What's on your workbench today?

Medeltids

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Working on this single filtertron walnut/mahogany beauty. The body was built from an old wicker and wood chair that sat by our creek for a decade. I think it was from Thailand. My wife finally put it in the trash which prompted me to dig it out and see what it was made from. Some great pieces of mahogany but a lot of work to get enough usable pieces to glue up a body...a multi step process for sure! Wife says some of the wood looks like music notes.

The top was from a slab of black walnut my dad gave to me. Neck is maple, walnut, and mahogany. 4x2 headstock with sperzel tuners.
 

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Finished up the rehab of my '76 Strat by cutting a bone nut from a blank for the very first time. Excellent learning experience and overall I'm pretty pleased, but it's not perfect. I got the high E slot a tiny bit too close to the B slot. Tough to get the open E and G to ring out cleanly on a C chord. Man, I'm not sure how anyone played the old Fender student models with the 1.5" nut width. :confused:

Anyway, this summer the Old Girl's gotten jumbo stainless steel frets, new pots and knobs (black, replacing the old white ones) and a bone nut replacing the brass one that was on it when I purchased it in 1985.

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I ripped apart the guest bathroom today. Given the new "scrap vanity" is in the finishing process, it was time to move on to preparing the place where it will live. Of course, that involves more than just a little spackle and paint...no good project goes unpunished!! For example, I was going to get a new toilet for this bath but the previous owner put down the plank style tile floor such that it surrounds the base of the existing potty...and anything new is going to have a completely different shape. So it's going to get an "innards transplant" and stay where it is. The wall will get shiplap as what came off of it resulted in a whole lot of damage to the surface. But the texture of the shiplap will make for a much more interesting and more modern wall.
 

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Well ****, my pine 'strele' is back on the bench being stripped of all finish. I've used this recipe on 4 previous builds, along with scraps before the first time, with good results. Amber shellac for sealer/toner(I admit to using Zinsser Bullseye rather than mixing from flakes) followed by Duplicolor 1K gloss clear urethane. I've also built 9 other guitars using the same shellac followed by other means of clear with great results, nitro lacquer and 2K urethane.
This time, the first coat misted on of the 1K went on just fine. I had to wait until the next day for coat #2 and within a couple minutes the whole guitar turned into wrinkles. I tried not to spray too heavy, so maybe it was the heat and humidity. but I get to start over. Oh well.
 

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Doing a 2 piece Mahogany Firebird with a twist: 12 string Epi acoustic bolt-on neck (25.5" scale), JM neck pup and a Gretch Lap Steel bridge pup (still waiting for it before cutting the cavity since it will be directly mounted in the body ). Using a Gotoh GTC12 bridge (6 strings topload, 6 through the body staggered, NOT straight hence the ferrule hole locations).

Custom pickguard inspired by John Entwistle from The Who's famous Fenderbird bass to follow.

The paint scheme wil prob be a burst of some sort, it may even get some artwork from a friend

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Small potatoes, but it's on the bench. I made the Backpacker "holdable", now I'm hoping to make it playable. I will be radiusing the flat fingerboard to the same 20 degree curvature as my Yairi. It has an under-saddle pickup, so I'm working from the top of the saddle. My "Work Sharp" knife sharpener comes through again.

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trev333

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heavy metal on the bench today.

The disc brake flanges had rusted off this boat trailer axle... had to cut off the old ones and clean it up.
Of course one lug nut was rounded and took a bit to get one wheel off.... had to hammer on a smaller socket to get it cracked off... there's always one isn't there?....

I've got a new set of disc hubs/bearings/calipers coming to install... just need to weld the new flanges on and paint it up and put it back on the trailer...

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Doing a 2 piece Mahogany Firebird with a twist: 12 string Epi acoustic bolt-on neck (25.5" scale), JM neck pup and a Gretch Lap Steel bridge pup (still waiting for it before cutting the cavity since it will be directly mounted in the body ). Using a Gotoh GTC12 bridge (6 strings topload, 6 through the body staggered, NOT straight hence the ferrule hole locations).

Custom pickguard inspired by John Entwistle from The Who's famous Fenderbird bass to follow.

The paint scheme wil prob be a burst of some sort, it may even get some artwork from a friend

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Have I ever mentioned I hate sanding?
I'm right there with you...especially since doing it right means many, many hours and a lot of concentration in the "tough spots".

But wow...nice job on that piece! It's going to be both stunning when completed.

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On a completely different topic consistent with this thread, I sent out the deposit check to the electrician yesterday for the power feed to the new shop building, so the builder, the concrete folks and the electrician are all "on the hook". Hopefully, the schedule will hold and a big truck will show up on 8 September with a whole bunch of "building parts" as well as a skid steer to drill some deep holes. The actual build is scheduled to start on the 12th and I'm hopeful that the schedule will hold give there's been little or no weather delays this summer...we finally got a few minutes of actual rain last night for the first time in over three weeks. Of course, other things can cause delays.

Also "on my bench", figuratively speaking, is spraying finish on the "scrap vanity" for my guest bath renovation.
 




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