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|3 days ago||
Need Some Advice about Shop - 15 replies
Well, it seems things don’t go bad one at a time.Last Friday my boss came and told me I had to quit doing any work in my shop because it was raising the electrical bill too much. Hunh? I haven’t used the shop more than about 4 hours total since November.Yes, the electric bill is up. I live in a 50 year old house with little to no ins...
|33 days ago||
A Job on my Birthday - 11 replies
Today was a nice warm day, compared to the last few here in our small chunk of heaven. The thermometer was hovering around 50° and the wind before I started was pretty calm, that is, less than the gale force breezes we’ve been getting since Thanksgiving. I decided to get out and slab up at least one of my walnut logs. I started ab...
|36 days ago||
What is the "Tap Tone Test"? - 3 replies
I have a bunch of Walnut and Maple and Cherry and Osage Orange. How do I figure out the sound of a piece to make an electric guitar from or maybe even a semi-hollow body guitar?
|50 days ago||
Well This Sucks: Walnut Down - 41 replies
I finally got my walnut down. Lots of damage. I am hoping I can save some of it since the majority of the interior is clean. I hope to get a couple of 5-6’ logs out of it, but I’m not holding out for it.
|58 days ago||
Which Glue? - 14 replies
Lately I have been doing a lot of guitar repairs. Broken and cracked headstocks, scarf joints, necks, etc.I also have some Autoharps I need to get back into shape. I started out using Titebond III, which didn’t seem to have a long enough working time, then I used Titebond II on another repair and it just felt rubbery after curing, IR...
|97 days ago||
Lacquer line.... Taped too long. - 8 replies
OK, here I go.Monday I got a guitar repair project ready to finish with black lacquer rattle can from Ace Hdwe.Tuesday I hadn’t done the finish yet, was called away to get ready for cold snap but ran out of breath…. got an appointment for Wednesday at Dr. to see what the problem was, (again).Tuesday night I taped up the guitar neck, ...
|101 days ago||
For the last few months I have been having trouble catching my breathe after physical exertion.5 weeks ago it got so bad I could not walk 50’ without stopping for a few minutes to rest on either end and in the middle.I finally went to the Dr. figuring I had asthma or a cold or even pneumonia. Instead I was diagnosed with Dyspnea and a t...
|113 days ago||
Another New Toy - 16 replies
Sorry I haven’t been back on my guitar build, I am doing a bit of learning before I tackle that.One thing I have found, buying name brand guitars that are broken is pretty cheap.I bought this one for $100 including shipping. It has NEVER been set up. It was bought through a shop in Wisconsin and shipped semi-direct to the buyer from Epipho...
|115 days ago||
Need some Solid Surface/Acrylic pieces. - 6 replies
Hey, Ya’ll. I need some small pieces of Corian, or other solid surface acrylic counter top. I mean, really, not very big, maybe 1/4”x2”x1/2” I would prefer black or white, grey, beige, etc. will work. Other colors might work, it just depends.I could also use some bones of the same size.I’m not really interested in h...
|120 days ago||
Face it, I am a cheapskate, no matter how much I tell everyone how frugal I am.I’m so cheap I would pull the other side of the two ply toilet paper apart after use if I could find someone to use it. This thread is about home made tools.Kind of like some books that have been written about kitchen and household shortcuts. Let’s s...
|128 days ago||
Well Crap! Brushing Lacquer - 22 replies
Yeah, I know, I know…..Use a soft, natural bristle brush when brushing lacquer.Bright early yesterday morning, actually it was pretty dark, about 03:00, I decided to go out and work on a project I’ve been doing with some of the Chinese Tallow wood.Mostly I am just making cuts and joints to see how well it comes out and because I happ...
|130 days ago||
Wife Got Me a New Toy! - 9 replies
My wife went to a yardsale last saturday and bought a bunch of items for very little money.One item she bought for me was a Stanley miter box and back saw.A bit of rust here and there, I hope to get it cleaned up in the next few weeks. The saw is an unknown brand, probably a Stanley, I don’t know right now. It has a 23” blade at 11pp...
|188 days ago||
A new Wood Worker is Born! - 9 replies
A friend of mine, who at this time shall remain un-named, has been an electronics engineer and computer geek all his life.He was an electronics spook in the Navy for 23 years and retired as an E-9 in the 80’s.He is now 65 and still plays with computers, (He got me to go back to school and complete my degree at Perdue). We have operated sev...
|198 days ago||
A few years ago I offered to make a cane for my wife.. She wanted one like mine, which is just basically a hicory stick and a brass duck head off of a fireplace set.I have tried a lot of different sticks and branches, but nothing worked out right so she has been using a really uncomfortable aluminum store boughten cane that she and I both really...
|235 days ago||
Considering Buying a DIY Guitar Kit Need Advice - 9 replies
I am probably going to buy an RAS SES 30Les Paul Clone guitar kit.I see that the neck is not the type held on with screws on this unit but instead is glued on.I’m not sure I would be a fan of this idea as I would much rather be able to change out the neck for a different one if needed.The question I have is: Is it possible to route out a c...
|251 days ago||
Stanley 45SW w/19 (edit: 18) cutters for swap: Gone - 12 replies
As much as I hate to do it, I am going to put my new to me Stanley 45 Sweetheart with 19 cutters out for trade. I am looking to trade for Black Walnut rough cut lumber or some other domestic hard woods I haven’t worked with yet. This plane is in “As Found” condition, not bad, probably usable, but I just do not have time t...
|256 days ago||
Lookit the Wood! - 10 replies
This is a block of Chinese Tallow I cut off of one of the trees in our RV park.It was the leftover from where a former employee left about a 3’ stub after cutting a low hanging limb. I cut it off, let it lay on the burn pile for a week and decided to see what it looked like on the inside before burning it.To say the least I was somewhat...
|279 days ago||
A Blast from the Past. - 3 replies
This photo was posted by one of the groups I belong to on Facebook.Often I think we forget about the important things in life and not all kids are cut out to be engineers or mathematicians or software designers. ”Traces of Texas reader Nathan Guerrero sent in this nifty photo of his grandfater, Arthur Guerrero in workshop class at San A...
|282 days ago||
Had to Lose some. - 4 replies
Yesterday the wife and I cleaned out a bunch of Yaupon Holly from our fence line. We only got about 20-30 ft of it cleaned out, and with my messed up hip I was done for the day. that was about 09:00 yesterday.I dealt with the inconvenience for the rest of the day, and went to bed about 21:00. I was up at 23:50, 01:20, 02:00, slept for about 1 ho...
|325 days ago||
Looking at a second saw - 11 replies
Hey all!My boss has an old Craftsman 315.228310 13a capacitor motor with stamped steel wings and an Align-a-Rip fence. The cast iron top has some surface rust, but a bit of elbow grease and steel wool will take care of that. I pretty much know the history of this saw. My boss bought it new when he was building a bar. He used it to cut plywood...