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  1. During all the various lockdowns we been having in the UK (finally coming out of the third one) my woodworking was seriously curtailed. I had some scrap sapele boards left over from a previous project and had a roughed out neck I made a few years ago from meranti and rock maple stress relieving in the rafters of the shop. So I set to work making another guitar and finished it off last weekend April 25th 2021. This is a hybrid digital and analog guitar meaning it has conventional pickups and a pickup for a guitar synthesizer. I inlaid the ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl clouds and there is a telescope above the clouds in position 1. One of my other hobbies is astrophotography and the guitar has been made in homage to that hobby. We haven't decided on a name for this instrument yet but it will probably have scope, telescope, clouds, stars or something like that in the name. When we (my wife and I) have decided what to call it I will use my pyrography tools to burn its name into the truss rod cover plate. The body is made from sapele and I book matched veneered the flat top with some Macassar ebony I have in stock. This is beautiful wood and I bound the edges with mother of toilet (aka plastic) binding. This veneer was also on the headstock. The neck is bolted on as I personally don't like set (glued in) necks as they are difficult to repair if something goes awry. I have used some dye stain on the top which is yellow. Then the edges of the top have been coated with a dark blue dye stain. This has turned out quite black and is ok. I used the Bob Ross technique of wet on wet to do this purely with a shop rag. It works ok. This time I decided to finish it in ArmRSeal but actually ended up with SealRCell on top instead as that was a bit glossier. The amber of the ARS has given the yellow a nice deep colour. I was surprised how a polyurethane finish intended for furniture feels on an instrument as I normally use nitrocellulose or a specifically formulated waterbourne finish. SealRCell feels great and I would have used it before but unfortunately we can't get it anymore do to the volatiles and I'm down to my last couple of cans. I believe it is not available in some US states now either. It is a shame as the GF wipe on finishes are superb. I won't show all the boring construction details as you have seen my methods before and no doubt they are still on the forum somewhere. Here it is on the bench in the shop. The large cover plate is made from 1/8" birch plywood which I faced on both sides with sapele veneer. The round cover plate is solid sapele. The control cavities within are lined with copper foil for grounding purposes as are the cover plates. Here you can see the bolt on neck made from meranti and maple. The tuning machines are locking ones and the truss rod is adjusted from the headstock end. The technical details: Scale length: 25" strung with D'Addario XL NIckel wound 0.046" to 0.010" strings Analog pickups: Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates (as used by ZZTops Billy Gibbons on his Gibson Les Paul "Pearly Gates" guitar) Synthesizer Pickup: Internally wired Roland GK3 divided hexaphonic pickup Bridge: Schaller Hannes Nut: Handcut bone Controls: 2 volume (they go up to 11!), 2 tone, 1 Volume/multi use control for synthesizer, up/down and other selectors for synthesizer, 6 way (yes that's right a 6 position switch) Freeway 3x3 switch for analog pickups. Body lumber: Sapele with Macassar Ebony veneer bound with "mother of toilet" binding Neck lumber: Meranti/maple laminate with integral bi-action truss rod. Fingerboard: Ebony with custom mother of pearl inlays clouds/telescope. Frets: Sintoms nickel silver frets 2.4mm wide Tuning Machines: Schaller M6 locking machines Strap buttons: Schaller Straploks All hardware is chrome plated or stainless steel. LED power indicator 1/4" jack plug conventional output - for those times when you just want to plug into a normal guitar valve amplifier 13 pin digital synthesizer feed output - this feeds to an external Roland Guitar Synthesizer The neck pickup has the sound of Billy Gibbons - a shame that he is not playing it.
    6 points
  2. Took the boat out today to do a test run. Maple leak lake was extremely windy. Took the boat to odessa lake. Lot better there. Ran boat about 6 hours . Worked perfectly. Didn't put the cushion on for the test run. Definetly won't forget next time...
    5 points
  3. Kind of not really expansion boards are still a different thing entirely and are there to allow some expansion and contraction of the concrete with changing temperatures. Like Gee-dub mentioned above they more take the place of the trowel joints. How they work is they provide the concrete slab a place to crack. ALL concrete cracks it's just a fact of the material so in order to control how those cracks progress trowel joints or saw joints are provided to force the concrete to crack where we want it. The sawn joints are sealed so when they do crack water and debris doesn't fill in the crack. In northern areas keeping the water out of the cracks will stop freeze thaw action from breaking off the concrete edges. It also prevents water from getting to the rebar causing it to rust.
    3 points
  4. Yes but heavy machines roll over them much nicer than trowel joints. They are about an 1/8” wide and 1” deep. The sealant keeps crud from compacting in them over time and fouling their function.
    3 points
  5. Lots more stuff done that really doesn't show; more wires run, ceiling boxes for machine drops installed and so forth. I really like how the sawed control joints clean up with the sealer/filler in place.
    3 points
  6. It’s not done yet, but today I was able to get the small side project I was talked into doing with the kitchen helper assembled. It is a small bench one of the kids talked me into that they found plans for in an old book we had. They helped with the layout and sanding of the parts and are going to paint it with some milk paint to finish it off.
    2 points
  7. I prefer to just avoid the pricing games, determine a fair value and stick with it. If someone offers less than your asking price, ignore them or ask them to lay out the logic to justify their offer. I hate pointless and baseless negotiation.
    1 point
  8. I'd start higher as no matter what you set the price for people will only offer less than asking. Maybe start around 75% negotiate to 65% that way you are getting a deal and the buy thinks they are winning too. The other option is to check used prices locally and see if there are any similar items that can give you some guidance.
    1 point
  9. I don't think there was any safe way to be close to that tree when it dropped, which left knocking it down with something else.
    1 point
  10. Haha. That's what it is called in luthier circles/forums as it is usually the same stuff they make toilet seats out of.
    1 point
  11. 3/4 or 1" are the best to start with as they are easy to handle and keep square to the workpiece. I have a couple of Stanleys and they are fine. Then graduate to a smaller one say 1/4" or 1/2" for smaller work. I have a Sheffield UK 1/4" Clifton 400 Shoulder/Rebate/Rabbet plane and it is really good.
    1 point
  12. Just take care that it doesn't run away with you. That can do some serious damage. I might be tempted to clamp a straight edge down to the stock to keep it on track.
    1 point
  13. The harbor freight DC is inexpensive and works ok for getting started. The filter bag is crap so keep wearing a dust mask or respirator. It really just catches the big stuff and makes clean up easier. https://www.harborfreight.com/2-hp-industrial-5-micron-dust-collector-97869.html There are other units similar to this one that you just move the hose from machine to machine as you need it. Many take this unit and modify it once they figure out some goals and it can be a decent unit once modified. It will never be as good as a 3hp or 5 hp cyclone though they start in the thousands of dollars and operate best with a duct system. A good option is to search craig's list or facebook for used units.
    1 point
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  15. Rather than blowing big bucks on a new bench. Just build one that will take the beating you expect to give it. A nicloson style is easy to construct and will take a long time to destroy. Mine is a combination of the things I needed. Finished furniture leaves the shop, it doesn't live in my shop.
    1 point