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Building the Tennessee Thunder harp mic

Tennessee Thunder

 

EDIT:  Here it is:   

 

Here we go, a harp mic for Tennessee Toddy.  

It starts with an old slab of wood from the cotton gin at historic Hopson Plantation.  

Any blues fan would love to have something made from this vintage cypress.

I sliced it up on the table saw and glued up 4 blanks.

Clamped em up and set in the sun to dry.

Four chunks of potential...

Ready for the lathe

On your mark

Get Set...

Go!

We have a winner!

Stay tuned...

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Comment by Ted Crocker on August 14, 2012 at 3:11pm

Rain cooled down the shop, I stole a few minutes to trim the rough ends and square up the shell

And feed my curiosity...

Any thoughts, comments or questions?

Comment by Ted Crocker on August 14, 2012 at 6:53pm

Wetted the wood to raise the grain before hand sanding

Used the tip How to find the center of a dowel or circle

from Ted's Mad Scientist Lab group

Comment by Ted Crocker on August 14, 2012 at 7:27pm

Small guide holes to ensure bigger forstner bit holes are drilled dead center later.

These are only an inch or so deep, the bigger holes will meet up somewhere inside.

Comment by TennesseeToddy on August 14, 2012 at 7:56pm
Wow man, amazing so far! So pumped about this!
Comment by Ted Crocker on August 14, 2012 at 11:14pm

Edges sanded round!

Marked for the cap screws and grill opening.

I love my Forstner bits!

First big hole, 4 mounting holes, countersunk and first sanding.

Tele style jack cup.

Comment by Diamondback Guitar Shop on August 14, 2012 at 11:28pm

Awesome work Ted! Can't wait to see it done!

Comment by Diamondback Guitar Shop on August 14, 2012 at 11:32pm

also great trick in matching the grain, I thought it was a solid piece at first glance

Comment by Ted Crocker on August 15, 2012 at 1:10am

Sliced the top off and started to hollow inside.

Cap fitted, just needs black screws and a thin veneer between pieces so the grain lines up better to compensate for the kerf of the bandsaw blade.

Details, details, details...

Ready to make a finish decision, any suggestions? Check out the pic of color choices - scroll up above.

Final sanding and finish has to be done before the grill cloth gets installed, then on to the electronics...

Comment by TennesseeToddy on August 15, 2012 at 12:37pm
Blue and black
Comment by TennesseeToddy on August 15, 2012 at 9:43pm
How is progress going?

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