I thought LT was going to tell us how he got some of his guitars.
A little big thing for me this week: I left for work in a hurry yesterday and left my coffee on the kitchen counter. My wife hopped in her car and brought it to me.
I make them. that's what I do.I thought LT was going to tell us how he got some of his guitars.
Worry not.My dad has been helping me build a new batch of guitars. Couple of days ago we started making up about a dozen body blanks. Ran the joints over a very well tuned electric jointer and put the pieces aside....it was the end of the day. I didn't come back the next day because I had a pile of other things to take care of.
But the day after that when I walked in to the shop my heart sank for a minute. I saw all the body blanks glued up except for the last one which dad was standing beside just about ready to glue up.
The reason my heart sank was because I like to have total control over every aspect of the build. And the joint in a body blank is crucial. So I asked my dad "did you make sure the joints were perfect? Did you put a strong light behind and "candle" them (that's the process where you take a powerful lightbulb and put it on the other side of the joint to see if there are any light cracks.)
He said "yes, I made sure they were all good enough"
Good enough?! oh no....
So I asked him if I can double check the one he was about to glue up. Stacked it up and put a 300watt bulb behind it. No light came through. Not a sliver or crack, not even a glow. The joint was absolutely PERFECT.
And I said "WOW....this joint is perfect!"
He looked at me with a half smile and said "that's what I said....good enough"
I looked over at the workbench. A No.6 handplane was lying on it's side and all around there were full length and width, gossamer thin shavings from when he was fine tuning all the joints.
And then I was a bit ashamed of myself for even doubting the master that taught me.
I turned over a blank that he had glued and was greeted with the image of a perfectly uniform and even glue squeeze out.