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The end of 2015 brought to a closure my foray into the luthierie, I sold all my guitar making tools, jigs, plans, hardware, and bits to a friend who is starting up his own guitar shop in Dartmouth; I hope this gives him the head start he needs. He will also finish up a few projects I never completed which will close the door on this part of my woodworking experience. Having made 10 guitars and mandolins over a few years was both eye-opening and very rewarding. Nothing will take your woodworking to a level of precision like the technical demands of building a guitar. My archtop guitar remains the project I am most proud of to date - I will have to work pretty hard to surpass that accomplishment. BTW - I have kept all my premium wood sets, so if you are looking to build a guitar or two, come see me...
The off-time during Christmas was consumed with some painting around the house, and the pumpkin orange in the hallway has been muted to a cream off-white. Your retinas will thank you.
Update on Christmas build...
|How do you do siding in bird-scale?|
Tilted dado blade and voila!
|The finished birdhouse "in the white"|
|The finished bird condo, after receiving the full Kim treatment - awesome!|
Shop Clean-up and some turning:
|We needed some cutting boards she said...|
|Is this enough already?|
As you see I have been working through lots of pieces of material, although it does not appear to have made much of a dent.
I will have to re-dedicate myself in the coming months to this purpose - fail, I shall not...
|This piece of punky apple came from Yarmouth in 1999!|
|This round piece of Maple had 1996 written|
on the edge - c'mon man!
Another project from the material stores...
I have also been busy on a piece of furniture - this time for us. We wanted a sideboard for the dining area to replace a shelf that mysteriously disappeared after my youngest son bought his new house. I am not saying anything in particular here - the timing definitely was a coincidence.
|The money shot - cherry and ash sideboard in its new home.|
Size: 48" w x 16" d x 30" h
Those not interested in woodworking techniques and the man glitter that we all know sawdust is - click away now.
|The end frames are glued up and make extensive use of dominoes for easy joinery.|
|The ash end panel looks like separate boards, but I chamfered the edges before gluing them up.|
Expansion s[ace was left on the edges behind the strips holding them in place.
|The structure comes from an integral shelf in the base screwed to the end frames |
and web frames in the top providing structure for the drawers as well.
The shelf is veneered Baltic birch to provide max support.
|The back is designed with individual cherry slats shiplapped and screwed to the back.|
I wanted a finished look in case this became a free-standing piece.
And yes the screws are clocked!!
|This unit has a couple of drawers and of course I am going to dovetail them.|
I don't dovetail all the time - but when I do, I use the David Barron jig! :-)
|All glued up with a coat of oil to seal.|
|Another shot with the drawer open and shelf installed. We chose the clean|
drawer front look without hardware. drawers have a centre glide hidden underneath.