Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: lap steel guitar

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Central (upstate) NY
    Posts
    1,457

    lap steel guitar

    Hand planing is hard work. I started work on a lap steel guitar today. Planed one edge. Not looking forward to the faces.

    Using hand tools more from need than desire. The garage at the new place doesn't have 220 and the 110 is coming in through knob and tube, so I don't want to stress things.

    Pics of curlies and the piece of wood as it gets tooled will follow. I know, no pics didn't happen, but I have the backache to prove I did something.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Central (upstate) NY
    Posts
    1,457
    As promised, the pic of an edge (both have been planed smooth - had to give my back a rest) and curlies to prove a plane was used. https://www.flickr.com/gp/mek42/45A155

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Constantine, MI
    Posts
    7,892
    Sore back not withstanding, I'm anxious to see this progress!
    Host of the 2017 Family Woodworking Gathering - Sunken Wood

    “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk
    www.wrworkshop.com

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Reno NV
    Posts
    13,366
    Sounds like fun!
    Programmer - An organism that turns coffee into software.
    If all your friends are exactly like you, What an un-interesting life it must be.
    "A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of" Ogden Nash


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ABQ NM
    Posts
    30,020
    Looking forward to seeing the progress and end result, Mark.

    I made a lap steel guitar about a year or so after I graduated from high school (using my granddad's shop tools and a rented Porter-Cable belt sander.) It's made of maple and imbuia wood, and I went with a non-traditional body shape. It played and sounded good with a fairly hot humbucking pickup in it. I ended up cannibalizing the pickup off of it several years later to install in another project I was working on. One of these days I need to re-mount that pickup back in the lap steel and get some photos of it to show here.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

    workingwoods.com

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    2,749
    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    One of these days I need to re-mount that pickup back in the lap steel and get some photos of it to show here.
    Not to mention some recordings, both of you!
    Cheers,
    Roger


    The other member of Mensa, but not the NRA

    Everyone is a self-made person.

    "The thing about quotes on the internet is that you cannot confirm their veracity" -Abraham Lincoln

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Posts
    13,467
    Darren

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Central (upstate) NY
    Posts
    1,457
    Started the face planing. Now I know why period construction timber was used rough. Yowsers, but hand planing is hard work! Showed my daughter how to read wood and make curlies.

    Here's the first round of face planing. This side isn't done by any means. I'm tempted to grab the random orbit sander, but then I'd have to sheepishly ask a moderator to move this out of the neander forum, and I don't want to do that. So, it may well take a whole week to get this one plank face planed, but it'll get done one curlie at a time.

    https://flic.kr/s/aHskYxJkEP

    I wonder if anyone can guess what wood this is from such poor lighting.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Central (upstate) NY
    Posts
    1,457
    First face hand planing is done. Added a pic to the album. If I haven't mentioned it, hand planing is physically demanding. Maybe will take another week for the other face - need to plane both faces to find the prettiest figure.

    Doing some more thinking about tuning. I may be crazy and go up to 12 strings.

    EACEGBDFACEG (low to high, not married to low E - only really feel the need for the other 11), might make the B Bb and stick a thimble or steel finger pick on my left thumb or index finger to sharpen the Bb when I want the tritone. If I go to 11 or 12 strings, I may just use a pair of humbuckers, preferably trembucker width, but would start with whatever the local shop has in stock in their used gear bin.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ABQ NM
    Posts
    30,020
    The 12-string approach is intriguing. I've not put much thought into that kind of thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Kosmowski View Post
    ...might make the B Bb and stick a thimble or steel finger pick on my left thumb or index finger to sharpen the Bb when I want the tritone...
    I've only used open E 6-string tuning, but to sharpen a note I grab the string with my middle or ring finger behind the slide and bend the note up a half or whole step. Works cool for pedal steel effects.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

    workingwoods.com

Similar Threads

  1. Been worken on a new Prototype ( Lap Steel Guitar)UPDATE ITS DONE
    By Jay Caughron in forum Flatwork Project Showcase
    Replies: 43
    Last Post: 01-21-2015, 05:07 AM
  2. Steel Studs.....?
    By Stuart Ablett in forum Carpentry and Construction
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 09-07-2012, 03:50 PM
  3. Hardening Steel
    By Darren Wright in forum Handtool Project Showcase
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-26-2010, 10:27 PM
  4. drilling steel
    By Frank Fusco in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 05-30-2008, 01:26 PM
  5. cutting steel
    By Frank Fusco in forum General Woodworking Q&A
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 05-25-2008, 12:48 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •