What's on your workbench right now?

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:16 pm

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I'm aware of denting and general 'no way to keep it pristine' issues, so I'm thinking either tea-stained / distressed, maybe with copper to blue it like Eipzootics did on the one he made for his brother, or just Transtint dyed shellac under tru oil like I did with my Jag and call it a day.

Wiring will be fairly standard Tele, at least to start (I've never had one, so starting out with the baseline), but with a no-load tone pot. And I've got about give different tone caps. The cool thing about Teles, I'm realizing before I even get started on this one, is that all the electronics are under the control plate and you can just pop it out and change stuff really easily without dismantling the rest of the guitar. This is going to appeal to the tweaker in me...maybe a bit too much. Pickup-wise, I've got Tim from Sunday making me a Broadcaster set with the body and wiring in mind, plain enamel 43awg wire and Alnico3 magnets. We're shooting for a guitar that'll be happy with the amp settings, etc., I already use for my JM and Jag.
Nice 8) I love the standard Tele sound. I've never tried Sunday pickups, but have never heard anything but good things.
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by epizootics » Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:38 pm

solfege wrote:
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Solfege, I'm in the middle of finishing that new douglas fir body I made for the Lungs neck, I'll post in there and share a few of my thoughts on the process. You'll have a lot of fun, conifer bodies can be an absolute pain at times (I'm still figuring out ways to drill holes in the correct places - the harder parts of the grain don't want anything to do with drill bits and push them out to the softer sections like nobody's business) but mostly they're a blast.
This Tele looks cool already, seems like the grain is pretty tight, which should help with the drilling issues!
Cool. I'll definitely look forward to those pics. I've been doing some work on my house, so I've got about 18 million scraps of similarly toned pine to experiment on right now.

I gotta say I'm real glad that the only holes I have to drill in this body are the pickup mounts, the pickguard, and the strap buttons. I don't have a drill press (at least I don't have one at the moment--that may change), so the prospect of wandering drill bits would not be making me happy in more critical instances. (By the way, how much should I be worrying about screw holes stripping out in softwood? I'm mostly concerned about the bridge.)
Not too much. If you see something you don't like going on there, you can strengthen your screw holes with CA glue.

Only slightly related to the discussion here, but I thought I'd share that...One thing I realized recently is that 'proper guitar screws' (ie. stuff that doesn't look like your bog standard Home Depot wood screw with a pozi head ) are basically the DIN 7983 C (countersunk oval Phillips head), which is a sheet metal screw. They are fairly easy to find, and if you get the stainless steel ones, you can shine the hell out of them in no time. The cool thing is that you can pretty much get any dimensions you want. My sister works at a fixings & fasteners company, so she gets me them by the hundreds, at production price - which works out at 80 cents for a box of 500 of the aforementioned 7983 (which are made locally).

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by niksureal » Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:42 am

new pickguard and new custom neck pickup:
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by JakeNelson2002 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:11 pm

niksureal wrote:
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new pickguard and new custom neck pickup:
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wow. what’s the specs on that neck pickup? i like the look

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by niksureal » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:02 pm

JakeNelson2002 wrote:
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wow. what’s the specs on that neck pickup? i like the look
underneath the p90 cover is black foil and then the pickup is constructed kind of like a combination of a jazzmaster pickup and a goldfoil... 4.9k
it sounds like a combo of jazzmaster and goldfoil too.

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by blimpage » Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:52 am

Toronado getting a new bridge to replace the one I spent years sweating into and not cleaning 😅

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by verhoevenc » Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:25 pm

Finally got this one "done." In quotes because it appears I'm out of strap buttons and I still need to take full glamour shots... but yeah.
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:59 pm

Finally got around to some projects this week on vacation. Mostly worked on projects, but did a little shop infrastructure as well.

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Made a new cleat-wall board for my measuring devices. On the left are slots for each of my 3 combination squares (2 12" models, 1 16" model). The coolest part is probably the hanging slots for my speed squares. A lot of fun to make.

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Finally made a small hanging board for my most common drill press tools and bits: (top row) chuck key, 1/8" drill bit, 3/8" Forstner bit, various countersinks; (middle row) uni-bits, hole saw arbors; (bottom row) various size and grit sanding drums. All mounted at a 45° angle on its own cleat. If I ever move the drill press closer to the wall, I want this to be right next to it for easy access.

Also shown here (left side) is the quick hanger I made for my dado-blade insert for the table saw. I cut a chunk of wood a little bit smaller, but to the exact shape of the insert opening, so it just fits on there by light friction.

I got a lot more than this done, but took no more pictures. I plugged the screw-holes from my narrow little knick-knack shelf in my bedroom. I also, after 9-10 months of putting it off, made my video game shelf. I still have a little assembly work to do on that, but it's easy enough that I might do a little here and there after work. I'm hoping to have my CD shelf and my video game shelf both finished with the assembly and hole plugging in the next week or two, and have those two and my little knick-knack shelf all stained and clearcoated by the end of August. I bought all the wood for the outer frames for my bookshelf 2.0 designs, and rough calculations show that I'll be building 11 shelves. Yes, eleven.
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by CROSS_guitars » Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:12 pm

Mustang partster

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by JakeNelson2002 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:49 am

CROSS_guitars wrote:
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Mustang partster

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mad photog skills make that thing pop! i like the balance of black, chrome and tort

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by CROSS_guitars » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:34 am

Hey, thanks.
It's my fav combo. Sonic blue, aged pearl, black and chrome.

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Rgand » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:47 am

There are a few outstanding guitars shown. Beautiful work, people!

Shadoweclipse, I thought I had everything I needed to build machinery until I discovered those speed squares. THEN I had everything! It's one of the most useful squares ever made. Second only to the double square. I don't think I ever build anything without using mine.
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:42 pm

Rgand wrote:
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Shadoweclipse, I thought I had everything I needed to build machinery until I discovered those speed squares. THEN I had everything! It's one of the most useful squares ever made. Second only to the double square. I don't think I ever build anything without using mine.
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I don't use them a lot, but I LOVE them when I do. One thing missing from my picture above is a machinist's square which I damaged while building this. What's unique about the double square though? I want one now, but I'm not sure what makes it different...
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Rgand » Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:49 pm

Shadoweclipse13 wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:42 pm
Rgand wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:47 am
Shadoweclipse, I thought I had everything I needed to build machinery until I discovered those speed squares. THEN I had everything! It's one of the most useful squares ever made. Second only to the double square. I don't think I ever build anything without using mine.
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I don't use them a lot, but I LOVE them when I do. One thing missing from my picture above is a machinist's square which I damaged while building this. What's unique about the double square though? I want one now, but I'm not sure what makes it different...
One example is laying out a row of holes a given distance from an edge. Set the distance from the edge with one side, mark that distance in and flip it over to mark the centerline with the long side. There are many uses once you get used to thinking of picking it up. I find myself gravitating to it for most 'square' needs.

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:07 pm

Rgand wrote:
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One example is laying out a row of holes a given distance from an edge. Set the distance from the edge with one side, mark that distance in and flip it over to mark the centerline with the long side. There are many uses once you get used to thinking of picking it up. I find myself gravitating to it for most 'square' needs.
Interesting. That's almost exactly how I use my combination squares, and what I use them for mostly. Still, I do love tools, so I'll likely grab one ;D
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