is listed here:
https://www.homesciencetools.com/produc ... eVEALw_wcB

Notice the customer review. I wonder if that was Berkowitz.

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Yeah, probably him. I will have to try the KMNO4 next time. Thanks Clay.
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Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

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This is so excellent!
I also want to compliment the staining of your clamps to differentiate between the two types.

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Thank you, Bob.
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Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

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Sanded the body down and sprayed a couple of coats of vinyl sealer.
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