Thursday, July 13, 2017

2013 American Special Stratocaster

As pretty of a guitar as you will ever see.  This one came in shortly after purchase to get set up.  The usual routing of cleaning it up and checking it over.  Yup, I gush over this one too.

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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

My new old draw knife.

Well, it has been a couple of weeks since I have posted anything.  It's summer and I am enjoying the outdoors and also  No time to be editing video.

I bought a draw knife at the barn full of old tools, so I spent a couple of hours cleaning it up and sharpening it.  It seems like it will be very handy.  I have never used one before, but I have seen them being used a lot and they look like just the ticket for certain jobs.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A barn full of old tools

I met this guy a few years ago.  He is retired and now spends his time buying and selling tools.  He works on them a bit, cleans them up and brings them to shows and events to keep himself active.  He had many packed in his van to go to a show, and says he is a little low on inventory lately.  Hard to believe when you see what is packed away in the barn.

He does not do any business on line, in case you were wondering.  He likes to get out and meet people and chat with them and this is how he does it.  He travels all over southern Ontario and it keeps him active with his hobby.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

2013 Epiphone ES 339

I have had this footage for a while now. I finally got around to editing it today. A stunning Epiphone ES 339 which is a smaller bodied ES 335. Just a beautiful guitar in for a set up and a little bit of adjustment. Although pretty new, I have found that the guitars that need a set up the most are the ones that are just bought. Most retail stores do not take the time to look them over. They just take them out of the box and put them on the wall.

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Thursday, June 08, 2017

A little bonus

I threw this together last night.  A bit of a bonus video.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Easy Clamp Rack

A short video this week.  Continuing to organise the shop, I finally replace the old clamp rack with a new one.  An easy build made with cut offs and left overs.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Shop update: interior progress.

A bit more progress on the continuing adventure of my shop build.  It's going together a bit at a time as I can afford it.  As I clear space and organise, it frees up spaces to get the job done, between other projects.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Making guitar nut and saddle blanks from bone

Gosh...I forgot to post this one here.  I guess I have been busy, or confused.  Any way, I sourced a piece of cow shin bone from a local butcher and after a lot of research figured out how to make it into stock for making saddles and nuts for guitars.  All of the fats have to be taken out of it because fat and glue just don't go well together.  There are also issues of fat seeping into the wood and ruining it and the finishes and also going rancid.  So, here is how I did it.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Rita's nice rack

The weekly video this time is another key/mail organiser I did for my ex-wife.  She saw the one I did for my niece and asked if I could do one for her.  I kept this one short.  I couldn't seem to get the colours warm enough, but it is footage from the old camera.  I guess I get spoiled quickly.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Record No 4 Vice refurb.

I got a great deal on a vise. Lots of grime and dirt on it, but in good shape. All it needed was a tear down, clean and lube and it should be ready for a life time of service.

I didn't think I would have time to get a video done today.  I surprised myself.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Tool Chest Pt 4 Done!

I got through the process of cutting the bottoms of the drawers and finally getting them assembled.  Then it is on to installing the fronts.  Then I make the handles and put them on and get everything finished.  I even make some organisers for it too.

I finally run into footage from the new camera on this one.  Oh, I didn't post on that did I?  Well, I sold my old Nikon D50.  It did not take video, so I have been using my wife's Canon S100 pocket sized point and shoot up until now.  I added $25 to what I got for the Nikon and purchased a Lumix FZ 150 from a guy I used to work with.  It is a learning curve!  Lots of features to learn.  On top of that, Lightworks, my editing software, went through a major upgrade.  I am now learning that too.  It operates a bit differently, and now I find I spend more time editing as I am doing more things.  Things like colour correction that you wouldn't notice because it now looks a bit more natural.  I am having fun learning it.

In other news, Seamus, my new grandson, is doing fine from what I hear.  It will be a while yet before I can make it down to see him.  Like all babies, he is really cute.

So, on to the video on the completion of the tool chest build.

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Monday, May 01, 2017

I can't wait to meet him

At 4:29 pm today my first grandchild was born.  I am pretty stoked.  A healthy baby boy from my son and his wonderful partner.  A few days until things settle down and I will make a trip out to see him.  His name will be Seamus.  The Irish equivalent of my name, James.  Everyone is doing well and I am anxious to meet him.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Spring tune ups

I gotta take a pause on the tool chest build because…well….spring! I wanted to get this out as it is seasonally appropriate. Winter is over and it’s time to get ready for the warmer weather and undo some of the things that go with winter. A whole slew of handy tips and things that will make life just a little easier. I gotta say, this is pretty much my favourite time of the year.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tool Chest Pt 3

We come to the part that I am nervous about. Building drawers intimidate me. I probably over think it. First I make a prototype. Then, once I get that fitting, I use it for a pattern and set up jig for the rest of them.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tool Chest Pt 2

I get the carcass completed and put together.  The I get it put into place.  Quite a bit of work done and it turns out fine.

