I am currently designing a few cigar box guitars for friends and myself. I want to build my father one, he is not a musician but I know he loves it when I do art. I want to get a hold of a wooden bible, my father is a preacher and I figured I would make a series of cbg’s designed after him. I want to call them The Revelators, like the song “John the Revelator” because my father’s name is John. For my wife I want to make one that is a dulcimer style or “strumstick...
Although a long journey yet ahead, the thought of the new shop is the “dangling carrot” as I work on some of the hard stuff. Built the east foundation wall over the last few days and the west wall will get completed today. I really did not want the long sloping clay hill to maintain, so I’m building a “bulkhead”. Let’s hope the tropical system that is expected into the Gulf of Mexico this w/e stays away from here and only brings a little rain to areas tha...
So I’ve been doing a lot of screwing making 16 Izzy Swan style bar clamps. He uses two cordless drills, one with a drill bit in it, and another with a driver, so that he can quickly make holes and drill the screws into the wood. Me, I have to change bits. Additionally, I do not have a drill bit that both drills the appropriate hole and the counter sink in one. For me it is three bit changes per hole. Then I remembered that I have a Makita hammer driver. I could use that for the drive...
Another use for laminated linings, drying racks. I like a laminated lining, a very strong component at a critical junction. However, guitars have been made, with great success, for a long time now with kerfed linings Once the top went on I couldn’t help but think of the guitar as a big chocolate cake. The neck is Mahogany and Silver Ash. ( not an ash at all but very strong and hard ) If you are making one neck block, might as well make four. The shoulders on the neck...
We've had a couple of busy days and there are busy days ahead as well. Part of me feels like I am on vacation, as it is going to still be a couple of days until I will be able to 'work' again. We had a wonderful holiday, with a great day and meal on Saturday with our family on Keith's side. It was good to get out for the day, although I was a little worried about Richard our cat. He wasn't doing well on the antibiotic that he was prescribed earlier in the week. While ...
00,011 / 10,000 It has been awhile since my last blog post I have had some long days and work and finals for my two college courses I am taking. Anyways my bench ins finally complete! Over the past two weeks I slowly worked towards getting my bench vice installed, the wood faces for the vice. Just last night I drilled my dog holes. I still need to chamfer the edges on them but I am ready to put my bench to work! I put in about two hours of work on my bench since my last post which brings m...
Well today was just like yesterday as I made the other half of the top. So again I started with four 2×10’s and a 16 oz. bottle of glue and ended up with a 4” thick slab 11” wide and an empty bottle of glue. I’ve never had to glue together so many 2×4’s at once before and to be honest I struggled with it yesterday. While the boards where very straight and flat a few of them where bowed and it caused some of the glue to drip out before I was able to the...
On page 126-4 there is a drawing of a cab, with the text (make L&R). This is wrong. The left and right door aren,t the same. See pictures below how you can solve the problem.
I built this PBS logo sign for my Niece’s office. https://youtu.be/ImqVTdF5cmI
Sorry for not posting more. I have several projects stacked up in my shop and I have much of what I haven’t shown (little used favorites) stored out of the way in corners and back spaces. I would have to intentionally move projects out into the drive and dig into the deeper recesses of “my space,” take pics and move it all back. I tend to bang and scratch things when I move them too much, so it will be a while yet. I love viewing Wayne’s finds and would still love ...
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