Craig Mayhem's Blog – December 2012 Archive (8)

Reso uke project update

Waiting for poly to dry. 

Made a bridge AND tailpiece for the uke out of a salvaged Telecoustic bridge. The pin holes will make nice tie-anchors for the strings. They're a little widely spaced so I added some string guides (screws).

I used the other part of the bridge for a bridge. flipped the original bridge since it was compensated so I could  use the flat part. Epoxied it in place in the original wood slot, cut it to size and it's almost ready.  One I fit the neck…

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Added by Craig Mayhem on December 29, 2012 at 7:31pm — No Comments

Measure a bunch, cut once, file for hours.

Made some progress on my latest build - a LP reso uke. Neck is almost ready for poly. Cut the hole for the plate in the box, then measured and cut the holes for the neck in the box.

What I FORGOT was that the fretboard is overlapping the box so when I dry fit the neck, the fretboard was too low! Luckily it was just the thin box bottom. This meant I had to use the only flat file I have - a tiny one - to thin the bottom of the fretboard overhang. It came out fine and will work great.…

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Added by Craig Mayhem on December 28, 2012 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Even more progress!

Check out the pics! LP reso #1 almost done. Waiting on some ferrules then I can string 'er up! 

Problem 1: Cut a hole in the wrong side for the EQ system. 

Solution 1: Cut a piece of plate to cover the hole and bolted it on. Looks like I meant to do it.

Problem 2: Didn't want strings contacting edge of box.

Solution 2: Used a piece of hex to act as a turnbuckle. Epoxied to tailpiece of neck.

Should get the amp done this weekend too. Too late for Xmas, but my…

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Added by Craig Mayhem on December 21, 2012 at 10:33am — 2 Comments

Reso progress and monster reboot.

I poly'd the neck of the LP reso I'm working on. 3 coats. Gotta smooth it out tonight then THAT part is done. Cut a hole for the EQ/preamp for the rod piezo. HOWEVER I THOUGHT I was cutting it on the TOP of the box, but I wasn't. Man alive. I might patch it with another PA plate I've got lying around and move it to the top. Probably will. Hope I've got some tin snips! 

Which stinks because I WAS at Home depot yesterday and didn't buy any snips. Haha.

I'll find something that works…

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Added by Craig Mayhem on December 20, 2012 at 9:29am — 1 Comment

Getting there

Had a stage show Saturday so not much got done. Sunday I went to two different Home Depots... Got my work table set up in the basement. Also bought a Husky 'X' stand for my 10" band saw. Stacked 2 2'x2' sheets of birch ply and bolted them to the top of the X-stand. Then I screwed my band saw to the top of that. Pretty solid. I'll probably get a couple of those 50lb tube sand things to put on the legs to make SURE, though it probably doesn't need em. Then it was band practice so I didn't get…

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Added by Craig Mayhem on December 17, 2012 at 9:21am — No Comments

Progress, regress

Got a big round top craft box ebay special in the mail yesterday. Was gonna use it for a license plate reso. However it is a bit smaller than advertised and the bottom is split all the way through. Aggravating. Don't have time to find another box, so my Undercrown box will now host my dad's guit.

Monster build - made a bit of progress. Rejiggered the neck internals so the pickup could be adjusted. Gonna have to pfutz with the pickup cover now though. Went to the Home Despot and got…

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Added by Craig Mayhem on December 14, 2012 at 9:20am — No Comments

Monster build progress

Glued and screwed the neck yesterday. I routed out a channel for the single-coil pickup, but after attaching the neck it seems the pickup will sit too high. This will be a 3-string slide but I don't want super high action on it.

Put it aside while I pondered the problem. Plus I had band practice... Woke up today with a solution. Going to cut the neck completely away from under the pickup then add a brace across the neck for strength. 

Also the really cool red hinge I bought for…

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Added by Craig Mayhem on December 10, 2012 at 9:34am — No Comments

Contest build progress + resonator rabbit hole

Sanded down the contest neck last night. Needs more, but it's smooth. Fretboard really just needs buffed at this point. Going to do hairpin frets as I don't have fretting supplies and time is a factor. I really want to radius the neck more, though it's nice as it is now.  If I make it to the hardware store this weekend I may just finish it by Monday. Now just waiting on the box, tuners, pickup and secret supplies I ordered on the ebays.



For the license-plate reso... Got the box I…

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Added by Craig Mayhem on December 7, 2012 at 11:13am — 3 Comments

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