A Guitar for Daniel #5: The first 90% of the project...

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Blog entry by Dan Lyke posted 12-18-2012 04:50 PM 2364 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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...takes 90% of the time. The remaining 10% of the project takes an additional 90% of the time. So it feels like we’re closing in, but finishing and hardware installation are still going to take a little while.

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Sunday morning Daniel was off partying with friends in San Francisco. I went out to the shop and did a bunch of shaping, and then Charlene and I went over to Tall Toad Music and, with the help of the very friendly staff there, dug through the basement ‘til we found a case that looked like it’d handle the long neck and angled peghead fairly well.

Yesterday, I dropped by Friedman's on the way home and picked up a couple of different stains that we thought would make the quilting in the maple pop just a little bit. We laid out a couple of samples on all 5 of the woods we were going to be playing with, chose the best compromise, and with a deep breath we applied it:

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Probably should have double-checked his sanding, but I think it’ll all work out okay in the end…

Next up: Many coats of rub-on polyurethane. We’re going with poly rather than varnish because it’s a finish that we can do a reasonable job with at home, and because I like rubbed finishes.

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-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#1 posted 12-18-2012 06:38 PM

That’s coming along nicely, Dan. Lucky kid, hope he appreciates all your effort in building him a sweet axe.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#2 posted 12-18-2012 07:59 PM

I think he appreciates it. I’m dreading that his sister, who’s away at college on the other coast and following along via Facebook, is going to ask for a similar experience (though her boyfriend is an accomplished woodworker, and if this were just “use my shop and raid my wood stash” this’d be a lot easier.)...

But as much as he’s learning, I’m learning too! There are now a whole bunch of projects I’m going to be much more willing to tackle, from inlay to finishing. And, of course, I’m also learning how to lay things out so that the next kid who says “I want to build…” has a greater chance of success.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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