Category: Project of the month

Winner (s) of the Project of the month: September 2017

Winner (s) of the Project of the month: September 2017

This month we have two winners and this is just awesome !

Two people, two projects, two stories, but one goal: Music

 

And here they are :

 

Background story by Gero

First in German, further down in English

 

 

Einfach mal ´ne Gitarre bauen, kann ja nicht so schwer sein… 😉 …und so startete das Abenteuer.

Der Korpus besteht aus Ahorn mit aufgeleimtem Bubingafurnier, mit der Stichsäge grob zurechtgesägt und mit der Oberfräse und allerlei Schleifgerätschaften in Form gebracht. Für die Aussparungen der Halsaufnahme, Tonabnehmer und Elektronikfach fertigte ich eine Schablone und probierte einfach mal aus wie so ein Kopierring für die Oberfräse funktioniert… aufregend…aber es hat geklappt 🙂

Die Rückseite und die Kanten lackierte ich mit verschiedenen braunen Candy-Lasuren und verpasste dem Ganzen eine schöne Schicht 2K Klarlack.
Das Pickguard und die Abdeckungen der Tonabnehmer wollte ich ursprünglich auch aus Holz fertigen, entschied mich dann aber aus Stabilitätsgründen für Kunststoffteile, auf die ich mit Hilfe der Airbrushtechnik eine Wurzelholzoptik lackierte.

Den Hals hatte ich noch von einer ausgeschlachteten Billiggitarre, liegt angenehm in der Hand und ist super bespielbar. Also… Kopfplatte umgearbeitet, mit Bubinga furniert, lackiert, Bünde abgerichtet, neuer Sattel… zack fertig.

Dann konnte zusammengebaut, verlötet und justiert werden. Ich finde es immer super spannend wenn aus Einzelteilen ein großes Ganzes wird… Die vergoldete Hardware in Kombination mit der hellen Wurzel und dem rotbraunen Body… schon ein Bisschen sexy. Ich muss gestehen das ich recht überrascht war das alles halbwegs passt und funktioniert und nur wenige Nacharbeiten nötig waren.

Zur Elektronik: Die Tonabnehmer sind von Fender und die Schaltung ist Standard Stratocaster, also 5-Wegeschalter, Volumen-Poti und 2x Tone-Poti .

Fazit: Einiges würde ich mittlerweile anders machen aber alles in allem bin ich mit dem Ergebnis zufrieden. Viel gelernt, Spiel, Spaß & Spannung beim Werken gehabt und eine Gitarre mit herrlichem Blues/Rock-Sound gab es auch noch.

Beste Grüße
Gero

 

 

 

 

Simply building a guitar, that can´t be too hard 😉 and so the adventure started.
The corpus is out of maple with bubinga veneer glued on, cutted out with the jigsaw and with the router and all sorts of sanding equipment brought into form. For the cutouts of the neck, pickup and the electronics I made a template and just tried how a cam ring for the router works … exciting … but it worked well 🙂
I painted the back and the edges with different brown candy-glazes and gave it a nice finish with 2K clearcoat. In the beginning, I wanted to make the pickguard and the cover for the pickups out of wood, but for stability reasons I decided to use plastic pieces that I finished with airbrush techniques so it looks like root wood.
I had the neck from a exploited cheap guitar, it feels very comfy and is nice to play with. So, headplate adjusted, veneered with bubinga, painted, set everything … and done.
Then everything could be sticked together, soldet and adjusted. I always find it very tensioning when single pieces combine to a big whole. The golden hardware in combination with the bright root and the redbrown body … kind of sexy. I have to admit that I was very surprised that everything worked well and I only had to make a few adjustments.
Regarding the electronics: the pickups are from Fender and the gearing is Standard Stratocaster, so 5-way-switch, volume-poti and 2x tone-poti.
Conclusion: Something I would have made differently now but all in all I am satisfied with the result. Learned a lot, had fun and tension building it and got a nice guitar with Blues/Rock-Sound.

Best Regards
Gero

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Background story by Luca

 

 

Building violins is my job.

For violins the materials are quite standard: red Italian spruce for the top, Curly maple for the back, ribs and neck+scroll, normal maple for the bridge, ebony for all the other parts (fingerboard, pegs, tailpiece, endpin, nut and saddle).
You can find violin backs and ribs made of poplar or other wood as well. Boxwood and rosewood is also frequently used for the parts I made of ebony, except for the fingerboard, which is always ebony.

No machines were used for this project. I just used the bandsaw to cut out the most of the waste before start carving the top and the back. All the tools are manual: little planes with arched and flat bottom, rasps, files, chisels and gouges. Not many tools really. For the bending of the ribs I use a hot iron and water. The joint of the two pieces of the top and the back are always hand planed to perfection, so that you can’t see it and there’s no gap, so the glue won’t fail in hundreds of years.

