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Red Ryder

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I like that. It reminds me of a table an old woodworker friend of mine made for one of our local doctors about 30 years ago. When he asked the doc how his bill could be so high he was informed that those were doctors rates. He delivered the little table the doc asked how that could cost $400. He replied it's a doctors table. The bill was paid and the point was made.
 

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I like that. It reminds me of a table an old woodworker friend of mine made for one of our local doctors about 30 years ago. When he asked the doc how his bill could be so high he was informed that those were doctors rates. He delivered the little table the doc asked how that could cost $400. He replied it's a doctors table. The bill was paid and the point was made.
I think mine ended up costing twice that, and I had to build it myself! (Took a woodworking class)
 

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I like that. It reminds me of a table an old woodworker friend of mine made for one of our local doctors about 30 years ago. When he asked the doc how his bill could be so high he was informed that those were doctors rates. He delivered the little table the doc asked how that could cost $400. He replied it's a doctors table. The bill was paid and the point was made.
$400 was a reasonable price, honestly, for a table of this size that was made and finished well, but probably a lot harder to get "back then" for sure given what $400 was at the time!

I'm a big fan of Thos Moser. He was gracious enough to actually publish some books with measured drawings years ago for many of the pieces his very successful business still builds today for customers. This particular side table design is uber-adaptable for size, etc. Since I'm back to a cabinet saw in my temporary shop, I was able to pull out the leg tapering jig I made years ago for this specific design and use it this weekend running along the fence...I just removed the hardware I used to adapt it to the sliding table saw that I'm currently without.

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Going to start leveling/dressing these frets
View attachment 910825 My third fret job, second on necks I’ve built. Hopefully they get better as I keep doing them…
Fretboards are always interesting. I've been using bois d' arc for years now. Very hard and naturally oily. Fine sanded and polished it is a rich honey color. When milling you average 1 usable board out of 4 cuts. Well worth the effort.
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I like that thickness planner idea
Thanks, my variation on the ubiquitous router sled. I drilled a bunch of holes in the face and built a box underneath, attach my shop vac and use suction to hold the piece I’m working on in place. Saves on double sided tape. I cover the extra holes that the piece leaves exposed with masking tape. Use short (3/4”) side rails to thickness thinner stock (like this top), and add to the rail height for thicker (whole body).
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I had to add a support in the middle when I realized that the suction was deflecting the 3/4” MDF top
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Looks like tomorrow might be the last spraying outside day of 2021 so I better get going on this!
Over the weekend I routed the neck pocke...
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and made the covers and inserts for the neck bolts.
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rock-n-roll
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Got some time this afternoon to mask everything and get sanding sealer on the edge (my truoil is no good...)
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First wipe of red stain
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Needs more
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I think it needs more still. I'm going to sand this back tonight and make a STRONG batch and wipe it down again. Meanwhile the back..
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Not a fan of alaskan yellow cedar.
 

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I've been working on a few projects in recent months. Latest of which is a fretless seven string electric oud. The body is ash with an Indian rosewood cap. The neck is wenge with a crelicam ebony fretboard. There's a piezo under the saddle leading to an on-board EQ. A hotrail slots in nicely at the neck.
 

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Red Ryder

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Thanks, my variation on the ubiquitous router sled. I drilled a bunch of holes in the face and built a box underneath, attach my shop vac and use suction to hold the piece I’m working on in place. Saves on double sided tape. I cover the extra holes that the piece leaves exposed with masking tape. Use short (3/4”) side rails to thickness thinner stock (like this top), and add to the rail height for thicker (whole body). View attachment 911171 I had to add a support in the middle when I realized that the suction was deflecting the 3/4” MDF top
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I got lucky at a garage sale one day and got this Ryobi 12-1/4" thickness planner brand new with the protective film still on it. $50. I can run 16' planks no problem, can do 6" thickness but I've only done that once.
 
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