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  1. Bending
  2. And More Bending!
  3. Neck Block & Kerfing
  4. Top, Back, & Kerfed Side Set
  5. Side Reinforcements & Rosette Channel
  6. Braces
  7. Even More Braces!
  8. The Soundbox
  9. Binding & Neck
  10. The Neck, Continued
  11. Finish Carving the Neck
  12. Peghead Inlay
  13. Finishing!!!
  14. Rubbing Out the Finish & Gluing the Neck and Bridge
  15. Leveling Frets, Nut & Saddle Work, and Stringing Her Up!!!
  16. The Final Product!!!

(last updated 8/19/06)

Friday, June 30th, 2006:

I haven't done too much in the last couple of days, because I was kind of preoccupied with other things. My old shed is in the process of being re-roofed (finally, a leak-proof roof — more important now because I have a few important power tools in there, such as my Performax sander, my binding jig, and my sidebender). And, yesterday and today, my iMac G5 gave up the ghost — luckily, I was able to take it in to a nearby Apple Store, where they will replace the power supply and midplane (motherboard) for free, as this was a known problem with early models. I was EXTREMELY lucky, as well, because the computer gave off the telltale burning rubber smell yesterday, shut down spontaneously a few times but still worked, so I was able to back up all my important files onto DVD's. First thing this morning, the computer totally died; I couldn't even get it to start up. I immediately made an appointment online for today, took it over to the nearby Apple Store at noon, and it will be fixed in about a week!!! It will be like getting a new computer, as they have since fixed that problem by going with new parts suppliers.

ANYWAY. . . . .

To the right is what I have been able to get done in the last few days. I shaped the neck block to fit the curve of the cutaway, cut the slot for the truss rod access (a Stew-Mac Hot Rod), and drilled the holes for the bolts. I place the first hole about 1" from the top of the block and the second hole 1-1/2" below that. I will be using threaded inserts and furniture bolts.


Here it is, the blocks both glued, in the mold!!!! Doesn't it have a graceful shape?????



And now for a pretty mix of color......gluing on the kerfing. I really like those little plastic clamps; they're cheap yet strong enough. I got them from Orchard Supply in the bargain bin!!! Once all the kerfing is on, the side set will be really, really strong.


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