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Guitar Updates – Tuners and headstocks

Since I’m seemingly never satisfied with my guitars and that I feel a deep desire to modify them, I’ve been making some small but substantial updates over the past few days. On my custom walnut guitar, I was getting annoyed…..

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Ubis 13S Hot End Review for the Printrbot Simple Metal

Almost two years ago, I purchased a PrintrBot Simple Metal kit for my family with the heated bed option. For 3D printers, this kit provided an inexpensive way to get into 3D printing. It shipped with the original Ubis ceramic…..

Walnut Picture Frame

I wanted to create a unique gift for my father-in-law for his 70th birthday. Not long ago he gave me a number of pieces of walnut, most of it at least 90 years old. He also gave me an old…..

Pictures of my guitar after final assembly

Here are the final shots of my custom, handbuilt guitar. The body is solid black walnut that is approximately 90 years old from my wife’s family farm. I designed the body with an effort to page tribute to some classic…..

Simple tablet stand

Here’s another tablet stand I created. Some nice live-edge walnut. I did the inlay with a piece I printed in white PLA from my printer, then filled with blue crushed glass, glow-in-the-dark powder and epoxy.

Simple DIY tablet stand made from reclaimed wood

For this project, I wanted to create something simple but useful while giving myself an opportunity to test some different wood finishes that I would ultimately be using on the custom guitar I’m building. The final product is designed to…..

Lots of sanding update

A couple of hours of sanding with more to go. I’m sanding the guitar up to 320 grit before applying the finish. I’ll be using Tru-Oil for this finish. The first coat will be applied with 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper……

Progress Photos after carving

Here are some progress photos after carving and routing out the control cavity:

Guitar build progress update

As you can probably tell from the photo above, I’ve made a good bit of progress on the guitar in the past two weekends. The weekend before last, I was able to get the body planed down and the shape…..

Early morning guitar body glue up

There will be a video of this build, but here’s a little taste of the start. This is a slab of 6/4 walnut, about 90+ years old. Using my No. 5 Bailey plane, I squared off the glue edge on…..

Build a compact and cheap router table with a Kreg plate

I wanted a router table, but I didn’t want to dedicate the floor space to a full table on casters. My router is an older Makita 3606 which doesn’t match up to any of the current pre-drilled router table plates……