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About TerryMcK

  • Birthday 07/26/1962

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    Ellesmere Pk, England, UK
  • Woodworking Interests
    Stringed instrument making
    Wind instruments
    Cabinet making
    Furniture design and manufacture
    Power tools
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    Shop design and layout
    Gate, Portcullis and Drawbridge design and manufacture a speciality - especially for anybody living in a castle.

    Also a licensed radio ham G8YPH since 1980. Have a listen around on HF, VHF or UHF as I have gear for all bands.

    In 2019 I got into AstroPhotography big time. Still a lot of learning, equipment to buy, software packages to learn. It's amazing what photos can be taken from the backyard!

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    No but would like to know
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    So sad to hear of his passing. I never saw ZZ Top live but have watched them on videos over the years. I keep watching their appearance on Howard Stern on Youtube playing La Grange one of my favourites. My recently made Les Paul has the same electronics that Billy Gibbons has in his - Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates.
  3. Yes sanding back to wood will clear off the Danish oil. Wipe it down with white spirits or meths after you have sanded back. Start with something like 60 or 80 grit then go up in increments. 80-120, 120 to 180 before applying the first coat of water based finish. Wait until it has cured overnight then very lightly sand at about 320 grit as water based finishes raise the grain of the wood. Essentially this gives a slight rough feel. However hitting it with 320 or even higher will remove that roughness. The good news is it only raises the grain once so subsequent coats will end up really nice. Once finally cured after a couple of weeks I normally burnish the surface with a brown paper grocery bag, seriously, and that makes the surface silky smooth. So when you go to your local grocers shop try to get some veg in a brown paper bag then save them up to do furniture You have no need to apply furniture polish or beeswax to the finished article as the finish is polyurethane varnish and you will find the polish will sit on the surface. So just wipe it down with a damp cloth. Hope this helps.
  4. Hi Sarah. Yes this can be applied to a sanded surface. It gives a slight amber tint which is very attractive. It will work really well on oak and try to use satin rather than matt or gloss. Matt shows up finger prints and gloss shows up imperfections in the surface.
  5. Yes white spirits is mineral spirits. Sarah you may be better using a water based finish from General Finishes Europe which is now trading as EuroFinishes out of Scotland. I use them all the time. EnduroVar is one of the best, expensive yes, but real quality stuff. It dries quickly and doesn’t smell. EnduroVar satin is the best. https://www.eurofinishes.com/general-finishes-water-based-interior/general-finishes-var-top-coat/general-finishes-enduro-var-top-coat-satin-946ml.
  6. Nice work Ken.You could even have a tray of beer rested on there Blackburn is only about 32 miles away from me and all the holes are filled in now.
  7. I use Boeshield, wax and hardboard covers too on my gear.
  8. Thanks everybody. It plays really well and I shaped the back of the neck with my Clifton 550 concave spokeshave - a picture from their website below. The curve it gives fits the hand really well. That tool is normally used for shaping stair rails or cabriole legs but it is the ideal radius for guitar necks. I have had it years but never used it on a neck before. It will get much more use in the future. I also have the Clifton convex 500 spokeshave too but have not yet found a use for. It currently resides in my plane cabinet. No doubt a requirement will crop up and I can use it.
  9. You could always look on auction sites for a #7. I own the Veritas one you have linked to and it doesn’t perform any better than my Stanley #7 ebay special which is about 50 years old. Only difference of course is the Veritas one is bevel up, has the adjustable mouth and you can put on the magnetic fence. It is the same cutting angle.
  10. Interesting piece. I expect that there won’t be much wood movement to worry about with all that resin holding it together.
  11. Haha. That's what it is called in luthier circles/forums as it is usually the same stuff they make toilet seats out of.
  12. 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.
  13. The more expensive Sjobergs are good. Also Lie-Nielsen are fantastic. Just don't treat it like a piece of furniture it is purely for working on and a bit of stain, glue, drill hole or saw mark is fine.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.