I started with carving the scroll, you basically draw the outline on a block of maple that you (hand) planed square and carve with a saw, gauges and files.
Than you join two bookmatched pieces for the back and the top (sometimes the back is one piece), draw the outline of the violin with a model, cut out the waste with a coping saw or bandsaw or watever saw that can cut curves. After you cut out the waste you get to the line with rasps and files and start carving the top and bottom with planes. Some use gouges. Than you cut a little groove (1,3mm usually) near the borders to install the purfling, and you start carving on the inside. The thickness you leave will affect the sound.
Then you shape the ribs with water and a hot iron, glue them together, glue the bottom to the ribs and the top on the other side.
To join the body and the neck a sliding dovetail is used, and it has to be cut by hand because every neck will be different and the angle you put the neck in is important, and can variate on every instrument.

I’m very satisfied as the violin sounds great and i quite like the slightly used look it has.

For photos of the building of my violins you can visit my website: http://www.lucazerilli.com

Link to this particular violin:
http://www.lucazerilli.com/index.php/en/12-violins/15-violin-3.html

Luca Zerilli

Project of the month: September 2017

Project of the month: September 2017

This is the fifth post of our monthly series “Project of the month”.

This month will be musical !

The vote will run for about a week and then we’re going to announce the project of the month. The winning maker will give you some behind-the-scences information about the project.

You can bring projects to our attention in two different ways:

We’re going to choose from those nominations but we can’t guarantee that any of them will come up in a vote because we have no idea how many projects will be sent in. The projects don’t have to be posted in that particular month.

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So for September 2017, here are the three candidates

gero_kreatech: my first guitar

lucazerilliluthier: new antique-looking violin

paoson_woodworking: Les Paul guitar

 

Which of the following projects is your Project of the Month (September 2017)
  • gero_kreatech: my first guitar 43%, 9 votes
    9 votes 43%
    9 votes - 43% of all votes
  • lucazerilliluthier: antique-looking violin 43%, 9 votes
    9 votes 43%
    9 votes - 43% of all votes
  • paoson_woodworking: Les Paul guitar 14%, 3 votes
    3 votes 14%
    3 votes - 14% of all votes
Total Votes: 21
24.09.2017 - 07.10.2017
Voting is closed
Project of the month: August 2017

Project of the month: August 2017

This is the fourth post of our monthly series “Project of the Month”.

The vote will run for about a week and then we’re going to announce the project of the month. The winning maker will give you some behind-the-scences information about the project.

You can bring projects to our attention in two different ways:

We’re going to choose from those nominations but we can’t guarantee that any of them will come up in a vote because we have no idea how many projects will be sent in. The projects don’t have to be posted in that particular month.

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So for July 2017, here are the three candidates.

  1. andys.werkstatt: BBQ Table
  2. mrhandwerk: BBQ Table
  3. beardbuildbbq: BBQ Table

Cast your vote

Which of the following projects is your Project of the Month (August 2017)
  • andys.werkstatt: BBQ Table 76%, 22 votes
    22 votes 76%
    22 votes - 76% of all votes
  • beardbuildbbq: BBQ Table 14%, 4 votes
    4 votes 14%
    4 votes - 14% of all votes
  • mrhandwerk: BBQ Table 10%, 3 votes
    3 votes 10%
    3 votes - 10% of all votes
Total Votes: 29
31.08.2017 - 14.09.2017
Voting is closed
Winner of the Project of the month: July 2017

Winner of the Project of the month: July 2017

With the most votes, the winner of July 2017 is jan_laux

Background story by Jan

Here’s his background story of the project – first in German, further down in English.

 

Meine Freundin hatte Geburtstag und ich wollte ihr einen neuen Couchtisch bauen !!!

Der Tisch ist aus Birke Massivholz gebaut und das Glas hat einen stärke von 10mm.

Ich machte mir zuerst eine kleine Skizze und gings sofort los. Die Teile hab ich an meiner Felder KS500 gesägt und die Verbindungen mit Flachdübel verleimt.

Mit dem Ergebnis bin ich sehr zufrieden (Freundin übrigens auch) und würde nichts ändern.

Grüße Jan

 

English version of  jan_laux’s story

My girlfriend had her birthday and I wanted to build her a coffee table !!!

The table is made out of solid birch wood and the glas is 10mm thick.

First I made a little sketch and started immediately. I cut the parts on my Felder KS500 and glued them together with flat dowels.

I am very happy with the result (my girlfriend too) and wouldn’t change a thing.

Greetings Jan

 


Have a look on Jan’s Page in the members area

Project of the month: July 2017

Project of the month: July 2017

This is the third post of our monthly series “Project of the Month”.

