Tuesday, April 8th, 2014:
Still LOTS More to Come!!!
Lest you think that this little guitar is all finished and ready to be heard --- and because my mind is feeling a little bit scattered --- I thought it best to sit down and make a list of all the things I need to do next.
- Polish the soundbox with Meguiar's #9 (Swirl Remover) & #7 (Show Car Glaze).
- Rub the neck and back of peghead to a satin finish with steel wool & paste wax; remove the wax with steel wool slightly dampened.
- Bolt on the neck; remove finish underneath fingerboard extension.
- Bolt up and glue on fingerboard.
- After at least an hour or so, level, re-crown, round off fret ends, and polish the frets.
- Apply lemon oil to fingerboard surface.
- Determine the bridge location; mark off with masking tape.
- Remove finish underneath bridge, leaving 1/32" of finish around edges.
- Glue on bridge; let it sit overnight.
- Drill through bridge pin holes.
- Ream the bridge pin holes to fit bridge pins.
- Cut slots in bridge pin holes for strings.
- Install end pin. & strap button on heel.
- Install tuners.
- Fit & shape the nut.
- Affix the nut with a dot of superglue.
- Install the saddle.
- String up the guitar.
- Check and adjust truss rod for the neck relief (.005" to .015" at 7th fret).
- File nut slots to get proper action at first fret.
- Check 12th fret string to fret distance (6/64" at low E to 4/64" at high E), to determine how much to remove from bottom of saddle for desired action. (Whatever difference you have at 12th fret, remove twice that much from bottom of saddle.)
- Run around the house and celebrate. Play the thing!
TODAY: Even though it's going to KILL me to have to wait to begin the process above, I think I'm going to use today to finish up reading The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (weird title, good book). (I'm in a book group, and I need to have this read by next Monday.)
If I really can't stand it, and finish the book before the end of today, I might just do some work on the neck (since its finish hasn't been touched since last Thursday and should be cured enough by now) --- I'll put that satin finish on the neck and install the tuners & strap button.
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014:
I've just finished doing the final polishing of the guitar, first with Meguiar's #9 (Swirl Remover), followed by Meguiar's #7 (Show Car Glaze):
Here are a few photos of the results:
I wanted a slightly satiny feel to the neck, instead of the high gloss, so, for the neck, I used steel wool when applying the Meguiar's #9, following that with Meguiar's #7.
Now it's time to attach the neck!!!