I hope posting so many photos isn't obnoxious... I just thought, with as many folks building and modifying things as there are here, it would be interesting to see alot of the steps...
Very nice clean work. Love the headstock.
The first coat or 2 is linseed oil... I really like the way the gold color of the oil warms up the colors in the wood
My system of finish is a bit time consuming... the linseed oil has to dry now for a couple of weeks before I put the finish on. I use a Tung Oil finish, applied by hand, lots of layers... I use this system because we live in a place with extreme amounts of dust, and I don't have a 'clean' room... which here, would amount to a NASA type positive pressured, airlocked, filtered and used for nothing else
So every layer of finish drys and is hand sanded to level the dust bits, and finally hand sanded to about 8000 grit, then buffed with a foam buffer on a hand drill... those pics in a few weeks
Next up is finish the headstock, with inlay, which I haven't decided on yet...