I’ve been itching to try new and challenging projects. Over the past two years I’ve made some mortise and tenon joints. Some simple inlay. Intarsia, (not yet finished). I bought a used band saw and have been experimenting with curves. I have wanted to try building an instrument. A guitar seems too big. A dulcimer might be a better start. But I’m learning to play a mandolin, so that’s what I’m going to attempt. There are kits available. I debated buying a kit a...
Before installing the fretboard started some shaping using the Festool disk sander/grinder. My experience making Maloof chairs has paid off as I found this very easy and fun.Started to Take Shape I installed some small bits of 4d nail in the bed of the fretboard and the fretboard itself to hold alignment while clamping up. Alignment Pins in Neck and Holes at White Marks on Ebony Fretboard Then I glued with Titebond III, clamping down to table saw top for dead flatness. There is a...
Hi all, I measured at least 10 times before making the cavity cuts. These need to be done before shaping so there is support for the tools – drill press and router. Before beginning the routs I had a little cleanup to do on the butt end of the through neck. The photo shows I back cut the tuner mount (this travel guitar is headless and has the tuner behind the bridge) to 20 degrees. This is so the tuners swing nominally level after tensioning the strings. If I didn’t ...
I took a look at my project lists this morning, like I do every Monday, and picked out a something that had been waiting a while. It was a carpenter project, custom exterior stair rails. I went out to my shop to take a look around and decide where to start. I decided that before I went outside in search of material, I needed to clean the place up. As I vacuumed the planer shavings out of the base of the band saw stand, I decided to finish the case and build the drawer that I had p...
In the first video of this series, I start by making the table legs. They are 3” walnut with a tapered peg at the bottom, and a small turned detail. Thanks to Matt Cremona for the help with the slabs to make them! As always, I welcome your questions and comments! You Tube Link – https://youtu.be/NX7A4XSW2CE
Hey Everyone, My name is Jordan, i’m 29 years old, I live in southern New Brunswick, and I just joined LJ’s.I grew up around tools and wood my whole life, my parents have been flipping houses since I could barely walk. I’ve gone from being dad’s ‘gopher’ for tools and materials such as the ‘square bit or plus sign bit’, up to framing additions and fully renovating my own house. It’s safe to say that I can just about build an entire hous...
I drilled and chopped out the wire passages for the pickups then glued the beast to the neck with Titebond III.Wire routes. It will weigh about 7#.I should be able to trim some weight as I shape it. Before gluing I cutout the body at the bandsaw with a 1/4” blade. I used the scrap as caul and I also had to put some tape on the top of the body to level it with the neck. The glue-up was done face down on a board and tapped into into alignment against the board while tightening th...
Overview I’ve only sewn for a week now and getting this dog blind right was quite the challenge for a rookie like me. However, I eventually prevailed! My goal was to establish a good profile that would hold even after adding the Avery Killerweed. Modeling The blind has a complex shape, so I did some modeling to establish a pattern. I began with the actual material draped over the frame, but this wasn’t very helpful. Copper wasn’t too excited about getting ...
Hello Everyone,Uploaded part 3 of the Krenov cabinet build. It’s coming along nicely. Here is a link to the video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtYGy01gqzU
I built this PBS logo sign for my Niece’s office. https://youtu.be/ImqVTdF5cmI
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