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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The great side bending project, redux

It was just as well as it happened last week. It was a much better procedure to bend and then glue one at the time, and the only drawback I can think of is using a bit more electricity heating up the iron six times instead of one. 

First pic shows the gadget I made, saves the fingers and reduces the risk of splintering the wood on the outside of the bend. 

I put glue on the skeleton and start applying the wee clamps at the middle. Doing one at the time also saves me from owning a thousand of these, now I get by with what seems like several hundred. 

They exert little pressure each one of them, but combined it must amount to... a few kilos. 

This is where a one piece rim really shines, it's possible to tension it with the horizontal spool clamp at the waist. Then a few of my quick clamps finish the upper bout and the heel end. 

This is the stack of five, the sixth is the one with the clamps and not in the pic. 

And a pic where I try to capture my skillz. The joint is tight all the way around. With all this practice I've gotten fast, from start to finished clamping it takes around 25 minutes. Starting when the iron is hot of course. 

Next I'll reinforce six neck blanks and maybe carve them. I'm not sure I want to glue the tops since the humidity is up in the workshop. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The great side bending project

So after installing a new shower and seeing to the laundry and making dinner it was time to fire up the bending iron. While it was getting warm I nailed a piece of sheet steel to an angle made from two bits of wood, to assist me in bending. I will show action pics next time. 

I picked up a rib of cherry. I planed the dowels on one of the skeletons so they were flush with the plywood. I made a plan for the evening, first cherry, then walnut, then cherry again before the first maple one. Then the other maple and the last walnut. It felt right. 

But then my boy came home so after the first rib we sat down to watch Alien 3. I did make a sideways spool clamp though, for the waist, and I'm very pleased with it. Makes tensioning the one piece rib easy.

I'll continue tomorrow. With a maple one, then a walnut...

Sunday, June 19, 2016

My work cut out (and sanded)

Today I bit the bullet and sat down by the thickness sander a couple of hours. All the slices I have resawn recently, and a guitar set of maple for dreadnought back and sides. Luckily that'll give me enough for two resos. 

I can't say I enjoy thickness sanding, and I'm not very good at it. I might end up with material that's too thin but still with deep scratches from the 40 grit paper. Today I took my time and changed grits from 40 to 80 to 120, and I'm very pleased with the result. 

In the pic you can see six sets with skeletons and a neck each. For photo purposes three of the neck blanks are of Spanish cedar, but I might choose to use alder for the lot of them. I haven't decided. So it'll be two of maple (with some curl in the figure), two of walnut, and two of cherry. I don't think I'll make all six in one go, that would probably break me. But maybe I'll bend and glue all sides and take it from there, continuing with two at a time. We'll see. First I, then you.