Next to original Vegaphone Deluxe
Frank wanted this all to look like vintage maple but Bud stained the tiger maple neck Reddish Brown...and this resonator is a brown burled birdseye maple.
So neither can be brought to blond and with the neck stained red, Ill have to bring the brown to reddish brown
If you look, you can see all the breaking of the finish on the Burled wood, and this is common
The birdseye wood is beautiful but the reality is its very difficult to work with and always has to have excessive finish to look even halfway smooth
This inside had finish globbed into it and it fisheyed so there is some contaminant in the wood
Ill strip it and add 2-3 coats, not much
Neck is rodded and straight, no issues there
Cannot use stripper around the celluloid's so its a slow scrape
Its a catalyzed Varnish of a sort, very brittle, l
I have to take it back to the inside edge of the star to get a smooth line
Look at all those eyes, its going to be a long row to hoe, on refinish
Bringing it to Reddish Brown
1" fade on the edge
Its easy to see just how pocked the wood is in this pic
Stripping the neck
That's all the red still from the stain, time to revitalize it
Blackening the gravings first
That's the color on it, no clear yet
Its a Yellow Maple, so red looks more orange on it than it does the brown burl.
Now to tape off for numerous
coats of clear with many wet sandings.
It will never be flat, and it will always be subject to crazing and cracking, that's the nature of Burl.
Taking on clear coats with other projects
2 coats a day in this heat is easy, so I will lay it on
In between every 3 coats is a wetsand to knock down the high spots.
It will never be perfectly smooth, its the nature of Burled wood.
If I say this over and over, means that I want anyone that does this work to know where they stand when working with Burl, Birdseye, whatever you wish to call it.
I'm 10 coats into this and will add 3 more, wetsand once more and call it done.
Removing the GLOBBED IN finish out of the resonator the only way that will not harm it.
Stripper had no effect on whatever substance was used to coat this resonator.
No thought of refinishing was given... and no Instrument finish was used...that I'll say with no reservations.
It will receive only 2 coats of clear finish.
The idea....is to RESONATE.
After 13 coats
There is still one eye thats taking finish into it like a frigging Black Hole, as is one of the pie section seams
Somewhere hidden under all that laminate is a cavity.
I will drop fill them until I run out of Finish, or fill them.
And its not likely I will lose, its just time.
After 18 coats and 9 wetsandings, the last at 1200
Machine buffing for the final stage
The reflection of the coffee cup is to show the mirror like finish.
it takes alot to get Birdseye to this level of......level
Blacking the inlay
One last coat of fiugerboard oil after 0000 steel wool to clean up the board
Ready to install tuners with cleaned buttons
Parts ready to head home, and Frank can put them to use
Thanks for watching.