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  • 09/04/15--16:43: ripstop trifold wallet
  • My orange ripstop wallet has served me well for two years. However, the elastic was getting too worn out. So I decided it was time to try a new design, this time using velcro instead […]

    IMG_7048aqianas the elastic wore and stretched out, I tried shortening it by making the tab you can see in the upper right, but even that wasn't enough after a while. It still worked fine as a wallet, I just didn't want it to be so loose.left: forms the middle layer right: forms the outermost and innermost layerfold over and sew what will become the top edges of all the layersmiddle layer sewn to the inner and outer layertwo sets of stitches divide up the fabric to form the card pocketswith the wallet flipped inside out, I sewed one end shut (the one without the velcro tab) and trimmed the excess. I also ran a lighter over the fabric edge to minimize fraying.with the wallet still inside out I sewed the triangular shape of the velcro tabI ended up needing to fold over a random edge to try and hide the cut edge. I used some orange tape to temporarily hold it in place. Probably if I were better at planning sewing projects, I would have a better way of resolving this edge.I stuffed the wallet and traced the tab to see where I should place the mating velcro patch!the finished product, maybe two years later I'll have to do another post talking about a replacement for this. then again, maybe not.IMG_7048aqianas the elastic wore and stretched out, I tried shortening it by making the tab you can see in the upper right, but even that wasn't enough after a while. It still worked fine as a wallet, I just didn't want it to be so loose.left: forms the middle layer right: forms the outermost and innermost layerfold over and sew what will become the top edges of all the layersmiddle layer sewn to the inner and outer layertwo sets of stitches divide up the fabric to form the card pocketswith the wallet flipped inside out, I sewed one end shut (the one without the velcro tab) and trimmed the excess. I also ran a lighter over the fabric edge to minimize fraying.with the wallet still inside out I sewed the triangular shape of the velcro tabI ended up needing to fold over a random edge to try and hide the cut edge. I used some orange tape to temporarily hold it in place. Probably if I were better at planning sewing projects, I would have a better way of resolving this edge.I stuffed the wallet and traced the tab to see where I should place the mating velcro patch!the finished product, maybe two years later I'll have to do another post talking about a replacement for this. then again, maybe not.

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  • 12/10/15--21:14: travel ukulele
  • This (more) travel-sized ukulele project has been tremendously satisfying! The woodworking part filled me with unbounded joy, and hopefully the music part will be fun, too. The main ‘feature’ of this ukulele is that the tuning […]

    IMG_7698aqiandarker wood on the left has been dead for a while, lighter stuff in the foreground is very greenjointers are magic. Also trees.book match blanksclamping the book matched pieces, this made me keenly aware that I could use some bar clampsneck sandwichworst oreo ratio evercan you spot the insect tunnels?body piecesjust enough visesmy alignment of parts during gluing was far from perfect, but that's okay since I'll just trim everything with the table saw nowtrimming the bottom of the body roughing out the neck profile on the bandsawmore rough shapinggluing on a thin piece of cocobolo to the very top of the neck where the head stock usually attachescarving stuffshaping the neckglueing on a cocobolo heel capmore carving to shape the heel capcarving the other end of the neckgluing in blocks to form the slot that the neck tenon will glue totrimming the bodysanding to fitthinning the sidesrounding a piece of cocobolo as a string mandrelscalloping the ends on a milltest fit!drilling holes for tuning pegsdrilling the scoops for the tuning peg paddleslaying out the rest of the scoop shapecarving the rest of the scoop, sharp tools sure are nice for this step!gluing the sound board to the rest of the bodysanding the fretboard gluing surface flatsetting the angle for cutting the nut slotno turning backslot for nutgluing in the nut, probably could have used way less glue...gluing fretboard to necktrimming the edges of the sound boardsloppy planingfilling the nick with a wood shavingadjusting the back curve shape of the neckdrilling holes for the strings to pass throughquick sanding mandrelgluing the cocobolo mandrel in placefinally! neck and body joined!!chamfering the neck tenon slottest fitting the tuning pegs, looks pretty goodcutting rails for the back covergluing the back coverdrilling a finger hole for removing the back coverdrilling the sound hole - a momentous moment!!filing notches in the nut for the stringsapplying Tru-oilthe scoops came out great!the finished product!!!backsideheel and necktop of the neckwith tuning pegs installedview of the insideIMG_7698aqiandarker wood on the left has been dead for a while, lighter stuff in the foreground is very greenjointers are magic. Also trees.book match blanksclamping the book matched pieces, this made me keenly aware that I could use some bar clampsneck sandwichworst oreo ratio evercan you spot the insect tunnels?body piecesjust enough visesmy alignment of parts during gluing was far from perfect, but that's okay since I'll just trim everything with the table saw nowtrimming the bottom of the body roughing out the neck profile on the bandsawmore rough shapinggluing on a thin piece of cocobolo to the very top of the neck where the head stock usually attachescarving stuffshaping the neckglueing on a cocobolo heel capmore carving to shape the heel capcarving the other end of the neckgluing in blocks to form the slot that the neck tenon will glue totrimming the bodysanding to fitthinning the sidesrounding a piece of cocobolo as a string mandrelscalloping the ends on a milltest fit!drilling holes for tuning pegsdrilling the scoops for the tuning peg paddleslaying out the rest of the scoop shapecarving the rest of the scoop, sharp tools sure are nice for this step!gluing the sound board to the rest of the bodysanding the fretboard gluing surface flatsetting the angle for cutting the nut slotno turning backslot for nutgluing in the nut, probably could have used way less glue...gluing fretboard to necktrimming the edges of the sound boardsloppy planingfilling the nick with a wood shavingadjusting the back curve shape of the neckdrilling holes for the strings to pass throughquick sanding mandrelgluing the cocobolo mandrel in placefinally! neck and body joined!!chamfering the neck tenon slottest fitting the tuning pegs, looks pretty goodcutting rails for the back covergluing the back coverdrilling a finger hole for removing the back coverdrilling the sound hole - a momentous moment!!filing notches in the nut for the stringsapplying Tru-oilthe scoops came out great!the finished product!!!backsideheel and necktop of the neckwith tuning pegs installedview of the inside

