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  1. 13 points

    1st Acoustic Guitar Build

    Ok, I've mentioned this many times and it's finally to a point where I can post photos. Over the last 30 years or so I have replaced tops, backs, done fret jobs, inlay, glued braces and lining, refinished, made bridges, saddles, and nuts, replaced tuners, and all kinds of repairs, etc. but this is the first guitar I've built from scratch. I cut all the wood for this including resawing the back/sides/top, cutting the binding and bracing from lumber or billets, etc. Along the way I've designed and built my own modular cantilever side bending fixture that will accommodate sizes from Jumbo down to 0, possibly smaller like a Ukulele. I'll post photos of the side bending fixture later and also built all the forms, fixtures, templates, and jigs for the build. I started the build a couple of years ago just working an hour in the evening, sometimes two, and some on weekends, but I put it aside and didn't touch it for about 8 months. I'll tell you ahead of time that it sounds good, is bright, has great sustain, and plays very easily with good action. But it may be a while before I make a video of it being played. Back and sides - Honduras Mahogany Top and bracing - Sitka Spruce Neck - African Mahogany with Maple and Honduras Mahogany center pieces Headstock, rosette, arm bevel, heel cap, and tail wedge - Walnut burl Headstock inlay - Zebrawood Fingerboard, bridge - East Indian Rosewood Binding, purfling - Zebrawood and Maple Sound port lining - Macassar Ebony Solid lining - Honduras Mahogany Side braces - Honduras Mahogany Finish - Shellac (French polish), measured just over 1 mil at the bridge The neck is bolted on and I devised a way for it to be completely removable. It can go from tuned to pitch to neck off in about 5 minutes. In the week that the guitar has been tuned to pitch it is holding its tuning as good as my other guitars. The intonation still needs some minor tweaking but I'll play it a while before working on it again. Assuming I like it enough to play in church I'll install a K&K Pure Mini pickup. If I decide to just play it at home and with friends I'll save the pickup for a future guitar. In the meantime, here are a few photos of the build and some of the finished guitar. Back bracing with Padauk glue strip - Top bracing - Gluing the back in place - Finished guitar. I didn't want a super high gloss finish but rather decided to do an old world vintage patina. Nothing against the super high gloss finishes but I have 5 guitars with high gloss finish and wanted this one to be different. Now that I've done it this way I like it even better than I thought I would. So feel free to comment, ask questions, critique. I have about 1,500 photos of the build and good documentation but these few photos tell the story just fine, I think, so I'll spare you the copious extras. Enjoy! David
  2. 11 points
    Ok so I'm going to join the Big 3 debate with a tale of my experience. Recently I finally woke up to the fact that my Whiteside RFTD5200 had dulled to the point that it was burning wood rather than cutting it. So I figured that it was time to bite the bullet & buy a new one. Well a new one is $95 to $125---ouch!! So I started to look at Infinity & Sommerfield for a cheaper alternative. Turns out that Sommerfield doesn't make a spiral cutter. Infinity does and it runs about $60(?) so for 1/2 price I can get a decent bit. For some reason right before I pulled the pin the old gray matter said to check out resharpening the one I had. First I called Whiteside and got a price. Then called Infinity. Nope--Infinity doesn't resharpen their spiral bits!!! Well then, lets send the old one to Whiteside--done & mailed. Got it back today after about week & half to 2 weeks. As sharp as new. Cost??? $8 to sharpen, 50 cents to remove the bearings, $3.75 return postage. So for under $15 I got a basically new bit & saved a chunk of $$$$ Moral of the story--use the gray matter & check out return policy & whether & how much to resharpen. Glad I did.
  3. 11 points

    Token Box

    A friend of mine is celebrating her 13th year in recovery. Made her a token box.
  4. 10 points
    Ron Altier

    After the Honeymoon

    One evening, after the honeymoon, Tom was working on his Harley in the garage. His new wife was standing there by the bench watching him. After a long period of silence, she finally said, "Honey, I've just been thinking, now that we are married, maybe it's time you quit spending so much of your time out here in your garage. You probably should also consider selling your Harley and all your welding equipment along with your gun collection, and your fishing gear, and the boat and lose all those stupid model airplanes, plus dump that vintage hot rod sports car, and your home brewing equipment..." Tom got a horrified look on his face. She said, "Darling, what's wrong?" He replied, "For a minute there, you were starting to sound like my ex-wife." "Ex-wife!?" she screamed, "YOU NEVER TOLD ME YOU WERE MARRIED BEFORE!" Tom replied, "I wasn't."
  5. 10 points
    Pat Meeuwissen

