Closing The Flat Top Box

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Blog entry by Texcaster posted 03-12-2015 11:09 PM 1577 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another use for laminated linings, drying racks. I like a laminated lining, a very strong component at a critical junction. However, guitars have been made, with great success, for a long time now with kerfed linings

Once the top went on I couldn’t help but think of the guitar as a big chocolate cake. The neck is Mahogany and Silver Ash. ( not an ash at all but very strong and hard )

If you are making one neck block, might as well make four. The shoulders on the neck are hand scribed to the curve on the box. This is a pine setup piece.

At the eleventh hour, I decided to go with a bolt on neck, threaded inserts are in the heel. This aids the polishing and allows for future neck adjustment. Normally a bolt on is a mortise and tenon. I like the idea of a dovetailed bolt on neck and will probably go this way with future flat tops.

It’s “Miller Time!” , ..... cerveza and a little cup of Irish whiskey. This is the half way point, box closed and neck fitted. From now until Easter it will still be hot enough to really enjoy a cold beer.

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

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#1 posted 03-15-2015 12:42 PM

Fantastic work.
Dang, I want to build one someday. But boy howdy, you got skills.

Thanks for taking us on the ride,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 03-15-2015 01:09 PM

Awesome work, Bill!

I have often wondered why more high end boxes weren’t built with laminated lining. It would make repairs so much easier.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 03-15-2015 11:25 PM

Cheers fellas, I’m happy you’re looking and commenting.

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

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