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  • 07/29/13--23:03: homemade bike frame bags
  • In one week (eek, so soon!!) I will go on a long bike ride with Muffin. The plan is to post details of our adventure on amybikessomewhere.wordpress.com This weekend I worked on some bike frame […]

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  • 07/30/16--15:16: cruiser skateboard
  • In the past few months, I have been trying to learn how to skateboard by borrowing a friend’s skateboard. Recently he gave me a beautiful set of trucks, so I thought I better make a […]

    IMG_9162aqiansandingt the veneerIMG_9063pin strips for the bottom layerclamped in the gluing formgluing on the pin strip layerout of the gluing moldimagine an outlinecutting out the shape, leaving some extra material along the edge to be sanded off laterevidence of bad gluing (see text above)sanding to the final outlinereally quick marking gaugeready for finishlots of polyurethane latera nice grip tape patternit all fits!!rubbing down the edges to prepare for trimminggrip tape all trimmed, deck is ready for trucksfinished skateboard!a view from the nosedon't you want to give it a belly rubIMG_9162aqiansandingt the veneerIMG_9063pin strips for the bottom layerclamped in the gluing formgluing on the pin strip layerout of the gluing moldimagine an outlinecutting out the shape, leaving some extra material along the edge to be sanded off laterevidence of bad gluing (see text above)sanding to the final outlinereally quick marking gaugeready for finishlots of polyurethane latera nice grip tape patternit all fits!!rubbing down the edges to prepare for trimminggrip tape all trimmed, deck is ready for trucksfinished skateboard!a view from the nosedon't you want to give it a belly rub

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  • 11/05/16--10:34: gourd ukulele
  • If you thought my other ukulele blog post was long, take a deep breath before reading through this one. Also, this one is super delayed. I finished this project early March of 2016… Around Thanksgiving (the […]

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  • 05/28/17--11:13: travel ukulele upgrade
  • This is a long overdue (as usual) update to the travel ukulele I made a year and a half ago. I was finding that the mandrel that the strings wrapped around before heading to the […]

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  • 07/23/17--17:04: homemade plug cutter
  • I wanted a plug cutter to cut wooden plugs for fret markers for a guitar I am working on. I with an old bolt. To form the ‘flute’ of the cutter where the chips clear […]

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  • 01/15/18--06:16: making a guitar fretboard
  • My first homemade guitar had three main objectives: learn how to make a fretboard, learn how to install a truss rod, finish as soon as possible. So this post is about that first goal. I […]

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    The body of this guitar body is fairly unconventional because I was too lazy to make all the jigs for bending the sides this time around. This effort was pretty focused on just learning about […]

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    Previous posts were about making the fretboard and making the body. Next I worked on the soundboard, which used leftover material from the spruce soundboard I originally bought for my gourd ukulele. The X-brace is […]

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