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My first carved top... Oiling Started

#81 User is offline   kidblast 

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 04:21 AM

I dunno,, interesting comment on the grain structure, I have a hunch it wont matter much. (as a reminder, just look for the video on the cardboard strat!! [thumbup] )


but one question, it just looks HEAVY... how do you recon the weight will be once all the hardware is loaded in?
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Posted 12 May 2017 - 01:37 PM

View Postkidblast, on 12 May 2017 - 04:21 AM, said:

I dunno,, interesting comment on the grain structure, I have a hunch it wont matter much. (as a reminder, just look for the video on the cardboard strat!! [thumbup] )


but one question, it just looks HEAVY... how do you recon the weight will be once all the hardware is loaded in?

Hmm. Not too bad at the moment.. I weighed it today for you :) 6.5lbs

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 04:47 PM

Before my next update post (done the decal today but photobucket is being a pain) I thought this may be of interest to wood working types..

You all know I use tru oil.. LOVE it.. But it is a bit thick and can be a bit hard to get a nice flat finish... I saw a vid not so long ago with a guy who thins it down with white spirits so I tried it out today...

Did this short vid that shows all

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 05:32 PM

Also did the decal today...

So first cut it roughly to shape
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These are my tools
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This solution softens the decal slightly and helps it to set
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Then you drop the decal in warm water for about 30 seconds
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Then you slide it on VERY carefully.. Cos of the solution you get a short while to position it properly
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Then I use a cotton bud to gently roll along the top of the decal making sure its flat
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More below :)
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Posted 12 May 2017 - 05:41 PM

Then because im finishing with oil I use a clear coat spray to cover the decal or the oil will disintegrate it
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Just a thin coat is fine
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Then once that was dry the first coat of oil goes on.. After this I can add the further coats safely
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So that's all done.. And heres the latest on the body
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 07:57 AM

Rabs I see you mentioned spraying the decal

Can you put lacquer over the Tru Oil? I guess you just need to rough up the oil finish with 220 before lacquer?
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 10:08 AM

View PostDub-T-123, on 13 May 2017 - 07:57 AM, said:

Rabs I see you mentioned spraying the decal

Can you put lacquer over the Tru Oil? I guess you just need to rough up the oil finish with 220 before lacquer?

Actually yes it works fine.. But in this case what I did was sand the headstock back after 2 coats.. So it means the grain is mostly filled and its all flat.Ive done it before by putting the decal on before I did the first coats and it made the decal bumpy as it sinks into the grain a bit. But yeah they seem to go over each other easy enough.
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:14 PM

And here is the latest...

Almost done now.. Its looking how I like it.. Shiny enough that it sparkles in certain light yet thin enough that you can still see and feel the wood grain.. The best of both worlds in my book :)

So see this pic how in the light its shiny but at the bottom end of the body you can still see the grain
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These pics show the grain a bit better
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And the rest of the back
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Almost done :)
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:30 PM

View PostRabs, on 17 May 2017 - 12:14 PM, said:

And here is the latest...

Almost done now.. Its looking how I like it.. Shiny enough that it sparkles in certain light yet thin enough that you can still see and feel the wood grain.. The best of both worlds in my book :)

So see this pic how in the light its shiny but at the bottom end of the body you can still see the grain
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These pics show the grain a bit better
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And the rest of the back
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Almost done :)

Lookin good Rabs. I don't like to feel the grain personally but that looks great, the neck looks smooth as
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Posted 20 May 2017 - 10:42 AM

On a side note...

Who wants to see a RabsWood guitar in action.. the guy who bought one of my Walnut topped DCs sent me this :D




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Posted Yesterday, 12:47 PM

Ok.. Last oiling pics.. I have been a bit OCD with this one but I am done now :)

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Posted Yesterday, 01:36 PM

It's looking better and better, Rabs!

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Posted Yesterday, 01:58 PM

View Postpippy, on 25 May 2017 - 01:36 PM, said:

It's looking better and better, Rabs!

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Thank you sir.. yes im very happy with it.. Even to the point of im thinking of keeping it for myself, its got a nice slim neck, just what I like and will have a Gibson and a Seymour Duncan for its pups.. so it should sound and play as good as it looks

Even though obviously that will kind of defeat my own purposes (I guess I can always just build another one).. And ive had serious interest on this guitar from a few people... and one of them actually said he is interested as long as the grain going the other way doesn't effect the tone or sustain :rolleyes: (which im still sure it wont, but I guess I could be wrong).

Its going to look even better when all the hardware is on :)
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Posted Yesterday, 02:26 PM

yep coming right along. that one is gonna be a beauty!
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Posted Yesterday, 02:34 PM

Lookin' good Rabs.
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Posted Yesterday, 06:53 PM

View PostLPguitarman, on 25 May 2017 - 02:34 PM, said:

Lookin' good Rabs.

Thank you both..

I really do appreciate the support... It means a lot to me [thumbup]
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