What's on your workbench today?

1bad914

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A tele shaped stool for my shop made from a whiskey barrel head and staves. A work in progress.
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1bad914

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I don't think I wouldn't been able to resist the urge to turn that into an actual tele... Should be an excellent stool though!
That is in the works. This barrel head has a significant warp in it that prevents its use as a guitar top, but perfect for a stool. I have more barrel heads on the way. They will have to to dry for a few months to settle down. Still wet with whiskey and beer. Smells great when you drill or cut it b
 

Freeman Keller

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I posted these pictures at the Acoustic forum but for those of you who don't hang there and have acoustic guitars this is the season to worry about humidity. A friend bought a brand new D18 last fall, he brought it by my house today

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I put it on heavy duty rehydration program and in a month or so I'll dress the fret ends and do a setup for him. Its buzzy but playable, I think we caught it before the damage was done.
 

Slowtwitch

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Decided to make a Cajon. If you don't know them, it's like a box drum and often drummers use them in small settings where a drum kit won't work/ fit.
Even though it's a simple design, every little detail makes for a good or bad sounding drum.
Most have a snare type of system either using guitar strings or a snare drum snare. But often the snare bleeds into every type of hit of the drum i.e. the bass and toms.
After much research, this is the design I came up with. Did it in Fusion 360 and cut on CNC. Baltic Birch. The Tapa (hitting face) I thinned to under around 2.8mm, so very thin) and dyed Tan with a 1 coat thin nitro finish.
What I like about this snare design (which I got from Schlagwerk Cajon's), is the multiple ways in which to fine tune the snare effect. You can also remove the snare completely.
Super happy with the result, and it sounds really good. Very good separation between the snare and bass, deep punchy bass without boom. Super stoked!
Thought also to sometimes use it while playing guitar. Since I don't have a bass kick pedal and don't want to splash out the bucks, I designed one - direct drive (no chain/ belt). Works perfect. IMG_20220101_124914.jpg IMG_20220101_111134.jpg IMG_20220101_110923.jpg IMG_20220101_111102.jpg IMG_20220101_111014.jpg IMG_20220106_152743.jpg IMG_20220106_152807.jpg
 
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steeUK

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Just for the fun of it I decided to give my pewkelele an archtop. Took the basic topography from a Les Paul plan I found online, pencilled in the lines and routed the steps free hand with my cheapo Aldi palm router. Offset corresponding patterns on the inside. Now in then process of smoothing out with chisels and sandpaper.... PXL_20220106_122145206.jpg
 

telemnemonics

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Well Jan 1 I caught the big C and my washing machine died so my workbench duties shifted a bit and guitars are slipping toward the firewood pile.

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telemnemonics

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Actually got a new set of 54 like Strat pickups, hoping to get close to a Strat I lost to my drug problem in 1997. That partscaster had what I’m pretty certain was an original set of A3 magnet pickups, I knew they were original 50s but other players agreed they had a unique sweet tone and only years later did I learn that in 54 they used A3. Anyhow these happen to be close to the same coil winds as well.
The new hard tail Strat body will free up a traditional alder body I will combine with a steel block trem and one of the necks from the pile to try to nail that sweet clear but not shrill toned Strat I lost so long ago.
That Strat had a MIJ Squier neck I put extra jumbo frets on and a 60s alder body I restored from massive routed mods. That would have been a 7.25 board and this will get a flatter board so the flat poles will balance better.
Can we build or assemble for a target tone?
Yes I think it can be done!
Famous last words…
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Greplington

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Teenager has a seriously cheap strat that I bought years ago to pull apart for fun and never got around to working on, and ended up hiding to my kids when they got into playing. He's decided he wants to do a cosmetic makeover on it, so I stripped it down last night, and we're now stripping the original varnish/tinted finish with a heat gun and a scraper. There's a veneer of nicer timber on the front and back over a solid timber body, which thankfully seems to be staying on the body as we strip off the finish. IMG_20220106_214422.jpg

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tomasz

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I had never heard of that game before. It sounds interesting and I think you can play it online, so I may try it out. That could be a good CNC project.
I wanted to build it too, to give it a go as it seemed interesting. If you are blessed with a CNC, that would be definitely quicker and more precise than saw & edge tools :)
 

Digital Larry

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I bought a TC Electronic G Major rack mount effects processor off Reverb. These are notorious for having crappy rotary encoders and this one is no different. I had thought I'd use a MIDI Editor but it turns out that I can't find one which actually works.

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I'm very confident this will work so long as I don't injure the PCB while desoldering things.

It's going to look weird but it will keep it out of the trash.

I got it working. It took about 3 hours which was too long but after a certain point I wasn't gonna let it beat me. Links to the TC Forum are really weird. The link below really does take you to the right place but the summary is incorrect.

 
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JohnnyThul

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My first try at doing a multiple material inlay. Well, I could file a lot to make it all fit together seamlessly,but as I am impatient, I am lending to just use it as is...
 

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