Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Mulligan Man

No pics yet, just a small update.

I need to start checking my work closer. I should have inspected to make sure my linings were properly glued to the sides before I started sanding the profile into them. On the back linings, the ones I sanded with a round spherical dish, there's a big gap around the waist on one side, right on the part that will be most visible through the soundhole. It looked fine from the outside when I sanded, but I had never taken it out of the form to check things out. So I'll be removing both sides of the lining and replacing those. The other side is fine, but I don't think I'll be able to sand it evenly with one side already sanded. I'll post pics of all this soon, as I want to document the screwups.

In the meantime, I've been going to rock concerts, tearing out shoddily constructed built-in desks in my house, trying to keep the squalor I live in at acceptable levels, and working a little more than usual.

Added 10/02/05:
Here's a pic of the problem...

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i am wondering why the kerfed lining is glued facing the way that you've got it. i've looked inside a few guitars and if the lining has actually had relief cuts in it the solid piece of the lining always was in full contact with the sides. is there an advantage to gluing the cut side of the lining facing the sides of the guitar?
Yeah, this is called a "reverse kerfed lining," it's not typical for Martin and such to use it, but it's not all that uncommon.

The advantage is that it makes the side assembly stiffer by having the solid parts to the outside. When the glue dries the kerfing is fixed solidly in position since it's glued to the sides, it can't flex anymore.

That's the idea anyway, it's debatable if it's any real advantage. I mainly like the way it looks.
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