New and Improved Carve Templates

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  1. ExNihilo

    ExNihilo Senior Member

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    Yesterday I worked on a new set of carve templates and then began using the new set on a new build.

    Here are the new lines from the templates.

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    Once I've routed all the steps, I mark the bottom step with pen to make sure I don't hit it while I sand out the other steps with the orbital sander.

    Then, I start sanding down the steps. I try to do it evenly. Here you see just the corners being knocked off.

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    And then a bit more.

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    Getting closer. Notice I have just barely hit the bottom step. That is what the pen lines are for, to tell you to stop.

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    Now I redraw the pen lines and begin sanding the valley of the recurve area. I start in the center of the bottom step and gradually make it wider until it eventually blends altogether.

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    And here is what it looks like when you smooth it all out.

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    This is just the first stage of shaping the carve. The second stage happens after I cut the neck and pick up planes. The third stage happens after I put the binding on. And then the last perfecting stage happens just before finishing.

    But, I think it's looking pretty cool after stage one. Love the top on this one. Although, it's going to be a heavier guitar. This body, as it is now weighs 6 lbs 10 oz. (My complete unloaded scrap wood LP weighs 6.11!). I am also very happy with the new and improved template set. If anyone is interested, I will try to make another PDF file of this set when I get time.
     
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    D'tar Senior Member

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    Great looking build there Scott. Thanks for your contributions. I have used your previous templates and looking forward to checking these out.
     
  3. ARandall

    ARandall Senior Member

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    I've taken to making an extra template. Its the biggest one and basically its outer is precisely where you start to sand into the scribblings.
    I rout this extra step a bit shallower.......as in the outer perimeter is the same but there is a shallow step halfway and the 'official' largest template is now a shallower step.
    I was finding with the steps as shown above I was struggling to remove that lowest step without a trench. The extra template for me seems to soften the transition into the recurve much more easily.
     
  4. SlingBlader

    SlingBlader Premium Member

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    Thanks for posting this, Scott!
     
  5. Skyjerk

    Skyjerk Meatbomb Silver Supporter

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    That's exactly what I did with my own first LP build. And I mean exactly :)
    Used Scott's templates and made one more that extends halfway between Scotts largest and the outer edge. I prefer to have little-to-no recurve and a gentler overall flow to the carve.

    Of course I'm not looking for anything resembling vintage accuracy
     
  6. timgman

    timgman Senior Member

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    I'm certainly interested in the pdf's
    Great work and thank you for your contributions!
     
  7. ARandall

    ARandall Senior Member

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    Funnily enough my mod was to make it easier to get the right vintage recurve.
     
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    Me 2! -

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    Cheers Peter.
     
  9. hdoilcan

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    Very nice. Thanks for sharing.
    I'm also interested in the new pdf's.
     
  10. JKHamby

    JKHamby Junior Member

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    + 1 on the top carve templates.

    Please let me know if there is a cost I will be glad to pay for the excellent work you did, ExNihilo.

    I really appreciate the trailblazing.
     
  11. bhmcintosh

    bhmcintosh Les Pauls, Telecasters, and 12strings Premium Member

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    Aw, I just made a set to the old drawings! :) How different are the new guys? Just straighter across the upper bouts?
     
  12. gsd903

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    What are the chances of getting a set of those carving templates? Would gladly pay.
     
  13. ARandall

    ARandall Senior Member

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    The 'ex nihilo vintage burst build' thread has the original templates on them as a pdf which prints full size.
    The newer template pattern simply doesn't fan out on the neck side of the waist......just use the pics above to see where the steps are.
     
  14. VancoD

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    Forgive my ignorance - but what are folks using for these routes? A standard 1/2" or 3/4" straight pattern bit?
     
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    any chance you got this into a pdf? I would really like to have these even if I had to pay!
     
  17. Brewdude

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    Hope this works!
     

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