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Re: The Woodworking Thread

Postby twelvepoint on Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:14 pm

Finish grade plywood is fun to work with. Just cut it, edge band it, dowel or biscuit join it, install some Blum hardware, oil finish and bam, instant mid century stuff. I did a little tv stand/cabinet like that out of scrap pieces in an afternoon and it looked totally fine and I was even able to sell it later on Craigslist! Definitely “easy win” projects if you don’t wanna fuss with milling and gluing up solid wood panels.
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Re: The Woodworking Thread

Postby JohnnySomersett on Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:48 am

twelvepoint wrote:Finish grade plywood is fun to work with. Just cut it, edge band it, dowel or biscuit join it, install some Blum hardware, oil finish and bam, instant mid century stuff. I did a little tv stand/cabinet like that out of scrap pieces in an afternoon and it looked totally fine and I was even able to sell it later on Craigslist! Definitely “easy win” projects if you don’t wanna fuss with milling and gluing up solid wood panels.


Which kind of veneered ply did you use?
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Re: The Woodworking Thread

Postby twelvepoint on Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:38 am

JohnnySomersett wrote:
twelvepoint wrote:Finish grade plywood is fun to work with. Just cut it, edge band it, dowel or biscuit join it, install some Blum hardware, oil finish and bam, instant mid century stuff. I did a little tv stand/cabinet like that out of scrap pieces in an afternoon and it looked totally fine and I was even able to sell it later on Craigslist! Definitely “easy win” projects if you don’t wanna fuss with milling and gluing up solid wood panels.


Which kind of veneered ply did you use?


It was a mahogany veneer. I used most of a 4x8 sheet to make a record shelf. I banded the edges with a roll of iron-on adhesive backed veneer. Was one of the first projects I did, but the shelf has since been relegated to storing cleaning products in the basement.
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Re: The Woodworking Thread

Postby JohnnySomersett on Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:34 am

twelvepoint wrote:
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twelvepoint wrote:Finish grade plywood is fun to work with. Just cut it, edge band it, dowel or biscuit join it, install some Blum hardware, oil finish and bam, instant mid century stuff. I did a little tv stand/cabinet like that out of scrap pieces in an afternoon and it looked totally fine and I was even able to sell it later on Craigslist! Definitely “easy win” projects if you don’t wanna fuss with milling and gluing up solid wood panels.


Which kind of veneered ply did you use?


It was a mahogany veneer. I used most of a 4x8 sheet to make a record shelf. I banded the edges with a roll of iron-on adhesive backed veneer. Was one of the first projects I did, but the shelf has since been relegated to storing cleaning products in the basement.


Nice!

Ive found a local place I can get veneered MDF for a good price. I think I'm going to go for Sapele:

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Re: The Woodworking Thread

Postby TylerSavage on Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:00 pm

For reference this is solid sapele finished with linseed oil

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Re: The Woodworking Thread

Postby JohnnySomersett on Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:49 pm

TylerSavage wrote:For reference this is solid sapele finished with linseed oil

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That looks great. Im glad to see the grain is a good likeness for the teak too.
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Re: The Woodworking Thread

Postby TylerSavage on Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:25 pm

yeah I think that will do nicely. When working in solid block it can be prone to tear-out / fuzzies etc.
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Re: The Woodworking Thread

Postby elisha wiesner on Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:13 am

I haven't posted any guitar pics in a while. Since the last one I've finished two more and am almost done with a really cool 3/4 size. I've got two more to build after that. The first one here I built for my Dad and Chris Brokaw ordered the one on the Bottom. Thanks for indulging me.

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Re: The Woodworking Thread

Postby Dr Tony Balls on Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:23 am

Gorgeous!
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Re: The Woodworking Thread

Postby twelvepoint on Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:42 am

Dr Tony Balls wrote:Gorgeous!


Yeah it's no plywood with biscuit joints but it's ok
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Re: The Woodworking Thread

Postby TylerSavage on Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:30 pm

he biscuit joints the tops together out of 7 ply spruce. I've seen the videos.


Fantastic work! I love parlour guitars
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Re: The Woodworking Thread

Postby elisha wiesner on Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:37 pm

TylerSavage wrote:he biscuit joints the tops together out of 7 ply spruce. I've seen the videos.


Fantastic work! I love parlour guitars


Thanks. I love parlor guitars as well. After I finish up the cute little 3/4 size one i'm working on now, I'm going to be building a guitar based on a Gibson Roy Smeck Radio Grande from the 30's for Kevin Burkett, which is a bit larger than a modern Dreadnaught. Really excited to dig into it.
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Re: The Woodworking Thread

Postby Dr Tony Balls on Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:49 pm

Do you ever build electric necks for bolt-on usage? I have an abnormal urge to build a Fender V Bass clone (the old style one) but would need a 34" scale 15 fret neck.
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Re: The Woodworking Thread

Postby elisha wiesner on Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:57 pm

Dr Tony Balls wrote:Do you ever build electric necks for bolt-on usage? I have an abnormal urge to build a Fender V Bass clone (the old style one) but would need a 34" scale 15 fret neck.


I've never built an electric or electric neck but I'm sure that I could if you can't find one that you need.
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Re: The Woodworking Thread

Postby Dr Tony Balls on Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:18 pm

Word. Its a real stupid idea that I probably ought to be talking myself out of, but who knows.
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Re: The Woodworking Thread

Postby eliya on Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:34 pm

Really beautiful work, Elisha. Goodness!
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Re: The Woodworking Thread

Postby gnangle on Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:02 pm

those are really beautiful,great work!
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Re: The Woodworking Thread

Postby Nico Adie on Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:39 am

You are quite outrageously talented, FM elisha wiesner. Truly.

Q to the FM's - what's your sharpening setup/regimen? I started on diamond plates with the eclipse honing jih, but have since transitioned to Norton Fine India, followed by a charged strop, freehand.

Yesterday I cut most of the wood to size for my workbench (going with a low "Roman" style bench), and look forward to lighter nights and more woodworking. First proper piece will be a tv/hifi unit with live edge black walnut doors, then a bookcase.
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Re: The Woodworking Thread

Postby elisha wiesner on Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:53 am

Nico Adie wrote:Q to the FM's - what's your sharpening setup/regimen? I started on diamond plates with the eclipse honing jih, but have since transitioned to Norton Fine India, followed by a charged strop, freehand.


I have a yard sale grinder that I use on damaged edges or to re-set bevels but for actual sharpening I use Japanese water stones or an Arkansas stone. I don't know the brands of these probably whatever was cheapest when I bought them. I then move to a 2 sided Belgian Coticule stone. It's a natural stone and is apparently about 4000 on one side and 8000 on the other. I don't use jigs.

Keeping your tools sharp is just about the most important thing you can do.
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Re: The Woodworking Thread

Postby twelvepoint on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:41 am

My sharpening game is pretty good up to like 1000 grit, but I never feel like I'm doing the best job bringing chisels and plane blades up to razor-sharp. Probably because I need a nice India stone.

Elisha, I'm interested why you don't use jigs. Are you able to do a primary and microbevel by hand and consistently get it within a degree or two?
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