My editing software just went through a major upgrade, so I am back on a bit of a learning curve with it again.  It is supposed to be simpler, but once you get accustomed to doing things a certain way, change is difficult.  I find I am doing a lot more colour correction and using DVE's to try and get the shots looking better and focused on the work.  The new upgrade makes that easier and it is another toy in my bag of tricks.  It does make the editing process a bit longer, but I think the quality has a slight improvement.  Although it will probably go

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Tool chest build

I need to clear a spot in my shop to continue insulating and sheathing the walls. I want to get rid of my tool chest, so I am making a built in unit to replace it. I start with making the sides of the chest.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

'64 Harmony Rocket pt 2

We get the guitar up and running, eventually.  I really liked this one, it has a lot of personality.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

1964 Harmony Rocket.

This one needed a lot of TLC.  The neck had a thick layer of epoxy put on it that had to be removed.  The frets had lots of life in them, but were a little beat up.

The guy who owns it got it from his grandfather and it was his first guitar so there is a lot of sentimental value to it.  He didn't want a full restore, just to make it playable so he could enjoy it again along with the memory of his grandfather.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The coffee table finally gets done!

A long series.  I think I have "project fatigue" from not only doing the project, but from going through the hours of video and reliving it over and over.  It turned out nice and was a fun build for the most part, but I am glad that I am finally at the end of it.

On the other hand.  Things have been slow in the shop for the winter, so it gave me a lot of footage to tide me through getting a video a week out.  So there is a plus to all the mistakes and fixing them.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Sally's Coffee Table Pt 14, The pain continues

We don’t get far in this episode but we do a lot of work getting there. In reality, I could have left all this footage out and no one would be the wiser. It could have been a completely sterile build on video, with no challenges or mistakes, but that is not real life.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sally's Coffee Table Pt 13, A disaster.

Finishing off the finishing process, failing, stripping it and starting again.  By the end of the video I still have not figured out what is going wrong, but I keep trying.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A quick update

It has been busy around here for a while.  Too busy to edit video.  I quickly did a bit of a shop update this morning and got it posted.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I have been enjoying the weather.  With it being warmer I am taking advantage of it to spend a bit of time in the shop.  Also, Sally messed her foot up pretty badly last Sunday.  Nothing broken, but she has been off her feet for a while.  I had to jump in and help out around the house a bit more.  The food is not as good and the house is not as

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Doc's little docs 9 - Habits

Every once in a while I get an idea that leads to a tip or trick. I am as guilty as the next person for doing things a certain way because that is the way I’ve always done it. When I recognise that I try to take a look at my procedures and see if I can’t get a start on a better habit.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mail and key organiser.

Tired of coffee table videos yet?  I took a break from editing it and put this one together.  Yes, a complete build in one video!  My niece needed a key and mail organiser for her new home.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Sally's Coffee Table Pt. 12 - More French Polishing

I am taking the process much further than I have to, but I wanted to show it.  The shellac I am using is not dewaxed and I think that caused a few issues.  I have only used dewaxed flake shellac before.  We get a decent demonstration though.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sally's Coffee Table Pt. 11: Starting the French Polish

Starting out with the French Polish method of grain and pore filling.  A bit longer but after reviewing the take, I thought it stood on it's own.  So here is the beginning process of French Polishing.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Sally's Coffee Table Part 10

I can't believe this is such a long series.  But the build was long too and had some issues pop up.  I figure there may be a couple more to complete the series, but in this one the last of the wood work gets done and finishing is started.  Worked out well on my end though because I have not been very active in the shop for a while and I still have things to post.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Sally's Coffee Table Pt. 9

Here we go again!  This time some assembly, some mistakes, and the correction of mistakes.  My first ever draw bore tenons.  Not a success at first but we make it work.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Part 8 of the Coffee Table build

We are slowly getting there folks.  I am prepping and starting the finishing process and finding out how bad this ash is for tear out.  It has some wild grain and, like ash is apt to be, stringy.  Hang in there, things are about to get interesting on upcoming episodes.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Hair band deluxe

A while ago I got a BC Rich guitar in that needed some TLC.  It was an interesting instrument and had a few issues that needed to be straightened out.  Follow along while I bring back a guitar that goes well with spandex, leather and big hair.

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