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Author Archives: Patrick Jaromin

Introducing “Honeybee,” the Sapele-Tele

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Sapele Tele




This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Sapele TeleAfter a few false starts, first with the headstock finish, next with the body, I finally managed to wrap this project up. I’ve been playing it for a few weeks now at rehearsal and plan to play it in my next gig. Here are … Continue reading »






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Isolation Milling a Custom PC Board

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Foosball Scorekeeper




This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Foosball ScorekeeperWhile the finish was curing on my latest guitar project … and while I worked out how to fix some issues with inadvertant overspray … I turned my attention to another interest: electronics. The kids and I have been playing around lately with Arduino. … Continue reading »






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Hands-on with the Shaper Origin!




When I was first searching for a CNC to add to my shop, I ran across an odd tool called the Shaper Origin. The tool was in essence a self-correcting router that works like a hand-held CNC machine. I spent some time watching the videos on their site and reading through the blog. It was … Continue reading »






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Digital Abalone

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Sapele Tele




This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Sapele TeleFor this guitar I wanted to do something a bit different for the fret markers. Though I considered a somewhat elaborate inlay like the previous two, for this one I was thinking of something a bit simpler and unique. As I’m in software engineering … Continue reading »






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Finishing Up the Body

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Sapele Tele




This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Sapele TeleOuch! When I was prepping to cut out the body on the CNC, I knew I didn’t have a long enough bit or enough Z height to cut the entire way through from the top. I considered cutting half-way through from the bottom first … Continue reading »






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My First CNC Guitar: a Sapele Telecaster

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Sapele Tele




This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Sapele TeleWith the CNC up and running it was time to try it out on my first guitar. I’d already decided the next would be a Telecaster thinline out of Sapele with a Maple cap. A “Sapele Tele.” I found a PDF online of a … Continue reading »






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First Impressions: Stepcraft-2/600 CNC




It started innocently enough. The woman who was doing engraving work on my guitars was suddenly out of business. When I started searching the web for alternatives, I was presented with dozens of results for engraving machines and very few for services. This got me thinking that I could maybe just do it myself — buy … Continue reading »






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Chain Reaction

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Atomic Age Surfcaster




This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Atomic Age SurfcasterAs this is the “Atomic Age” Surfcaster, it seems fitting to inlay an atom on the 12th fret. I’m naming the fretboard inlay design “Chain Reaction.” The basic idea is this is the chain reaction leading to the “nuclear burst” finish applied to … Continue reading »






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Simple Machine Shop Upgrade




I love my shop. The power tools, the hand tools, the padded luthier workbench, and the integrated dust collection. Especially the dust collection. One point of frustration however, is the relatively limited storage space. And so I’ve had to find spaces in every crevice and corner, and install shelving and hooks around the wood-paneled walls. … Continue reading »






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Inlaying My New Logo!

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Atomic Age Surfcaster




This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Atomic Age SurfcasterNow that I’ve a new logo, time to get it inlaid into the headstock. I again used the “iron on” trick to transfer the laser-printed logo line art to a pearl blank and then cut it out by hand with a jeweler’s saw … Continue reading »






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