Organic Soundports

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Re: Organic Soundports

Post by whitespruce » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:15 am

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whitespruce wrote: I do have the non-cutaway side bent, the top and back joined, and thicknessed. Kinda contemplating what will look good for a rosette. Don't think my normal thing will be appropriate.

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Inlay some bark?

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Hmmmm, Now that's a brilliant idea, Pat. Thanks so much for the suggestion.

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Re: Organic Soundports

Post by stevens » Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:11 pm

Hey Grant

Be neat if you could work some of the Nakashima butterfly joint holders into those openings.

Might be more easily done while the wood is still flat though.

Just a thought.

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Re: Organic Soundports

Post by whitespruce » Thu Dec 13, 2012 5:54 pm

Steve, I plan on doing just that.

OK, I took Pat's advice on thr rosette and here is the result. Since the top is spruce, I figured that wpruce bark would be a logical choice. Besides, I knew it would yield an interesting pattern. Fortunately, I still have a couple of split spruce half logs in the shop. They are dry so the bark is tight, but with a bit of wetting and heat from the clothes iron, I was able to carefully remove a square of bark.
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I ironed it flat and sanded it down.
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Could have picked a more contrasting background.

I sanded the front down to a smooth and interesting surface and sanded the back to further thin the piece. Used the ROS with 60 grit. Then I gave it a coat of shellac to stabilize it.
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I cut out a rosette ring with a carbide downcut bit
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Here it is just laid on the top for looks
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Routed a channel and glued it in. Then I routed a 1/16" groove on each side for a b/w veneer purfling
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Here is the final result
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I am very pleased, Thanks Pat for the suggestion :D

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Re: Organic Soundports

Post by Joel M » Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:47 pm

Grant that looks awesome, I am really digging the bark rosette! I couldnt even imagine that it would come out that cool looking.

I have been playing with the idea try a natural edge sound hole, finding a spruce top with knot holes big enough to act as a soundhole, or maybe even bookmatch in the centre to form one big soundhole. I really like this nature over perfection approach.

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Re: Organic Soundports

Post by DaveAnderson » Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:51 pm

The rosette looks good! Great idea Pat..
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Post by dofthesea » Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:05 pm

That is totally cool.
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Re: Organic Soundports

Post by Dennis Leahy » Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:01 pm

I am loving this! Excellent artistry, Grant!

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Re: Organic Soundports

Post by Pat Foster » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:11 pm

Looks great, Grant! I didn't know it would look that good.

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