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Old 03-09-2020, 11:34 AM
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Laundry as well. A walk sounds nice. I may do that.
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Old 03-09-2020, 12:09 PM
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Today is supposed to be beautiful again too, but I have to take my mom in for her second cataract surgery. I need to read some stuff for tomorrow's writer's club while I wait.
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Old 03-09-2020, 07:48 PM
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OK, done and done. I made a little sawdust today. I wish I had a spindle and/or belt sander.
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Old 03-11-2020, 12:22 PM
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Tried to vacuum. The filter was still damp.
Finished the submarine in a bottle. It's my most prescious build.
Represents the one I was a crewman on for 10 hrs. I liked it so much I gave up shore duty and begged to stay on.
Told Pippa it's for her birthday. She likes it when I make them "just for her."
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Old 03-23-2020, 07:15 PM
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I sanded guitar tonewoods (black walnut) yesterday with a palm sander out in my driveway. I also worked on the pattern that I'm going to be using as half of a bending form for the sides. I traced the mirrored outlines on the boomatched back plate with some sharpened sidewalk chalk. It's getting close to the point where I can either work on completing the back plate or bend the sides. The weather needs to stabilize first, but I think I'm nearly ready to cut the back outline. I just need to rout in a channel for the back strip. I also need to finish up the bending form for the sides and figure out a way to heat up/steam the wood so that I can bend it. To do that, I need to rout the outline of a second pattern with a flush cut router bit on the router table.

I also met my mother on the local walking trail for a walk. I dragged Joey out with me and we hit the DQ drive through. So much for social distancing.
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Old 03-25-2020, 12:35 PM
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Origami, Egyptian lesson (me), didge time, and usual crapola.
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Old 03-25-2020, 03:08 PM
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I'm making bending forms for my next guitar build. I'd traced my favorite guitar on a piece of plywood and cut it out on my band saw and rigged up a spindle sander on my bench top drill press. When I got it perfect I used it to trace a second outline which I also cut out. The I screwed them together, put a flush cut router bit on my router table and and trimmed them to match.

After that, I moved on to dialing in my jack plane and proceeded to whittle away at the thickness of the black walnut that I'd bought for the build. There's something oddly satisfying feeling as a properly sharpened hand tool cuts through wood like a hot knife through butter.
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Old 03-26-2020, 05:19 PM
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I'm working on the guitar back. Yesterday I routed out a channel in the center to inlay a marketry strip with a zig zag pattern (similar to what Martin puts in their 28 and 35 series guitars. I glued it in with fast drying, thin viscosity super glue. I routed the channel pretty shallow so that the strip sits proud of the surface, then went about scraping it flush with a cabinet scraper.

Moving forward, the plan is to cut out the rough outline of the body's shape and finish sanding the plate so that my deep throat digital caliper can measure the middle of the plate. My goal is to get it down to about .105" thick so that I can move on to gluing on the bracing that I bought from Martin online.

I may be jumping the gun but the relative humidity in my basement seems to have stabilized to be above 35% so I don't have to worry about cracking and whatnot. It's also safe for my guitars to be out of their cases. Since I basically traced another guitar to make the templates I can use its case to store the pieces.
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Old 03-28-2020, 07:22 PM
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I figure you guys are tired of my rambling. To sum it up, I learned how to used my no.5 bench plane better and worked on the back and top - only the top is too thin. Here are some pictures:









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Old 03-30-2020, 12:04 PM
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Sweet.
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