Building a new group of Spankys

Re: Building a new group of Spankys

Postby Wheels » Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:26 pm

Very impressive. Wish I had a thimble full of that talent. I'm assuming you could do a yellow rose or red with the right woods?
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Re: Building a new group of Spankys

Postby Phil Morris » Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:21 pm

Thanks Ken -

Actually, I think this inlay stuff could be right up your alley. You are right that you can use various colors to make different roses. What I have shown here is the simplist possible rose. We usually cut the various rose petals with the grain running in different directions to accent the different petal shapes and directions they lay as in this example:

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Re: Building a new group of Spankys

Postby shoottx » Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:28 pm

Wow

While I understand the making the pot, turning and drilling, understanding it is different than being able to accomplish the same. The inlay is cool! I am very impressed by the amount of talent and time required to accomplish such a beautiful inlay.

If it were me I would just slap a sticker on the back and call it Art!

Looking forward to more installments

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Re: Building a new group of Spankys

Postby Phil Morris » Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:35 pm

Day 9 - Fretboards

I went to Dan's shop today to document some of the neck building steps. Some of the process Dan uses is proprietary information so some steps are skipped in this write up. When I arrived, Dan had a flock of necks rough carved and ready for fretboards.

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Some of the necks have stripes laminated into them.

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The strip running down the center of the neck fills a slot that was used to register the neck to the jigs during the carving process.

Preparing the fretboard blanks:

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Macassar ebony is sliced to about 1/4 inch thick.

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Then sanded to final thickness on the drum sander.

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The light colored strip is used to set up the fret slot depth. It was processed along with the fretboards so is the same exact thickness they are. The plastic template has a notch corresponding to each fretboard slot.

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Each fretboard is examined for color and marked for reference.

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The fretboard ends are trimmed square on the miter saw.

Cutting the slots:

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After changing to a narrow kerf fret slotting blade, the miter saw is set up with the fret slotting jig. The notches in the plastic template register to a pin on the jig fence.

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The set up strip is adhered to the template with double stick tape and the blade depth is adjusted.

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A test slot is cut and the depth checked. Adjustments are made as needed to get the proper depth.

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One of the fretboards is mounted to the template and the slotting begun.

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The template is stepped from notch to notch with each cut until the board is finished.

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Double checking the slot depth

Gluing the fretboard to the neck:

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The fretboard is marked and the tail end of the board is trimmed.

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A temporary nut is placed in the nut slot.

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Glue is applied to the neck with a notched plastic trowel.

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The fretboard is placed on the neck and squared tightly to the nut.

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Checking for a tight fit.

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Clamps and cauls are applied being careful to achieve even pressure.

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Even glue squeeze out is a good sign.

This assembly will dry over night and then the board will be trimmed to the neck profile.
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Re: Building a new group of Spankys

Postby Palmer » Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:46 pm

That was a great installment. One of many that I have been waiting on, in this thread. Thanks Phil. I can't wait for the next update.

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