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Old 02-27-2021, 03:03 PM
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2021 has been a pretty good to us so far. I haven't been able to start or finish any guitars just yet since the wife and I finally were able to close on a house in the country. We'll be moving in fairly soon but the house will mean we'll break out of the rent race and finally be able to have a place we can make our own.

That being said, I have a few ideas of guitars I want to build this year, maybe another jumbo and possibly another Grand Western, who knows really but I'm excited to see what this year brings.

Guitar wise this year saw me accomplish a 10 year goal in the acquisition of my dream guitar which is a 1946 J45. Since that's been accomplished I have been playing alot and loving every minute of it. If anyone wants to see it I'll put up some pics, it's pretty beat/patina'd but I love it.

Anyway, once the builds start again I'll post up some more ideas/progress pics of what's going on. It'll be easier to do this in one thread rather than keeping multiple threads going I think.
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Old 02-28-2021, 08:47 AM
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Congrats, I bet one of the stipulations here was not more building guitars in the dining room!!!! I hope you have room for your stand alone shop now!
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Congrats, I bet one of the stipulations here was not more building guitars in the dining room!!!! I hope you have room for your stand alone shop now!
Thanks Tom! Yes that'll be a big part of the new space. I now have both a 2 car garage and a separate room that I have free reign over to do everything. The standalone shop might be a future thing in the back but we'll see.

Right now I'm just excited to have space to make more than 1 guitar at a time haha!
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Congratulations on the new home! And SHOP, too...
Great you scored a sweet old Gibby, as well.

Hope to see it and some of yours here real soon.

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Congratulations on the new home! And SHOP, too...
Great you scored a sweet old Gibby, as well.

Hope to see it and some of yours here real soon.

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Thank you Paul. We have to get everything unpacked but I'm already planning my building/assembly layout for the guitars. Exciting times!
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Well phase 1 has begun. With everything settled down and all the boxes unpacked (we really don't have that much) I have been thinking very strategically about how to get the most out of the space that I have.

I have become very much a fan of the concept of keeping the tools separate from the area where the work is being done. Reason being is that many of us keep tools up on the wall, and unfortunately if a single lone sharp tool decides it's going to fall from it's place on the wall then a spruce top doesn't stand much chance of surviving.

So the first task is to organize the space and then do a built in workspace with a tool wall, workbench, and a glue up bench separate from the space where the parts are cut and assembled. Think of it as a micro-factory of sorts. The advantage to the glue up bench being separate is that it's just a space to store components like sides/tops while they're being glued together instead of taking up an actual work space where I can be working on the next one.

With the advent of the new space I have decided to give batch building a try. Maybe 2-3 at a time of a given body style. This will mean that I can't spend as much time on a single piece but it will make me streamline the process and hopefully to be able to offer consistent guitars to multiple folks at a time. In the apartment it simply wasn't possible to have more than 1 guitar in process at a time. We'll see how it goes. Stay tuned for more soon.
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The shop is now somewhat settled in, I have about the same amount of space as I did at the apartment if you add in the balcony where I did alot of the heavier work as well as the kitchen space I was alloted. However not having to sweat in the Texas heat outdoors just to plane down sides will be a welcome change to working indoors.

While I haven't started cutting wood yet I was excited to pull out the wood for the next build. For my 4th I will be making another of my Grand Western style guitars. This time around I am going to be trying a slightly different bracing pattern and lighter bracing in general. The responses I got to the first one were overwhelmingly positive so I feel it would be prudent to continue in the direction of this design and body style.

I'll be using another set of EIR along with a nicely grained red spruce top. I got this top last year before we moved so I'm happy it survived in good shape. The rosewood has been sitting for a while even before we moved and sadly the back pieces have developed a bit of a propeller shape to them but nothing that some work can't remove.

Frankly alot of the best sounding instruments that I've been blessed to have heard and played were made with pretty sub standard wood. So I simply look at the warped pieces as a challenge to be overcome than an impediment.







I've been becoming more a fan of tops that have some color/variation to them rather than the usual bleached white look that I see alot. For me it's simply a feature of the wood rather than an impediment.

Next number on the agenda is to get all of my tools organized in the space, shelving/storage and the like will be getting built and I'll be chipping away at this one as I have time. I do intend to move towards building in batches but being highly organized and efficient is a major part of that process and I'll have to work my way towards that.
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Congrats on the new shop space! We recently moved to a new home and Iím looking forward to setting up my shop again. I am also fortunate to have a larger shop as well. Thanks for your thoughts on bench and tool placement and best wishes on the new build. Dave
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