What's on your workbench?

Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by Walterson, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. electriceye

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    I actually saw something on this yesterday. I think the reason pertains to the belief that if your board isn't perfectly level you will transfer that unevenness to the frets by using the radius block. But certainly don't take my word on it. I'm just now doing my very first fret job and I'm an idiot. :D
     
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    If anything the radius beam should correct any unevenness that the frets had from an uneven board
     
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    Whoever said that wasn't thinking straight (pun halfway intended). The length and straightness of your sanding tool of choice is what determines this, not the curve. Same as a leveling beam, if it's short then it'll wobble over the frets and not level them at all, a long one will level properly.
     
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    Thanks for the responses regarding the radius beam. Makes sense now. So much geometry to take into account when building guitars!
     
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    Eight string neck blank, tapered laminates.

    I love a freshly sharpened wood plane...

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    Oh my god I love those tapered stripes. That is a great idea. How did you cut the taper?
     
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    I've seen this done on a few other guitars before, not originally my idea, the taper matches the width the fretboard will be. Actually on this piece it's only the two inner Wenge strips that have a taper, all other pieces are straight and consistent from end to end. It'd take some insane patience to taper each individual laminate toward a common focal point... maybe some day, but not today. A lot of measuring goes into it, but basically I ran the strips under a router-thicknesing jig with one end propped up on a scrap piece of wood to make up the difference to be cut. Same way you'd cut a straight laminate, but with one end built up higher, with loads of measuring and adjusting where necessary.
     
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    I just cleaned and polished some gunky frets with some automotive deswirler I bought for finishing clearcoats, and it worked GREAT. The frets are shiny and slippery as hell now.

    That guitar (my UV) still needs a fret job (came pretty bad from the factory) but I don't know that I've got the guts to attempt that on one of my factory guitars yet.
     
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    I love the neck tapering idea. Wynn does this on his bass guitars. Check out the excellent Restrung documentary on YouTube where he talks about that feature (I think table ssw tapering jig) and shows off some Jimmy DiResta bandsaw skills to boot. Great one-man shop insight.

    Your way is very accessible too. Probably how I would do it.
     
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    African mahogany wings
    Maple-wenge-maple neck thru
    5A flamed maple top (to be stained Twin Peaks red room hue)
    Evo gold fretwire
    Ebony fretboard with flamed maple inlay
    Some custom 'Agent Cooper coffe mug' tone and vol knobs I am doing
    Fixed stainless steel bridge
    SD SH-4 and SH-2 humbuckers
     
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    Currently a pile of body's & tops
    Oh& a broken planer :(
    Company sent wrong parts which foobard it up
    Awaiting correct blades & new drive belt... grrrr

    Kinda ground to a halt atm, much Purple Heart, zebrano, chestnut & iroko looking sad on the bench
     
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    My images didn't work. Will try again later!
     
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    doing some surgery to the strandberg. Dyed the back/sides black, installing magnets on the cavity cover, also dyed the cavity cover black.
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    also made the destroyer more sparkly.
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    Undertaking my first refret, on my trusty Ibanez acoustic. Switching to jumbo gold EVO frets, because why not.

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    EVO is the best fretwire to work with. Why not indeed :hbang:
     
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    Can't edit the post.

    Minwax black stain. I made a mistake while attempting to sand/stain the neck. It's a long story.
    I ended up painting it, though.
    http://imgur.com/MynGUIL
    http://imgur.com/ZmPEGhV


    I don't think changing it to http changes anything, traffic between you and IMGUR is encrypted.
     
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