What's on your workbench today?

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  1. Davecam48

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    Thanks for the reply! I thought it may have been wenge! For years now I have been keeping a large sheet in reserve for something special and yesterday I cut and joined it for the top of a guitar I'm making for a good friend whose house was devastated by flood and he lost all his guitars and amps. I cut and edge matched my sheet of wenge for the top featuring a most unusual pattern for the top's centre. This turned out really well and should make a nice but different guitar face.

    I'll get some pics when it gets further along!

    Thanks DC
     
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    That is just so totally cool.
     
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    OK, back in December a friend loaned me his double neck Epiphone so my son could try it out and see if he really wanted me to build him one. The plan back fired, some of you know the story. Anyway, the guitar has been sitting under my work bench since then, I called him and said I really needed to get it back to him, he might get a hankering to play Stairway.

    He said good idea, he had something he wanted to show me.

    So he shows up in my garage with his latest acquisition (have I mentioned that he has a rather eclectic collection, several double necks, a sitar-guitar, some midi stuff..). He opens a case and lays a 1980 Roland G303 guitar synthesizer on the work bench

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    He says "before I go thru a lot of trouble with new strings and trying to make it work, would you refret it for me?"

    That I can do, I said. He said then he would bring over the 24 conductor cable and the Roland box thing that makes it all work.

    Just another day.....
     
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    Thought I'd post an update on the knobs.Turned out alright. The finish didnt work as well as I had hoped.
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    Excellent! The one downside of wenge I’ve seen: once it’s got a finish on it, it can almost turn black - you lose a lot of that cool grain. I got the best results with straight lacquer.
     
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    Rebuilding this cigar box guitar with reso cone & flat humbucker 561B5EE9-E14F-457D-922A-51553C69AB7E.jpeg
     
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    well if this is your second, than the future is very promising :D
    maybe a idea.

    i had to get three pickups in the same look
    the buckers were black the single creme.
    i painted that black and the with some gold wax from the hobby shop dapt and rubbed it over the pickups.
    its a kind of decoration technique and maybe you could try it on some old rings to come close to the wood color so the black is not so massive.
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    And now that the wall is insulated and wired, time to start building the new bench. Anyone know the best way to attach granite to wood? And what is a must have on a workbench for you guys?
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    The more I look at it, the more I think the bridge needs a black collar to match.
     
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    If I recall, you said you want the bench to fold up. Correct? Sounds heavy. But to answer your question, you can try some of the following to attach it.
    If you aren't folding it up, just lay it on top, weight and gravity are your friends.
    Or, epoxy it to the wood? Are you putting it over a sheet of plywood or a frame?
    Epoxy nuts to the underside of the granite and use brackets to bolt the frame to the granite. This method is often used for countertops and anchoring dishwashers to granite / stone countertops .
    Put inserts into the granite.
    Drill holes through the granite and make a counter sink on top. Use lag screws or bolts to secure to the wood frame. Fill the top holes with epoxy and smooth.

    Good luck!
     
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    it will definitely be heavy. But I’m a 250lb guy. I plan on using actual bearings for the pivot point which should help a ton. The granite slab is probably 1ft by 2ft. So it’s not terribly heavy. Just want a spot for flat sanding and tool sharpening. The bench will be mounted to the wall studs of the garage and ceiling joists. I’m also anchoring the bottom 2x4 of the shelve/bench into the cement in the garage. So it should be pretty secure.
     
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    I would go with lag bolts or screws through the top.
     
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    Wanted to make a functional tool, not a museum piece, so it's not perfect. Does the job right and will serve me for the rest of my life.

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    Good point. I'd have to do some heavy measurements. Its a roller bridge but using a vibrato for the string through instead of a stop tail piece. I could just goes with dowels for the back.
     
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    Since all the other projects are in various stages of letting finish dry, I decided to sharpen a couple tools. Me and my wet sharpener maybe got just a little carried away...

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    What kind of printer are you running? I'm thinking I might need to get one at some point....
     
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