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  • Guitar Clock (more crying than bragging)

    I cut a guitar shaped clock for my grandson in PA. I like the idea of the pattern but not happy with the cutting. May as well share my failures with the group.

    Wood: Bad choice. I had a wide slab of solid 3/4" Aspen that I bought at Lowes. It was a glued up piece (end-to-end) that, once cut, displayed feathering on curves at joins. I sanded these curves as best as I could but apparently not good enough. I'm wondering whether 1/2" wood would work (whew...try saying that aloud 10 times as fast as you can!). I had originally planned on using some 3/4" red oak but my stock got used up on several trivets.

    Pattern: A similar pattern can be purchased. Being stingy, I made my own so it is slightly different that the purchased one. The long cuts in the guitar neck were much thinner on my original pattern. I thought these might not show up very well on thick wood so I widened them. Bad idea. Once these were cut, I found that the remaining center line in the neck bowed to one side. Perhaps this was also due to the direction of the grain. On any future cutting, I'll make these lines narrower as I had them originally or add a bridge in the middle if not too distracting.

    Cutting: Used an Olson 7R blade. Aside from the neck issue above, the cutting is acceptable. However, I did have to hand-file many areas where the kerf came back around to the starting point and left a nub. I don't know if this is avoidable or not. (Perhaps I'm drilling the gate in the wrong place.) Will have to either make or invest in some good files and sanding aids. What sanding tools are folks using for such tight areas? I seen one called a Flex sander that is shop-made and two others using a bar of (perhaps) spring steel.

    Finish: Golden Oak as that is all I have on hand at the moment that worked the best. Tried antique Walnut stain/poly and BLO on scraps but neither did anything for the wood. Had trouble getting the stain into the small areas on the lettering. The cut surfaces really soaked up the stain, making these areas quite dark when compared to the surface area. Finally used an oad paste stain that seemed to work better. The back of the piece came out better than the front (of course!). Completed with 3 coats of poly.
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    Mike

    Craftsman 16" VS, Puros Indios and Sam Adams!
    Scrollin' since Jun/2006

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    You're right, Mike. Overall that pattern works really well - I like the idea of the "music" and notes behind it .... but that guitar neck needs refining a little it looks a little "chunky"...

    It's definitely worth working on a little though ...

    I can't see any reason why 1/2 in wood wouldn't work - there'd still be enough depth for the clock insert - and it's easier to cut than 3/4 inch

    Oak would work fine - IMO - but then I like oak - comes up nicely with just a dunk in BLO/mineral spirits .. finishing ain't my forte ..lol
    Ian

    Scrolling with a Dewalt 788

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    • #3
      Mike that is a major kewl pattern ! Any chance you would share it ? Why not just add some "frets" to the neck ? They would strengthen it and add some character I think . I agree with da moose on the 1/2 oak
      ...~Robert~
      DW788 and Hawk 226

      " Please let me grow to be the man my dog thinks I am "

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      • #4
        Ian, you may be right about the thick neck. I'll have to tinker with it some.

        Robert, you're welcome to a copy of the pattern. First, I need to know if you have software that can manipulate vector images. The name around the circle follows a vector-made circle. If you'd rather, I can edit the name out and let you worry about how to make a name follow an arc.
        Mike

        Craftsman 16" VS, Puros Indios and Sam Adams!
        Scrollin' since Jun/2006

        My Gallery

        http://scrollcrafters.com (reciprocal links welcomed)

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        • #5
          it looks good though really, considering everything. I do think frets across the neck would both be appealing, and help hold things straight. The tensions within the wood do sometimes make things spring out of whack. I dont file or sand inside my cuts, I generally use a light touch on the SS in any tight corner it sharpen up the angle, and yes, I too think 1/2 inch oak would look great! Dale
          Dale w/ yella saws

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          • #6
            With mini-clocks I normally stack cut 2 of 3/8" material. Virtually all of the mini-clock patterns I've purchased call out for 1/2" material but the difference isn't noticeable and my customers don't complain.

            Kevin
            Kevin
            Scrollsaw Patterns Online
            Making holes in wood with an EX-30, Craftsman 16" VS, Dremel 1680 and 1671

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            • #7
              That's an excellent pattern Mike, as for the cutting nothing a little fine tuning won't put right.
              kevin/pitbull.

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              • #8
                I'm the big proponent of it, I know, but if you want a free vector-graphic software, google Inkscape...it's great! And since it's open source, you don't pay a cent for it!!!

                Bob
                www.GrobetUSA.com

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