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cheesewhisk
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16/11/2020 1:26 pm  

I've been thinking about this for a few years and finally took the plunge, sought out and bought what thought I needed to get going and also cleaned a space in the shed. There's still a whole bunch of things I need, like router bits and about a million clamps oh, and an actual workbench but it's a start.

As a teenager in the 90's I've always been a fan of James Hetfield and Metallica, hence the explorer obsession. His Ken Lawrence guitars always blew me away and I watched an interview with him in his workshop talking about where he started and it planted the seed of an idea that maybe this was something I could do one day. Obviously there's years of dedicated craftsmanship in his work but like I always tell my kids 'There was a point in your life when you couldn't use a spoon' And one thing I love about Mark is his firm belief that anyone can build a guitar. Even me.

Well as you know, I've got a body blank and the plan was to start simple, build a body and buy in a neck. But after watching the videos on the course, I'm going to buy a neck blank and pre cut fretboard and just go for it.

Thanks for all the help and advice so far Mark, I'll certainly keep you updated as I go.

 

Cheers

Gareth

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16/11/2020 2:33 pm  
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Hi Gareth,

Looks good. How big is your shed? I've got a wee 8'x10' shed which looks a bit tight stuffed with a lawnmower etc.

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Russ

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16/11/2020 2:44 pm  
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I'm talking nonsense.... my shed is even smaller at 6'x8' 😕


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16/11/2020 2:57 pm  

It's 10x8 I think but there's a ton of junk piled up out of shot 


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16/11/2020 3:35 pm  

I never want to see it that tidy again!

Measure twice, cut once...


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16/11/2020 3:53 pm  

I do solemnly swear it never will be.

Neck blank and fretboard ordered now too but wasn't sure what the different truss rod lengths were for 440 or 460 for a 25 inch scale length


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16/11/2020 4:44 pm  

After my first Bailey course, I went home and dismantled the unused potting shed that we'd put up on a concrete base.

I then ordered a massive shed, way bigger than anything I'd ever need.  I think it was 10' x 8'.  I packed it with polystyrene and then ply lined it, and put OSB down on the floor.  It was a great shed.

I then filled that shed with all the workbenches and tools that I owned, and played football in the other half.

Over the following few years, I acquired more, and/or bigger, tools.  And stocks of wood.  And then more and bigger tools.  It got to the stage that I was spending as much time moving stuff around to create enough space to do some work, as I was spending on doing the work.

When we moved, lesson learned.

As it happens, we moved to a place with a larger concrete based already in place, so I took the opportunity of getting a bigger shed - so big, that it's now called a "workshop" - way bigger than anything I'd ever need.

I think it's 6m x 4m.  

I filled the workshop with all the workbenches and tools that I owned, and played football in the other half.

Naturally, 4 years later, I'm now trying to work out how I could extend my workshop into one that'll actually be big enough.

 

Morale of the story - you'd be amazed at how little space you need, and how much you can occupy.

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17/11/2020 10:21 am  

@cheesewhisk That’s a decent sized work shed for building guitars in. I’m lucky that I have a decent garage to work out of and a small bedroom in the house I use for the less messy jobs. I’ll be moving house in the not too distant future so I’ll be starting again, I will have something built. 

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16/01/2021 3:55 pm  

As promised @markbailey it's now a complete tip again.

Today, I built my bench, setup and tested out my very first bandsaw and actually made some sawdust.

 

We are now, officially cooking on gas.

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16/01/2021 4:47 pm  

Is a tree as a guitar an ambition fulfilled? And is the sawdust jealous?

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16/01/2021 7:25 pm  

@cheesewhisk

The picture of the sawdust is great!

So what are you planning for your first build?

Mask or Die!


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17/01/2021 12:03 pm  

Brilliant! I've kept sawdust in old coffee jars just in case. That's why there's not a lot of space left. Oh and I have an area just for clamps. There's a story about clamps but my memory fails me at the moment.

Mark's confidence gets you through those times when aspiration outstrips ability. Then you sus it out and remember to point the sharp end away from your hand. 


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17/01/2021 12:32 pm  

Hi Folks,

I'm going up a notch with regard to Planer Thicknesser. 

It's between

1) Axminster Craft model

2) Scheppach  260

Anyone have any experience with either of these?

Thanks


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17/01/2021 12:42 pm  

@mattbeels still at the designing stage but I really would like to build an explorer, just not sure it's that sane for a first build.


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17/01/2021 12:51 pm  

@eddie6string

I don’t have any experience with Axminster as I’m not in the UK but Scheppach is a German brand. I have a old scroll saw of theirs, works ok.

I’ve heard mixed reviews about their newer tools, mainly “not what they used to be” type comments.

They used to be a mustard color and the newer ones are blue but I imagine they still probably make good stuff. I’m not sure if it’s still made in Germany though, but if it’s good quality then it doesn’t really matter.

Metabo is another classic German brand and I have a lot of their stuff and it all works well, even the newer Chinese made.

My router is an old German made model. I bought it used 15 years ago for 75€ on ebay and it still works like a charm.

Mask or Die!


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