posted on Sep, 15 2011 @ 10:18 PM
A bit of an update on the progress.
Yesterday I purchased a 4 foot long oak board that was 3/4 inch thick by 7 3/8 inches wide for about $13. Yes, quite the oddball board. I cut it to an
overall length of 3 feet with the intent of making the body roughly 12 inches by roughly 1 1/2 inches thick and roughly 7 1/4 wide by gluing the 1
foot section to the back of the body. As opposed to standard guitar construction the head, neck and top of the body will be one piece. Warping under
string tension should not be an issue since there are only 3 strings and the overall thickness of the top and neck is 3/4''. With the pieces cut and
the body being more or less oar shaped, the long process of sanding began on benchtop belt sander that uses a 4'' x 36'' belt (giving a roughly
32'' sanding area. Why do I know the exact size of the belt. A slight oops while sanding tore the belt so it was a trip to the store to buy a new
one. Which came in a 2 pack for $10 and my uncle gave me $5 to split the cost since he will have a fresh belt and a used belt in about the same shape
as the one that was on there. After replacing the belt and lots more sanding until a "rough done". From there I began routing out the back piece of
the body and found I had nothing but a Dremel and rounded bit.
Today, I finished routing with the Dremel. To me it looks like I took it to an angry beaver and let him work it over. A trip to Radio Shack for a
Piezo Transducer, a 1/4'' jack and a second trip to buy project box to house the jack. Why would I mount the jack externally you ask? Because the
housing for the jack was wider than expected and was a bit short on the mounting. In order to protect the casing and have room for additional sanding
adjustments for the outer edge of the body after gluing the two pieces together, I left a 1/2'' to the outer wall all the way around. Essentially,
I would had to glued the pieces together or clamped them with enough tension to have possibly marred the surface to drill the hole for the plug,
chiseled out a notch for the housing of the jack itself on both the top and bottom and then prayed that could line up the notches when gluing the body
together as well getting the jack in the hole and notches reaching through the sound hole. Total cost to make it electric is $7. The project box
holding the jack will be glued to the back and two very small holes (1 for each wire) which will later be wired to the Piezo leads.
Naturally the sound hole has been cut and the two pieces forming the body were glued and clamped about 7:00pm tonight which left me with about 20
minutes to clean up and be ready to go to air for tonight's All Things Survival show.
Next will be a blended sanding of the two body halves as they were sanded separately they did not match the body shapes exactly. Which is why I left a
1/2'' interior wall to account for that. Then is the finish sanding by hand with very fine grit paper of 220 grit. Hopefully I will complete that
and be ready for or begin the staining process before having to get ready for work tomorrow.
Initial thoughts and concerns for now is the action of the strings as I come down the neck and the strings rise higher due to the bridge and how well
the fret calculator online will be about giving fret measurements. Of course all that will be done by pencil lines and triple checking those lines
with a tuner before cutting slots for the frets. Which of course means a floating bridge. Again these are deep concerns because the entire project has
been done without prints or even a napkin sketch. Which means I will be really surprised if it works at all, let alone properly.
I would have pictures of the progress but the media server is currently down for uploading. So pictures will have to happen later. So would now be the
time to mention that I have not even learned to play guitar well?