Prostheta Posted July 8, 2006 Report Share Posted July 8, 2006 Hi all! I'm new to the board as a member, but I've been doing my research and reading like a good boy Basically, I have floorspace in a converted garage which I'm making use of as a guitar shop. My current tooling short of the obvious hand power drills, screwdrivers etc. are: - Bosch router (1/4" shank) - 10" table saw - Sheet sander - Dremel - Angle grinder - Spokeshave I'm considering the following tools to complement these: - Reciprocating bobbin sander - Thicknesser, possibly a combination with planer - Bandsaw I've decided to take the full hands on approach and build necks. I couldn't say "yeah, I made that" if I used a Stewmac thru neck eh? Forgive the links here, but these are the tools I'm considering. I'm not wanting to spend *too* much money on the tooling but I don't want to waste money on tools that won't give me the results I expect of course. BOBBIN SANDER Great! 14-1/2" x 10-1/2" (37cm x 27cm) platen which makes me happy. I presume that having at least half of the guitar body on the platen at any one time should make for some kickass perpendicular sanded edges eh? The vertical travel and usable height is more than enough for say, 2" (5cm) thick bodies. DeWalt DW734 thicknesser Maximum width capacity 12-1/2" (~31.5cm) which in my mind is too small for thicknessing 1-piece body blanks, or 2/3 piece made blanks. I measured one of my EXPs, and they pop in about 19" (~48cm) which is wayloads. That said, good quality equipment or so I'm lead to believe. The alternative would be a cheaper model such as: Clarke CPT250 thicknesser Cheaper (trans. affordable) tool, with a width capacity of 10" (25cm). I perceive my working process on say, a 2-piece body to be: 1 - get wood (heh) 2 - roughly cut body blank pieces to size left and right 3 - quick couple of runs through the thicknesser to bring the most out-of-line side into line with the "best" side 4 - hand sand newly planed face level checking with straightedge 5 - re-thickness boards with levelled edge downfacing 6 - plane glue edge using router table to create 1" straightedge a few mm into sideface, flip over and use flush trim router to complete entire sideface 7 - use bobbin sander with HomeMadeStraightEdgeGuide to finish glue edge 8 - glue, clamp etc. The neck is where it gets interesting. I intend on making a couple of basses (prob. more if I get into it) but to strengthen the necks with a couple of carbon rods (no-brainer router work, yawn) and with differing wood laminates. I love Jeff Miller's PRS/Variax project in that the neck has two lovely bloodwood stripes. Now, given that say I can't acquire the wood for those stripes ready cut - can thicknessers handle wood that thin and achieve good results? As a rough calc in my head, each piece of bloodwood would have to be circa 31-1/2" x 3/16" x 2-3/8" (800mm x 5mm x 60mm). How would it be best to achieve this short of paying someone else to do it? The table saw I have isn't delicate enough to reliably leave a 1cm thick piece of wood, and it sounds awesomely wasteful if I leave it thicker, and let the thicknesser take away the rest. I presume a bandsaw would come in nicely here.... At this point it may be worth taking a breather from my constant train of thought here also Back to the show. I like David Myka's idea for rough shaping neck contours. It makes the process less mystifying and more manageable for the beginner. It does however point out that a 1/4" shank router doesn't get all the awesome toys 1/2" shank routers get. For shame! Would I be best investing in a second 1/2" router? Bit of a bite here considering I already have one. Would I get the mileage out of it? Clamps! There are SO many clamps available, but what would make a good usable selection? From the photos I've seen of luthiers laminating maple to bodies, etc. it seems everyone has a million of them. Shame I can't (well, "don't want to have to") afford a million, so what would be the best quantity and number of clamps to invest in? The tasks I perceive to be using them for are for laminate necks and laminate tops - these seem to bring out the biggest clamp monster in luthiers! THIS STORE have pretty good prices and are local to me, so price stands against shipping otherwise I'd love a million clamps from Stewmac! Oh yes -> On the topic of Stewmac - I've looked at the fretting tools and supplies, but baulked at the prices as I have to consider shipping and import on this deal. I've read arguments for and against hand-hammering frets versus fret presses. I am tempted by the Stewmac fret press caul as it's not too much of a hit and looks like a confident tool. Any comments? I think I'll leave it here else I'll spend the rest of the afternoon talking and not achieving anything "in the real world" Must try and get my arse down to Norwich and go shopping for wood. PS. Any UK members from around the Lincolnshire area? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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