Monthly Archives: December 2015


The guitar is coming along nicely. I cut a new bridge of reclaimed rosewood from a Salvation Army whale
and carved the body using the belt sander, what a kick, fine carving wood with power tools.
I went over the neck to body transition with a small drum sander on the drill. I used the small draw shave, a chisel, then course sandpaper to form it. Finer and finer grits hand sanded, it’s close to fine.
A batch of Meyer marmalade, and an excellent French onion soup, croutons and molten cheese. A good day.


Luis is working on my truck today, no wheels and freezing outside. I glued the upper wing on the guitar this morning, it’s drying in the living room. I also cooked a soup bone yesterday. I’m in the process of filtering the liquid through a coffee filter to boil down in an attempt to make glue. I cut the bone and have ground it into a fair nut for the guitar. It’s still over size and will need trimming.
Think I’ll cook some pasta y fagioli soup as I found the ingredients on the shelf. No zucchini but oh well. I’ll be using up the good farmers market bacon, garden carrots, onion, celery, bouquet garni, some garden beet and broccoli greens. Off the shelf two kinds of O beans, tomatoes, tortellini noodles and O chicken broth. The bacon is sizzling away. Time to cook and be warm. The Pasta y Fagioli soup turned out wonderful, real bacony.
The wings are on the guitar and the nut is carved to size. The bone glue project seems OK as I have a bunch of flakes to reconstitute into glue when ready and more in the oven keeping it warm here. I used Titebond on the guitar, no risks there. I still need to carve down the places where the pieces meet. It’s a heavy guitar now, but I’ll lighten it up with the router.
I cut another piece of bone and made a flat slab of it thinking of a possible bridge, though I probably will go with a machined unit. Still it’s a nice piece of material. There is the nut too.
I sanded the nut down to fit, carved the head stock a bit to fit it in. I marked the arch of the fret board and sketched it out a ways, grinding the fit on the lapidary sander, then hand sanding down in grits to 220. After I fit the strings I’ll sand it finer and polish.
I got my truck back, but not done yet, the flywheel is the wrong one, new on order due tomorrow. Perhaps I’ll take Wednesday off to get it right.  Lots done though, a good day of guitar work and experiments with making glue.


An interesting day, I started with raw fried potatoes like Dad made, grated and thrown in the oiled pan on low 15 minutes brown, flipped another 15 minutes, yum. Raven got a text this morning from a person with a black VW bug, what she wants. Sure, we can go, I want coffee on the way. She gets phone coverage as we drive to town, the lady says tomorrow at noon is good, OK then.
We arrive at Bucky’s for coffee, Raven picks up a few things. We decide to go home and get Lori’s stuff packed and delivered to the Salvation Army. Back at the Sally’s we get a receipt and go shopping. I find a rosewood whale with broken fins, but it’s rosewood, I’ll cut it up. Also, they had a box of phone covers, I found one that just fits my phone, an Apple 4 case, clearish with a zebra pattern on back, stylish. I like it. Raven found a decorative but useful broom once we removed the bows and a couple small baskets.
We’re both cold, let’s drive to town in the warm truck, for chai and soy milk. Shelton’s has the soy milk, a broccoli for soups. Big John’s has chai. I pick up a pound of small button mushrooms to marinade, a whole chicken to roast and some red peppers to roast for the potluck next week. I’m making an antipasto plate.
Back home I fire up the oven 350,  prep the bird oiled and trussed, too bad it’s not brined. I can use chicken for lunches and soups. Raven throws in a sweet potato, me a couple potatoes. Meanwhile, I make a batch of soup, frozen O chicken thawed in the running water, a zucchini, carrots, celery, garlic, garden herbs, all the stems from the button mushrooms, half an onion.
The other half I use for the button mushrooms, with garlic, more herbs, fried in lots of olive oil in Lori’s big Emeril pan. I need a lemon, out back to the tree, pick four they’re ready, zest one and juice it. A large glug of balsamic vinegar, white wine simmered off. A tasted onion, these will be great in a few days, the party’s on Tuesday.
While I’m cooking the mushrooms, Raven hit’s the chicken soup, good stuff needs salt. With all this cooking, the house is warm. The soup makes it better.
The roasted chicken is done inside measured at 165 F in between the leg and body. The yam is done, the potatoes need more as I was busy to get them in late.
Raven is off for a walk as I carve the bird, returned with an ordered package, cool. The cat is happy with chicken scraps. I put the carcass in a pot of water for a great bone soup broth, let it cook for hours.
The package turns out to be pearl dots, wow. I hadn’t expected them until after Christmas. These are for the guitar neck dots. Excellent timing. I measure each fret section and punch a start dot. I bring in the bench drill press as it’s too cold outside. A stack of books levels the neck with a 2 x 3 to back the neck level. Tape for a depth stop using a ‘C’ bit closest match to 6 mm, I drilled them. I missed on two off center, just a little. There are a few ways to correct it. Best would be to inlay a piece between the frets then re dot it.
Next I drilled the peg holes in the tuning head. Leveling the head using books under the drill press. I drilled the pilot holes first same size as the dots, then inserted the 1/2 inch bit. I drilled the back part way through, then cleared it from the top to prevent back chipping. The tuner still doesn’t fit. I found a rat tail round rasp in the shop, using this I open the holes until the tuner fits. I fitted two tuners. I’ll get the rest tomorrow.


I bought coffee at Bucky’s this morning at 10:30 as usual, with some crimini mushrooms to practice.  Raven is down in Santa Cruz exploring new possibilities. A stop at Salvation Army found a really nice lamp mantle with roses to add to the brass lamp and a broken immersion blender I easily fixed with a washer. Also a closet hanging storage unit like the one that burned up.
Back home I cooked up a fine batch of chicken soup with rice and lots of veggies, three full bins for lunches and one for me now, really tasty.
I’m planning an antipasto for the Christmas party at work, marinated mushrooms. I cut up a full onion cut large, garlic, garden herbs of rosemary, thyme, tarragon and oregano, chopped fine. In the big new pan a large dose of olive oil, onions in translucent, then the mushrooms rolled around to cook well as buttons, garlic and herbs. As it got close a dash of white wine to simmer, into a bowl, with lemon juice, zest, balsamic vinegar and a dash more olive oil to marinade. Testing an onion it’s going to be good once the flavors marry. This will be the test batch. I’ll make it again with more mushrooms for enough for the party.
I worked on the bass guitar body today, the wings. I used the band saw wide open with caution to cut the upper wing angle to allow the players arm clearance on top, then cut the back waist for belly clearance top and bottom wings. I used the lapidary sander to smooth out the cuts, then used it to facet a curve around the wings front and back. It’s looking good.
I left the inside of the horns for the rasp, formed in and again with the round Shurform then 80 grit sand paper. There are some radial cracks in the hickory, I filled with dust and super glue, acrylic, several applications and sanded back, be fine. The lower horn needs extreme clearance for the high notes, rasped deep and sanded course with 80 grit. A few cross cut saw scars used the swan scraper then sanded. It’s looking good.
I’ll need to plane or sand the wing and neck flats for a clean glue connection. I’ll finish forming and sanding the wing neck after they are glued up.
I trued up the neck finger board sides some with a file on the bridge end. It needs the fret grooves to be deepened, perhaps inlaid mother of pearl dots and sanded smooth before installing the frets.