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My new project.. Turn a door into a guitar UPDATE 98/ 03-02-14 VIDEO UP of guitar playing

#1 User is online   Rabs 

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:00 AM

So my journey this year has been odd... Unemployed.. speant the first few months disspondant (cos this is like my 7th redundancy) then speant the next six months only concentrating on finding work as well, you need a job..Then I was just confused for a while.... But the last few months ive gotten fed up of waiting and have started doing my own projects when I can.. if nothing else just to keep busy..

The last thing was my video filming/editing which I will still do when the oppertunity comes up.. But my new idea is making guitars out of random objects that would otherwise be thrown away...

At first I was going to use an old side table I had, but then my parents told me they have some old doors that they want to get rid of.. So I thought ha, ok.. Rather than throwing it away maybe I can make something from it.. So I went today and got the first one that looks like this.. I intend to use the thick bits of wood and glue together to make the body (cos the thin bits are too thin)...
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And this is what the wood grain looks like
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I will get at that this week.

Then I when ive done this one (assuming I get anywhere :)) theres four doors they have that look like this and are made from Teak
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I have no idea if I have the skills to do this.. But im a fast learner and theres lots of info on the net to help me. So I reckon I will do ok (and you never know till you try :)).. Will probably just buy a neck, pups and stuff cos the idea of trying to do that myself seems a bit much right now.

Will report back when or if I actually get somewhere :)
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:02 AM

Seems like a fun project, should be good fun. Ive always wanted to make a chopping board guitar. Good luck mate, keep us updated
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:05 AM

View Postkrock, on 25 November 2012 - 11:02 AM, said:

Seems like a fun project, should be good fun. Ive always wanted to make a chopping board guitar. Good luck mate, keep us updated

Cheers man.. theres a huge learning curve here so I think I will need all the luck I can get ;) [thumbup]
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:44 AM

Cool!
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:57 PM

I should buy this off you when it's finished, Rabs.

My wife keeps telling me to "shut it." :blink:


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Posted 25 November 2012 - 01:13 PM

View PostAlanH, on 25 November 2012 - 12:57 PM, said:

I should buy this off you when it's finished, Rabs.

My wife keeps telling me to "shut it." :blink:

No its ok.. You can buy it.. I honestly dont mind :)

If I get a minor celebrity endorsement or not finish it properly so it looks worn, does that mean I get to charge more? :P
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:35 PM

View PostRabs, on 25 November 2012 - 01:13 PM, said:

No its ok.. You can buy it.. I honestly dont mind :)

If I get a minor celebrity endorsement or not finish it properly so it looks worn, does that mean I get to charge more? :P


And then just tie it to the rear bumper of your car and drive around the block a few times. Then you can charge even more for "Relic'ing"!
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:01 PM

I've seen some old furniture made of solid Mahogany that would make a great guitar.
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:18 PM

Just keep reminding yourself that Brian May's 'Red Special' was built by his father and himself from an old mahogany mantelpiece....

Best of luck with all your endeavours, Rabs.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:23 PM

View Postpippy, on 25 November 2012 - 05:18 PM, said:

Just keep reminding yourself that Brian May's 'Red Special' was built by his father and himself from an old mahogany mantelpiece....

Best of luck with all your endeavours, Rabs.

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+1 to that. Ton's of info online, etc. to help. I love watching threads like this. I did a Tele partsocaster a couple of years ago using premade stuff just to really understand how elec guitars work and it was very educational, so I'm guessing you're gonna not only have some fun, but learn a ton in the process. Good luck and keep us posted. [thumbup]
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:27 PM

View PostDennis G, on 25 November 2012 - 05:23 PM, said:

+1 to that. Ton's of info online, etc. to help. I love watching threads like this. I did a Tele partsocaster a couple of years ago using premade stuff just to really understand how elec guitars work and it was very educational, so I'm guessing you're gonna not only have some fun, but learn a ton in the process. Good luck and keep us posted. [thumbup]

Cheers guys.. The support is appreciated.. Of coures I always have this place aswell :) Several luthiers on here..

Hopefully soon I can join the ranks :)
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:28 PM

View PostRaysEpiphone, on 25 November 2012 - 05:01 PM, said:

I've seen some old furniture made of solid Mahogany that would make a great guitar.

You should go for it too then .. Makes a good project if your working or not.. :)
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:38 PM

View Postpippy, on 25 November 2012 - 05:18 PM, said:

Just keep reminding yourself that Brian May's 'Red Special' was built by his father and himself from an old mahogany mantelpiece....

Best of luck with all your endeavours, Rabs.

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The neck was mahogany, but the body and fretboard were Oak. The body had a mahogany veneer.

Little tidbits ;)

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:23 AM

Sounds like a fun project. You can find lots of useful information, tools and adhesives for guitar building at http://www.stewmac.com/ .
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:51 AM

View PostCaroline64, on 25 November 2012 - 06:38 PM, said:

The neck was mahogany, but the body and fretboard were Oak. The body had a mahogany veneer.

Little tidbits ;)

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Sorry for any confusion and thanks for the clarification, Ryan.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:55 AM

Cool project, look forward to your progress.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:58 AM

Hey,, Cool project Rabs.
I musta missed this amongst the plethora 'o' best ofs.
I wanna see how this turns out,,, keep us posted.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:09 AM

Once you get a little further along let me know and we'll work out a deal on some pick ups.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:24 AM

Rabs to the rescue with a thread that stimulates the brain!

I can't wait to see this begin to unfold. Good luck.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:28 AM

Totally weird. I was just starting a new project of turning a guitar into a door!! :)

Just kidding...looks awersome Rabs...I will be keeping my eye on this thread. Have fun with it eh?!
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