The vote will run for about a week and then we’re going to announce the project of the month. The winning maker will give you some behind-the-scences information about the project.

You can bring projects to our attention in two different ways:

We’re going to choose from those nominations but we can’t guarantee that any of them will come up in a vote because we have no idea how many projects will be sent in. The projects don’t have to be posted in that particular month.

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So for July 2017, here are the three candidates.

  1. jan_laux: Couchtisch
  2. coftheburl: Coffee Table
  3. palleelgaard: Coffe Table

Cast your vote

Which of the following projects is your Project of the Month (July 2017)
  • jan_laux: Couchtisch 44%, 12 votes
    12 votes 44%
    12 votes - 44% of all votes
  • coftheburl: Coffee Table 30%, 8 votes
    8 votes 30%
    8 votes - 30% of all votes
  • palleelgaard: Coffe Table 26%, 7 votes
    7 votes 26%
    7 votes - 26% of all votes
Total Votes: 27
28.07.2017 - 04.08.2017
Voting is closed
Winner of the Project of the month: June 2017

Winner of the Project of the month: June 2017

With the most votes, the winner of June 2017 is Crazytimber.

Background story by Crazytimber

Here’s his background story of the project – first in German, further down in English.

Das Projekt hab ich eigentlich aus keinem bestimmten Grund gebaut bzw. gedrechselt. Ich brauchte ein Video für YouTube und da hab ich mich einfach in meinem Holzlager umgeschaut. Habe das Stück Pflaume gesehen und dachte mir „das kann doch eine schöne Schale mit einer netten rötlichen Farbe werden“. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt wusste ich noch nicht, dass dort Draht eingewachsen war.

Das allerwichtigste Material ist und war natürlich das Stück Pflaumenholz, mehr Material brauchst du beim Drechseln nicht.

Es waren nicht einmal so viele Maschinen, die zum Einsatz kamen. Hauptmaschine war meine Drechselbank eine Elektra Beckum HDM 1000. Sonst wurden noch verschiedene Drechseleisen Verwendet und ein Akkuschrauber mit einem Schleifaufsatz zum schleifen der Oberfläche.

Nach dem Aussuchen des Holzes habe ich es grob mit der Motorsäge zugeschnitten und  auf die Drechselbank aufgespannt. Als erstes habe ich die Außenform gedrechselt und geschliffen. Im Anschluss habe ich die Schale umgespannt und hab mit ein Forstnerbohrer das innere ausgebohrt. Jetzt habe ich angefangen und hab die Schale ausgehöhlt und bin auf den eingewachsen Draht gestoßen was die Arbeit erschwert hat. Zum Schluss wurde alles noch mal fein geschliffen und mit einer Bienenwachsmischung behandelt. Fertig war die Schale !

Wenn ich anfange mit dem Drechseln, hab ich keinen Plan. Was aus dem Holzstück wird, kommt mir meistens beim Drechsel somit hab ich keine Erwartungen an das Projekt gehabt. Ich bin sehr zufrieden mit dem Projekt, mir gefällt sehr, dass der Draht eingewachsen ist. Sowas macht die Arbeiten immer einzigartig. Im Nachhinein würde ich nicht einmal etwas anders machen, es hat alles geklappt und das ist die Hauptsache.

English version of Crazytimber’s story

I didn’t make the project for any particular reason. I needed a video for my YouTube channel and so I looked around my wood storage to find something to make. I saw the piece of plum and thought: “This could turn into a nice bowl with a nice reddish hue”. At this point I didn’t know that the blank contained an ingrown piece of wire.

The most important Material is, of course, the blank of plum wood – for turning you don’t need anything else.

I didn’t use that many machines, either. The main machine was my Elektra Beckum DHM 1000 lathe. I also used various turning chisels and a cordless drill with a sanding kit to sand the surface.

After picking the blank I roughly cut it to shape with the chainsaw and clamped it into the lathe. Then I turned the outside shape and sanded it. After that I turned the bowl around and used a Forstner bit to drill out the inside of the bowl. Now I started hollowing out the shape and came on the ingrown piece of wire, which made turning the bowl a lot harder. At the end I sanded everything up to a fine grit and gave the bowl its finish with a mixture based on bee’s wax. Now the bowl was finished!

When I start turning a piece I don’t have a plan for the final product. What a blank turns into usually emerges in the process of turning it so I didn’t have any expectations for this project either. I’m very pleased with the result, though. I like that it contains this ingrown piece of wire – something like that makes a piece unique. Looking back, I wouldn’t do anything differently – everything worked out and that’s always the main thing.


Have a look on Jonas’ Page in the members area. 

Project of the month: June 2017

Project of the month: June 2017

This is the second post of our monthly series “Project of the Month”.

