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Andy Dobies
Feb 14, 2021
In General Discussions
I’m using chisels for the first time, and I bought a small set of Japanese-style chisels: 24mm/12mm/6mm. I’ve been doing some smaller practice pieces with them before starting on my guitar body, but after doing maybe 6-7 of the smaller pieces, the resistance on my 24mm is starting to get pretty high. I’m assuming that means I need to sharpen it up. Does anyone have any advice on chisel sharpening? Benefits/drawbacks on an oilstone versus a waterstone versus the scary sharp 3M abrasives? I also read somewhere you‘re not supposed to do a microbevel on a Japanese style chisel either, is there anything else I should know before I try to sharpen this guy?
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Andy Dobies
Feb 09, 2021
In Design Ideas
So I'm a first timer guitar builder, but let's go big or go home, right? I really like the Monster Hunter series of games, and in the one I played growing up, the beating the final boss let you build a weapon that looked like a guitar, called the Fatalis Wailer. This is where I'm taking the inspiration for my design. Now I really like my Ibanez guitars, I'm basing my general body shape and size off of them. A whole bunch of false starts and five or six revisions later, I got to this point: We've got the "plates" radiating out from a central point, and some overlapping the quite literal horns, I'm trying to convey a "humans built this out of dragon parts" feel. The switch and pot placement look a little strange to me, and the top horn is a little janky, but good enough for a hand sketch. I broke out autoCAD, got a headstock concept going and drew the guitar up, finding dimensions for all of the hardware I wanted online. I'm still playing with the placement of a few things, the electronic cavity shape, etc, but overall I'm really happy with where it stands so far. Now, I very much doubt I'll be able to convert this 1-for-1 into real-life, as I don't even have a very large spread of power tools, let alone a CNC machine. I'm most likely going to cut the basic shape out with a jigsaw and the hand-carve the texture into the guitar, which is also something I'm doing for the first time. The headstock "teeth" might also be a problem: I think I'll have to cut them separately, drill a hole in the bottom of each tooth and the head, then attach them with a dowel rod or something. We'll cross that bridge when we get there. Either way, now I have a plan, a slab of mahogany and a whole lot of excitement. Let's do it! I'm sure I'll have a million questions about actually building this thing, so thanks in advance! Let me know what you all think of my interpretation of the Fatalis Wailer.
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Andy Dobies
Feb 03, 2021
In General Discussions
Hello, everyone! I saw this forum go up and wanted to say hi and that I'm excited to be building a guitar and be part of this event. I'm a first time guitar builder, and I'm diving in headfirst to the scratch-build competition. I've got my design sketches started already and I'm pumped. I know I'm going to need advice for this build, and this forum could be a very helpful tool for everyone. Let's get this place populated! Post up a hello and tell us what competition you're joining and, if you want, share some your plans! Good luck building!
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