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 Post subject: Resonator build
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:51 pm 
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Getting jigged up for my up coming and first resonator build....Cone finally shipped from Beard, backordered for a month, and not having a circle cutter to use I put this together this afternoon...works good...based off one I saw somewhere online..
1/4 inch mdf, 1/4inch draw bolt hardware ,home depot, and rigid trimmer...works good..will post pics as I proceed... I do this as a hobby so it could take some time Eat Drink Eat Drink


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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:28 pm 
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I will be watching with great interest.

What are you using for plans / design?

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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:04 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:46 pm 
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It will be based on my MK5 design...which is a 12 fret cutaway .. Bubinga back and sides , with a "a" Sitka top...beard spider bridge and cone, along with a gold cover , sound ports and tailpiece all well made in south korea!!!!...a Resoacoustic!! wow7-eyes any suggestions , ideas along the way will be appreciated...haven't decided yet about the top although I would like to use a radiused top if possible to help with the neck angle... idunno


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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:52 pm 
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I would certainly consider checking into the designs of Tim Scheerhorn. His internal construction is fairly unique, and is what I based my design on.

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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:52 pm 
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I was thinking on something along the lines of a brace with arms that connects to the neck block , heel and sides, and radiused , the sides will have solid linings to link to .... idunno subject to change!!!!!!!!!! wow7-eyes

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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
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.haven't decided yet about the top although I would like to use a radiused top if possible to help with the neck angle...


I don't see how a radiused top would work, as you need a flat top for the coverplate.
I sanded an angle into the upper bout to get my neck angle. I have a National El Trovador and it looks like National does the same. If I lay a straight edge across the top. the lower bout is flat, but the upper bout angles down, dropping off about 1/8" at the neck block.

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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
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If I lay the coverplate down on a radiused top it fits flush.., but what about recessing the plate into the top???? which would require recessing the cone slightly more.... I do see a possible break angle issue using a tail piece??? idunno doesn't seem to be a lot of information out there???
what about the thought of possibly using a pinless bridge instead of a tailpiece to compensate for the different break angle??????
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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
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The cover will conform to a 30' radius without any issues but the floor of the well needs to be flat. There's really no reason to arch the top, most builders just put a small wedge under the FB when they set the neck.

As to recessing the cover I've done them both ways and sitting flat on the top isn't really a big deal. Looks fine either way.

As to the tailpiece/break angle I think you're over-worrying this a bit. The break angle doesn't have to be very high.


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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
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Another jig to radius main brace using my radius dish...I will rout everything out after gluing to the top piece which is some really stiff Sitka,,,thinned to .115


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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
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Made some more progress


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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
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the stick used in the neck block glue up is for alignment only....

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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
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Fitting the top....gluing UTB on a 70 foot caul to flatten fretboard area
sanding in radius to the rims..


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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
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Still winging it...having fun!!!!! wow7-eyes
Top is radiused to the standard 28 foot radius, the area under the fretboard extension has a 70 foot radiused brace to flatten the upper bout.
cover plate is recessed 3/64 into the top with the cone recessed another 1/4 inch which put the top of the spider flush with the lower part of the opening in the coverplate...all this gets my neck angle in the ball park... :shock:
My circle cutter has worked flawlessly so far!!!!!!!!!!! bliss


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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
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More progress!!! about to close the box then start on the neck, still toying with the idea of a wooden pinless bridge instead of the tail piece..


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 Post subject: Resonator build
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Just stumbled across this. Very cool build. Looking good so far. What is the purpose of the dowels connecting the top and back?


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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
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support for the front of the cone brace and a place to attach a baffle If desired..This is my first Reso build so I am borrowing some design ideas from other reso builds pizza

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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
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 Post subject: Neck build
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some progress on the neck build and setting the angle...


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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:43 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
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flossing heel for flush fit setting centerline..so far so good on the radiused top and the neck angle !!! bliss


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 Post subject: Re: Resonator build
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