Reclaiming and repurposing historic wood

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Rich Rice, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. RogerC

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    Ruh Roh! :twisted:

    I'm dying to see your take on a heavy relic, Rich. Let the games begin!
     
  2. Barncaster

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    Hey Chris,

    What cap is that you've used there?

    Rob
     
  3. Rich Rice

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    Gotta love those old wood builds.. ;)

    LOL.. I'm not talking "heavy" like the Rory Gallagher Strat- but it definitely won't look like it just rolled off the line. I guess we'll see how far I can stand to take it.. :lol:
     
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    Oh boy, just remembered that big piece of a bar desk I got after it being removed after some decade. Might not be pine but it sure is dry as.... Well you know.

    Lemme schedule that for May. :)
     
  5. Rich Rice

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    Showing some restraint I see.. ;) May is like... umm.. two whole weeks away!

    I figure I can at least get this body rough cut tomorrow, it won't happen today. Too many other commitments today.. :cry:
     
  6. Wild Rice Chris

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    Old. :cool:
    I have a nice stash of '40s-'60s capacitors that are great in some projects.
    This particular cap came from the same person as the piano.
     
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    My only problem right now is to buff and assemble the guitar I am building right now next week. :) the guy's flying from berlin to istanbul to get it, I believe he'd be utterly depressed if he flies for nothing :)

    Give me 19 months Rich, then I'll be in another country. If I get lucky, I'll try to reach a quarter of your efficiency :)
     
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    Hey Chris,

    Did you meter it prior to usage? Had it drifted? I hit an estate sale of an old Ham who had passed and I was a day late so all the tubes were gone but when I walked into his shop there was a big cardboard box of old caps. My heart jumped. i could see NOS bumble bees in there and all kinds of stuff. I remained calm an cooly asked the sales guy how much for the box of "parts". I think I got it for $5. Hee hee hee. That and a mint old Craftsman router for a song and I flew home. Most of the values weren't usable for guitar work but it did net several .047 old Mallory wax caps, quite a few nice .047 pink Pyramids, .022 and .015 Jerr-Lees and one NOS set of the correct bumble bees used in 59 LPs! Not bad for $5! Gotta love a good estate sale even if the premise is sad.

    Rob
     
  9. Wild Rice Chris

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    No, I didn't measure it. No need if it sounds how I want!
     
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    First electric I ever built, I threw a cap in there from an electric forklift, lift interrupt and it sounded fantastic. To this day I don't know what it is :lol:
     
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    A Forkilftcaster:eek: :lol:.
     
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    I worked on electric forklifts, robots and order selectors over 20 yrs.............a lot of tales there................some even worth telling :lol:
     
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    Hey Dave,

    Did the forklift still work after you pirated the cap? ;-)

    Rob
     
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    A new thread for the Bad dog cafe forum? I like stories, ready to subscribe. ;)
     
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    Hey Chris,

    Agreed. A man after own heart. Someone from the Antique Shunning Society will come out swinging any moment. ;-)

    Rob
     
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    Seeing as how I'd replaced the lift interrupt assembly, yes. I used to keep the old ones as they were cast aluminum boxes with sheet steel lids. They made perfect stomp boxes and even had a mounting flange to mount them to a pedalboard ;)
     
  17. Barncaster

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    Excellent!

    Reclaiming and repurposing old electrical components! Thematically coherent!

    Rob
     
  18. Rich Rice

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    Yep.. I like the idea too.. When I need steel components for certain builds (bridge plates, jack plates, control plates, etc.) I have an old chassis from a 1950's Wurlitzer organ amplifier from which I like to cut and fabricate the pieces. Luckily, it's quite large- so it has lasted me several years so far.

    Something about utilizing pieces of old instruments to create new instruments is very appealing to me.

    As a kid, it was commonplace to find abandoned TV sets and stereo cabinets in old farm fields close to my home- we used to go back and pick those up with the Radio Flyer wagon tied to the frames of bicycles, and spend hours disassembling the components- condensers, transformers, chokes, resistors.. My friend still has all those old parts, in drawers in his basement.. When I need something hard to find, it's usually a phone call away.. ;)

    We ruined a bunch of those old condensers, but they were so plentiful back then..

    Since we lived on a private lake, we had beach adjacent to the lots.. We would run lamp cord to the beach with alligator clips soldered on the ends, the other end went into a cigar box with a switch. Then plug the switch into an outlet on the back porch.. There are not many things that bring more joy to a 10 year old than connecting a few wax condensers to alligator clips, burying them in the sand, then running to the patio and pushing a button- and watching/hearing them explode and watching the smoke pile out of the sand.. :D
     
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    And it begins..

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  20. The String King

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    Looks cool!!

    We are having metal doors put in at work soon to replace the tired wooden ones. Big thick old timbers, enough to make 10 Tele's!

    Reckon I should salvage some of the better bigs? Not sure what wood it is but the door has been there since at least '73 and not fallen apart yet!
     
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