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Some Builds and Questions and Life Changes

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by jamorudd, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Ad Free Member

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    Sorry I missed this when it was first posted!

    I don't have much advice for wood-working in the house, outside of choose a wife that will let you do it, but most people don't think that far ahead, so it's kind of a crapshoot there...

    I don't think grad-student-level living spaces in Boston are going to accommodate a drill press, band saw or OSS indoors, unless you want sawdust in your dinner. Looking for a communal building space sounds like the ticket.

    Speaking of which, my most critical bit of advice about Boston is TRY NOT TO EVER DRIVE ANYWHERE. :D
     
  2. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    59
    Mar 2, 2010
    Maine
    Ha ha yeah my vehicle insurance was $3500 a year!

    I'm not sure a grad student has to choose a Boston dwelling though, and while the public transportation gets a lot of hate, it does eventually get you where you're going.
     
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  3. jamorudd

    jamorudd Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 3, 2012
    Oklahoma City, OK
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    Thanks all! I deleted the app and re-installed and it finally lets me upload the photos! This is the Walnut OM I’ve been working on lately. The binding is the Rocklite binding from lmii.
     
  4. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Aug 3, 2010
    Loganville, Ga.
    Jamo—Don’t Do It!!!

     
  5. jamorudd

    jamorudd Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 3, 2012
    Oklahoma City, OK
    I know I’ve posted about these before, but here’s a couple of the other builds I’m trying to wrap up in the next few weeks.

    A soprano uke for my nephew:

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    And a flat top mandola of sorts...

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  6. DrASATele

    DrASATele Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 6, 2012
    North of Boston
    Love it. What sort of tools/jigs did you need for the Uke?
     
  7. jamorudd

    jamorudd Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 3, 2012
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Building ukes is actually what got me into this whole thing, so I started with minimal tooling and jigs, and have pretty much stayed that way. Off the top of my head, I used:
    - a mold to bend the sides into and glue on linings.
    - a radius dish for the back radius
    - a jig I've made for routing for my bolt on mortise and tenon
    - the stew mac rosette routing dremel attachment.

    As far as wood, I can almost always get a uke set out of the cutoffs from each acoustic build.
     
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  8. jamorudd

    jamorudd Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 3, 2012
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Well, we officially have a lease on an apartment, the wife has a job nailed down in Boston, and I have 2 phone interviews in the next few days, so I’ve really got to get moving on these builds if I want to finish them in time!

    The uke is up first, as it is for my nephews birthday, which is one week from Friday. All that is really left on it is make and glue the bridge on, drill for tuners, and put some finish on it.

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    I’ve also gotten a bit done on a new little experiment too. It’s a thin body parlor guitar, about 1 3/4” at the heel, 2 1/8 at the tail block. My thought is it might make a comfy, low volume, couch guitar. I’m using all wood that I had on hand in it too, to clean out some extra stuff before the move. I’ll try to get pics of it up tomorrow.
     
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  9. jamorudd

    jamorudd Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 3, 2012
    Oklahoma City, OK
    I probably won't get any pics up until Sunday or Monday, as I'll be out of town for a wedding tomorrow, but things have been bustling right along! The Uke has been finished and gifted to the nephew, who promptly sat strumming it singing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so that's a win.

    The walnut OM just needs the holes for the neck mounting bolts drilled and it will be ready for final sanding, then finish.

    Also, my wife and I both had free days today, so we spent most of the day rehabbing a couple furniture pieces that will be making the move. She did a really cool paint job on some bookshelves I built for her a couple years back, and it definitely has the wheels turning for ways to apply it to an electric guitar...

    On the moving front, we officially have an apartment to move into in June! And, I have a job interview via FaceTime on Sunday!
     
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