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wrnchbndr
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I'm back with the otters again
May 16th, 2017 09:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Its been a few years since I've moved house and packed up my shop into cardboard boxes. All of my recent projects have been made from left overs that I had -- a few neck and body blanks... I've been doing some experiments and I have a prototype for something new, full scale plans and I'm ready to start making some guitars. The plan is to make ten guitars on a similar theme and wait for the next local guitar show. Yesterday. I went to a local mill and put in an order for the mill to select and properly size wood for ten neck blanks. These will be three-piece necks maple/mahogany/maple. Having the mill size these for me relieves me of repairing my thickness planer and I had a long chat with the folks about grain orientation and such. I'll just have to glue up the sections and I've done this type of neck building before with really good results. The total bill at the mill including labor is under $200 so the cost per neck is about $20.

I'm not sure about the selection of wood for the bodies but I really like working mahogany and the tonal result. Its just that mahogany can be very plain looking. I need to find some affordable book matched 1/4" caps. I had good success using book matched ash in the past but I'll be looking for whatever becomes available. The necks will take me a few weeks so I have a little time to wait for something to come along. Alternatively I came across this video which might provide me a way of making the bodies interesting.

Just my kind of evil. Suits me perfectly

wrnchbndr
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May 16th, 2017 10:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A better show. I need to find a neon sign transformer.

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May 16th, 2017 10:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Whoa, be careful, those things can run up to 15 kilovolts. You don't want to end up a crispy critter.

wrnchbndr
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May 16th, 2017 10:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

15KV discharged through the body, some fingernail clipping from Jimmy under the pickguard -- SUPER MOJO! I can't fail.

hushnel
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May 16th, 2017 11:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's pretty cool, I'll keep my eyes open for trashed microwaves. I've only recently been exposed to this fractal wood burning technique.

M Tracy
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May 16th, 2017 03:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ive got some old neon transformers doing nothing on a shelf right now. Do you want 6 or 12k? I don't think I have a 15k.

wrnchbndr
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May 16th, 2017 08:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Way awesome. I'm talking to a neon sign repair shop right now and they're going to see what they have. I might get one cheaper than the postage. I think anything between 12 and 15 is good. There isn't an awful lot of info available on the finer points of doing this. I've also got a big 10Amp variac that might give me more control. Most of what I see on YouTube are people just connecting wires and hoping for a cool result. I always get way more scientific about stuff like this than I should. Pencil lead ought to have an effect as a path. I'm wondering what would work as an applied barrier and am thinking about ways to steer the Lightning. There's very little about doing this on 2" thick boards and nothing about mahogany.

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May 17th, 2017 12:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'd never heard of "fractal burning" until now.

Had to research it a bit to find out what it was.
Pretty cool effect.

M Tracy
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May 17th, 2017 04:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Those transformers are pretty heavy for the size, I bet shipping is expensive. If you can find one locally it would probably be cheaper than I can send you one. Best of luck to you, I'm looking forward to seeing your results.

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May 17th, 2017 08:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"and am thinking about ways to steer the Lightning. There's very little about doing this on 2" thick boards and nothing about mahogany. "

Path of least resistance always applies "o) If the path wants to dig too deep move the contacts closer together. They indicate a solution to enhance continuity.

wrnchbndr
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May 17th, 2017 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yup, I'm watching all of these youtube videos and moving the electrode along with the pattern seems to be something that many folks aren't doing. I'd like to be able to have the pattern compliment the shape of the body and the features on the surface of the body. I don't see people doing things like starting out with one electrode in the center and moving the outer electrode around. But then I see some very cool patterns on turned bowls and other objects and these folks aren't showing their technique. Hmmm -- secret knowledge. Or, maybe they died doing their art.

hushnel
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May 17th, 2017 02:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You may want to try burning before cutting the body shape, at least it could offer some wiggle room.

I think it can be done safely. You can always do the one hand in your pocket thing.

super mario
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May 17th, 2017 04:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This is very intriguing and I can envision some awesome guitar bodies using this technique. Our daughter-in-law has an art piece that uses this technique. I saw where one guy said to stay around the end grain and away from the flat - wonder how that would play out in a guitar body. Then again it may very well be the next "big" thing in guitar finishes - better get working wrnchbndr!

super mario
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May 17th, 2017 04:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ooops - duplicate post....

(This message was last edited by super mario at 11:36 PM, May 18th, 2017)

Mick Reid
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May 17th, 2017 07:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just want to add how relieved I was to see this thread *wasn't* about viagra after reading the title...

FunkyKikuchiyo

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May 17th, 2017 08:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I got wood and am feeling evil"

Don't say that too close to the ladies room at a restaurant if you want to stay for dessert. :)

wrnchbndr
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May 19th, 2017 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

...gonna print it on tee-shirts and sell 'em at the next FDP jam.

M Tracy
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May 25th, 2017 12:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Did you ever get your neon transformer? I really want to see what kind of evil you come up with.

wrnchbndr
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May 27th, 2017 03:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Working on it still. The wood for my necks should be ready soon and I have really evil plans.

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May 28th, 2017 08:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Can't wait for the results!

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