What's on your workbench today?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by guitarbuilder, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. nnieman

    nnieman Tele-Meister

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    I Also kept the black keys!
    Free lifetime supply of ebony!!

    The last piano I disassembled- the uprights were 4x4 hard maple.
    I’m currently working on turning them into necks and fretboards

    I also kept the sound board but it’s not in good shape.

    Nathan
     
  2. Freeman Keller

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    Not your usual day. I was contemplating the Mexican vihuela and guitarron that had appeared on my workbench

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    The vihuela needs its bridge reglued, the guitarron has a cracked neck heel. I need to make some sort of creative clamping caul for the guitarron but the little guy was straight forward

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    How about the cool balls on the ends of the strings? (and an interesting side note, many of the Mariachi instruments that I see were made in China. Think about that)

    I had just put the clamps on the vihuela when I heard a car in the drive - it was a Prius with a dog, 3 year old, 3 guitars and a double bass - and one of my friends known fondly as Guitar Pete. Can you take a look at my wife's bass - we have a gig this week end and she'd like it set up. Oh, and my Taylor needs frets and my Martin is buzzing a bit and my Alvarez need.....

    So, clear the work bench a bit and unwrap the bass

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    Oh, yeah, thats a Neopolitan bowl back mandolin that I fixed up to be a wall hanger but now the owner wants to play it so I'm replacing hundred year old tuners with something that will actually tune.

    Here is the mando and the bass scroll

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    And the bass and the vihuela

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    So, what's on my workbench today? Just the usual.
     
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  3. nnieman

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    Necks 1, 2 & 3 on the bench today.
    Torrified maple, reclaimed maple (from an old piano) and locally harvested cherry.

    Nathan
     
  4. Moodivarius

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    Installed decals tonight.

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  5. cleanheadsteve

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    good for u. my piano legs were just more poplar glued together. i love the ebony though for nuts and bridges
     
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  6. cleanheadsteve

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    mine were old uprights too. what i really wanted was ivory keytops to use for inlay but no such luck
     
  7. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

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  8. Asmith

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    That's an impressive amount of DIP ICs, what are your PCBs for and do you etch your own?
     
  9. zippofan

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    Three things on a day off today, first installed mods on my VM Jazzmaster including an all new lead circuit, Bootstrap Lake Surfer pickups (they rock!), Staytrem bridge and Fender vibrato tailpiece, just finished the setup and it plays great.

    Second, a Madbean "Stage Fright" phaser, started stuffing the board, resistors are installed.

    Third, my Tweed Deluxe kit from Trinity came, woo hoo! I just unboxed it, mmm the smell of lacquered tweed and pine, sweet! Once the phaser is complete, clear the bench for some 5E3 goodness!
     
  10. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

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    These are opto decoupled input modules for a CNC controller which gets hooked up to a UCN300eth motion controller. In total there are 2 output modules and 3 input modules which add up to 49 digital inputs and 36 digital outputs. I am “carving” these on a mini CNC. No more acid for me. I draw the schematics on the PC, route the connections, create a Gerber format and then do the tool paths and hit the machine.


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  11. Asmith

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    I thought some of my anologue pedal designs were complex but the cnc controller stuff went over my head. :lol: The CNC PCB setup is slick though, I've considered getting into chemical etching but it seems like a lot of hassle when stripboard gets the job done. The CNC seems more my style, getting the design layed out on the PC and then having a machine do the milling.
     
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  12. Asmith

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    Just reread your post and realised what you actually asked. Yes it is that resistor on the footswitch, I always use the star washer on the foot swich as the ground connection to the enclosure. They're easy to solder and they have a good mechanical and electrical connection to the enclosure.
     
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  13. I_build_my_own

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    Routing a PCB is like cutting an elaborate headstock inlay- just not that deep :D
     
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    What are you using as your interpreter fir the Gerber file and what feeds and speeds are you using? I've tried using my mill to make PCB's precisely once and it didn't go well.
     
  15. RogerC

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    Working on this tele made from old flooring from an old shop in Craig County, Oklahoma.

    Got all the cavities routed in...

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    And working on the tummy cut.

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    The neck and fretboard are made from the flooring as well.

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  16. I_build_my_own

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    The Gerber goes into good old CamBam :) it is straight forward. Have to lookup the speeds, it is pretty slooooow. When i did the copper routing with the Vcarve tip i went to the hair cutter in between. When I was running 0.6 mm pin holes tool path, i went to Harbor freight... THAT slow :D
     
  17. RickyRicardo

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    Roger, your builds are always amazing. That is so cool!
     
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  18. RogerC

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    Thanks, man. I appreciate that!
     
  19. Digital Larry

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    Well, let's see, where to start...

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  20. trev333

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    My amp tech forced this upon me on Friday.... I was only there to drop a few amps off to him to fix and have a jam... he's an excellent guitar nerd/valve&SS amp guru...:eek:

    said he got it in a smashed up state, neck broken at the scarf,neck plate/screws gone, hardware missing, some relic work... he did a good job on the neck repair and pieced it together with some bits he had, fashioning a stop tail out of a fender trem plate, with a dodgy old bridge piece... he said it all works electrically, etc... Here, take it and see what you can do with it. give it to someone...

    :(:cry::oops::rolleyes::confused::lol:.... and like finding a lost puppy, I brought it home....:)

    Presenting, Alvin Purple..:twisted: ( it's a movie, look it up )..... it kinda looks blue, too...

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