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Kyle’s Guitar – day 6 – complete

After four coats of High-gloss Tung oil, the guitar is looking good. Time to move on to the installation of the hardware. I measured the output jack, and drilled a … Continue reading

April 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Kyle’s Guitar – day 4/5

  I cut some more walnut to make a new back panel. I took care to try to match the sap wood on the front half. It won’t be a … Continue reading

March 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Vicenç’s guitar – day 4,5,6… – complete

Vicenç applied the first coat of finish before he went home the other day. Over the next couple of days, I applied another three coats of Tung oil, sanding the … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Vicenç’s guitar – day three

Before we start shaping the body, I took some time to figure out the wire routing. I drilled a small hole into the tremolo compartment to route a ground wire. … Continue reading

September 23, 2018 · 2 Comments

Arch-top cabinet – day 5 Complete

In the last post, I applied the first coat of finish. Since then, I have applied four coats. I did not bother to photograph each coat, because they all look … Continue reading

February 28, 2018 · 1 Comment

Arch-top cabinet – day 4

Last night I quit for the day when I realized the screws for the door pulls were too long. My fix for that is to use a cut-off wheel, on … Continue reading

February 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Guitar headstock inlay

My friend Bill started this project, but immediately ran into problems. He bought some discs with abalone patterns on them, with the intent of inlaying them on guitar headstocks. Unfortunately he … Continue reading

October 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baritone rebuild – day 8 complete

The finish is cured, so my last step is to apply a coat of paste wax. I let it set for a few minutes, then I rubbed it off with … Continue reading

August 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

Baritone rebuild – day 7

Bill finally got me the last piece of the project today. He wanted this particular style of input jack. I wish I had this component before I carved the rear. I … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baby sitar build – day 6 – complete

The last coat of tung oil has dried, so I applied a coat of paste wax. After 15 minutes or so, I rubbed it off and buffed it out. It … Continue reading

January 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

Baby sitar build – day 5

Five of the six coats of tung oil have been applied. Before I add the final coat, I want to drill out all of the holes for the hardware. I … Continue reading

January 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baby sitar build – day 4

The upgraded sitar seems to have met with the owner’s approval so far, so it is now time to pick a finish. I did a bit of additional sanding to … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Headless guitar concept – day 4 complete

I gave the body of the guitar, and all the wooden hardware, four coats of low-gloss Tung oil, then let it sit for 24 hours. Yesterday morning I applied a … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

Headless guitar concept – day 3

Third day into this build, and I will have all the parts done today. My focus today was to get all the trim pieces done. I started with the cover for … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Coin display – day 2 – complete

I applied two more coats of Tung oil today, I left 6-8 hours between each coat. I wouldn’t mind adding another coat or two, but I used the last of … Continue reading

December 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

Coin display – day 1

A friend of mine asked me to make her a coin display, that she can give to her husband for Christmas. He travels a lot and collects coins from each … Continue reading

December 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Adam’s piggy bank – day 3

While Adam was finishing up his schoolwork today, I prepped his piggy bank for finishing. I decided to put walnut plugs in the eye and nose holes. I found a … Continue reading

October 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Finishing the last supper

I want to start finishing the carving today, but first I need to figure out the mounting. The relief should be able to hang on the wall, or stand on … Continue reading

October 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

AJ’s custom Stratocaster – day 10

I applied the final (sixth) coat of Tung oil last night. I took a few pictures to hopefully show how the finish turned out. There is also a shot with … Continue reading

June 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

AJ’s custom Stratocaster – day 9

As I was getting ready to apply the fifth coat of Tung oil this evening, I paid close attention to the feel of the finish. It was a little rougher … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

AJ’s custom Stratocaster – day 8

The first coat of tung oil has dried. It soaks in pretty deep, so you don’t get much of a shine until the third or fourth coat. Since the finish … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

AJ’s custom Stratocaster – day 7

I wanted to finish the guitar, but I don’t have all the purchased components yet. The main item I need now is the neck. I have an Ibanez neck that … Continue reading

June 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

More pub chairs – day 14

I am applying the second coat this evening. The chairs have dried from the first coat and there aren’t many dust nibs. The tung oil finish went on pretty smooth. … Continue reading

May 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

More pub chairs – day 13

I finished up the assembly of the second pub chair of this set last night. I decided to go ahead and apply the first coat of tung oil. I should … Continue reading

May 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Pub chairs – day ten

Just a quick post today. I finished two more coats yesterday and one this evening. The pictures are all going to start looking the same at this point… I did … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Pub chairs – day nine

I had a chance to start finishing the chair last night so I applied the first coat of Tung oil. I decided to use tung oil because it a wipe-on … Continue reading

April 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

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