Finishing the Finish!!!

Saturday, August 30th, 2008:

Well, the awful "waiting" period is FINALLY over!!!

It's been a little over two weeks since I've touched the guitar (it was killing me). But today I finally was able to begin rubbing down the finish.

I spent about four hours or so wet-sanding the finish, using all the grits of Micromesh (1500-12000) wrapped around a foam block. By the time I was down to the 12000, there was a fine mirror gloss to the finish. Then I finished it all off with three Meguiar's products — the #9 Swirl Remover, the #7 Glaze, and the #10 Plastic Polish. I was very fortunate this time; I didn't sand/rub through the finish at all! It all went really smoothly.



Next, I bolted the neck onto the soundbox, ran masking tape around the fingerboard extension on the top, and removed the neck. I used some Zip-Strip paint remover (very carefully with a small brush) to remove the finish underneath the fingerboard extension area, scraping the bubbled-up finish away with a 1/2" chisel. I neutralized any remaining stripper residue with a damp paper towel and set it all aside to dry. When it was dry, I applied white glue to the top scraped area, bolted the neck to the soundbox, and clamped the fingerboard extension down, using a couple of cauls.

That's where it's sitting now. I'll let it sit until tomorrow. Then I'll determine the bridge position and glue that up.










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  1. A Little Detour....A Tour of My Workroom!!!
  2. Joining the Top
  3. Starting to Bend
  4. Bending, Day 2
  5. Bending, Day 3
  6. Neck Block, Center Strip, Cutaway!
  7. Bracing the Back, Gluing in the Blocks
  8. Shape Back Braces, Glue Neck Block, Make Spreaders
  9. Spreader, Rim, Kerfing
  10. Rim-Sanding, Brace-Shaping, Go-Bar Modification, & Obon!!!
  11. Side Strips & Rosette
  12. Beginning the Top Bracing
  13. Bracing, Continued...
  14. Gluing the Back
  15. Gluing the Top
  16. Trimming the Overhang
  17. Routing for Binding : Day 1
  18. Routing for Binding : Day 2
  19. Fitting & Gluing the Bindings
  20. The Soundbox is Done!!!
  21. Truss Rod Slot, Peghead Veneer
  22. Peghead, Start Heel
  23. Threaded Inserts, Neck Trimmed
  24. Fitting the Neck!!!
  25. Truss Rod Cavity, Heel Cap, Fingerboard Trimmed
  26. Finishing and Gluing the Fingerboard / Peghead Inlay
  27. Carving the Neck
  28. I Feel Good....The Basic Building is Done!!! (Now on to the Finishing....)
  29. Pore-Filling
  30. Sealing
  31. Finish Coats
  32. Finishing the Finish!!!
  33. Gluing the Bridge
  34. It's All Done!!!




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