Thursday 28th February ’08
Steve woke me up this morning with a text allowing me to fulfill, finally, my dream of doing an infinity symbol inlay
after cutting it out all the edges are filed to the final shape
the aluminium design is held in place with double-sided tape while a sharp knife is used to mark out the channel that needs cutting
this sexy beast of a mini routerhas not been used before.. so I cut a small test piece just to see how she’ll do..
and she does it just fine.. I think I’m in love with a router???
the edges are cleaned up with various sharp knives and chisels
and then she is lightly tapped in and left to dry
the new love of my life is also used to cut the binding channels on Tim’s neck.. (the new bit I’m expecting is not here yet but that means I’ve found an easier way to do the job!! bonus!)
after cutting the binding channels the fret slots are recut to make sure they are deep enough
and then the binding is glued in..
the inlay did not need any filler so the fingerboard is just sanded down through the grits
the fret slots recut and the edges champhered
then the frets are cut to size and set aside
each fret is glued and hammered in (using no more nails glue no less!!!)
the tape is ripped off the binding
and then the excess is planed off with this old violin makers plane
each fret slot is cleaned out with this modified saw
and then this beast of a tool, a fret tang nipper, is used on each fret
and they are, in their turn, glued in place
my new hobby is making tool handles out of guitar materials
and this file, used for rounding the edges of the frets over, gets her new handle too
the side dots are drilled and glued in place
and once dry the excess is all chiseled and scraped away
a new template needs making for the neck joint of Steves guitar
then, very very slowly, I cut through the acrylic.. which gives off nasty fumes so a mask is neccesary
she fits though
so waste is bandsawed off
and the neck it fitted in place.. remember that we’re doing this timber neck as the second option, she originally had an acrylic neck with a low profile body joint.. this is why the tenon here is so long, there isn’t very much of the body left to support the neck..
and she is glued in.. tomorrow I decide whether or not to add a few bolts!! We’ll see..
Till the morrow,
Crimson Bespoke Guitars HQ