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Blog entry by Texcaster posted 09-15-2014 08:30 AM 1468 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My bandsaw is only a 14in and my machinery weak link. It’s powerful enough to cut 4in Rock Maple cabriole legs easily but not enough grunt or depth for serious resawing. I do my resawing on my table saw. It cuts 105mm above the table, anything over 210mm is finished off by hand. I’m in the tonewood outlaw band, those not using “official luthier” timber. Most prominent Luthiers, at some point, build an instrument out of very ordinary timber to show their ability to make ordinary stuff preform like AAA grade. It’s probably the future.

I cut 5 back and side sets today, 5mm thick. Yesterday I broke down 2 massive slabs to suit dressing on my 16in jointer/planer. Only one lump was back and side grade. I have a 30mm piece left for sides, it started out 80mm thick. The other 3 pieces will yield necks and other parts.

The timber is Silky Oak and will be combined with 100 year old Sequoia mirror backs for the tops on 2 guitars. Back, sides and neck will be stained a darkish red/ brown, Solomon Blackwood binding and W-B-W purfling. Similar to the neck shown. I like a very understated guitar these days.

I work in conditions I wouldn’t tolerate from a boss. Fortunatly I built the shed with massive doors all 4 sides.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.



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AnthonyReed

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#1 posted 09-15-2014 01:44 PM

So fantastic Bill.

Stunning wood selections there and phenomenal shop space.

Thanks for sharing.

-- ~Tony

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Texcaster

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#2 posted 09-15-2014 09:05 PM

Cheers Tony, thanks for commenting. I’ve only built archtops so far.

The new ones will be my first flat tops. Two Gibsons, a southern jumbo and a parlor.

http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/Which-Gibson-Acoustic-Is-Right-For-You.aspx

A southern jumbo is a cross between a jumbo and a dreadnought.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#3 posted 09-16-2014 02:09 PM

An amazing caliber of work. I’m looking forward to seeing the results of your foray into flat tops.

-- ~Tony

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#4 posted 09-17-2014 01:56 AM

That is a very nice shop and equipment. The end result looks also wonderful

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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TheFridge

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#5 posted 09-17-2014 02:11 AM

Pretty sweet. If you made a bass id play it. Good stuff.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#6 posted 09-17-2014 11:30 PM

Thanks for the comments fellas. If any of you guys make it down this way be sure and let me know. We can play music or build a take home box from local timber.

This is a link to Jeffery Yong’s site. One of the guys leading the charge in alternative timbers, internal construction and external decoration.

http://www.jeffreyyong.com/

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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