This week, the guitar series wraps up, and I’ll show you how to calculate board feet. Then, tips for finishing outdoor tables and what to do about beards and breathing protection. Finally, an easy way to make mirror frames and another woodworking gallery. Enjoy.
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How to Make an Acoustic Guitar
In How to Make a Guitar Part 37, you get to see the final guitar, and the last steps to closing out the build. It’s hard to believe it’s been 37 weeks and 37 posts on this series. The time has flown by.
The subject of the series in the final week is adding the last few bits of hardware and stringing up the guitar. It’s been a long road, and this is the moment that every guitar maker waits for. This is all about hearing your guitar come to life.
In the next several days and weeks, the sound will change and improve, but there will always be something magical about the first few sounds that come out of an instrument that you made yourself.
How to Calculate Board Feet
In How to Calculate Board Feet, you’ll learn the easy way to figure out board feet. This is a necessary skill, because any time you buy wood from a hardwood store you are going to need this measurement.
Since wood comes in so many different sizes, the board foot is used to simplify it all. Essentially, the board foot is a measurement of volume, and all you are doing when you calculate board feet is converting the random sized board you have to units of board feet, so it can be sold.
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I’ll give you the easy way when you read the post, and you will be able to confidently estimate and figure out board feet quickly. When you are in the wood store, you will know what you are buying, and there will not be any surprises when you get to the cash register.
Finishing an Outdoor Table
In 9 Useful Tips for Finishing Outdoor Tables, you’ll learn some super helpful tips on finishing tables that belong in the great outdoors. This is a useful skill, even if you are finishing something else that will live outside.
Nature treats furniture very differently than the interior of a house. There is a lot more to control for, and the predictability of the inside environment is long gone. These things are important to take into account, and I’ll show you how.
Once you get through this post you will be able to finish just about any outdoor project made from wood. The results will be great, and you will get a longer lasting version of your project.
Respirators for Beards
In How to Pick Out a Respirator for Beards, you’ll learn how to be bearded and safe at the same time. It’s hard to be a bearded man in a world that needs you to be clean shaven to wear a mask. Such is the burden of the beard, but you don’t have to skip safety.
There are ways to keep that killer face mane and still be safe. You may have to spend a little more, but you can do it, and honestly, you really need to do it. If you are choosing looks over life, you are making a bad decision.
Let me show you some options for protecting yourself while working in the shop, and also keeping the beard. They range from great products to simply changing the way you shave. Any woodworker with a beard should read this.
Making Mirror Frames
In How to Make Mirror Frames the Easy Way, you’ll learn my super easy technique for making frames. This is a huge win, and a simple way to make mirror frames as well as picture frames. You can turn this into a business, and convert cheap Pine into high end frames.
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The entire process I explain is based on making the pieces first, and then cutting and assembling frames. Essentially, you get to mill everything while it’s in stick form, giving you a much easier time.
Then, you cut and assemble everything, and you don’t have to do much work after the fact, making it faster on the back end too. Finally, the looks you can create are awesome, and all you need is a different router bit to change it.
In the Woodworking Gallery for the week, you’ll see a collection of pictures from the site that will hopefully get you into the shop.
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