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Ken McKay guitar build log for OFC

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by dotmkr, Mar 14, 2014.

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    That little squiggle is my symbol for Square, those two surfaces are square to each other.
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    Line up the lines and glue. Glue while being very sticky is very slippery also. It's extremely difficult to line up a block in between another glued surface let alone two. This one is not perfect but it's very close. In this case close is just fine in some other areas close is not good enough it needs to be perfect. For example fingerboards always have to be perfectly aligned.
    The mahogany block is oversized on both sides of the maple.


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    Good seam, half the pencil line remains...



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    Pencil line still there. The true centerline of the body is a line that is extended from the center block to the end of the body. So in this case the centerline will be slightly to the right of the seam. This is important when lining up the neck. But it really depends on how the plates are glued. If I were to use this seem as a centerline and glue the center of the plate there all would be fine. This is close enough to use either the seam or a pencil line extended from the block centerline, either way would work perfectly well.


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    Apply kerfed linings.


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    Thanks my friend.


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    Amazing work Ken, a real treat to watch.
     
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    This is an exceptional thread. I really appreciate this. Thank you.
     
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    Thanks, it is my pleasure to document this for this cause.
     
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    The next operations will be to first flush the kerf lining, center block and ribs on the up side. A thickness sander is the way to go here. I have done it different ways but find my sander to do a reliable job. As with all big machinery, they have the potential to screw something up reall quickly, before you can even know what has happened. So it is essential to know your machinery and take care with set-ups. My shop is small and modular. So each set up needs to be carefully though out. I do not have dedicated dust extraction at each station. In fact I don't really have stations.
     
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    The science closet holds precious wood. Mahogany , rosewoods, holly , maple. My stock of rotary cut veneer is carefully stacked here also. I have a large stock of wood in a protected space elsewhere. Almost all if my tone wood is rough or partially dimensioned. I prepare all the stock myself assuring it is cut correctly. A lot is furniture grade that doesn't make the grade for tone wood.
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    Some simple woodworking machinery.


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    The main bench gets cluttered pretty quickly.

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    This is a euro combination machine. The are sold by different names and very popular in Europe. This has a tablesaw with a sliding crosscut sled, a planer and joiner for 12 inch wide boards, a spindle shaper, and a mortiser. It rolls out to make room for the operation at hand.


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    Here it is set up for shaping. Solid jigs make it safe. Don't even think about free handing with a three horse powered spinning hunk of metal.
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    I actually have a couple of ways to perform many operations. The drill press can do many things. I have a nice little German made model makers machine that I can't get rid of because it makes wide bevel pick guards.

    And the drawers are full of sharp hand tools, chisels, gouges and handplanes. These I grab from time to time. Sometimes i will try three or four tools before I find the one that will get it done.


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    Awesome work Ken, it's a pleasure to see you working.
     
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    Nice selection of power tools, Ken. I love build threads.
     
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    Thanks. No updates for today.
     
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    1366 posts as of today. Thanks for the interest.
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    Here's a decent photo of a pressed plate. This one has f holes routed. I will show this process soon.
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    Back to the guitar at hand.
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    Back to the guitar at hand.
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