NSFW What's On Your Work Bench Today?

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  1. MadJack

    MadJack Well-Known Member Supporting Member+ Supporting Member

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    I've been watching a similar thread on another forum, where you post up what you working on that day. Why can't we have a daily project thread?

    Post up Pics, descriptions links, what ever fits.
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    I'll start with today's job and touch a bit on the other things done on this guitar.

    Made a new Cream-Black-Cream pickguard for my Epiphone ES-339:

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    I did it with my coping saw, a Dremel Tool with a worn out sanding drum, a hand drill, two flat files and sand paper. If I had the right bits for the Dremel, it wouldn't have taken most of the afternoon! Anyways, it got done and I had fun making it.

    I did get a set of cream humbucker rings, but as it turned out they were the US/Gibby sized rings, I need a set of Import rings, which are ever so slightly smaller.

    You should also notice the Seymore-Duncan pickups. They are an SH-4 JB in the bridge and an SH-2n Jazz in the neck position. Much clearer and lively than the stock Epiphone AlNiCo Pros it came with. While trying to re-install the bridge volume pot, the shaft wouldn't snap back in place. So I ended up replacing that pot, during the swap process. While the strings were off, for the swap, I replaced the nut with a GraphTech TUSQ XL. The stock plastic nut did hang slightly, even with graphite in the string slots.
     
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    very nice
     
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    tonebender Well-Known Member

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    Nice job on the PG. Currently I am converting a P90 guitar to a mini hum guitar but I have no pics.
     

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    Putting together a partscaster from ebay-sourced custom-made body and neck. Just did a dry-fit today....

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    stormin1155 Well-Known Member

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    I'm converting a telecaster into a 12-string. Here's the neck I'm building. Cocobollo fingerboard over flame maple. I just need to carve it, put a finish on it, tuners, nut.... I won't get to it for a week or so as we are leaving tomorrow for a short vacation.

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  6. tvvoodoo

    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    My workbench is a total mess, and I am uninspired to go clean it up. The workbench of my mind is also in much disarray, in trying to plan out three projects (one of them for someone else) and it's all big fat mess fail. If only I could show y'alls. :facepalm:

    I like this idea for AGF, it's one of my go-to threads over on That Dang Pickers Rehab Institution elsewheres. I'm sure I'll have something here almost worth looking at sometime. In the meantime, thanks for starting this one, and nice job on the pickguard! :thumbup:
     
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    I hear you Brad! I finally organized the rest of my hovel, yet when I look at my bench/desk, I walk away. I know it won't take me long to clean it, but...

    *trying to upload pic, but imgur isn't cooperating. Since I typed this, I've cleaned my bench! We will have projects!!
     
  8. Dennis

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    Just off the bench...

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    Added the toggle but I will redo it with an SG toggle so the switch is farther away from the tone control
     
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    I'm getting ready to make the first changes to my blue Strat since I built it 9 years ago. I'll be going from 5 springs to a tremsetter and will be swapping the bridge pickup, currently a JB Jr., to a Dimarzio Fast track.

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    Procrastination is on my workbench today.
    I have jury duty this week and that combined with the snow has messed bu my scheduling.
    I have not yet begun my 2014 projects.
     
  11. MadJack

    MadJack Well-Known Member Supporting Member+ Supporting Member

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    I can't get to my work bench either. I've been using a small work mate type clamping table, but that's in the garage, which was too cold today (yeah, I'm a Florida Wimp when it comes to cold weather!). I used my coffee table! I just held the PG material tight against the table and started sawing away. I can get away with that being single! I did go outside to to use the Dremel and the drill.
     
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    While inflating my football, I broke off the needle in my bike pump. The other part is stuck deep inside of the thingy. I wasn't sure what to do so I went and laid down for a bit.
     
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    What! y'all's afraid to post your messes?.. not me :p
    this is about as bad as it gets, well no not really. Here's 3 blanks on the bench,, 7 Tele bodies and a couple others up on the shelf, and some more scraps for more whaterver and some templates in the drawer...................... ya can't see the other table that's a mess too

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    Matchless Lightning.
    18W marshall build.
    71 SG.

    I just realized I had six strats in pieces.
     
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    I'm putting a new radiator in my truck and installing a radio/speakers, reshaping the foam on my motorcycle seat, repainting a couple of my guitars and rewiring another two.
     
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    Full setup of my PRS Ted McCarty SC245 that should be arriving any time now
     
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    I'm not afraid to post a messy bench pic:

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    I don't normally clean up until after a project is done. What can I say, I'm a messy cook.

    My next victim...

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    Yamaha SD120
     
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    MadJack Well-Known Member Supporting Member+ Supporting Member

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    Pickguard Fabrication Day 2!

    A long, long time ago,
    in a Galaxy far, far away...

    Oh wait, wrong story!

    Anyways, a little over a year ago, when I was rebuilding this guitar, I wanted to do something different with it. Problem is, I don't have any refinishing supplies and very poor refinishing skills! I decided to try my hand at fabricating a pickguard from scratch, since there were none available for this guitar. I went through a few ideas in paper and came up with this:

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    Some of you may have seen it when I did the rebuild "Unexpected N(U)GD (Dean VX)..." Today I finally got around to making the pickguard. I don't know why it took so long to get to it, other than I kept putting on the back burner.

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    This one being a simpler design, went much smoother. Didn't take nearly as long. Overall, I like the design, very 70-80's look, sort of like the guitar design.

    The Entwistle Dark Stars went in after I got them from the closeout from Ey Guitar Parts and the thread about them. They fit the tonality of this guitar's design pretty good. I wouldn't normally get these types of pups, but the guitar needed that style.
     
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