- Jul 16, 2013
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Amazing... you deserve a full time shop. Keep those cars outside..
Yeah, that first thread was so full of silly mistakes. That’s why I started a new one. Thanks to the furniture experience I’ve learned a lot of lessons about how to use my tools safely, and I’ve bought a lot more tools and bits as well.wow nice furniture...........not to bad on the guitar side too.........checked out your 1st thread- just curious why you did not use a hand held router for the control cavities? never use a table to do those, always use a hand held one. I see you have some router bits with bearings now those are for sure needed for many of these routes. good job on the fixes.
I have built a few guitars now- all of those were leading up to the next build to where no mistakes are allowed......I would tune up that jointer though, it took me awhile to learn how to do it properly- but well worth the time spent, cause now my little bench top model rocks like it never has, and it cuts flat and true now.
A climate controlled shop space would be nice, but a dehumidifier would probably just wind up costing me a fair bit of money. Where I live is super humid at times and while my garage is insulated and never gets below freezing, it's definitely not climate controlled. Plus we tend to park wet and snow covered cars in there this time of year, which doesn't help with the conditions. I also have a beast of a dust collection rig, that can swap out all the air in my shop (with outside makeup air that sucks in around the garage door) in just a matter of minutes. I intend to make an outbuilding for rough lumber storage sometime in the next year or two. That will just make the situation worse, because there it will have serious temperature swings.couple of other upgrades I would do is get a dehumidifier sized for your garage space and or where ever you sticker your wood and get a hang type 2 stage air filter sized accordingly for your work space. the dehumidifier will keep your wood stable throughout the year especially necks and tops if weighted properly. yeah it takes some patients learning how to use a hand plane, try to find yourself a used #6 or#7 jointer plane- that's the one you really need. theres always one more tool.
Considering I’m about $1K each into these guitars, I could spring for another 600. But that would go a long way towards outfitting a moderate spray setup and teaching myself how. I’d love to be able to do it, and so far have accomplished anything I put my mind to. It’s just hard to take that plunge.Not sure what your local guy would charge, but I inquired a local guitar builder(Kansas City) about finishing a build for me with a nitro top coat. He quoted me $300 for a black finish with nitro top coat. I really couldn't afford that, so I do the color with wipe dyes and use Stew Macs wipe on ploy for top coats. I used spray can finish from Stew Mac both paint and nitro and really didn't get very good results.
Considering I’m about $1K each into these guitars, I could spring for another 600. But that would go a long way towards outfitting a moderate spray setup and teaching myself how. I’d love to be able to do it, and so far have accomplished anything I put my mind to. It’s just hard to take that plunge.
DIY buddy. Do It Yo’self haha.
Finishing was/is scary for me too. It held me up literally for years. But the one I finally did went swimmingly and even though I still have a healthy fear of it, I can’t wait for some spraying weather.
You want to have that skill under your belt and you want to be able to say you did it. Even if you screw up horribly, you just sand it back and try again.