What's on YOUR workbench right now?

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  1. 73Custom

    73Custom Senior Member

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    As I wait on wood, templates, specialty tools, etc.... in preparation for my first build, I have a blank I made from cedar that I am practicing on...

    So everyone jump in here, post a couple of recent pictures and a link to your build thread...

    This could turn out to be a thread that everyone can use to easily find current build threads, sorta like a table of contents :laugh2:

    No build thread for me yet, but I will start one when I have acquired everything.

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    I do have a thread where as a Noob guitar maker I am asking questions...
    http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/luthiers-corner/70871-template-advice-needed.html
     
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  2. bfcg

    bfcg Senior Member

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    I'll add a few pics because I completely spaz out when trying to shoot as I go. As once mentioned by Mr. Pine in a thread not too long ago that it might be easier to post the documentary after the build is complete. For somebody like me, that is probably very good advice.
     
  3. bfcg

    bfcg Senior Member

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    This one will be for me. I will be building it in tandem with a few LP orders and I'll squeeze it in as much as possible. This particular Explorer was inspired by a members avatar. I don't know much about the explorer or what years certain options were available but the one in the avatar I fine absolutely stunning.
    First pic, selecting and getting ready to chop the blank.
    Second pic, the blank with rough outline. I selected a wide enough board so that I could keep the grain running straight down the body.
    3rd pic. rough cut profile.
    I did not get too close to the line because I will have to run the blank through the planer at an angle. My planer would not have accepted the rectangular blank at that size.
    The extra wood outside of the line will protect the "live" part of the blank from any sniping that may occur during the planing. Once I get it close to the right thickness, I'll send it through the sander.
    I think when Gibson decided to build the explorer or futura, they were looking for way to compete with Fender on ease of construction as well as price point, so I don't think they would have used a one piece body (the first ones were 1 piece korina).
    Mine will be a one piece Mahogany body with a bookmatched maple top.
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  4. 73Custom

    73Custom Senior Member

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    :applause:

    keep em coming...
     
  5. Fletch

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    Explorer looks awesome!

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  6. PoorMan

    PoorMan Senior Member

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    +1

    I have an acoustic going and started a LP Jr (as 73 knows)
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  7. The Thruth

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    this one of my workbenches :thumb:
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  8. GooCart

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    My workbench is empty since the replica is in Canada, getting a complete refin by Tom the man. I'm gathering info and parts for my '60 LP Custom build though. This time I'm better prepared. I hope.......
     
  9. bfcg

    bfcg Senior Member

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    Oh yeah, It only gets better.
     
  10. bfcg

    bfcg Senior Member

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    Here is the trimmed body blank.
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    Went out to the the wood shed to see if I could find a top.
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    Oh look! How convenient, this piece right on top looks good enough.
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    I didn't have any naptha out in the shed so I gave it a swift kick in photoshop...we will call this digital naptha.
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  11. H.E.L.Shane

    H.E.L.Shane Senior Member

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    5-string Fretless bass with "Cheater" fills

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    My V

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  12. 73Custom

    73Custom Senior Member

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    some awesome looking stuff going on...

    thanks for the pics... if you have a build thread add that link to your post

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  13. bfcg

    bfcg Senior Member

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    Yeah, I hear ya. I'm gonna chill on the pics for a while. Maybe dump them into a seperate thread later after some more progress.
     
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    My first build, it's an electric 12 string.

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  15. SG Lou

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    :(:(I'm going through "Build Withdrawls" I got nothing on my bench until i get a piece of Black Limba for that V:(
     
  16. bfcg

    bfcg Senior Member

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    No back burner... man you have too much time on your hands:laugh2:
     
  17. 73Custom

    73Custom Senior Member

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    no problem on the pics, my comment was really for everyone...

    if you want to create your build thread after you are done, no problemo !!!!
     
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  19. bfcg

    bfcg Senior Member

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    Gotta tip my cap to the Zebra wood bender.:thumb:
     
  20. SG Lou

    SG Lou Senior Member

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    yeah I know...........Guess I got plenty of time to play the hell out of my new guitar :thumb:
     

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