The vote will run for about a week and then we’re going to announce the project of the month. The winning maker will give you some behind-the-scences information about the project.

You can bring projects to our attention in two different ways:

We’re going to choose from those nominations but we can’t guarantee that any of them will come up in a vote because we have no idea how many projects will be sent in. The projects don’t have to be posted in that particular month.

_______________________________________________________________________

So for June 2017, here are the three candidates.

  1.  crazytimber: Plumwood
  2. joris.kronenberg: Dose
  3. hobbymaschine: Schale

Cast your vote

Which of the following projects is your Project of the Month (June 2017)
  • crazytimber: Plumwood 52%, 11 votes
    11 votes 52%
    11 votes - 52% of all votes
  • hobbymaschine: Selbst gedrechselte Schale 29%, 6 votes
    6 votes 29%
    6 votes - 29% of all votes
  • joris.kronenberg: Dose 19%, 4 votes
    4 votes 19%
    4 votes - 19% of all votes
Total Votes: 21
20.06.2017 - 30.06.2017
Voting is closed
Winner of the Project of the month: May 2017

Winner of the Project of the month: May 2017

It was a close call between the three candidates for the Project of the Month May 2017. But in the end, Günter from AoK made the race with his small jewellery box.

Background story by AoK

Here’s his background story of the project – first in German, further down in English.

Schmuckkästchen von AoK

Dieses kleine Schmuckkästchen habe ich für die Challenge Tree 2017 vom Dominic Bender [also an EWC member] gebaut. Er veranstaltet diese Challenge jedes Jahr und für mich hat sie fast schon Kultstatus.

Ich habe die Box aus einem Stück Birkenast gebaut. Birke eignet sich hervorragende für solche arbeiten, weil das Holz eine schöne Maserung und die Rinde eine tolle Farbe hat.

Ich mag es besonders etwas mit der Bandsäge zu bauen, weil ich dann keinen großen Bauplan brauche und einfach loslege. Alles ergibt sich dann irgendwie von selbst. Ich kann viel improvisieren und freihand aufzeichnen und ausschneiden. Dann werden die Teile zusammengeleimt und noch ein paar Eyecatcher angeschraubt und das war’s dann auch schon.

Die Bandsäge ist mein absolutes Lieblingswerkzeug, einigermaßen genau und unkompliziert.
Ich hoffe das die Box Euch genauso gut gefällt wie mir. Wie ich das Teil gebaut habe sieht man ganz genau in meinem Video.

Vielen dank für das Intresse. Ich freu mich schon auf die anderen Projekte die hier vorgestellt werden und wünsche dem EWC alles gute für die Zukunft.

Liebe Grüße
Günter (AoK)

English version of AoK’s story

I built this small jewellery box for Dominic Bender’s  [also an EWC member] “Challenge Tree”. He does this challenge every year and for it already has cult status.

I made the box out of a birch branch. Birch is excellent for such projects because the wood has a nice grain and the bark has a beautiful colour.

I especially like to build projects with my bandsaw because I don’t need much planning, I just start into the project and see what happens. I improvise a lot and sketch saw lines freehand to cut out. Then I glue the parts up, add some eye candy here and there and that’s that.

The bandsaw is by far my favourite tool: quite accurate and simple to use. I hope you like the box as much as I do. The video show quite well how I made it.

Many thanks for your interest. I’m looking forward to the other projects that will be featured in this series and I wish all EWC members all the best!

Best wishes,
Yours, AoK

Have a look on Günter’s Page in the Members Area 

Project of the month: May 2017

Project of the month: May 2017

With this post we’re starting another series: At the beginning of each month we’re going to give you three projects made by community members to vote on. The vote will run for about a week and then we’re going to announce the project of the month. The winning maker will give you some behind-the-scences information about the project.

You can bring projects to our attention in two different ways:

We’re going to choose from those nominations but we can’t guarantee that any of them will come up in a vote because we have no idea how many projects will be sent in. The projects don’t have to be posted in that particular month.


So for May 2017, here are the three candidates.

  1. AoK: Kleines Schmuckkästchen
  2. schaefer.klaus: Kleine Holztruhe
  3. special_works: Teebox

Cast your vote

Which of the following projects do you want to vote for Project of the Month (May 2017)
  • AoK: Kleines Schmuckkästchen 36%, 19 votes
    19 votes 36%
    19 votes - 36% of all votes
  • special_works: Teebox 32%, 17 votes
    17 votes 32%
    17 votes - 32% of all votes
  • schaefer.klaus: Kleine Holztruhe 32%, 17 votes
    17 votes 32%
    17 votes - 32% of all votes
Total Votes: 53
28.05.2017 - 03.06.2017
Voting is closed