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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:53 pm 
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Just finished the photography on this one.

Curly Australian Blackwood with Western Red Cedar soundboard. Gidgee fret board with compound radius. Matching head plate veneers. Blackwood bindings and bridge. Satin gloss lacquer finish. Strung up with Worth Browns and tuned to gG, C, E, aa

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:02 pm 
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Wow, stunning work! The thicker binding on the sound port, I think it's the Blackwood. How do you bend that? It is multiple pieces laminated together? I tried doing something similar in a test piece but couldn't get a thick piece to bend at that tight radius.

Thanks for sharing your pics.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:20 pm 
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Gorgeous instrument, I love your use of the blackwood, your binding and purfling scheme. The heel cap detail looks stunningly good! I love how the radius on the end wedge looks. I like the bridge and the string termination block. Sorry to say, there are a lot of details in tenor that I will need to steal.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:22 pm 
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bcombs510 wrote:
Wow, stunning work! The thicker binding on the sound port, I think it's the Blackwood. How do you bend that? It is multiple pieces laminated together? I tried doing something similar in a test piece but couldn't get a thick piece to bend at that tight radius.

Thanks for sharing your pics.


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Sound port binding has been an evolution and I finally found a method I'm happy with.

Starts with cutting the binding and a backing piece on my laser.

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Then add purfling to the binding.

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For where I place my soundport there needs to be two bends in the binding. One for the waist and another at the opposite end to conform to the upper bout. Niether is very sever but if they aren't there then nothing will fit. Place in position and trace around.

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Cut out sound port and fit binding much like you would with any sort of inlay.

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The same treatment is done to bending the backing veneer. Hard to see in this image but it is bent at each end.

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Glue it in place on the inside of the instrument.

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More cleanup to do, but you get the idea.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:38 pm 
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Awesome. Thanks for the detailed response. The result is beautiful.


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