Wednesday, October 27, 2010

the finish

Two layers of wood stain and one of oil - still drying... 

in spite of the hours of standing, there's been a few small patches of the previous finish left, that I discovered too late, after I put the color. At first I was  desperate and decided to cover it all with lack, then I put all the gear on and after all, the few flaws end up looking like a slight relicking - absolutely involuntary since I usually hate that - and it feels good. Tonight I finish the oiling and tomorrow I start soldering (gasp!)

Monday, October 18, 2010

sanding the doppelcaster

Had to interrupt the Doppelcaster making for a few days because of performance tonight (yes, the performance for which the guitar was initially planed - didn't make it!) 

Thought I would post a few some beginner's considerations. First, the polyurethane finish goes deeper than I thought, I made a first sanding that felt good enough, but when I tried wood stain on it, it proved not enough and it needed a few extra hours sanding to reach the bare wood. 

I learned a few things doing this: it's way better to work in your basement with protecting goggles and dust mask than in your living room (yes, I can be dumb sometimes)! And you shouldn't spend three hours machine sanding in the morning when you rehearse music in the afternoon - I actually still have sore hands one week later!  And wood stain is not the best solution for refinishing, because it requires a perfectly neat wood.

Friday, October 15, 2010

more sketches

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Sunday, October 3, 2010

pickguard sketch 2

I'm know thinking of 2 pickguards Jumior style...

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Doppelcaster body

Here it is! Body adjusted and glued, thanks to my friend Brita and her carpenter's skills and machines! 

The next stage requires a little bit of plastic wood to fill unused screw holes and a lot of sanding, then the next difficulty is drilling for the string-through-body system - probably a details if you have a drill press but quite tricky made by hand on the kitchen table...

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