John Page

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About John Page

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  1. Hello all! It's been some time since I've been able to get into the shop, but I'm at the instrument game again. This time, it's a violin (which, after the guitar and not learning how to play it, it's time for round 2). I've been working away at it slowly for the last 5 or 6 months now, and I'm finally onto the finishing. I applied a few coats of spirit varnish to it, and had to sand off the back because it did not go well. I want to take the HPLV approach to it to try and get a thin, even coat without the problems I was having, but I have no idea how to thin it. The other problem is, I have no
  2. Thanks all! It is more or less guitar sized. The fretboard and string length are matched to acoustic guitars, and the body is roughly proportional to that. I'm not too sure what the body dimensions for an acoustic guitar are, but given how the tailpiece fits in and the residual string length past the bridge, I'd say its probably close. Cheers!
  3. I'm actually a little surprised by how clean and warm it sounds. Although I have never played the guitar before and therefore have little to compare it to, I'd say that it has a slightly less full bodied sound (probably because of the slightly thinner side height compared to other acoustic guitars) but picks up a bit of a Spanish or Celtic feel in the process. Once I am proficient enough to record a few simple things, I'll be putting together a video of what it sounds like!
  4. Thanks! I might post another topic with only the finished shots in it, but here's the last part of the journal- Part XIV- Conclusion This was effectively my first ever 'woodworking project' and I learned a tremendous amount along the way. Although I've been around tools most my life, it is the application of them and the understanding of materials that makes the difference. And knowing about the thing you are making would have helped too As neither an experienced luthier nor having any ability to actually play the thing, there are a number of places where I would have taken a di
  5. It's been a good long while since I've had anything to show on this, but I'm thrilled to say that the last few details are finally finished, and it's at last time to draw this to a conclusion. It'll be a short while before I get the final post together, but until then here are a few photos from inlaying the fret markers. Cheers! John
  6. It's been a while since I've posted anything on this but I promise it's not been forgotten! I did not realise when I ordered the inlay for the fret markers that it's on backorder and might not be here until August Until then, it gives me the chance to find and convince someone to let me record them playing it, so I guess there's a silver lining in there somewhere. While I'm waiting for some things to arrive, I decided to put up the last set of pictures I have of the progress thus far. Here, it's putting on the finish, strings, and hardware. Part XIII Cheers! John
  7. Thanks Terry! It's been a lot of change around these parts lately, but I finally managed to get some work done on this thing. It is (still) playable and I am so close to being done. At the moment, it's not looking like I will be able to respectably play it for a recording, so I've been talking with some friends who have more talent than I. In this post, I did the perfling and made the bridge. Made from some old ebony piano keys, I think the bridge is my favourite part of this whole thing. There's something mystically alluring to me about incorporating the past lives of materials int
  8. Cheers Henry! I'm still blundering my way through trying to learn a few simple things on it, but I'll for sure be doing some recording!
  9. You've got that right! The more I play around with the final bits, the more I think that might be the case... I've found a few critical things I should have done differently that knowing even a little bit about guitars would have prevented Aah well, live and learn as they say. Until then, next part is up. Laying the frets and joining the neck and closing the body. Part XI John
  10. I'm envious of that wall space! And shop space, for that matter... For the foreseeable future it's working on the counter out of boxes trying not to go insane
  11. Thanks! It was an productive day to an unprecedented degree. I won't spoil where the project is at the moment, but let's say it's getting really close to being done. Until then, I managed to get the next round of pictures up and ready. This time, it's mostly about the neck and sound hole. What I wouldn't give for a giant forstner bit! Part X- Headboard, Fretboard, and Rosette John
  12. Thanks folks! I'll definitely be putting together a recording, either of me playing it badly or of someone else I can find who is a bit more proficient than me
  13. I'll be getting part 10 up in the next few days, but until then here's proof that I'm still making progress! It's actually about 95% finished now and I finally figured out the tailpiece. The perfling was a bugger to attach and there are a few places I'm not entirely satisfied, but overall it came out better than expected considering I once again have zero shop space to work in. With that, it's a final sanding and buffing on the finish and stringing it. So close after working so long! John
  14. Finally got through some of the pile of photos from before I had to move. Going back in time a little to look at the neck joinery, an unfortunate accident that crushed part of the sides, and the subsequent repair. If nothing else, this project is teaching me how to creatively fix the problems made from my own stupidity! Part IX link Cheers!