What's on your workbench?

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

  1. cip 123

    cip 123 Vendor

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    I could rock with that, but feeling pretty settled in with a traditional tele now I’ve done a load of Ibanez stuff recently so I should actually be fine
     
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    Soya Poor person

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    While not strictly guitar related, it's at least music related. Finished up another Bluetooth speaker, 2 Dayton audio DMA80 neo drivers ported at 52hz, running roughly 50 watts. About 15 hour battery life at medium volume with a 1500mah 6s lipo. Happy with the bass and mid response but highs are still a bit cloudy, might design a compact 2 way setup next. Very light though, maybe 4lbs.

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    KnightBrolaire 90% GAS 10% skill

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    Slimenstein is coming along nicely.
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    Soya Poor person

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    Cooler disrespected
     
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    KnightBrolaire 90% GAS 10% skill

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    I have 2 good coolers, and this one is basically trash, so I use it as a painting stand lol
     
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    LiveOVErdrive CNC hack

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    Well the paint definitely makes it look
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    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    Finally got around to restoring my old Union #5 hand plane. It used to belong to my great-grandfather, and possibly his father. I did a little research and managed to figure out that it was manufactured either in or before 1917. Making it over 100 years old. Kinda neat. Totally forgot to take some before pics so I pulled one from one of my build threads.


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    As you can see there is quite a patina, but there was also quite a bit of rust that necessitated total removal. I did a 24hr vinegar soak and most of the rust literally rubbed off with a finger.

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    The tote and knob were in decent shape but the finish wasn't great, and had white paint splatters over it. I didn't care for the gloss finish anyway so they got stripped and refinished with Tru-Oil.

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    You can see the japanning has been lost in some areas, mostly due to rust bubbling up from underneath, but surprisingly it is mostly intact.

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    You can see "UNION MFG CO." stamped on the blade indicating that it was built before 1917 when Union reconsolidated and later models were stamped "Union Plane Co."

    Hopefully I can get another 50 years of guitar building out of her.
     
  8. Lemonbaby

    Lemonbaby SS.org Regular

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    Had some time to continue working on my fanned seven string. Finished the neck shape and mounted the inserts. Here are some shots how I do this, would be interested if anyone has a better idea here...

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  9. Lemonbaby

    Lemonbaby SS.org Regular

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    As the wood work was more or less done, I checked if everything fits in the electronics compartment and mounted the hardware. Tomorrow's finishing day, so I'll spend some time sanding and applying a dye.


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  10. Randy

    Randy Full on Friendship!™ Super Moderator

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    Nothing visual to post at the moment.

    As I mentioned in the Skull and Bones thread, I moved in October and have been in the slow process of transferring the shop to the new place. Further complicated by the fact I'm having DMV issues that have prevented me from having my tow vehicle on the road since the beginning of December.

    In the meantime, I did do some work on the lighting in the basement/shop. It was like a cave down there before with a couple incandescent lightbulbs you turn on and off with a pull chain, and I switched it all over to efficient LED shop lights that all turn on/off with the switch at the top of the stairs. At this point it looks like a fuckin operating room :lol:
     
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    Man I'd love to put LED's in my shop. That's gotta be next on my shop upgrade list. Currently running those long tube fluorescent bulbs... they are sketchy at best. The one right over my bench constantly flickers like something out of a horror movie scene. Cool for a halloween decoration but crappy to work under.
     
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    Randy Full on Friendship!™ Super Moderator

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    I upgraded the old shop one unit at a time as finances would allow, but all the major retailers started stocking them consistently for sub-$20 per unit which made it easy to do and also expand.

    For the new shop I was able to convert the whole place for under $200. They're brighter, they don't flicker, they don't need to "warm up", they use considerably less energy, they're more compact/lighter, and they're linkable up to 4 units off the same outlet.
     
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    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    LED shop-lights are the way to go :agreed:
     
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    Randy Full on Friendship!™ Super Moderator

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    Finally got my DMV shit out of the way, shoveled out from the snowstorm two days ago, so I got the chance to start moving stuff over.

    Not much set up yet but most of the big stuff moved over. Table saw and CNC machine are still left, then literally all of my projects and lumber, hand tools etc.

    Getting that drill press and bandsaw up stairs, on and off the trailer and back down another flight of stairs was a NIGHTMARE.

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    This is more "above my workbench", but an important device for anyone creating fine wood dust. We all know, it kills you in the long run. Some wood dusts cause nausea, others are straight out carcinogenic. Take care of your health, guys!

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    Definitely on the "must" list. Been using a respirator style mask for the last few years and it's nice but annoying if you're putting in a full day.

    Cleaning today. You also see the difference from the lighting upgrades.

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    @Randy Wow! That's what I call a huge workshop, also like the stone walls.

    If anyone ever thought about using those, I just received the El Cheapo headless tuners from AliExpress. Don't look bad at all, strings are clamped with a hex screw and the tuning mechanism has a ball bearing for smooth action. All in all, I'd call it a good choice at ~68USD for seven tuners including shipping to Europe.


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  18. Omzig

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    Dam fill my fridge with beer my bench with wood and lock me down there, paridise ;)
     
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    Cool can you please add that to the headless hardware feedback thread?

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    ElRay Mostly Harmless

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    One quick caveat: These are good for keeping your shop clean, but they're not suitable as the only/primary dust collector for health protection. You still need good sub-micron point of production dust collection and/or respirator mask. Anything these catch, your lungs are already catching. In fact, unless it has a good sub-micron filtration, it's likely making things less healthy by keeping small particles afloat longer and spreading them throughout the shop.
     

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