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Forum topic by Serradura posted 10-08-2021 03:08 PM 327 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-08-2021 03:08 PM

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I’ve been posting a part of my woodworking projects here on Lumberjocks. There are often nice replies and the community is quite positive (unlike other forums and social media at some times). The last item I posted was a Tenor Ukulele out of reclaimed mahogany and spalted cherry. Actually a real “woodworking” project.

The consequences of my enthusiasm for musical instruments, combined with my personal goal to only use reclaimed or local materials (wood) has led to a workshop that more and more is focussed on the making of instruments (tool wise). The “clients” (between ”**”, because mostly there’s first a shared interest and communication as results of shared photos or videos, before I even consider to take an “order” and make a bespoke instrument), mostly ask for a complete package, like a guitar with a case.

Of course I already took up some upholstery skills, because of the logical question to make seats on a chair for instance. From a former professional life as a frame-maker/restorer I’m quite capable of working with gold-leaf and all kinds of materials and have the skills that are required to keep museums and private customers satisfied. My question for this forum is; “How far would you go to finish a project?”

For my last project (the tenor ukulele) I needed to make a “traveling bag” for the safe transport of the instrument, so after some research I took a sewing machine to the workshop, of course used recycled materials and just started, with an actually not so bad result in the end. I found out that it’s just needs the right mindset to go beyond the the work one normally does.

(click on the photo for the link to the video)

Discussion point; “How far would you go to finish a project?”

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#1 posted 10-08-2021 03:21 PM

Very nice work and unique use of material, Great job!


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#2 posted 10-08-2021 05:11 PM

How far would I go to “finish” a project, well, as far as necessary I guess.
In the case of your sewing skills for the ukulele shipping bag, certainly I would cobble up something to make sure my hard work on the instrument wasn’t wasted due to damage in transport.
Regarding the guitar with case, for sure, they are both part of the project, and an opportunity to show your woodworking & creative skills by using matching wood on both.
I’ve also reupholstered chairs, was a learning experience, but also a chance to try something new. I think woodworkers by nature like to create, as well as others in various other crafts, that’s what drives us.

-- "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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#3 posted 10-10-2021 01:56 PM

I’ll do whatever it takes to make it acceptable for me or for sale. Some times I may have to rebuild part that seems too “iffy” and some time it may be re sealing and re finishing if the finish is absorbed too much in one are.

I have even let the first one be the prototype and make a second one with improvements to be the finished project. I do a lot of modeling with scrap wood or cardboard to avoid have to do that very much.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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