    Finished End Table

    Guys, here is the final pics of the table I built for my SIL. Stained with watco Danish oil and 4 coats of lacquer. This was for the other side of the couch from the first one like a sister build.
  6. 10 points
    Hi everyone, I am Bob (aka IrishWoodCarver). I am an old-time Handyman forum member - know as Sixty_Vette back then. I live in Ohio and enjoy many types of woodworking from building cabinets, cribs, cedar chests etc, to turning and wood carving. Oh and I enjoy driving my 1960 Corvette (hence the previous name - LOL) Looking forward to participating on this forum and seeing the many projects you have all created (always looking for new ideas). I will post a few of my favorite project in the days to come, but for now just wanted to stop in and say hi and introduce myself. Bob (IrishWoodCarver) oh, and if permissible, here is my FaceBook page of my carvings: https://www.facebook.com/TheIrishWoodCarver/ Feel free to like my page - below is one of my chip-carvings, done by hand with a knife - seems appropriate for this group - LOL
  7. 10 points
    Gene Howe

    Redneck Home Securiy System

    HOW TO INSTALL A HOME SECURITY SYSTEM, (Aussie Style). 1. Go to a second-hand store and buy a pair of men’s used size 14-16 work boots. 2. Place them on your front porch, along with a copy of ‘Guns & Ammo’ Magazine 3. Put a few giant dog dishes next to the boots and magazines. 4. Leave a note on your door that reads: .. Hey Blue, We’ve gone for more ammo and beer. Be back in an hour. Don’t mess with the pit bulls; they attacked the mailman this morning and messed him up real bad. I don’t think Killer took part, but it was hard to tell from all the blood. Anyway, I locked all four of ‘em in the house. Better wait outside. Be right back.
  8. 9 points

    Hard Tail

    Took a day trip to lake Erie and came across this in a local shop, vines were used for the cables. .
  9. 9 points
    steven newman

    Frame & Panel Project

    Ok...took a bunch of measurements today...and drew out a "Plan" Not every day I resort to such things....I am trying to make a Maple version of this little box.. That was made with Walnut and Cherry.... So...a cut list of sorts was made. These are the corner posts for the front and back frames...had to cut a few down to size...needed to be 3/4" thick ( not 4/4) needed to be 1-1/2", and not wavy. And needed to be 8-1/2" long. Smaller mitre box for the lengths...bandsaw to rip for the rest. Stanley No. 3c to smooth things out, and make them all match....same with the end's corner posts...needed 4 of those, but only 1" wide.. same routine again. These will be the end corner posts. They will also get a tongue milled along the edge where it meets the front posts, which will have a matching groove. Set these aside...things changed a bit, for the next item on the list. The four rails for the front and back frames...Supposed to be 12-5/8" long...mine only came to 11-3/4"? Design change! Two were easy enough to mill....the other two need a lot more work.. I could trim the first two to length, and plane them to 1-1/8" wide...as they were 3/4" thick....the other two were too thick, too wide, too long...bandsaw to get rid of the excess...then the plane smoothed things out.. Not the easiest stuff to plane, either. Millers Falls No. 11, Junior Jack. Has no camber to it's iron. Finally got all four of these parts done, to where they matched each other.. Decided to set the parts out to check how the layout came out..front frame? fancy? And the rear frame.. Not so fancy. There was a problem, though...while I did have one panel that MIGHT fit.. It wasn't the one I wanted to use...the problem? The longest of them was a bit too short.... Hmmm...then I remembered....tenons! I have to mill tenons on the ends of the rails! Maybe shrink the frames enough for the Maple panels to actually get used? Design change! Still need to mill the rails for the ends.....I think I have a few panels that might fit there... Stay tuned..
  10. 9 points

    Another Chip Carved Piece

    A woman in our choir lost her daughter to cancer. At the reception following the funeral there was a saying, printed on paper and placed on each table. Once I saw this and read it - I gave to my wife to read. Our eyes met and she just nodded - she knew exactly what I was thinking. I had to carve this for her. Here it is.
  11. 8 points
    Ron Dudelston

    My Friday Deal

    I received a text today from a friend asking me if I knew anyone that was looking for a bandsaw. After playing 20 questions, I found out that the saw is a Delta 28-241. It’s a 14” saw with riser and is on a stock Delta mobile base. It belongs to a mutual friend of ours that is moving. Price .......$150. It’s now mine.
  12. 8 points
    It Was Al B

