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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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Mahogany and Padauk Neck

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Atomic Age Surfcaster




This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Atomic Age SurfcasterBefore routing the neck pocket in the body, we need a neck. This guitar again features a Gibson-style angled headstock made with a scarf joint. The bulk of this neck will be African Mahogany like the body. For this guitar I decided to … Continue reading »






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Atomic Age Surfcaster

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Atomic Age Surfcaster




This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Atomic Age SurfcasterWith the charity guitar (the “Wishcaster”) complete, it’s time to start the next build. Though I still haven’t completed the acoustic, I really want to build another Surfcaster – this time for me. A few weeks ago I acquired three burl Maple bookmatched … Continue reading »






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Dyeing the Wishcaster Blue

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish Surfcaster




This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish SurfcasterWith the neck now attached, it was time for a quick trip to quality control – my eldest son Sean – for a check. Thankfully it passed and so the project moved forward to making the pick guard. Pickguard construction began, as usual, with … Continue reading »






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Carving the Wish-caster Neck

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish Surfcaster




This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish SurfcasterAfter a couple weeks away, I was finally able to spend a weekend in the shop. Returning to the fretboard, I gave it a bit of thought and ultimately decided rather than try and fix the bad frets (there were probably 8-10) and paint … Continue reading »






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Building the Stairs and Installation

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series X-Men Bunk Bed




This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series X-Men Bunk BedBuilding the stairs With the main bunk bed complete, it was time to turn my attention to the stairs. For safety reasons, mom insisted the bunk bed have stairs instead of a ladder. The original design featured drawers on the end and paneled … Continue reading »






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The Back “X” and Top Bunk Safety Rails

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series X-Men Bunk Bed




This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series X-Men Bunk BedIn the last few weeks since my latest post, I’ve made significant progress on the bed. I applied the finish to the poplar parts and glued up the head and foot ends of the bed. At this point I was able to test-assemble … Continue reading »






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Test Assembly and Finishing the Ends

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series X-Men Bunk Bed




This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series X-Men Bunk BedOver the last couple weeks I’ve completed the construction of the side and end rails and cut the slats for supporting the mattresses. I also settled on somewhat novel connection hardware for the rails. Woodcraft sells a very inexpensive bed rail set bracket … Continue reading »






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The Rosette

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Building an Acoustic Guitar




This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Building an Acoustic GuitarThe soundhole rosette is an aesthetic embellishment that provides an excellent opportunity for the luthier (or newbie like myself) to leave his distinctive impression on the finished instrument. Consequently I spent much time considering the design for the rosette on my first … Continue reading »






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