What's on your workbench?

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

  1. DistinguishedPapyrus

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    Is that a purple heart body? I just made a pair of purple heart fretboard blanks yesterday... that stuff is so hard, that's insane. Hardest wood I have worked with so far.
     
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    Yeah splinters are a biatch too ^^
     
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    it is mate, it is..
    i think that was the worst possible decision i could opt for as body wood..

    it's super hard, tends to chip whiile routing (this is the first time i'm using a router aswell so that might actually be my fault, not wood's) and it is probably heavier than Venus' core...

    but hey, i learned something :nlb:
     
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    I'm also curious to see how it ages. They tend to turn brown.
     
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    Supposedly with a finish they stay purple.
     
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    i'm going to put a spalted walnut top on it , so, even if it turns brown, i don't care too much about sides/back :)
     
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    yeah with the right uv protection it'll fade slowly. Personally I'd rather just use maple and dye it.
     
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    Currently milling a gigantic oak radius block to level the frets on my recently acquired ibanez. Radius is 15.8 inches. 15.75 for the fretboard plus 0.05 for the frets themselves.

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    Overkill? Probably. But at least I know it won't warp out of true.

    Of course the next step is to just level and crown my frets with a diamond bur grinding bit, but I don't have the guts for that yet.
     
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    Been working on a new guitar shape for my first headless build. This is whats on the digital workbench at the moment. Some things left to fix but overall it is starting to look good.
     

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    I think the shape at the end is too 'round' for the horns.
     
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    Thats great feedback, thanks! Going to try something else and compare.
     
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    Made myself some new clamps for laminating boards. Doing some maple and basswood here for a future build.

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    Might need more of them but they seem to work okay so far.
     
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    Messing around with wood dyes.

    Some were decent, some were bad.
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    And then I finally found the look I was going for.

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    So I guess I gotta build another guitar now.
     
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    Building a headless with help from my best friend

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    I hereby name that finish: Blood Lizard!
     
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    I was gonna go with salmon burst or rainbow trout ;)
     
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    Yeah, a few different types.

    The first one basically had nothing - I tried wiping some shellac on but ended up wiping it off trying to buff it too quickly.

    The second photo the blue one on the left has blue-tinted poly on it. The one on the right also does, but it is less tinted and thinner. The ones underneath the one on the right have varying degrees of poly or tinted poly on them.

    The final one just has clear poly on it - one coat, wet at the time of the photo. Since then, the red leeched out and made it look a bit muddy. Gonna have to figure out how to avoid that in the future. Probably need to let it dry more between steps. And maybe put oil-based clear or shellac between the dye and the final water-based clear coats.

    I'm also still getting pitting when I try to rub out a gloss finish, but I have a feeling that's just because a single day isn't long enough to cure :)

    Did this one this afternoon to try out some new dyes. Would be fun on a guitar.
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    This one doesn't have any clear on it in that photo. Might still be wet though.
     
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    Interesting, thanks for the share!
     
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    Nice dye's LiveOVErdrive I haven't had much of a play with dye's and stains myself apart from one build ive always gone with clears/oils or soild paint jobs,might be time to buy a sample pack of some and have a play,that is after i finish messing with getting the 80's lava/crackle finish im currently playing with down ;)

    So this is almost done,2 fecking years on.....this refinish has been my nemisis! if it could go wrong it went wrong from the first coat of paints not curing (plasikote) to the clear reacting on the 2nd repaint....blah blah blah i almost set fire to the thing

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    Just got to cut down and mod the wang bar to have a set of grip o'rings on the tip like my other mavricks (ringed from her pleasure) as the org bar was missing when i brought it and maverick parts are expensive/hard to find.
     

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