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43 minutes ago, Michael Jennings said:

I've worked a lot of Walnut [Guitars, gunstocks, jigs and forms] over the years and I agree that appears to be American Black Walnut. Color, grain and pores are dead on.

Well jeez. I've worked a lot with black walnut. This stuff isn't nearly as hard, or dark. It's almost like a soft mahogany when working with it. 

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Boy I've been wrong before..... too many times to relate..... and I could be now, but that is the first thing I thought when I looked at your photos..... and the second time as well.

Freely admit I've never had much poplar under the knife.....but always thought of it a lighter colored and not as open pored as the photos....

Whatever it is I hope it ends up singing. 

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1 hour ago, Michael Jennings said:

Boy I've been wrong before..... too many times to relate..... and I could be now, but that is the first thing I thought when I looked at your photos..... and the second time as well.

Freely admit I've never had much poplar under the knife.....but always thought of it a lighter colored and not as open pored as the photos....

Whatever it is I hope it ends up singing. 

It is similar to English walnut in looks sorta, in my limited experience. 

I'm feeling a nice mellow tone. 

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So I've decided to do the fluting before the purfling. I wanted to do the Hargrave method for the fluting and purfling, but that requires purfling that is prepared in such a way as to have it very deep. My purfling is only 1.8 mm deep. So I must make the flute first. 

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1 hour ago, lpr5184 said:

Will you be hand cutting the channel?

I will. I figured that learning to hand cut it will probably be better in the long run. I have the Stew Mac jig, but I'm not too keen on how mistakes can be made so easily with it. Plus, I like the look of a hand cut channel better. 

Did you rout or hand cut yours?

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Doing the inlay. I think the miters are going to be a vast improvement over last time. This time around, I flooded the channel with dillute hide glue and let it dry, then dropped the purfling in, and then I'll apply boiling water to it to seal it in. 

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Glued it in and knocked it down a little. Still have to scrape it all clean. I think I overdid the bee stings, and the sting bled into the wood in a few places...

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Made up a Strad G form template today from Addie's drawing (thx again Addie). It fits perfectly into the Titian Strad poster. 

I'm gonna go the easy route and use a router (pun very much intended) to make the form. 

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