Wavy cab build take 2

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  1. Geeze

    Geeze Well-Known Member

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    I'm with you! I watched a buddy build two for a strat - the pretty one was unplayable the ugly one was marginal. Maybe someday.

    Working on the transition on the corner to make the vine look correct one both sides...

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    Drawing the lines to cut on the bandsaw and shape with the oscillating...

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    Paduak side grain...

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    Glue up commences.

    Russ
     
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    Now that the ends where the finger joints are glued up I'm adding middle section vines. They certainly depict the randomness of nature. I'm going to tint the cross pieces made from sapele [the vertical vine wood] to differentiate them. Green looks dark and muddy on brown woods so something in an amber or orange are the current options. The sub layer will be tinted darker to separate it from the top layer.

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    I'm shaping arcs on the non wavy cross pieces to mimic the natural and I rigged up an easy way to hold the ends of a 36" rule to allow me to shape the middle for best look. Just two blocks with a saw cut the width or the rule and a couple clamps and I'm in the arc business. The grain of the maple, paduak and somewhat zebra wood will only 'work' with curves bent one way.

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    Lunchtime.

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    :coffee: Looking good!
     
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    All the cross vines are cut and shaped for the top. Two are in glue up with one left to attach...

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    I was hoping I'd get all of the cross vines glued on the 3 planks but I have 4-5 more to go on the sides.

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    Experimenting with dyes on the sapele cross vines, merlot...

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    Orange...

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    Amber...

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    Green, which after the brown wood slagging I gave it above I actually like...

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    Two of the top's cross vines were a bit short...

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    Here is the top trimmed up and the extensions being glued...

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    Was thinking about handle last night here is a ready made one on the top...

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    I'd need to build a tray of sorts under it to keep the cab closed.

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    I'm also contemplating making the 3/8" sub layer from either wenge...

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    Or zebra dyed a bit darker...

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    Right now I'm leaning toward the zebra even though it's a squirmy wood when resawed thin.

    As I near the 24+ hour mark I'm thinking more vines on the sub layer is more nutbag than I'm willing to invest. My attention span is limited I have lots of design elements to solve and the thought of adding more is daunting. Of course talk to me tomorrow and I probably yell BANZAI!!! and jump off the more complexity cliff.

    Russ
     
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    If you dont have a deadline, go nuts!
     
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    I admire your skill and patience, and envy your wood working gear. :applause:
     
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    Last bits for the sides. The curly maple ready to cut...

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    Same bits cut, sanded to fit, curves drawn and sanded...

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    Experiment with green - funny how non bleached wood resists greens...

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    Next will be the nerve racking square up and all important 'line up' of the long vines as they 'wrap' around the corners.

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    Sides and top trimmed, sanded to .800" in prep for finger jointing tomorrow.

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    Starting to look like something.

    Russ
     
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    Squaring up the 3 sides so the alignment of the lateral vines kicked my ass last night. Rather than start a fire I decided to move on to the next experimental area.

    The sublayer.

    The current idea is zebrawood milled to .3125" and glued to form the backing layer. I'm going for natural random so here is book matched in a W...

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    Stacked semi randomly

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    Then the current idea is to mill in some 'in the distance' [smaller] vines to be seen in the gaps and filled with greenish/gray/black powders in epoxy.

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    Wow man i cant wait to see the finished product. Thats one of the wildest things ive ever seen!
     
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    :drool:If it will sound as good as it looks...
     
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    First sublayer glued together...

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    Experimenting with milling vines in scrap zebra...

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    Dump in some 5 minute epoxy as I don't want to wait for the art grade stuff...

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    It's a pale green with some gold and silver for some sheen. I'll be looking for some more vibrant greens this weekend.

    The Dremel and Stewmac router base with a 1/32" tapered bit.

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    Works well for Marshall and other logos I put on headshells but I may try a larger diameter as it's easier to get large sweeping curves in wood with big grain.

    Russ
     
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    It's not enough to say I'm impressed. I really enjoy to follow this project. Fascinating to follow your thinking and creation.
     
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    Two attempts at vines...

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    Experimenting with paint...

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    Peekaboo...

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    I'm underwhelmed so far. I've got some different greens coming Tuesday but after looking at this I'm thinking maybe a spider web on the sublevel. Maybe some shadowed glimpses of the spider herself...

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    Still experimenting with the sub layer...

    Going for dead trees in the foreground, dark on the sides with a bit of 'light' in the far distance. Trees first - milled in.

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    Filled with graphite black tinted epoxy.

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    Working with CA and accelerants has spoiled this impatient fool. I wish there was an epoxy 'hurry the !*$! up!!!!" spray.

    Also - the zebra may be too busy for the effect I'm fumbling my way toward.

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    Trees sanded with some vines added...

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    Peekaboo...

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    Part way to a burst...

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    The vines were milled in then filled with mica powder and sealed with CA and accelerant. Looking at this 'mess' I think the background is to far 'away' and needs to be bigger. Currently waiting on lacquer to cure.

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    Getting closer. Needs more dark around the edges and some ground for the trees to sprout from.

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    I'm thinking a moon lit horror show on the other side. Don't know on the top yet.

    Been contemplating adding some accents on the sapele vines to tie the fore and background together.


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    After dealing with some health BS and building my own T bolts so I could cut at least one side of the three sides square...

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    Got a bit thin on the cross vine and had a FUBAR that should go away when I round the edges...

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    For grins I clamped the zebrawood sub layer - naked and semi colorized...

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    I'm thinking of turning the sub layer 90° to help differentiate it from the top layer.

    On to the bottom and the front and back caps and fake fingers.

    Russ
     

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