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Triggerbaby - 2012-11-09

That looks so much easier than a traditional scraper.

Old_Zircon - 2012-11-10

I ordered one yesterday and I'm looking forward to using it. He's a professional luthier who also teaches biweekly classes and on his site he says his homemade prototype held its edge for about two months between sharpenings. Pretty psyched to try it.

Old_Zircon - 2012-11-10

Stewart MacDonald it making them now, a little on the pricey side as is their wont, but I saw them at a trade show last month and they're really nice.

Eroticus E - 2012-11-10

Better than the Rae Carruth scraper.

baleen - 2012-11-10

This man is clueless. That's not a rockwell c62, it's a peabody k19.

TeenerTot - 2012-11-10

Hey, Zircon- have you ever made any small furniture-y items? Knickknack boxes and such? I'm curious to see what a luthier's design take on that stuff would be.

Old_Zircon - 2012-11-10

Functional stuff but nothing fancy yet, I've really only just gotten serious about this stuff in the past year or so and I went straight to luthiery. I'm going to be making a finger-jointed cabinet for the tube amp I'm building pretty soon, but I haven't done anything serious in that area. It's pretty different, there's not much joinery in luthiery at all, and it seems like it's pretty common for cabinetmakers and furniture makers to find it either frustrating or boring, and vice versa.

If you're curious enough to do some reading I'd recommend "The Guitar Maker's Workshop" by Rik Middleton (building a classical guitar using mostly traditional hand tools) and "Building Electric Guitars" by Martin Koch (a really good overview of making solid and hollow electrics in a modest shop, but he also has solid introductions to pickup winding, seasoning wood, building truss rods from scratch, and even making your own stains and dyes from bark).

Old_Zircon - 2012-11-10

I'd say building an acoustic guitar is closer to building boats than to building furniture.

Old_Zircon - 2012-11-10

After about a year of dicking around figuring out stuff on my own I ended up getting together the money to spend a month here:


I can't recommend it highly enough to someone who wants to get into this, especially if you don't have any serious woodworking experience yet (I'd been building stuff since I was in grade school but I'd never had a proper shop or any training, just a few hand tools and the basic around-the-house necessities like a hand drill and table saw).

I'd say it was worth at least two 40 hour a week years worth of trial and error for me, and George is without question one of the two or three best teachers I've had in my life. You are given a LOT of space to figure things out and make your own mistakes, but enough theory and guidance that you are learning from every mistake you make. One of the best investments I've made in my life.

I've actually found myself not playing much music this year because building is so gratifying (and without having to deal with the egos and eccentricities of other musicians - just my own).

memedumpster - 2012-11-10

So now that Old Zircon has implied that he can build a guitar sailable across the ocean, I think we should go ahead and set up that kickstarter to make him rich.

Rich enough to build the PTVS El Kabong.

Old_Zircon - 2012-11-10

I approve of this idea.

Old_Zircon - 2012-11-10

I can only make one big enough to be sailed by a single woodchuck, though.

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