    Ground Wasps

    I've had my experience with these stingers. While expanding my lawn area a number of years ago , the rear wheel of my lawn tractor suddenly sank into the ground. Hundreds, ( seemed like thousands) of ground bees were swarming around me. I was covered with stings on my face,neck, arms and back by the time I got to the house. After dark, I managed to get the tractor out of the nest, then poured kerosene in the nest and lit it. Once the fire went out, I poured more kerosene and re fired it. The bees may have won the first battle but I won the war.
  13. 8 points
    I am sitting on the tarmac at Nashville International Airport waiting to take off to California. We spent 4 days with our realtors in Bowling Green going through a number of houses. We signed docs yesterday for a new construction home. We will be working with our realtors in Kentucky and our realtor here in California as we have to get our home sold. So hopefully we can get things all to work together. We will be sending our "Earnest Money" tomorrow once we get to our bank and overnight it back to our realtors in Bowling Green. The house is 1600 sq.ft. and has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths on .41 acres with enough room to build a shop.
  14. 8 points
    It seems here that corn hole games have become the hot item. We have been quite busy gluing up tops for the games. Today we were busy in the shop cutting and getting five tops glued and one more ready but ran out of clamps. You know you can never have too many clamps. We made a set for an Auburn fan. They furnished the stick-on decal and we applied it and then sprayed on the clear finish. I'm an Alabama fan, but I won't turn down an order from an Auburn fan. I posted a picture of the Singer Sewing Table last week, but it got sprayed over the weekend with General Finishes Enduro Var and delivered to the customer. I'm also trying to finish up a Cedar Chest with Walnut accents. Got the skirt pieces all cut and mitered just need to get them on now. Lots to do this weekend. And today I had a meeting with a wonderful 92 year old lady that wanted a set of finials for her new gate and post. She had this very nice picture showing the gate and finials. She has already had the gate built and need the finials turned. So I went by and met with her and will be getting on turning the finials in the next couple of weeks to fit the post. My two sons and I have been quite busy in the shop lately and it has been loads of fun. So what's on your agenda this July weekend? Love to hear about and see all of your projects. Share with us whats on your agenda this weekend.
  15. 8 points

    Good Clean Fun

  16. 8 points

    Question About Woodsmith 'Tip'

    I always thought old blades went into that slot in the back of the medicine cabinet.
  17. 8 points

    Rust On My Table Saw---Again

    I was getting rust rings for awhile on my band saw table. Removed my wannabe SIL, problem solved.
  18. 8 points
    Ron Altier

    Hope This Makes You Smile

    A 70 year -old man is having a drink in a bar. Suddenly a gorgeous girl enters and sits down a few seats away. The girl is so attractive that he just can't take his eyes off her. After a short while, the girl notices him staring, and approaches him. Before the man has time to apologize, the girl looks him deep in the eyes and says to him in a sultry tone: "I'll do anything you'd like. Anything you can imagine in your wildest dreams, it doesn't matter how extreme or unusual it is, I'm game. I want $100, and there's another condition". Completely stunned by the sudden turn of events, the man asks her what her condition is. "You have to tell me what you want me to do in just three words." The man takes a moment to consider the offer from the beautiful woman. He whips out his wallet and puts $100 dollars in her hand ---He then looks her square in the eyes, and says slowly and clearly: "Paint my house." (Our needs change as we get older, and we tend to look for bargains) .
  19. 7 points
    Had to repair a "rustic" picture, but it's hard to get a clamp that far in! Could I enter these in the "Whatzit" contest? John
  20. 7 points

    Which Joint Is It Really.

    I’m surprised no one has already noted the following, “ A square and a rectangle, both have 4-90 degree corners. A square is also a rectangle, but a rectangle is not necessarily a square” Can’t a box joint be a finger joint, but a finger joint not necessarily a box joint? Or vice versa? Just trying to keep the conversation going
  21. 7 points

    Rattle Can Disposal

    Not the best recommendation but I have seen a few in a fire pit. Great entertainment value.
  22. 7 points
    Here is my set of "Thy Corvette Commandments" - I saw the wording on the internet and wanted a set - so i decided to carve them myself. I have since done 4 other sets for individuals, even changed the wording to Fairlane for a friend that has a 57 Fairlane. I took my set to Corvette at Carlisle in 2014 and got a bunch of autographs, including Chip Foose from the tv series Overhaulin. He even drew a picture on the back - how cool is that!!
  23. 7 points

    Church Project

    I was approached by the pastor of our church and asked if I could build an Ambry - I said YES, but what the hell is an Ambry? LOL Basically, in the Catholic church an Ambry is what holds the Holy Oils. It needed to be a 3 compartment piece of furniture. I asked if he had an idea of what he wanted - he provided me a picture of this 3 tiered, interlocking piece that blew my mind. I had to actually draw it up in Sketchup so I could comprehend how the pieces needed to be cut to fit properly. This is what I came up with, complete with locking glass doors, and custom build stained glass on the sides.
  24. 7 points
    Ron Altier

    Mon, Wed and Fri

    After 35 years of marriage, a husband and wife came for counseling. When asked what the problem was, the wife went into a tirade listing every problem they had ever had in all the years they had been married. On and on and on: neglect, lack of intimacy, emptiness, loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable, an entire laundry list of unmet needs she endured. Finally, after allowing this for a sufficient length of time, the therapist got up, walked around the desk and after asking the wife to stand, he embraced and kissed her long and passionately as her husband watched - with a raised eyebrow. The woman shut up and quietly sat down in a daze. The therapist turned to the husband and said, "This is what your wife needs at least 3 times a week. Can you do this?" "Well, I can drop her off here on Mondays and Wednesdays…………..but I golf on Fridays.
  25. 7 points
    Gene Howe

    Next Up?

    I'd come help but, as fast as you work, you'd have it done before I got down the stairs.

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