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    Guitar Pickup winding station

    I am planing on winding my own pickups soon so decided I needed to make a work station for my home built winder instead of having everything scattered all over the place. I kind of designed this on the fly but am happy with the way it turned out.

    This is the start of the stand. I wanted some storage drawer so I could keep everything at hand. Its built up of 1/2 Baltic Birch ply with oak drawer runners and dividers. Click image for larger version. 

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    Here I am laying out a router templet for the hand pull and routing it out
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    Here are all the drawer fronts with hand holds cut Click image for larger version. 

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    Then I used a cove bit and made a cove on the inside for a finger hold. Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	89244 The reason for all of this is I did not what anything that the wire might get caught on and break the wire.

    I put dividers in the top drawers for all the small parts. Click image for larger version. 

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    Drawers installed and top put on. Click image for larger version. 

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    A Turn N Time
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    Finishing up

    Winder and everything mounted on stand I wanted it to fold up to store it and came up with the fold up wire holder and a removed tension arm. Then made a holder for the foot control and power cord. The winder is set up with a digital counter to keep track of how many winds on the pickup and also has a gear motor with offset disk to move the wire side to side as it winds instead of me doing it by hand.

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    Now just hope it all works as planed
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    Boy oh boy, that is slick, Jay. I bet it plays a tune while it's winding too!

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    That's really cool, jay!

    I may have to get in on this thing
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    Dang, you're not messing around, Jay. I know zilch about pickup winding. I'm assuming you can make double coil pups as well as singles?
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    That is slick Jay. Cool idea on the hand grips for the drawers.
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    Very neat Jay way to go.

    As one who has had many many experiences with coil winding for all sorts of applications, the key to success with a coil of any type is what you put through the center.

    At the end of the day its a magnetic circuit. As i understand a guitar pickup it has poles in the center, so what are you using for the metal cores because that is where the magic element will be more than in the wire and the tightness or compactness on the former.

    It should not be any old steel that its made of, in fact what steel is used and how the poles are secured to form the magnetic circuit will be key to the performance of the circuit formed by the guitar string.

    Electromagnets are a real source of manufacturing black magic from my experience so put equal if not greater effort into the cores you going to use.

    Love the draws and handles going to steal that idea for certain to good to pass up for flush face draws.

    Way to go Jay you a man after my own heart making your own coils.

    You going to need a solder pot to tin the ends and burn off the coating to get a good connection as well.
    cheers

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    Very cool Jay. You are really getting into this big time!
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    Thanks everyone
    Vaughn I will as I learn more I have a ways to go. First winding I am planing are just single pole pickups for Diddley bows so I can get a feel for how it winds with out wasting a lot of wire during the learning curve
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