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estebanana

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Luthiers Share Tool Ideas 

I came up with this scraper blade holder this week. Just bumped it together with what ever was paying around. I like that the slots are vertical. I tapered the body of the holder so small blades at the top would not get buried in deep slots.

I guess since this is a guitar making section we should talk about guitar making.





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estebanana

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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to estebanana

A new go-bar deck made of cheap stuff and found wood. It's quite solid without any sheer movement.



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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to estebanana

What happened to the old one?

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Jeff Highland

 

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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to estebanana

Great idea for a thread
Here's a simple one.
I precut all my fretwire to near final width and undercut the tang ends even on unbound fretboards so this is essential for organizing



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estebanana

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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to krichards

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What happened to the old one?


I moved and left it in California.

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krichards

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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to estebanana

I just assumed you would have shipped the whole workshop out with you to Japan.

Anyway, I like the simplicity of the new one; no metal parts, except screws..

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estebanana

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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to estebanana

Kevin,

Maybe you have a jig or something to share?

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Jeff Highland

 

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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to estebanana

Here's how I radius tailblocks and headblocks to match the side shape



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 16 2013 4:29:33
 
krichards

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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to estebanana

My favourite.
No plastic, no metal; just batons, wedges and string.



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jshelton5040

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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to estebanana

Here's a simple jig I'm sure most of you already have. It speeds up making the scarf joint enormously.



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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to jshelton5040

This is how the necks turn out. You can see how perfect the joint is by the two necks waiting to be glued.



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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to jshelton5040

I suppose it's stretching a bit to call this a tool but it's been a invaluable addition to our shop since I built it a few years ago. The drawers are 36" wide and very deep on full extension glides and are divided either front to back or side to side. It's used for storing neck and bridge blanks, bracing, tuners, small tools, sandpaper, etc.



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The inside:



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estebanana

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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to estebanana

I would show off a chest of drawers like that too. Really nice. So is the Hitachi band saw.

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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to estebanana

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So is the Hitachi band saw.

Stephen,
I wanted one of those Hitachi saws for years but just couldn't bring myself to spend the money. On top of the initial price it comes underpowered so you have to kick in several hundred more to put a proper motor on it. I found this one used for less than half the price of new and it had the bonus of a Baldor 3hp motor (220v 30amps). Used ones are really scarce, it's the only used I've ever seen within driving distance.

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El Burdo

 

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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to jshelton5040

My crescents were crap, but now they're plane to see. This is probably a variation on what should be the way, but I don't know it, so guessed.



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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to estebanana

Nice flush frame cabinet John! Likin the dove tail drawer boxes! I know how tough a cabinet can be to build, especially flush frames like that....

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estebanana

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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to estebanana

Sand paper sharpening is not a foul.

Get yourself a piece of thick flat glass, and some fine wet and dry papers. Put a few drops of dish soap in a glass of water, put the water on the glass and then put the sand paper on that wet glass. The surface tension from water will hold the paper in place. Wet the paper on the grit surface and work though progressively finer grades of paper with your blade holder jig until you create a razor edge. Strop on leather with rouge.

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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to estebanana

Actually, that is very interesting, the glass surface tension effect. I do try to finish off a blade on 1000 wet and dry and leather (with mixed results)- but you realise that I was not sharpening there but cutting the crescents on a bridge? Ham fisted but it seems to work.
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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to estebanana

Haha, I thought that was a plane iron.

What ever works.

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My crescents were crap, but now they're plane to see. This is probably a variation on what should be the way, but I don't know it, so guessed.


That's a really clever idea. You've given me a use for an otherwise useless sharpening guide. Thank you!

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Nice flush frame cabinet John! Likin the dove tail drawer boxes! I know how tough a cabinet can be to build, especially flush frames like that....

Thank you Lenador. Sometimes it nice to use this lovely shop for something other than guitar making.

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HemeolaMan

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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to estebanana

Stephen, I like your scraper holder.

I also appreciate your sensitivity to the smaller scrapers. It is true that they can get buried in deeper slots. and that is just frustrating.

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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to estebanana

I use sand paper to grind my plane blades the same way. Except I went to the hardware store and bought a piece of granite tile to use instead of glass. Worked out pretty well!

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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to estebanana

This is the fret leveling file I use. It's a bastard file that I sawed the tang off of and glued it to a piece of poplar. I had of course dunked the poplar in nuclear waste prior to this so that it can never shrink or deform. It does sometimes spontaneously walk around on its own though....





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HemeolaMan

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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to estebanana

Here is a ridiculous device I invented. it's called a pencil sharpener. more impressive is the sharpening jig I created consisting of a a piece of wood spring clamped to a desk.

I use this tool to sharpen pencils when I am drawing the body shape of a guitar. and also creating pointéd sticks. some of you may see the advantages of the pointéd stick.



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Here is a ridiculous device I invented. it's called a pencil sharpener. more impressive is the sharpening jig I created consisting of a a piece of wood spring clamped to a desk.


Why don't you mount it to a stud in the wall like any rational person would do?

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Why don't you mount it to a stud in the wall like any rational person would do?


John, the guitar making learning curve is too steep if you start asking for those complex things right away. He will learn.

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HemeolaMan

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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to estebanana

I didn't wall mount it because that's no fun. See now I take it with me to whatever room I need it. My shop is in the basement, I sometimes work in the kitchen or the dining room. I do math and recording upstairs in the studio. And then there's the office.... Why wall mount a traveling pencil sharpener?

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RE: Luthiers Share Tool Ideas (in reply to estebanana

You guys sure are skilled or just plain crazy! I send my pencils off to be sharpened by the experts.

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