What's on your workbench today?

Blazer

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I got my basket case Yamaha APX-7 back yesterday. The pickup and preamp just gave up the ghost and, thanks to the pandemic, getting replacement parts turned out to be an uphill battle that took way too long.

But in the meantime I learned about those new KNA pickups, and even was advised by the guy who had my guitar to go for that. So that's what I did.
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They're similar to those old Barcus Berry pickups but you slide a slim piece of wood underneath the strings behind the saddle and use a special cable to hook it up to whatever it is you're amplifying your guitar through. I'm not a fan of that, so I drilled a hole behind the bridge to feed the cable through to...
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Yeah, the end pin output was DOA too and the guitar already had been modded to have a normal output there, which was cracked. So I applied some Redneck enginiering and made it a new jack plate.

And while I was at it...
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Yeah, it's not the neatest job, I have to make a plate which covers the hole where the pre-amp sat better.

But sound-wise, I have no complaints.
 

Jeru

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Nice clean work on yours. What are you building?

It's basically a Deluxe Reverb normal channel only. The Princeton (NR) is awesome -- it’ll play any size room if you put a mic in front of it (eminence 12"). Outdoors is different -- and I sold my twin last year because I realized that my days of lifting and lugging it without hurting myself were numbered. Building myself something with a little more oomph than the old Prinz-Tone.

Same chassis size as the Prinz-Tone. Iron is from some wierd 2x6V6 amp chassis I have laying around. Bought a pine cab because my woodworking skills are, uh -- LACKING.

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TN Tele

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Not a guitar build, just the continuing saga of trying to build a new 1000 sq/ft workshop with a shortage of electricians, plumbers, framers and materials. Now in month 7. Framing half completed, windows, doors and roofing are next week.
 

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RolandG

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Since we’ve moved away from discussing guitars for a moment this is community seating on a favourite walking route just outside our village. Iron work is from a garden seat I salvaged. Wood is reclaimed timber from my neighbours‘ house extension. Total cost = 20 coach bolts.
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Walking 30 minutes every day can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 40%, and type 2 diabetes by 25%.
 

Jim_in_PA

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Until I have my new shop building up later in the year, if I want to spray finish...which I needed to do for this table project...I need a nice day or two so I can shoot it outside. The temporary gara-shop just doesn't have the space to accommodate this. Project is a coffee table for my younger daughter and her SO. They gave me a drawing, but I found it boring and decided to do the mid-century thing. All scrap wood (pine, d-fir) other than one board I had to buy for the top. Pardon the poor photos...

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Jim_in_PA

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Not a guitar build, just the continuing saga of trying to build a new 1000 sq/ft workshop with a shortage of electricians, plumbers, framers and materials. Now in month 7. Framing half completed, windows, doors and roofing are next week.
That's going to be a wonderful space...doing the shed roof off the existing structure really worked well here. I wish I could have pushed up to 1000 sq ft, but it would have triggered county groundwater design costs to the tune of a few grand.
 

Jim_in_PA

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Since we’ve moved away from discussing guitars for a moment this is community seating on a favourite walking route just outside our village. Iron work is from a garden seat I salvaged. Wood is reclaimed timber from my neighbours‘ house extension. Total cost = 20 coach bolts.
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Walking 30 minutes every day can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 40%, and type 2 diabetes by 25%.
Lovely setting and an awesome bench to enjoy it from!!!
 

Bob J

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Since we’ve moved away from discussing guitars for a moment this is community seating on a favourite walking route just outside our village. Iron work is from a garden seat I salvaged. Wood is reclaimed timber from my neighbours‘ house extension. Total cost = 20 coach bolts.
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Walking 30 minutes every day can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 40%, and type 2 diabetes by 25%.
Just finished a similar project, replaced the rotted wood with reclaimed oak flooring.
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JohnnyNacho

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My husband's gameboy came out of storage for just long enough to take a tumble and break both hinges. I pieced it back together like Mesopotamian pottery, and bent up two strips of stainless binding to try to keep some version of integrity.
I got these clamps for handrails, now I'm thinking where else to use them....
 

Asmith

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I haven't posted in a while because I've been busy with a lot of other things going on in my life right now, including buying my first house. I have a few jobs which might make it into this thread at a later date.

For now I'm taking Ferric Chloride (for PCB etching) off my workbench (at my old address). Perfectly normal shop for something to neutralise the corrosive substance:

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slick4772

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I recently finished the other P Bass I was building. I did candy orange. It turned out ok given the relic treatment. I used reranch transparent orange over Inca silver.
 

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peterg

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I recently finished the other P Bass I was building. I did candy orange. It turned out ok given the relic treatment. I used reranch transparent orange over Inca silver.
Nice! Relicing is an art form and you’ve nailed it.
 

Freeman Keller

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Finished the spring reverb kit. A couple of minor hicups, no smoke.

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That is the spring "tank" sitting behind the chassis. I mounted it in the bottom of the amp cabinet, I'll have to get some oak and make a little enclosure for the chassis. Might move the tank to that so it would be totally stand alone.

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FatKnife

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My first routing ever. My homage to the Andy Tele. Not perfect routing but moving the project along. Still have to deepen spots for the toggle and gain knob, and rout for battery compartment. Then to wiring etc.
PS didn’t see a way to do my own reply so I piggybacked on Blazer’s.
 

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crazydave911

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Cleaned out my credenza I used during my acoustic days. Found three tops, I used to grade them A,B and C. Found one A and two Bs and rosewood binding. Sigh 🙄
 

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