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  1. Power Tools & Machinery
    Hi, I’m looking into getting a table saw for my guitar building projects, and don't know exactly what I’m looking for. I’ve been poking around on Craigslist and found a couple that look like good saws. I don’t really have a “limit” on what I can spend, but I’m trying to keep the cost down as...
  2. Project Showcase
    It is a lefty. Poplar wood body stained with amber stain by Zar. I get the poplar from a place no other than Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, scrap wood. No fret buzz either drop tuned or standard tuned plus low action whoo! Took the neck from a rogue bass guitar. It needed a better body so I made...
  3. Project Showcase
    Another lefty bass in my style. Body is poplar stained kona brown color with a natural coat of watco oil over it. Neck is a thick piece of douglas fir that is really dense too! No truss rod. I play 2 steps lower then standard so I don't think it needs a truss rod, but I don't know anything...
  4. General Woodworking Discussion
    I bought this guitar a while back, it has many things about it that set it apart from guitars of its respective model. This includes the type of wood the body is made of, can anybody tell me what type of wood this is? Thank you.
  5. Tips, Tricks, & Homemade Jigs
    Hey everyone, I'm trying to customize a bass guitar, and I want to work the rounded edges of it so that it looks somewhat geodesic, or almost as if it were whittled. I'm trying to figure out what to use to do this. I've considered using a spoke shave, but I'd like your opinion.
  6. Wood Finishing
    I have a friend whose sister painter her guitar and now she wants to remove the paint. Any advice on how to do this. I never refinished anything so delicate. My suggestion was paint remover and fine steel wool so as not to remove any of the wood. Any suggestions on type of remover to use or a...
  7. Project Showcase
    Thought I'd show you guys what I do in my spare time (never seem to have enough of that!). I use Australian native timbers sourced from either recycled, recovered or sustainable sources. Started building about 2 years ago and wish I had started 20 years ago! Australian Blackwood back and...
  8. Tips, Tricks, & Homemade Jigs
    I know this has probably been done by others but I thought I'd have a go at making a Binding Trimmer jig. This jig is used to keep my laminate trimmer upright while trimming binding channels on my acoustic guitars. The challenge is that the back of a guitar is curved and so you need a jig that...
  9. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hi, I wondered if anyone had any ideas as to what I am doing wrong here. I am using inlace for a guitar fretboard. I have carved some intricate patterns in and I thought if using inlace to avoid cutting out the shape in "very expensive" mother of pearl. I have never had much luck with this...
  10. Project Showcase
    Let me know what you guys think. I have full step-by-step instructions on my blog. Feel free to check it out. Any suggestions or any questions, just let me know. I'm happy to get feedback. http://diyandsimplify.blogspot.com/2012/02/4-guitar-wall-hanger-cost-15ish.html I hope you enjoy the...
  11. Wood Finishing
    Hello everybody! I'm new here and I need some help with finishing :) I will hopefully soon have to finish an all rosewood guitar neck and since I haven't done anything like that before (I don't have any experience in finishing - or building guitars for that matter :P ) I am a bit confused. My...
  12. Project Showcase
    I started this three months ago but it sat around, last week I started working on it, and here it is, I used bourn sealed guitar pots and everything else minus the body and jack and knobs came from an ibanez guitar
  13. Wood Finishing
    Here's a sample I did on some black walnut. What do you think? Started with a piece of raw walnut, sanded to 400. From there, I added an ebonizing solution. This is made by soaking a steel wool pad in vingar for a few days. Simply brush on and watch it turn black. Note the sapwood stripe at...
  14. Wood Finishing
    i have built a guitar and i have put about 11 coats of poly on. my problem is its not perfectly smooth and you can see small brush marks. im using a oil brush and it does good but not good enough. when the light glare hits it u can see the flaws and i want it to look perfectly smooth. please help
  15. Design & Plans
    I have set out to research the development of a new guitar, I named it Operation Dream and the guitar will be called the "Dreamwake Guitar" It will be built left handed. The design was by me and the 2nd one on my blog was designed by me and my brother. for more info please visit my blog, thank...
  16. General Woodworking Discussion
    This is my first post! Ive been wanting to achieve this desired look (picture below). Ive tried walnut water based stain, shoe polish, etc and they all look good dont get me wrong but not perfect. They always look stained instead of worn over time. I dont know if this look is achieved...
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