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DanSavage
Posted 2017-01-10 1:55 PM (#531868 - in reply to #531529)
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I spent some time cleaning up the body in preparation for joining the new top.



I cleaned the glue out of the dovetail mortise in the neck block. This was actually the first job I did. I used a heat gun to warm the glue, then an Xacto razor chisel to get under the glue to separate it from the underlying wood. In areas where it didn't matter, such as the shallow channel in the middle of the neck block, I just left the glue as it didn't hurt anything.

I also used the heat gun to soften the glue holding the remnants of the old top to the kerfed lining and top of the neck block. It was definitely a lot easier and faster to do this job with a heat gun rather than cold chiseling.



I removed all the old glue from the neck. I could have removed it from the sides of the dovetail, but the glue was filling a shallow groove, so I decided to just leave it in place rather than having to re-fill it again later on.

I still need to remove the glue remnants from the underside of the fret board extension.

Now that all the glue is removed I tested the fit of the neck to the body. Not bad.

It's fit is a little sloppy, but all in all it should work just fine. I'll fine-tune the fit as I go.

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DarenSavage
Posted 2017-01-10 3:13 PM (#531872 - in reply to #531529)
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Wow! This guitar seems to be coming apart pretty cleanly. Definitely makes the retopping go easier. It's still a lot of work, but at least there's not more work on top of it. Pun intended.

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DanSavage
Posted 2017-01-10 6:41 PM (#531881 - in reply to #531529)
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Yeah, using the heat gun to get the old remnants off really made the job a lot easier. Had I done the job with Dremel, Xacto and scraper, it would have taken a lot longer, not to mention producing a whole lot more sanding dust. More importantly, the neck and top glue joints are back down to the original wood with no extra taken off.
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DarenSavage
Posted 2017-01-11 9:42 AM (#531899 - in reply to #531529)
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I'm all for easier. Everything looks like it's going to go back together great.

Edited by DarenSavage 2017-01-11 9:43 AM
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Love O Fair
Posted 2017-01-11 11:25 AM (#531904 - in reply to #531529)
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Man, I'm going to have to amp up my caffeine intake to keep up with TWO Savage brothers. Welcome to the OFC, Daren!
(I'm pretty new here myself)
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DarenSavage
Posted 2017-01-11 7:19 PM (#531927 - in reply to #531529)
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Thanks LOF. Lucky for you I'm new to luthiering. Wood/fiber glass construction I know, guitar terms and especially, Ovation model numbers...I got a lot to learn!

Edited by DarenSavage 2017-01-11 7:20 PM
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DanSavage
Posted 2017-01-17 9:53 AM (#532050 - in reply to #531529)
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I was able to joint the top in preparation for joining. I also rough cut all the brace stock.

I'm planning to join the tops for all four guitars at the same time so that I can take them down to the sanders and have them all thickness sanded together.

While each top is drying I'll be cutting out the braces.

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DarenSavage
Posted 2017-01-19 11:01 AM (#532118 - in reply to #531529)
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That sure is a pretty top. I bet it will look better once it done.
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DanSavage
Posted 2017-01-19 2:54 PM (#532129 - in reply to #531529)
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Yeah, it does have nice grain pattern that flows with the shape of the guitar.
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tpa
Posted 2017-01-20 12:40 PM (#532166 - in reply to #531529)
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Is that threaded insert for a strap button original?
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DanSavage
Posted 2017-01-20 6:29 PM (#532180 - in reply to #531529)
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Yep. It's just a molly, or more properly a rivet or jack nut.

https://www.mcmaster.com/#anchor-nuts/=16001lz

They come in a number of sizes, but I believe that Ovation uses the 6/32 thread size.



Edited by DanSavage 2017-01-20 6:33 PM
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