What's on your workbench today?

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

  1. mistermikev

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    I really like the style of this. I like the continuity of the curves from the body to the headstock... nice work.
     
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    A friends funky old workhorse Kay and a neighbors funky old stave back mandolin. Both had loose necks

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    The mando is probably Braz - quite a lovely little thing
     
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    Love that carving on the Mandolin..
    err is it inlay or paint?
     
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    Thank you very much!
     
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    As near as I can tell its some sort of finish on the top and head. The f/b has it also but I think it is inlay there. There are no labels or any other logos - the owner thinks its Italian but doesn't know any more. The f/b was off and the neck was loose, I steamed it the rest of the way off and reset it

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    Dovetail was damaged, I had to reconstruct it

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    Funky tuners in pretty bad shape - got them working but one is marginal

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    The Kay can wait for its reset

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    The Marquetry (purfling?) around the top is VERY reminiscent of some of the Bouffard Freres that i have.
    Even the Rosette. The Marquetry is about a hundred Years old and is all face grain, from wood that may have been fifty years old a the time the banding was made.
    I don't think i have that exact pattern, but it is in their style.
    The tiny light/dark pattern near the edges... Can you imagine the time and effort, combined with craftsmanship required?
    I have something like 20 patterns ( sticks ) and i am not sure that any are quite that delicate, much less capable of those curves.
    I wonder if the shop made the banding to order for the Mandolin maker.

    Anyway it is beautiful, and great job saving it from disaster.
     
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    Tone, thank you. I told my neighbor that I would do some research on this for him - there are some articles in old issues of AL but I will pursue that name also.

    It is a rare privilege for me to get to work on some of these special instruments - I take the responsibility very carefully.

    ps - I would love to see a picture of yours
     
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    Freeman, Your desire to get the craft right, as well as your talent, is easy to see.

    Here is a cross section of most of my remaining stock of Bouffard Freres marquetry. ( that's Bouffard Brothers for those that don't do French )

    I have a few favorites, like the 7th one down, which, i am VERY sure, predates any Radiation Warning Signs!

    Some i plan to use as Binding, and i have my fingers crossed that i can get it soft enough to take the bends ( lower horn, Upper at the neck ) ...

    Tone

     
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    Thank you. I had to file the top binding (the cream colored stuff) slightly when I was setting the fretboard back in place and it was really really hard stuff. I'm guessing ivory (which I don't willing touch in any form - nuts, saddles, etc) but since it was part of this wonderful old instrument I'll make an exception.

    My neighbor is coming over in a few minutes, we need to discuss options for the tuning machines. Might be more to report here.....
     
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    Just a few guitar wall hangers.

    Several years ago I wanted a classier all wood guitar hanger and came up with these. They have 15 degree back slope when hung to keep the guitar in place and a felt pad after finished where the neck sets to protect the guitar finish.

    I decided to start off the year building a few. Ambrosian maple and cherry, walnut and ambrosia maple, ambrosia maple on ambrosia maple. Some ready for clear coat that will really bring the color to life.

    I can build a guitar body in less time than a dozen of these take so these may be the only ones I build this year. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Eric
     
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    Got son #1 moved out to his new place. His bedroom is now my music room/office.

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    I do a ton of work at home, so this is a much better workspace than the kitchen table. The right side of the desk will have my older protools system set up for mastering finished tracks.

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    Craig seems about right 1/8th Office, 7/8ths Music. heheh


    pressing forward on the tele pup ring adventure here.

    Planning to use a Hipshot Baby Grand so i wanted a bridge pickup mount.

    Progression of the elliptical mount. still crap, but going in the right direction

    Still showing the rough 3d cut from the CNC.

    Sanded a little 220 / 500 and a wipe of Tru-oil to better see the spots that need improvement.

    A matching Neck Ring is forthcoming. Trying to decide on a design..

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    Admit it, while this is an awesome home office - it is very distracting - way more than the kitchen table!:D Nice setup!!!
     
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    Very nice!

    Thank you - distracting, yes it is!
     
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    Tone, those are really pretty cool. I have been using the LMII wood humbucker rings on most of my guitars with 'buckers - its pretty nice to match the ring to the rest of the wooden trim on the guitars. Besides, I hate plastic and really don't care that much for metal.

    I figure that what someone did with the LMII rings is to develop the cnc model, then just start turning them out to amortize the cost. Here is a set of rosewood on a guitar with a lot of other rose - they look a whole lot better than black plastic (like that switch)

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    Freeman, that is a super nice looking single cutaway.

    Yeah, i have a couple sets of the allparts rings and knobs, but i wanted to have a better choice to match, complement or contrast the wood on the guitar.
    Got a bunch of wood i might not get around to using for necks, Rosewood, Ebony, Roasted and Raw Maple in Flame, Quilt and Birdseye.
    Not to mention a few exotics.

    I had to completely re-do the tele neck pup ring as it was huge,
    probably could have put a strat pup in it. Hmmm wonder if i saved the file or destroyed it making changes!

    Anyway, yeah, going to be making knobs in Rosewood and maple maybe later today.
    and i'll get the humbucker cover file open again to make some adjustments and whatnot.

    The Neck ring and the humbucker ring don't take too long even on my little CNC. My Big CNC is a Bit much for less than a neck or body, NOISY too! heh.

    Last night i got distracted with a carvetop Tele i have wanted to do for a while. This it so far in CAD.





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    v nice looking
     
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    I hate it when i do that,
    I was trying to show a "factory" where they had a zillion puprings, covers, fretboards and pickguards but, it remains elusive. might have been a youtube video i saw on my tv, so i can't look into the history..
    Anyway.

    sorry
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    P.S. Found it. Wasn't youtube after all.
    pickuprings dot com had this table full and i thought Sheesh!

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