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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
scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
Dec 11, 2013 - 05:01pm PT
Hey Edge, that zero clearance insert is great.
When I worked for a sub contractor, I always enjoyed seeing the push sticks
that the carpenters had made.
Visited a lot of different job sites, so there was great variety.
Would have been a good subject for a photo essay.
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Dec 11, 2013 - 06:29pm PT
And Edge ,I totally agree with you ,I did the same with my shop saw years ago.[an old rockwell]
I also own a set of older Marples blue handle chisels, I do not even let helpers touch them.
Cheers ,Terence.
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 11, 2013 - 07:37pm PT
I have two of the table saw inserts with my saw, one for either a thin kerf or regular blade. For the time involved, this should have been one of the first things I made for the landlord's saw.

If anyone makes their own, you can make the height adjustable by putting small flat head screws in the bottom where it rests on the cast iron flange. Just use enough front, back, and along the sides so it can't lever up if you push down anywhere on it. Similarly, if you cut it a tad loose you can pre-drill and countersink some screws in the edges and adjust the fit by turning them in or out.

Terence, I expect those old Marples to last my lifetime. Can't say the same for the new ones that they are making.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Dec 11, 2013 - 07:57pm PT
Slabbo - Looks like that place has got a room or two with a view! I really like the wood design detailing on the upper part.
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Dec 11, 2013 - 08:01pm PT
That is the way to go Edge,my belief is ,good fence alignment and run out tables/attachments will make life easy for you and your saw.

I digress,I do a lot of trim/built ins and such,I do not claim to be a cabinet or furniture maker.

A skilled roof framer who remodels .

I do use those Irwins as beaters,they are softer steel ,but you can touch them up quick with a mill bastard.






MisterE

climber
Dec 11, 2013 - 08:02pm PT
Thanks for the reminder, Edge - I had a cherry insert for my DeWalt that went kaput a couple years ago, but I haven't made one for the Bosch.

Speaking of push-sticks, I have been through many versions of this over the years. I accidentally routered the base on this one - it's now my template
Credit: MisterE
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Dec 12, 2013 - 12:20am PT
Thanks for all the guitar picks eKat. They bring back fond memories of my time working at Taylor guitars years ago.

As for recent projects, a few of my recent knives





eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 12, 2013 - 08:21am PT
Hey, strange. . . long time!

Taylor?

HOW COOL IS THAT!

Bob Taylor is a TRIPPER!

That must have been FUN for you!

A N D . . . NICE KNIVES!

oxox

MerryChristmas! (YerGonnaDie!)

:-)
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