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Silent Fiddle Build #6: Electronics well

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 06-05-2020 01:07 PM 392 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Next I had to make a place for the piezo pickup and the jack that would let me plug in and listen. I used a large forstner bit to create a well in the back of the instrument, being careful to not let the tip of the bit drill through. I located the hole centered right below where the bridge should be.

Then I located and drilled a hole for the 1/4 inch jack that I need to communicate with the outside world. I accidentally used the wrong drill bit, so I had to bush the hole with a dowel and drill the smaller one. The lighter wood will just be cobered by the nut and washer.

Then I carved out a space behind that rebushed hole to accomodate the flange part of the jack. The well itself will be covered by a cover made of mahogany.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 06-05-2020 02:19 PM

Pretty standard solid-body electric guitar stuff in this one. Not going to put switches or volume and tone knobs on it? ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Oldtool

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#2 posted 06-05-2020 04:07 PM

Fixing my mistakes seems to be half of the total construction time for my projects. I am not the most skilled woodworker, but at fixing mistakes – there are none who have had more practice than me. Guess that sort of makes me an expert at something.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Dave Rutan

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#3 posted 06-05-2020 08:51 PM



Pretty standard solid-body electric guitar stuff in this one. Not going to put switches or volume and tone knobs on it? ;-)

- Dave Polaschek

I’m keeping the internals simple. My headphone amp actually plugs into the 1/4 inch jack and that has volume, tone, and, balance controls.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 06-05-2020 08:54 PM



Fixing my mistakes seems to be half of the total construction time for my projects. I am not the most skilled woodworker, but at fixing mistakes – there are none who have had more practice than me. Guess that sort of makes me an expert at something.

- Oldtool

I think all good woodworks have become good at either recovering from or correcting their mistakes. THink of them as design change opportunities.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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mikeacg

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#5 posted 08-01-2020 11:23 AM

I see a new sign for my shop:

I prefer not to call them mistakes!
I’d rather think of them as
Design Change Opportunities! – Dave Rutan, 2020

And the date makes it even better, with everything happening this year…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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Dave Rutan

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#6 posted 08-01-2020 11:35 AM



I see a new sign for my shop:

I prefer not to call them mistakes!
I d rather think of them as
Design Change Opportunities! – Dave Rutan, 2020

And the date makes it even better, with everything happening this year…

- mikeacg

2020 is one of the reasons I went ahead with my recent builds. See my teardrop fiddle series. When things shut down, I didn’t have a lot to do, so I picked up my fiddle, but it was hard to practice at home with two music critics sharing the house. That’s why I built the silent fiddle. I don’t play well, but I enjoy doing it.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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