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#1 posted 04-19-2011 03:24 PM

First off, fantastic work. I’d be REAL interested in some detailed pictures too.

I’d suggest you take a practice block and carve a little so you can simulate your finish there so you can see what the end grain is gonna do. You can darken Cherry up very quickly by simply setting it out in the sun for a couple of hours. Be careful that it doesn’t cause warping though.

A recording artist and guitar builder/repairman friend of mine has told me in the past “Folks can’t see past the shine on a guitar”. The shine is more important than many of the other issues you might have.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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