Annoyingly, a whole bunch of pictures are missing. It is with a facepalm of biblical proportions that I skip ahead heaps in terms of missing progress and skipping bits to just fuckin finish posting and go to bed
The missing pictures include me flipping off the old volute, improvising a new one (which is heaps less pretty but loads more functional), playing with the jigsaw, doing a fuckload of sanding, and ... some other shit that sort of adds comic effect.
Anyway, on we plod:
The wood I made the new template out of (made it, stuck it on, drilled holes, sanded it properly) looked really cool. Yes, it is solid. The ears are ply.
It was a bit of a shame to paint it, but it left a pretty cool texture (trans black anyone? Reow)
No time for pissing around today.
TRUSS COVER ON
NEW HOLES DRILLED
NEW SCREWS BUGGERED UP TO LOOK LIKE THE OLD ONES YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAH
Open book looking loads better.
Yes, I masked off the truss properly this time.
... Along with the sides, and back, which I ended up sanding nicely.
Yip, that beehive looking scrotum type deal is the improvised volute. Shortly thereafter, I realised there was no way I was getting the fuckery out of the neck, so I went right ahead and lopped most of the finish off. Feels pretty good really.
Neck heel proved tricky. I did tidy it up.
Ohoho, and there was a tin of stain in the shed too!
It blended surprisingly well.
I gently cut the nut (oh, my!) and got rid of the overspray on it.
Fuck yeah, go listen to camel
The splitting didn't continue, and a code brown was not had.
They're all in line this time, and none of them are on the piss. I found a way to keep them straight.
Thickness not bad either.
Open book looking real good now.
Oh, yeah - The nut.
Literally cut and polished.
This is as finished as she's going to get until the decals arrive and I give her a proper setup what with the new frets and all.
I think I've done pretty well with attempt two. The shape and size are right (Oh, my!
), the spray job is shitloads better; everything's far more consistent.
When the decals arrive, I will whack them on (dur) super carefully, and probably spray poly over to keep them all in one place.
I had a good go at the body with the palm sander and a careful whack of thinners - I think the gold looks alot more ... Authentic? Instead of the sort of plastic looking gold it was before.
Hopefully the following pictures and eventual "reveal" video shock in a good way. For now, that'll do.