|Project by hairy||posted 05-16-2016 01:47 PM||794 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
OK, they’re not banjos, but they could be. Or mandolins, violins, a balalaika would look cool. I like adapting shapes from one use to another.
I watched it a lot before starting any work. These are my first 2 projects using inlay. I did make my inserts closer to 3/8” thick rather than his 1/8”.
Before doing any routing, I had to adapt my router to accept the bushing. I made an adapter on the lathe. I turned a short section of the blank to the inside dimensions of my router plate and a new Porter Cable plate. By stacking 1 on top of the other I marked the bolt hole pattern of the old plate onto the new.
The majority of the work goes into making patterns. I used 1/4” hardboard. After all the inlay, the pattern is used to flush trim on the router table. The fretboard is a separate pattern.
I used my little block plane, and later a sanding block, to taper the edge.
The scariest part for me was drilling out a space for the hanger plate.
And here’s the best part, I’m finished making Christmas presents this year.
One lesson I learned from this, I need a drill press table.
12” x 36” x 1/2” thick. Pine and walnut. Howard’s Cutting Board Oil.
-- stay thirsty my friends...