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    Building A Les Paul

    I did the sanding!! I think it turned out alright to a standard I'm happy with, I taped off the neck plane where the fretboard will sit and I think I taped something like 3 layers of tape? it was ludicrous but necessary IMO. The only major issue is that the top seemed to be extremely flat which...
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    Alright! finally some progress! there were some mishaps and moments were I had to adjust things and modify the neck length. And some major mishaps which I can hopefully cover up :doh::facepalm: So today I got the recess cavities done, there's a gap or two for the control cavity but apart from...
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    And I couldn't agree more on hand cut inlays being fiddly!!! I think I'll leave it be and just roll with it despite the annoyance. I guess it makes it more unique:laugh2: as my father would say "it build character" Hey mate, thank you so much!! I had to do a lot of convincing to get the build...
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    I'll have a look around and even contact the guitar maker to see if he has anything. If all else fails I'll just buy some more from StewMac Many thanks, Andy
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    Building A Les Paul

    Alright, I finished all the inlays (so far) and I think they're a little messy and scrappy and there's a fair few gaps that I'll have to clean up with some epoxy+rosewood dust! Some of them are a little slanted too which is going to bug me until the end of time! I really should have checked...
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    I think the board was originally for an acoustic Parlor and it was given to me. I'll text the luthier and just try double check myself. The scale length is different to the plans I bought so I sort of have to adapt and change the neck size etc to suit the fretboard- I can't remember if it's...
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    Building A Les Paul

    @DaveR The first inlay on the 3rd fret is definitely wonky which is annoying! I must have slipped when I was tracing with the scalpel :facepalm: I didn't think to check after I traced it either so it was a real beginners mistake! not even that- it was just really silly.. anywho, I can't cut the...
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    Building A Les Paul

    I haven't cut it out of the blank yet, the fret is traced out and the centre line is traced. The first 'block' is going to be cut off as it's where the nut will go. I'll try draw on one of the photos: I drew straight digital lines over where the tracing is and then scribbled out where the bit...
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    Building A Les Paul

    I saved the chip just incase and I could use either some Titebond or I have some Gorilla super glue available?
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    Building A Les Paul

    Hello everyone, a bit of a panic emergency type moment here; I was doing fine with the inlays getting them nice and flush with the surface and I was down to the sixth inlay (15th fret) and I was using the chisel to slice a thin bit of the wall to make some more room so the inlay can fit in nice...
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    Building A Les Paul

    Thanks again Dave! I was talking to the local luthier and we both agreed that for a first time build I'm just going to go off the guidance of the professionals, listen and learn. And yes! I bought the fret board pre cut and- well it was mostly pre cut :rofl: in a week or fortnight I'll be going...
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    Building A Les Paul

    Alright! So the progress made in the session with the luthier was stellar! I finally made a start on the guitar neck which won't be vintage accurate as the headstock angle isn't as steep as 15 degrees which I'm okay with. The wood I'm using for the guitar is some really pretty Queensland Maple...
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    Building A Les Paul

    I had a check, and the belt sander is really blunt! it's almost paper like it desperately needs a change and I'm going to leave the burns and head back to them tomorrow when I can change the sand paper out :D I'm going to come back to your notes on the carve when I get around to it because this...
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    Yesterday, I finally flush trimmed the maple with the 1/2" flush trim bit. I was going to use a longer shank but I figured that the 1/2" was fresh in the packet and I figured it would be perfectly sharp! I used the belt/spindle sander to get it much much closer to the edge and it really seemed...
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    I've been playing around with designs and things, I think a guitar stand is the way to go! I was thinking up something pretty whacky but even a small drawer piece and then I could attach a guitar stand into the side? I'll try find my sketches for them later today. Dovetails are key! I'm even...
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    Hey Peter, thank you very much! Unfortunately, I won't be able to touch the clamps at all over the weekends and I cant make it to school today. But on Monday, I'll take them out and clean it up and check out the backside. I'm curious to know what flush trim router bits are used for the step...
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    Building A Les Paul

    Yeah, the guitar is my main focus and I basically have to make something that I can tie in with the guitar so it doesn't look like I did it all for the guitar (even though i am :rofl: ). Apparently, guitar builds don't get the highest grade of marks either which is insane considering the amount...
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    Hey Dave, I'll ask my teacher to see if he's hiding some more Titebond 2&1 hiding around somewhere. I find it amusing how there's this magical secret stash that is kept a secret and hide away for senior students. There's often heaps of spare lumber lying around and it's always reserved for the...
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    Hey mate, that brings me some comfort. I'll make sure to check it out and I'm really kicking myself that I didn't mask up the sides to minimise sanding!! I was planning it and I even stocked my masking tape ready and just forgot about it when the time came!!:facepalm:
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    Building A Les Paul

    Damn! that would probably be the best thing! If only I did that! agh! !ell we'll find out on Monday whether or not there's a whole heap of squeeze out. I doubt it will be too dramatic and the wires will still go through fine but we can only hope and pray haha. Fingers crossed :rofl:


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