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  1. For several years back I stumbled upon a hint for changing an old armchair to a rocker. There was a nice idea for saving wood when making the rockers: Plane the plank on both sides, cut the arch that will touch the floor. Then joint the flat sides, potentially even splitting them for extra length.
  2. To me the middle one appeals the most. The figuration on the lower bout fills the entire area nicely. Then again, there's an idea on the top one as well as the longitudinal stripe matches with the neck and string lines. The royal blue with gold hardware has echoes from uniforms from the past, forceful, controlled and arrogant like the Royal Naval Officers from the sailship era! The turquoise doesn't seem to match with the gold hardware but it may be my monitor as well.
  3. You can do it all the ways you described and a couple more no matter what the radius is. What's the best way depends also on the tools. A common way is to cut the slots on a square flat board as the straight edge can easily be aligned with the jig, making the slots perfectly traverse to the center line. A square radiused blank would be equally easy to align. Cutting the slots on a radiused board might be a bit easier but radiusing a wider board more laborious. And you'd still have to recheck the depth after tapering A tapered board would be a bit more difficult to align with
  4. Matte black??? Isn't that one of the most difficult surfaces to master? Looks good though with the shiny gold! And the inlaid jack, such a delicious detail... Don't they make matte pickups to match?
  5. Yay! The guitar actually looks more stylish now! Should you ever want to reinstall the original switch, plugging and redrilling the ½" hole should be doable and pretty much invisible especially if you add a washer. Seeing the location I understand why you kept hitting it.
  6. The Master Luthier Veijo Rautia tutoring our course is a pickup maker as well. I once asked how important it is to get the pole pieces match with the strings. He supposed that the magnetic field is so large that a single mm or two either way shouldn't be audible. When slanted one end of the pickup would be closer to the bridge than the other. The closer to the bridge the pickup is the thinner and snappier the sound which is why the Strat and Tele bridge pickup is slanted towards the neck on the bass side to give some beef, but as you know the humbuckers in the same position are straight.
  7. Easier said than done. Building a shed in the garden wouldn't require any licenses as long as it's below 6 m². Sheds like that aren't too expensive, about €1500. BUT: A shed with proper insulation and heating to be usable at this time a year would require much more. It's -22° at the moment and the forecast says -35° for the night. Getting it electrified for both heating and power tools couldnt be safely done with a 30 m long extension cord running across the yard! I also have a "garage" between the sauna and the firewood storage (in the same building) but there's no electricity in that space.
  8. I wish the threads you started only a few years ago at the Crimson forum were still available. Your progress has been exponential!
  9. I just watched a Jerry Rosa video about a buzzing octave mandolin. It buzzed when certain notes were played but it also rattled when the headstock was tapped. After having checked most everything mentioned here he finally noticed that the tuner buttons were more or less loose. Simple as that. Most likely not what causes your issue but worth knowing.
  10. Even my limited knowledge tells that for just swapping between two options a push button should work. I also know that there's at least two types of push buttons, one that switches between two options and another that works for just the moment you push it. Of course the latter could be made to work as well but that would require some sort of magic. The master electrickerians here can sure tell you more about the wiring and the type of button you'd need.
  11. Although relicing isn't my thing I must say you did well! What I like most is that you made it look like much played instead of abused - I've seen videos where they violently beat the body with chains and bars and whatnot. You ended up being true to the original. - Didn't you find it somewhat challenging to blend the paint to bare wood, making it look like the paint has naturally worn out before chipping off?
  12. Thanks for your encouraging words @Andyjr1515! Unfortunately it's not about tools, it's about space. Actually I have quite a good variety of power tools but no dust extraction. And it's cold outside! Unfortunately most of my hand tools are pure Poundshop quality, creating a burr to a freshly sharpened blade at first stroke on wood! But there's light at the end of the tunnel and it's not a train! A fellow builder just sent an email, telling that the public pay-by-hour workshop is still open. The same mail was sent to some regulars and the tutor so maybe we'll see some progress during
  13. I don't know how it should be translated. There's several versions, none of which seem to perfectly fit: Community College, Adult Education Centre etc. Anyhow, in most towns here they organize spare time courses around various subjects from languages to dancing to woodworking. The skill level of the teachers can vary from advanced hobbyists or native speakers to trained professionals. We're lucky as our tutor is a trained and qualified Master Luthier who has been in the business since 1984. For many of us the course is some sort of counterbalancing therapy after a week at work. So no, it's not
  14. If we take the bottom of the LP body as the 'level' surface, the pocket has to be at an angle. There's several ways to do that. You can plane the rear of the top to the desired angle and use that surface as a routing guide you can make an angled external template ramp system you can slant the template to the right angle by using studs or wedges for adjusting or you can mix the above to suit your needs most likely those aren't the only ways to do it And of course you can do the angle to the heel of the neck as well. The reason for to carve the neck pocket is th
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