It’s been a busy week at Westfarthing Woodworks, and we covered a lot on the website that I will share with you today. First, a great post on choosing the best wood for your guitar. Second, the ultimate guide to using Forstner bits, and finally how to protect your rings from blowout on the lathe. Enjoy.
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Choosing the Best Guitar Making Wood
In How to Easily Choose the Best Wood For a Guitar, the process for identifying, selecting, and deciding on the right piece of wood is made really easy.
You can get hung up on picking out the right piece of wood for your guitar and it can be a paralyzing experience. It does not have to be that way at all though, and you can arm yourself with everything you need to know right here.
Picking wood is a process, like any other process. If you know what you are looking for, and you actively screen out the stuff that you need to avoid, you can pick out the best piece of wood for your instrument.
It’s more than species. It’s about the individual piece of wood itself, and that’s where the wood buying battle is won.
The Best Forstner Bit Guide
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I use these bits all the time, and they are awesome. There are hundred great reasons to use them, and I break down everything you need to know in the post.
Not only will you end up with a small set of Forstner bits to start with, but you will end up using them all the time. It’s one of those tools that once you have them in the shop, you end up using them all the time.
The guide covered everything, assuming you know nothing about the bits. You will learn what they are, what they are used for, where to get them, and why you need them.
Protecting Your Rings on the Lathe
Drilling rings on the lathe is a fun process, and in How to Stop Blowout When Drilling Rings on the Lathe, I’ll show you how to protect your blanks.
If you have never drilled on the lathe before, you are in for a real treat. It’s a lot different than drilling something off the lathe. For starters, the drill doesn’t turn then you use the lathe, the piece does.
It sounds obvious, but then you see it in person it’s a real novelty. Drilling on the lathe has the same problems that drilling on the drill press does. In order to save your blanks, you need to make one small change to the way you set everything up. Once you do, you will have a lot more clean exits, and a lot more usable ring blanks.
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