The Delta turret radial arm saw column that serves to movemy drum sander’s head up and down has quite a lot ofbacklash in the screw – over 1/4 turn. This made adjustmentmaddening in the past because (in part) I had a weakermotor (wim...
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I worked wood for a living for about 12 years. I became quite skilled and made beautiful furniture and quality cabinetry. I dealt with clients, architects, interior designers, and employees.
I also built classical guitars.
I got burned out on it. It hurt my body too much so I stopped doing it for awhile and rethought how I was set up, how I bid jobs and got clients, how and when to say "no" (I now say "no" a lot and that's really one of the secrets to making money doing custom work).
I didn't go into debt to get my equipment and I don't recommend you do so either unless you've got work on the books to pay it off. Instead, I got every piece of machinery I own used. I also built a very accurate vertical panel saw which is a real back-saver and frees up a lot of space in the shop because I don't have to cut large panels horizontally anymore.
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In the past I had this old Performax 22/44 sander set up on a Delta turret radial arm saw. I used the motor on the saw for a few years, but it wasn’t very satisfactory. I took the sander apart and haven’t used it in years but I’...
I’ll spare you the sorry tale of how this guitar came to require a new soundboard. I had to remove the fingerboard and cut off the old one. Awfulprocess. One tries to be gentle but it’s really messy and may makerepairs of the neck...
Using a half-pencil run over frets 1 and 2 to mark the fretheight on the nut blank. Laying out the spacing on the middle 5 strings after filing rough slots for guide strings on the outside. The strings should fanevenly from their origin at...
Finish isn’t done yet, but starting to look and feel real nice.