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Steve's pictures and text part 2
24 - Pad table and set drill press depth - about 1/2" - on a 1" Forstner bit.

25 - I clamp my shop vac intake to the table to get most of the chips. Some need help finding the vac.

26 - Drill perimeter first - just go a safe depth for now. Drill center to full depth.

27 - Rock the bottom board up on its side to drill around the edges.

28 - Bottom board is finished.

29 - Mark neck perimeter and angle of the head.

30 - Mark the edge of the tail.

31 - Mark the"stern" of the bottom board on the body.

32 - Start shaping the body with the draw knife.

33 - Use the gouge around the neck - but leave plenty of "extra" for finer carving later.

34 - Use the gouge to hollow out between the primaries and the tail "deck".

35 - Hollow under the tail with the gouge.

36 - Refine the neck area with a knife - but still leave some extra stock.

37 - Check for "the look".

38 - Mark a reference line on outside of neck twist.

39 - Mark center line on front of neck (even though it's facing the stern....)

40 - Hollow more closely under tail with a coarse rasp.

41 - Lay out wings, tail, side pockets, et cetera.

42 - Sand with coarse grit to final shapes.

43 - Lay out lines for finer relief carving - with smaller tools.

44 - I use Warren Cutlery gouges and parting tools and my trusty X-acto # 22.

45 - Lay out detail areas once again!

46 - Sand to 150 grit. I use coarse and fine riffler rasps along with sandpaper to smooth beneath primaries, at top of side pocket, et cetera.

47 - High-tech "finger gauge" was used to check thickness during hollowing.

48 - Wall is thinner near hole for head screw - the only fastener in the bird.

"A little learning is a dangerous thing;
drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
and drinking largely sobers us again."

A. Pope

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Chuck J: Apr 14, 2013, 5:24 AM

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