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eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jan 6, 2013 - 08:18pm PT
Be careful, Tony. . . ya know what they say; if a luthier won the lottery, he'd just keep building til the money ran out!

:-)

And. . . just wondering if you know what the difference between Mutual Funds and Luthiers?

Eventually, the funds mature and start making money!

HA!

ox
Bill Mc Kirgan

Trad climber
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Jan 6, 2013 - 09:35pm PT
Great work on that mandolin Tony Bird.
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jan 7, 2013 - 12:14am PT
thanks--it really was an adventure.

here's the web page of the fellow who gave me advice--i'm going to show it to him next week. he makes lovely instruments which go into the hands of some of the top musicians out there.

http://www.gregbrandtguitars.com/
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Jan 7, 2013 - 04:07am PT
Very artistic Tony! Nice.

I got my motor out today... Took me about 3.5 hours..
It's a lot lighter now...
It's a lot lighter now...
Credit: Big Mike


It's empty in here...
It's empty in here...
Credit: Big Mike




800 HO
800 HO
Credit: Big Mike



Tomorrow ill rip it apart after riding..
Gunkie

Trad climber
East Coast US
Jan 7, 2013 - 05:55am PT
"doorway of pain" (tm)

Because you occasionally bash your head into the rig ;)

At least it's somewhere you will see it and can throw in a set or two between food/tv/toilet/bed. My setup is out of sight, out of mind, in the basement. I think silverfish may have taken over my board.
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jan 7, 2013 - 08:36am PT
don't tell me--you're going to mount it on that kayak back there? btw, did you build that kayak?

i didn't spend much on this project, kathy--the bushings for the tuner pegs came to around $10, the new fret wire was $8, the bone blanks were also less than $10 and a new set of strings came to around $6. being a "wood vulture", i already had the basic material. i used spray lacquer for final finish--less than $10 for a can. because it's colorless, i didn't even have to show an i.d.

a quote from my wife: "you don't make much money, but you sure save us a lot of money."
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jan 7, 2013 - 09:07am PT
Tony. . . those were OLD, tried and true Luthier's jokes!

:-)

A more realistic outlook on the whole deal is:

Luthiery; where, $400 worth of materials can produce a $200 instrument!

Trust me, there's more to it than meets the eye.

HAVE FUN!
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jan 7, 2013 - 10:11am PT
i did do a little online shopping in that department, ekat. nice, new tuning works ought to do it fine, so i thought. the works on the market run from around $30 to $90, except those recommended by that legendary mandolinist, david grisman, "simply the best," $500.
tooth

Trad climber
B.C.
Jan 17, 2013 - 12:20am PT
The wall
The wall
Credit: tooth


So 26 sheets of plywood and 2600 tee nuts later, we are finally finished the thing. Except for 4 sheets, everything is overhung, 4 full sheets on the 8' ceiling. Found some cheap deck paint that is full of sand, works perfectly on the walls for a finish that I played with until my wife decided she liked it. Darker color underneath and a broken trowel finish on the top. Got 400 holds from Atomik and I really really like their stuff. Have some Metolius but 3 already broke. I'll put up more pictures when I have a real camera. It has cost less than 2 year-long gym memberships, but we use it every day.

You can get on the wall and traverse down, across, up the other wall, then across the ceiling from another feature to the right - and then keep doing it again, the endurance factor comes into play and we can get 9 people on the wall at once that way. Unlike lake Perris, you don't have to go clockwise.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 17, 2013 - 01:29am PT
What am I building?

A helluva shooting guard!


Christmas tournament she scored 13, 14 and 16 against the team that ended up winning the tourney.

First game after the Christmas break she had 10 points, 4 steals, 4 assists and 5 rebounds and got her first player of the game recognition. That's the first time all season that the coach gave it to someone who wasn't high scorer! She ate Yuba City's point guard alive that game. Not bad for a freshman.

The Placer JV girls are now 12-5.

Tonight she put in 11 points in the 3rd quarter and almost single handedly brought her team back. Three 3's in a row!

I've been coaching her since she was 5 years old. So yeah, I guess I helped build that.....

Thanks for working so hard Amber.

Credit: survival
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jan 17, 2013 - 10:16am PT
Awesome Bruce! Building a future!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 17, 2013 - 11:20am PT
No he isn't. He's building his retirement by making a full-ride scholarship
shooting guard. Not that there's anything wrong with that! :-)
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 17, 2013 - 11:33am PT
GGNN, First World Problems, or "How I Saved A Little College Dough!"


It's funny to get attention at the school just because I happen to be her dad. Kinda fun.

She bringa much ahna upon humbr famiry!
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Jan 17, 2013 - 12:35pm PT
Nice Tony, I have built mandolins with redwood and like how they sound also. Very bright and full. Probably a lot like Doug-Fir. I have a few extra sets if you need some....let me know if you have questions also, would be able to answer some of them....


THis is what I have been doing. Just finished this pedal...going to fix the graphics alignment issues for the next one...sounds great too.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 17, 2013 - 01:31pm PT
Bump for daughters who bring the real goods! Instead of talking, she shows up and works. Building, if you will.....
Zander

climber
Jan 18, 2013 - 06:07pm PT
I love this thread. Wood, electrical, motors and daughters too, Woo hoo!

In an effort to keep the Magic alive (as Ekat would say ;-)

Twenty years ago I built these stairs out of doug fir, couldn't afford redwood at the time, should have used presure treated, which would have worked fine if I had maintained an impeccable paint job but real life and a tree that won't stop growing finally took a toll. Railing was alright fortunately.

Cheers, Z

Stairs up to the deck need rebuilding
Stairs up to the deck need rebuilding
Credit: Zander

new presure treated horses
new presure treated horses
Credit: Zander

New 3x12 treads
New 3x12 treads
Credit: Zander

Raise the railing a bit.
Raise the railing a bit.
Credit: Zander
John M

climber
Jan 18, 2013 - 08:30pm PT
That staircase is way cool. Thanks for posting that. This is a great thread.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 18, 2013 - 08:36pm PT
Zander, creative and stout-looking. Obiviously not done on a permit as
those retards never recognize quality. I've done lots of stairways and a
high percentage I've done twice cause people wanted what they want not what
some phukking building infector says they can have. So I've build 'em
twice- one butt ugly one to pass the infector and then the money unit.
J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
Jan 18, 2013 - 10:22pm PT
cool rail Z.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Jan 19, 2013 - 12:27am PT
Nice Stylings there, Zander!
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