The first step in making the neck blank is to make a scarf joint. This creates the tilt back headstock. I laid out and cut a 15 degree cut on the neck stock with the bandsaw. After cleaning up both sides of the scarf joint with a jack plane, I glued the joint together. You can see the short piece from the cut is flipped over and glued to the back side of the neck stock to create the angled headstock. The long piece should overhang the shorter piece a little bit. I made a little ...
I have started taking a classical guitar construction class at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, CO. I’ll be blogging about it here as my journal through the process. The kit that we are using is the KLC guitar kit from Luthiers Mercantile International . The kit has all the wood and hardware for building a classical guitar. It also comes with a DVD – “Build a Classical Guitar with Robert O’Brien”. Robbie is the teacher of our class. He teaches several...
Well, I finally got into my shop today as I have been busy doing other things over the last few days. I was able to start getting stock ready for some shows that I have coming up. I have also started to make an oil and beeswax finish that I found in Woodsmith mag. It uses turpentine beeswax and boiled linseed oil in equal parts. I will be waiting with baited breath to see what the finish looks like. I have been making cars and trucks and some jump a peg games I am also going to be making ...
In response to Karson’s wood find on cedar lumber, this is an example of some cedar lumber I found about 6 years ago. A gentleman advertised that he had some cedar lumber for sale. I called him and got directions to his place. When I got there the lumber looked like this picture. The gentleman told me that he had cut the cedar 30 years ago and it had been stored in his attic. He decided to get it down and sell it. He took it out of his attic and put it on the back porch. But befo...
I made a tool box that will go on the base between the boiler and the cowcatcher.The plan calls for 7/8” X 5/8” X 1 5/8” with a peaked top and a 1/16” saw kerf to simulate the dividing line. I have never had much luck using a saw kerf as a dividing line, so I made 2 pieces 7/16” X 5/8” X 1 5/8”. I sanded the peak on the belt sander. Then sanded a small round over where the 2 pieces would meet then glued them together. We now move on to page 7 of the plan. We’re building the tender. I c...
I have always wanted to do this and do that in the craft industry. Toying around with several mediums has always been somewhat challenging, but I want to bring these “experiments” into my woodworking ventures. Things like leather carving and stained glass are only a few of these mediums. In 2003 I broke out the leather tools and cut a square of leather off of a large hide I have. I applied temporary contact cement to the back of the leather and to a piece of cardboard then lam...
Labor Day weekend my wife took the kids up to the family cabin for a couple days. I spent most of this time in the shop working on the drawers. For this dresser I had designed the drawers with large through dovetails. Since I don’t own a decent dovetailing jig that allows for custom size and spacing, I was going to have to do these by hand. Since I haven’t done many projects with hand-cut visible dovetails, I figured I’d better take my time with these. To make things a bit f...
Now I’m all for building my own cabinetry, but this one will be very tough to beat. It’s a cabinet any computer type who used to sit at a ‘terminal’ instead of a PC will recognize. Originally purposed to store data reel to reel tapes, I’m going to use it to store most of my tailed and battery op tools, along with a shelf for fasteners, etc… It measures a whopping 7’ 1/2” tall, 36” wide and 18 1.2 ” deep.The tambour door should keep ...
I was wondering if anybody out there has one of Grizzly’s 16 1/2” dovetail machine, I priced Grizzly, Powermatic, and Shop Fox, by far the Grizzly is the lower priced, they all look practically identical (except for color) I usually don’t let price determine the product I buy but in this occasion the price swing is pretty great, the Grizzly is $2995.00 the Shop Fox is $3875.00 that price varies, and the Powermatic I can get from my supplier for $4595.00, it would be nice i...
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