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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 11, 2013 - 01:49pm PT
The jointer is mine, no one seems to use them around here. Odd.

That isn't odd, it's cave! How does one do anything other than rough
carpentry without a jointer?

Oh, BTW, you need to upsize yer 'boombox'. ;-)
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 11, 2013 - 01:52pm PT
Not my table saw, but making it do

That's what separates the craftspeople from us carpenters.

I drool over that setup, the fence is really nice.

You're all 'Meh, mines much better'. Or so I presume.

Glad that the shop is coming right along!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Dec 11, 2013 - 01:59pm PT
Your shop looks great, edge. Is that the new digs or old?
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 11, 2013 - 02:00pm PT
That isn't odd, it's cave! How does one do anything other than rough
carpentry without a jointer?

I've seen at least 3 shops that just use a track saw and don't even have a jointer. Sure they have their place and I will probably pick one up for other uses, but it makes no sense to me. Nothing beats the jointer for its intended job, except maybe my 24" Stanley Bailey plane; that leaves an almost mirror surface.

Brandon, yes, mine is better.

Dad, is this a good time to get a few laps in?
Dad, is this a good time to get a few laps in?
Credit: Edge

Dingus, the first pics are of my new space. The last pic was of my previous shop of 19 years which was featured in a book titled "The Workshop" put out by the publishers of Fine Woodworking & Fine Homebuilding magazines. It was a perfect one man shop, but I had to move on. One step forward, two steps backwards, at least shop-wise.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 11, 2013 - 02:06pm PT
Brandon, save yer pennies...

Credit: Reilly






Sadly, I sold it when I downsized. I'm back to my old Unisaw which gets
the job done, more or less. ;-)
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Dec 11, 2013 - 02:08pm PT
Hey Edge,

Come back here and kick me in the butt to get my shop in order.

I need to get rid of my junk so I have room to work, but I know from your pictures that I'll never be as organized as you!

Best, Steve
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 11, 2013 - 02:08pm PT
Holy crap, do you need to take a clinic just to learn how to use that beautiful machine?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 11, 2013 - 02:11pm PT
Actually, yes, for a retard like me it took about half a day but that was
included with the installation/setup. Nothing like being able to rip 6
sheets of plywood at once, eh?

The new ones have a touch-screen, of course!
The new ones have a touch-screen, of course!
Credit: Reilly

The buttons on the upper right are for the electrically adjusted scoring blades.


edit:
Brandon, the Martin controls the fences, blade height, etc. to .1mm!
Also, when you bevel the blade you tell it the thickness of material you
are cutting and it compensates for the fences. Yes, the crosscut fence
was electric, also.

Nothing like a Martin...
Credit: Reilly



But then there's nothing like having real skills like Edge and that guitar-maker.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 11, 2013 - 02:17pm PT

Nothing like being able to rip 6
sheets of plywood at once, eh?

Gang violence.

Edit; Reilly, that control panel reminds me of the machines my folks used to use in their precision metal cutting business. Acra-Cut and Rhobi machines. They were essentially massive table saws for plate stock up to 1'' thick. Tolerances of +- .002
Urizen

Ice climber
Berkeley, CA
Dec 11, 2013 - 02:22pm PT
Edge,

I love to see those blue-handled chisels in your rack. I've always suspected that people who work wood for money don't shell out for $75 chisels.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Dec 11, 2013 - 02:25pm PT
Obviously your old shop was not perfect or you would still have it? :)

LOVE the pic of the new one it looks great and so do you buddy. Good to see you working man again !

DMT
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Dec 11, 2013 - 02:26pm PT
eKat, I don't usually get all into custom guitar stuff, but that sequence of photos really opens my eyes to how much amazing craftsmanship is involved. It is remarkable.

Do you have any info or photos that show how the vision for what type of sound or tone the guitar will have feeds into the design process? Looking at resonance patterns on a soundboard and how that might affect the bracing pattern? Thickness and shape of the body and how that modulates the soundboard resonance to produce a desired spectrum of frequencies over time (e.g. how long different frequencies resonate to change the tone as notes are sustained). I'm a woodworking ignoramus, know too little to properly appreciate the skill, but the acoustic design stuff is really interesting for me.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 02:39pm PT
Nut. . . Blanchard has a strong background in physics and math. . . he's the perfect combination of science and art. Interestingly, they don't collide. When he's an artist, the scientist is quiet and vice versa.

He does a really, really neat thing called "Free Plate Tuning" where he runs specific frequencies through a signal generator onto the top which is covered with sawdust and sitting on little foam blocks.

The frequencies create Chladni patterns in the dust. He looks for specific patterns that will assure the sound he's looking for. He keeps 6 pages of notes on every top.

This is a way of quantifying tonal properties of tops and their bracing patterns.

Here's a shot of him running modes on the top for the ClassiCool I used in the last several of my posts:

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eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 02:43pm PT
Nut. . . Blanchard was hired to give a lecture on his work with Chladni techniques at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival back in 2007. It was a hit.

Here's a link to his site with more information on his presentation.

http://www.blanchardguitars.com/guitarpages/chladni/chladni_buy.php

I will add that this is a tedious process and it takes a real thinker to put this much work into the predictability of sound and not many builders go this extra distance, but it makes all the difference in the world.

As I said, above, Blanchard Guitars produces NO 2nds.

:-)
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 11, 2013 - 02:50pm PT
Steve, when I come back to NH I will gladly help organize your shop in exchange fora few belays on some of your classic FAs.

Reilly, I am still trying to figure out the microwave in my new shop. I think it was relegated from the kitchen to the shop because, well, microwaves aren't supposed to emit thick black smoke, are they?

Urizen, those are Marples Blue chisels, but not the crap that they sell now that they were acquired by Irwin. These are original 25 year old Marples with Sheffield steel, and I can literally shave hair off the back of my hand with them. Forget what I paid for them, but they were worth every penny.

My carving chisels are a mix of new German or English at $35-45/pop and antiques that I picked up for as low as $2.

Carving out a living , literally!
Carving out a living , literally!
Credit: Edge
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 02:50pm PT
This one's for DMT.

Blanchard at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival wearing my Gramicci shirt from back in the 80s!

HA!

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Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 11, 2013 - 02:54pm PT
Reilly, out of curiosity, how much does one of those Martin machines retail for?

I know, if I have to ask...
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 11, 2013 - 03:03pm PT
HaHaHa! They're a division of Mercedes. Well, they might as well be. As
the car people like to say, depending upon options, you can get one for the
price of a basic CLA250 or a well equipped C350. Actually, I think they
have a 'starter' model now that is only about 20 large.
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 11, 2013 - 04:17pm PT
It took me less than 10 minutes, but I just made a zero clearance saw insert for the table saw. Cutting small parts with the stock insert is dangerous at best, and the time invested in one of these is well spent for peace of mind.

If you don't have one on your saw, do it!!!

You can toss a dead cat through that gap.
You can toss a dead cat through that gap.
Credit: Edge

Ahhh. Better.
Ahhh. Better.
Credit: Edge

And make some push sticks while you're at it, if you haven't already.

This concludes today's public service announcement.
slabbo

Trad climber
fort garland, colo
Dec 11, 2013 - 04:55pm PT
The last house I will build..timber frame and adobe
The last house I will build..timber frame and adobe
Credit: slabbo

my last constuction job
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