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  1. New Member Introductions
    Hey, I'm a long-time wood artist. I've designed and built stringed instruments and theatrical/cosplay props. My workshop is the kitchen table at this time. I create with mostly hand tools, a belt sander, bandsaw, and drill press. I've been getting seriously back into things made of wood...
  2. Honeybee, the Sapele Telecaster

    Guitar #5 - the SapeleTele I'm christening "Honeybee" for it's black and gold burl cap. This is my secohttp://lumberjocks.com/projects/new#nd semi-hollow electric and first body cut entirely on the CNC machine. The neck is hand-carved maple with a birdseye fretboard and features Abalone fret...
  3. The "Zatoichi" Toolbox

    If you prefer not to read, the video is here Regarding the name of this project. Zatoichi is the main character from a series of movies by the same title. The first ones were made as far back as the 1960s and the most recent around the early 2000s. Zatoichi is a blind man who works as a...
  4. Bass Guitar

    Body is mahogany, maple & purpleheart. In these photos it's equipped with a neck I bought on eBay. I have a block of kingwood that will eventually become a neck when I find the time, and the nerve to attempt it. These pictures are kind of yellowish, I took them before I learned how to white...
  5. The Shamisen Bass

    Before you ask, the only reason for 2 strings is because I only had 2 tuning machines. If you prefer not to read, the video is here View on YouTube Just FYI these pics are slightly out of order. This project was something I had had in mind for some time. I hadn't played bass in about 8...
  6. The MackCaster

    Too old to rock and roll, too young to die. I've long been a fan of Gibson guitars, so I decided to build a Fender Stratocaster knockoff. I guess I did this to see what all the fuss was about. The body is book-matched maple laminated to mahogany, the neck is of the same mahogany, oiled with...
  7. My first lap steel guitar

    It's quite some time since I posted a project. I've been well involved for several years in the running (voluntarily) of the local museum, but new management brooms were sweeping too deeply so I came away from the pressure. I realise again, the immense pleasure of making sawdust! I've long had...
  8. "Coco Bear" the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer

    This past spring break we packed up our new camper and made the 10 hour drive from Chicago to Cosby, TN. The main reason for the trip was to ride one of the super cool alpine coasters they have in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area. This was great fun; but for me, the highlight of the trip turned...
  9. The "Wishcaster" - 2016 Charity Guitar Build

    The Specs Body: Ash body with 3/8" birdseye Maple cap. Neck: Maple neck, birdseye Maple headstock veneer, Cocobolo fretboard. 25.5" scale length. Finish: Transtint blue dye finished with Homer Formby's Tung Oil wipe-on finish. The story Every year my company hosts a major holiday party at...
  10. The Charity "LCA SG Jr" Electric Guitar

    An annual running joke at my company is that due to overspending on the space, food, and booze, the social committee ran out of budget for entertainment. The solution, they say, is to form an all-volunteer, all-employee band! This year was no exception. The band, affectionately known as "LCA"...
  11. The Atomic Age Surfcaster Semi-hollow Electric Guitar

    Upon completion of the "Wishcaster" guitar - which is destined to be raffled off - I decided I needed to build another one that I could keep. The specs: Body: African Mahogany with a Maple burl cap; top bound in white pearloid plastic binding Neck: African Mahogany with Padauk and birdseye...
  12. Japanese "Luthier" Mini Toolbox

    This is my little essentials toolbox. It's nothing special, no crazy joinery. Just a bunch of small bits of oak I picked up as scrap cutoffs from my favorite local hardwood dealer. A little piece of scrap paduak for some color. parts squared up, glued up, slap on some tung oil and it's ready to...
  13. Blogs
    Building an Acoustic Guitar I've been rather busy with life the last couple years, but I'm finally back in the shop and up to no good again! Here's what I'm up to for anyone who's interested… A few years back I was conversing with a co-worker and fellow guitar player. Aware I was an amateur...
  14. Blogs
    Fretboard slotting, binding laminator, shooting board I've recently started working on a couple (three, actually) new banjos. At the moment, they consist solely of mostly-complete fretboards. I'll get some more pictures of the fretboards as they develop, but for the moment here are a couple of...
  15. Blogs
    Two fingerboards getting bound Recently, I decided to start building three new banjos. It's been a while (years?) since the last time I built an instrument… I've had so many ideas run through my head in that time! These three instruments will share a common scale length (24.75"), and in terms...
  16. Blogs
    Introduction Video is here: My day job is as a stringed instrument repair "tech" (I don't really like that word, I just refer to it as fine woodworking) and I like to continue my work at home. This guitar is something that my wife bought for me as a christmas gift last year for a little bit...
  17. Blogs
    Taking Inventory Long, long ago I used to make guitars. Forty years later I'm thinking, can I still to it? I break out the stuff I put into storage in my early twenties and see what I still have to work with getting ready for a winter pandemic, "one more guitar", build. This video is the story...
  18. Blogs
    My first lap steel guitar This dirty, heavy unidentified board had been kicking around for some years.. ..imagine my delight when I ran a plane over it and found this lovely lacewood: I scaled up from a photograph of a Moog lap steel. Imitation is, after all the sincerest from of...
  19. Finishing
    This is my current project which i promised for my self on my 40 th birthday. It has bands of elk horn - apple wood - curly birch - vulcanised red - black leather. I made a few modifications to the knife. I used a dye on the end so i can use a nut to make sure it stays together longer and...
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