I hit my stride today, and knocked out quite a bit of work on this. I had an inspiration on the roundovers on the back of the neck. At the end of the previous installment, I had only run them with the back of the neck down on the router table. I realized if I turned it up on edge and ran the already-rounded edges through again, the ends would look a lot nicer, and would be more hand-friendly. The best view of this is in this shot of tuner installation. Note how the radius on each face fades s...
This part is mostly catch-up. I ruined my first neck, rounding over one of the front edges instead of the back. I made up another, this time out of maple. It looks very similar, with the same design for the head. To stop the roundovers at the right spot, I jigged up stops on the router table. I had to set these up twice, with a separate setup for each side. Here it is, along with my router table, which I made by lopping an old desk in two..Feeding from right…...To left...The completed h...
To continue my venture into home made music, I used a rat tail file to make a recess at the end of the fretboard for the nut, which is, ironically, a bolt. The nut is not my term, but us the traditional name for the piece where the strings transition from the end of the fretboard and turn down to the tuning pegs. At this point, I glued the fretboard to the neck and set it aside to dry. While drying, I cut two soundholes into the body (cigar box) making sure they did not interfere with wh...
I recently purchased a book called the Handmade Music Factory by Mike Orr. I had seen another book on the topic reviewed here several weeks ago and that stirred my interest. I haven’t played an instrument since I was forced to take several years of piano lessons by my mom some 35 years ago, but I just finished to large coffee table projects and wanted something new to start. I read through the book and decided to start with a three-string, fretless guitar, I stopped at the local c...
Apparently, pens are in high demand. I made a Cigar Pen for a colleague, who told me that his wife wanted it for her own. I made the Cedar Cigar pen in my Projects page for her as a gift, but it looks like I’ve started a war of the sexes. Here’s a note from my colleague: I start this by mentioning that me and my wife have always maintained the position of “What’s mine is yours and what’s yours is mine”. For many years this has been a seamless arrangement without incident unt...
I have been turning pens for a few weeks and given a few as gifts around the office. The overall favorite remains the Cigar Pen, a Penn State staple, but also available from Augum’s Pen Works and other vendors.This Cigar Pen in 24 carat gold on very well figured Redwood stock is destined for the desk of a colleague who really liked my first Cigar Pen in chrome. He’s a Gold guy, though, so I just turned this one for his holiday gift. Though it’s a favorite of Penn State Ind, I bought ...
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