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Friday, July 18, 2014

Building a frame saw

After seeing the video by Tom Fidgen I ordered the saw blades from Bad Axe toolworks, and after a certain amount of pratting around I put a frame together yesterday. Here are some pics of the later stages. 

The frame is made with double tenon joints. 

I still haven't finalized the shape of the handles, everything is still square and rough. 

The blade is held under tension and the idea is that the saw will enable me to rip or resaw larger pieces of wood than my bandsaw normally lets me. But this is only half of the equipment for doing that - I'm also working on a kerfing plane with a movable fence. That's also the work of Tom Fidgen. If you haven't seen his stuff on youtube you need to check it out. 

And now, our pizza oven:

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Number 74 done

I rushed things a bit at the end so I could bring my new uke with me to Skåne, the southern part of Sweden. So the pics are from my friend's garden (a garden of unexpected treasures, as you shall see at the end).

The bridge is small and the slot for the saddle is angled. I might change the saddle later, the height at the A-string needs a little finetuning. 

And the bar frets, I tried to show the profile but the rounded off ends make it a bit hard to see. 

Me rocking out in D minor (the saddest of all keys, makes people cry instantly).

But what of the treasure of which I spoke? Well this old garden has really really large lilacs and among them I saw a stump. So I asked my friend and sure enough, the wood was still around. So look here, three fretboard material stumps and a fourth stump of a mystery conifer that had fallen over. Don't know if it's good for anything but I'll bring it home and cleave it. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Making bar frets

That saucy rosewood spruce combo will get bar frets. I have them on my first soprano and I think they work fine and look cool. I have two different profiles from the hobby shop, 1x3 and 1x4 mm. This fretboard is thick enough for the 4 mm, the slots are 2 mm deep and I need a bit to work with to get the crown profile right. 

First I mess up the bottom edge a bit with a crap knife. 

Then I put a small amount of ca glue in the slot, just a bit of insurance. 

Since they'll recieve some heavy filing I can use a steel hammer to drive them down. 

Then I file the edges so they're flush with the fretboard edge. I also check the fretboard so it's the right width at the nut and 13th (my necks join the body at the 13th fret). The board is clamped to a piece of maple, filing a bowed board will give you a convex edge. 

Then I take down the height. All frets were level but too high so I went at it for a while. After this pic I measured the frets to just over 1 mm, so I rounded them with a small fret file. 

No pics from crowning I'm afraid, and now it's all glued to the neck. 

Oh heck, I didn't take a pic of the back braces either. Or of the back as it went on.