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  1. #391
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Greenbag View Post
    I'm a bit puzzled by parts of the above but have noticed that the translation between both spoken and written U.K. and USA English can lead to misunderstandings. Outlaw Lutherie seems fine to me; I've been using hand tools for decades and at one time I earnt my living by using hammers, files and spanners. I have a place to work and practical projects on the go, and yes sometimes they take a while and you have to keep plugging on at them - as and when your other tasks allow.

    The photos of your work show some fine instruments, I'd be glad to produce something a fraction as good and proud to play it too. My concern, which maybe didn't come across correctly, is in being careful in the selection of designs and plans for a faceted (and indeed any other) instrument. Someone who takes the time and trouble to build an instrument would, IMHO, want it to sound good and play easily. Readers might recall that my request for information (a few posts above) wasn't specifically for myself too, but rather for those with some basic hand skills and equipment who might be interested in the challenge but not able, for whatever reason, to build anything more complex than a faceted instrument.

    I wouldn't set off on a journey to a place new to me without a map - who knows where I'd end up or how much time and effort I'd waste - and similarly I would think it unwise to start any practical build project without a well informed idea of: what your aiming to end up with; why you selected that target and how you are going to achieve it. As they say: 'fail to plan, plan to fail'. I hope that that clarifys my reservations and doesn't come across as argumentative.
    Not argumentative at all. We are two different people. I studied lutherie texts and plans (such as they were) for a long time before starting anything, but eventually decided that if I couldn't build according to plan, at least I could build something. I decided that dulcimers and electric guitars were my safest first bets.

    But I was never afraid of failure. If asked how many of each kind of instrument I attempted went into the dumpster I'd have to admit to at least one of each. I was schooling myself, and learning a great deal from each failure. A bunch of instruments were given away. Infrequently one was kept. Occasionally one was sold. Many on this forum started the same way.

    The odds of succeeding as a beginning luthier today are astronomically better than they were 40 years ago. The odds of building a useable first instrument are pretty fair. Outlaw Lutherie can make the odds even better, though you might end up with an instrument that looks pretty odd itself.

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    The cigar box nation have just kicked off their 2by4 challenge.
    http://www.cigarboxnation.com/forum/...m_medium=email

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    Lovely meticulous work..marvellous attention to detail.. I'm in the wood game myself and one of favourite woods is Scots pine followed closely by British Colombian pine! Very cool a uke made from Scots 🌲 pine! Ps I just bought this from John Croft and all the money to charity! Good stuff..kindest regards..

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    It was a lot of fun to make, and I hope it will put a smile on your face every time you play it.

    Many thanks on behalf of The Christie Charitable Fund. Thanks also to John for waiving his fees and Pete for the challenge!
    Last edited by Wildestcat; 10-03-2017 at 02:33 AM.
    Cheers
    Paul

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    Here's a thought that might be useful? I use waterbased woodworm emulsion at work when I come across infestation problems on the floors I refurbish.. Anyway what this stuff does is to really open the wood up! It takes three times the lacquer to get a good finish! If one soaked a fretboard or saddle in this stuff then put on the ca..or possibly a hard varnish? (they now make lacquer with ceramic in it!) one might end up with a rock hard fretboard? Just a thought ��

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