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Marn64

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01-09-2017 06:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question walnut bandsaw planer drill press router jointer help

Hey everyone,
So at my high school the senior class has a 2nd semester long graded independent study called the senior project. Since I love woodworking and want to major in music in college I decided to finally start doing one of my lifelong dreams, being a luthier. I am making a Black Walnut fender Telecaster and I was planning to use some of my classmates power tools (bandsaw, jointer, drill press, thickness planer, etc) because the circumstances that brought me into woodworking made me a hand tool woodworker, which is fun, I love my planes, but they are basically worthless for a beginner luthier’s first build. So the original plan was to use her power tools but her bandsaw is going to be out of commission for 2 months, and on top of that her house is under renovation so access to the jointer, drill press, routers, and more is also not going to happen. As much as I would hate to burden someone who I don’t know, my off campus advisor, a luthier in downtown Milwaukee, say that ones first time building an instrument is a daunting task, about 300 hours worth of work, an I honestly can’t wait 2 months, lest I run out of time. I’ve admittedly started to become desperate because I’ve sunk about 250 dollars into the material and hardware with nothing to show for it yet. I was wondering if anyone in the Milwaukee/SE Wisconsin area with said tools would be kind enough to let me do some work, perhaps a few hours a day, in their shop, or direct me to someone who would. I understand that this is a lot to ask but the turn of events and circumstances have been quite unusual for me and I would be very grateful for support.
Thanks,
Benjamin

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee


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#1 posted 01-09-2017 06:55 PM

With a hand saw, a cheapo belt sander and a cheap router, you could make a Telecaster body pretty easily. Necks look harder because of the fret board radius, fret spacing, fret work in general, fitting the nut and the headstock shape.

I wonder if a Gibson style neck with a scarf joint would be easier if you are going to make a neck? A Les Paul Jr. might be a more unique project in that case but they do seem more susceptible to neck damage if they fall.

I know for a fact that people make guitars with minimal tools all the time, you can probably scrounge up enough at garage sales or Craigslist to get the job done with minimal cash.

With some determination, you can get it done.

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Marn64

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#2 posted 01-09-2017 07:58 PM



With a hand saw, a cheapo belt sander and a cheap router, you could make a Telecaster body pretty easily. Necks look harder because of the fret board radius, fret spacing, fret work in general, fitting the nut and the headstock shape.

I wonder if a Gibson style neck with a scarf joint would be easier if you are going to make a neck? A Les Paul Jr. might be a more unique project in that case but they do seem more susceptible to neck damage if they fall.

I know for a fact that people make guitars with minimal tools all the time, you can probably scrounge up enough at garage sales or Craigslist to get the job done with minimal cash.

With some determination, you can get it done.

- OSB


The only Gibson’s that have the neck joint issue are the traditional one piece (no scarf) necks, which because of the angle of the headstock have a very mild case of grain runout. It isn’t fully the runouts fault however, because of the size of the truss rod access pocket there is little wood there, and it is prone to failure

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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#3 posted 01-09-2017 08:43 PM

You might see if any local luthiers would be willing to help you out. I just googled “Milwaukee Luthier” there are lots of them locally. I would bet someone might be willing to help you out if you demonstrate your enthusiasm for the craft and are polite. Plus it could be a foot in the door to an apprenticeship if you are planning to be a luthier professionally.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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Marn64

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#4 posted 01-09-2017 11:26 PM



You might see if any local luthiers would be willing to help you out. I just googled “Milwaukee Luthier” there are lots of them locally. I would bet someone might be willing to help you out if you demonstrate your enthusiasm for the craft and are polite. Plus it could be a foot in the door to an apprenticeship if you are planning to be a luthier professionally.

- onoitsmatt


Milwaukee Lutherie would actually be my off campus advisor, Alex. Both of the most prominent, an as far as I know, only two luthiers in town are him and Denny Rauen and both of them are too busy with their clients to let me use their stuff. I’m lucky enough that Alex is helping me in the first place.

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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