Westfarthing Woodworks Post Review for 5/26/2019

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This week, the guitar making series goes into creating the headstock shape, and I talk about drying time for wood glue. After that, making a lap esk with plans, a trick to removing a stripped allen bolt without buying anything and a fun woodworking picture gallery. Enjoy.

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How to Make an Acoustic Guitar

How-to-Make-an-Acoustic-Guitar-Series-Part-Twenty-One-Designing-the-HeadstockThis week, in Part Twenty One of the Guitar Making Series, the stacked neck blank gets a little closer to looking like a real guitar neck. This post covers cutting the back angle on the headstock, as well as tracing out the profile of the headstock shape.

While you are working on your custom acoustic guitar, it’s a good idea to work out a custom headstock shape as well. If you are going custom, you might as well go all the way. Besides, making a headstock shape is easy.

I’ll show you how to make a template as well, which will allow you to use your headstock shape on any future guitars you make. That’s nice, because you’ll only have to do the work on the template once.

How Long Does Wood Glue Take to Dry

Drying-Time-for-Wood-GlueIn Wood Glue Drying Time, I’ll tackle one of the hardest hitting questions in all of woodworking, and that is how long wood glue takes to dry.

We are all such impatient people apparently, but this is not a post about self improvement, it’s a post about the difference between the open time, initial tack, and full cure.

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These times vary a lot, and knowing the difference can have an impact on your woodworking. In the beginning, the term “dry”can mean a lot of things.

I’ll clear it up and help you avoid mistakes.

Making a Lap Desk

How-to-Make-a-Lap-Writing-Desk-With-PlansIn How to Make a Lap Desk with Plans, I’ll show you the process for making a really easy lap desk that you can take with you anywhere you need a portable office. The process is easy, the plans are fluid enough that you can modify them to fit your needs, the the results are excellent.

You can make one of these yourself in just a couple hours, and it also makes a great looking gift for a friend or even a coworker. 

This is the same style of desk that I use to write in the same room as my family, which allows me to be in the same area that they are while I am working. It’s a real treat, and I am sure you’ll like it. 

Removing Stripped Bolts

How-to-Remove-a-Stripped-Allen-ScrewIn How to Remove a Stripped Allen Screw, I’ll show you a fun trick that I learned a long time ago. This is the way you back out a stripped bolt without buying any special tools for the job.

It’s such a simple thing that you will be slightly let down if you don’t already know the trick. Even so, the one time you do use this method to get yourself going again you will be very happy.

Like most things, the simple solution is most of the time the best solution. This is no exception, and you will remember this one forever.

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Woodworking Gallery

Finally, here is another great Woodworking Gallery Post that pulls pictures directly from the site, and puts them all in one place where you can browse through them.

If you have any questions about this week at Westfarthing Woodworks, please Post a Question in the Q&A Forum and I’ll be glad to help. Happy building.

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