What's on YOUR workbench right now?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by 73Custom, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. fretman_2

    fretman_2 Senior Member

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    Well...not on my workbench, but I just had to say how much I love my TV Yellow Les Paul Jr. Ain't she purty?!?!

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  2. KnightroExpress

    KnightroExpress Senior Member

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    Dots and frets are done, looking forward to the neck carve!

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  3. 61LPSG

    61LPSG Senior Member

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    I always appreciate a nice ash.;)
     
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  4. dickjonesify

    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    My first bound fretboard! Going for some nibs on my SG Junior build

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    Carving next!
     
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  5. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Senior Member

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    I've got my Supernova build coming along. I think I'm going to like this one...

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  6. jkes01

    jkes01 Senior Member

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    Just sprayed the final coat of lacquer on these. :fingersx:
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  7. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Senior Member

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    A little mockup with a new pickguard. Knobs and bridge are not what will go on it, but are what I had on hand.

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  8. sdshirtman

    sdshirtman Senior Member

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    Ever seen frets this worn? This is a 61 Guild T100. The frets were paper thin and were more like markers than they were frets. What little was left of the frets would fold up like tinfoil when I tried to pull em. Took me hours to pull them out.
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  9. Skyjerk

    Skyjerk Meatbomb Silver Supporter

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    Wow. I wonder how many fret levelings it took to get it like that.

    Hope you didnt quote that guy a flat rate in advance sight unseen....
     
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  10. Skyjerk

    Skyjerk Meatbomb Silver Supporter

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    Bought a Christmas present for my router table. I didnt want it to feel left out...

    Of course this is like Homer Simpson buying his wife Marge a bowling ball with the name "HOMER" engraved on it ;)

    Freud 1/2" (Dia.) solid carbide Flush Trim Upcut Spiral Bit


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  11. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Senior Member

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    I didn't know Freud started making one. The Whiteside one is pretty popular. Let me know what you think of it. I keep waffling back and forth as to whether or not I should buy it.
     
  12. Skyjerk

    Skyjerk Meatbomb Silver Supporter

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    Looks like the Freud bit costs about $12-14 more than the Whiteside equivalent. I cant say if that extra buys any better product. Havent tried the whiteside either.

    I'll be able to say tonight how this baby cuts though :)
     
  13. fatdaddypreacher

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    hey, it's italian....it has to be good.
     
  14. Skyjerk

    Skyjerk Meatbomb Silver Supporter

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    Well just routed one of my Strat necks and I gotta say, worth the money.

    It's hard maple, and the edge is clean and smooth like it was smoothed with a hand plane. no tear out anywhere, and it cut across the end grain just as easily and cleanly as down the length, and not even the teeniest hint of router burn on any of the spots I've typically seen them on Strat headstocks I've made before and I ran the table at top speed, I think 26,000 rpm.

    Can't say how it compares to a whiteside bit, but I have zero complaints :)


     
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  15. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Senior Member

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    Thanks for the report! I'll have to save my pennies. Routing body and neck profiles are not fun things and a good bit would make life much easier, methinks.
     
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  16. Cristallo

    Cristallo Senior Member

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    As an Italian, I thank you for the good consideration. We do a lot of bad things but when we do them well they are done well for real.

    Bye

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  17. Skyjerk

    Skyjerk Meatbomb Silver Supporter

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    Well you guys can sure make a great router bit :)

    It's da bomb :)
     
  18. Skyjerk

    Skyjerk Meatbomb Silver Supporter

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    This is what I did with that new router bit...

    changed one thing I've done previously on Strat necks, and thats that I stopped the carbon fiber short of the heel and filled in the remaining slot with a maple strip. Two reasons. One that doesnt really matter when the neck is bolted on, and thats that you could see the ends of the carbon rods when the neck was off. Like I said, doesnt make that much of a difference but I like this look better anyway.

    The other reason is practical. I dont want the end of the carbon fiber rods touching my nice new router bit. Those little shits can dull any cutter in seconds. Previously I avoided this by not routing the heel, but just sanded down to the template. This is easier, cleaner, and even though you cant see the heel when the neck is installed, I'll know it looks nicer in there.

    Neatness counts, even where you cant see it ;)

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    Fret Hopper Premium Member

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    Just looked up pricing on that bit - not cheap, but you get what you pay for! Did you order it online, or get it through a brick'n'mortar?


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    IMG_5649.JPG Here is the follow up on the Guild. It took me more time than anticipated and the customer only had so much budget for the repair. It was for a Christmas present to her boyfriend and I enjoyed this job so I'm OK with the extra time it took.
     

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