Keepsake box: the six P’s

My father in law used to always quote the six P’s: Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance. Very wise words, to be heeded at all times! Especially when making furniture. I spent a lot of time thinking about the box before I even started. A lot of time. Too much time? I don’t know. Looking back,…

Keepsake box

I wrote my last blog post in May: eek! I’ve been spending as much time as I can in the workshop and have completed a few projects since my last post: a keepsake box, an ebony chopping board and a corner cupboard. Plus some other things in between. I’m going to start with the keepsake…

Rosewood side bent and clamped to shape.

Being one with the wood: bending the sides

Since I got my new workshop I haven’t done much blogging on my guitar building progress. I’m using the workshop for building small pieces of furniture, but I’ve kept some essential tools for guitar building at home and am slowly but steadily progressing on the guitar. I’ll write about my furniture building exploits sometime soon,…

A new workbench and I’m ready to go!

I finished my workbench today. It’s made almost completely out of reclaimed wood (only the top layer of plywood is new). The previous tenant had filled a container full of stuff he didn’t want anymore and it seemed a waste not to use it. He even through away a box of screws and bolts which…

A new workshop!

Its official, I’m getting a new workshop! I’m renting space at a workshop nearby and will have shared access to the machines and facilities. Since I don’t know how to use any of the machinery (besides the bandsaw and drill press) I’ll be given some training. This will help me expand the scope of my woodworking,…

Olive wood inlay pieces for the headstock

The headstock continued

Christmas is long over so it’s time for an update on the guitar building. After drilling the holes for the tuning machines, I created the slots for the strings. I did this by marking out the centre line of each slot and used a drill press to remove most of the waste. I then used…

Christmas stars made from off-cuts

Hand made christmas presents

To celebrate the end of the season (today being the Twelfth day of Christmas), here’s an overview of the christmas presents I made this year. The first thing I made was this oloid for my mother. It’s a fun object to make: it has no straight surfaces and numerous different curves. Yet, there’s a very methodological…