|ebony, maple, walnut, maple, cocobolo, maple, walnut, maple, ebony|
|Chalk demistifies planing dark woods. The high spots are gone.|
|Even though this is not the goal, these ebony shavings really are beatiful.|
|tape lets you open the layers like a book, but one continuous strip didn't leave expanding gorilla glue anywhere to escape.|
|spread the layers|
The Ebony pieces I had were still a little rought from when I hand-ripped them, so I jointed them. A freshly honed 50-degree iron in my bevel-up-jointer did the trick. Very thin shavings were necessary to keep it moving at a reasonable pace through this dense stuff. After the planing, I aligned the wood, taped the flat side, opened it like a book, and temporarily removed the veneer. Taping along one edge is a great way to save time in face gluing, and I needed all the time savings I could get. In retrospect, I should have used several strips across the layers instead of one lengthwise. I used gorilla glue, which expands. Leaving the glue nowhere to escape on one side meant it kept trying to push the veneer out the other side.
|wiped off some color|
Next up, more procrastination. But just a little. I was about to glue up 9 layers of wood in one session. That means spreading glue on 18 surfaces and getting everything aligned accurately, and doing it all really fast. I'm not really sure what the open time is for gorilla glue, but I don't think it's a lot. So I paused and asked myself if this is really what I wanted to do. Maybe it would be safer to break it up into a couple of gluing sessions? I decided to just go for it. What the heck, you only live once.
|the right glue spreader is KEY.|
I misted the surfaces with water, because apparently that makes gorilla glue work better. Then I got my glue spreader and started working fast.
|spreading glue like the wind.|
|my first look at the results|
|It was all worth it. Well, maybe not the procrastination.|
I think you can expect to see more on this project in the near future. This little success has got me jazzed about the project. Also, since I had the idea to build these guitars a couple of years ago, I've gotten a lot more comfortable with things like sawing to a line. Now that I imagine the next step, cutting off a piece to use for the headstock, I realize I'm not even too scared to do it. Hooray!
|2X each: bridges, neck blanks, fingerboard blanks|