True the Wood Reference Thickness Planer:
With your separated lengths, now it's time to square things up and create matched pairs that will
puzzle together to represent the full lengths or straight material you can spot glue together and then rough shape your board. Not all the wood was the same thickness and certainly not the same type or quality. Interestingly enough, there were more than 6 different kinds of wood I identified amongst the palates that I was going to use. Its a self-gratifying task running scruffy and dirty twisted rough and rugged boards though the planer and seeing beautiful grain and color coming out the other end. Since some pieces required more cuts to get down to even and true surface, I matched up some pairs that would now live together and matched their profile knowing they would create a level finish when assembled end to end making up the length and
then backed up with off set joins much like a brick work pattern from behind with another matching pair.
Think of a Tetris game and how then one would make a very large slab or block. My goal was to
glue up straight and true lengths of wood that were assembled with these planed pieces. Now I have have bigger and more manageable full-length planks that can be assembled rough shaped and then dismantled, chambered and reassembled. All this happening with straight and true edges that will be become seamless when clamped and glued. These long sections of building blocks will become lighter and easier to manage and use as one whittles away but will constantly maintain a flat and straight inside seam for final assemble to create the
I use Tight Bond 3 to glue my pieces and it's the best,but since the contact area is so
large any glue is going to be the strongest part of the compilation when all said and done. Solid boards are certainly also beautiful, but to any wave rider the hidden beauty lies within what is not there. To chamber the entire craft and essentially make a hollow shell is where the most
progressive detail can be returned to the build. One must shape and design according to the expected weight and getting rid of the core brings one well closer to the performance demands we are used to. It’s time to glue the slab together, with reserve. I used masking paper to restrict the glue from bonding one wood length to another whilst creating a temporary bond with the adjacent members with the bonded surface to either side of the paper that will later be broken to isolate the length to chamber before final set up.
Golden rule here when applying the glue to either side of the paper is “dot-dot-not-a-lot”.
Of course the slab is getting pretty heavy with the combination of the straight lengths, but over
gluing things now, will make for a nightmare later on. It’s not a guitar we're building but work gently and carefully with a planned work area set up for every stage with sharp tools in
hand and safety in mind.
Tools: Clamps, Straight Edge, reference’s, Masking Paper, Glue (in a small application
bottle), Blade and Scissors
Safety Hazards: Manhandling the clumsy slab.