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  1. Here's the 10" cab build thread
  2. More of a refurb than a creation, but here's a bench from my bench. We bought some very tired cast iron bench ends last year, and I had them all blasted and powder coated. The slats are iroko. I had to plane off a chamfer because the flanges on the ends were tapered, so the chamfer allows the slat to sit better into the recess. I also cut in some small square rebates into each hole so the head of the coach bolt sat nicely into the hole and was also held tight when doing up the lock nuts. Only three more to complete now... In situ
  3. I picked up a pair of ZS10s recently from Amazon (£25 - warehouse stock.... just a damaged box - the phones are perfect). I'm finding that the have a tendency to slip out with the supplied tips, despite trying the various sizes.... would it be useful to add some links/info for alternate tips? I have used the foam type before and find them OK, but would be good to know what type fits these headphones....
  4. The prices are more reasonable than I thought. I imagine using an etch primer on the aluminium would give a better chance of a decent finish. I see that Hammerite do a direct to galvanised paint that claims to work with aluminium, too.
  5. Stevie, talking of grilles, would one of the off the shelf 10" round grilles do the trick (might not be the prettiest, but just thinking of those who want to do a tweeterless version at minimal cost). I should also say that Blue Aran do sell metal grill sheet, but I think the sizes are large and will be expensive if you just want a single speaker with masses left over.
  6. Couple more coats on now.... I'm going to get a couple more on before I do any buffing... still getting a tiny bit of stain pickup with the oil. The guitar is in a cold workshop, so each coat is taking some time to go off.
  7. That's a nifty idea - saves having to adjust your posture/angle all the time.
  8. An electric jigsaw is the best bet - so long as you take it slowly and don't try and force things, even a £25 jigsaw from Screwfix will do a reasonable job.
  9. Decided to have a bit more of a bash... second application on the back View from the workshop! ...and a first application of the blue to the front. My sanding of the initial black coat seems to have been more successful... we'll see how it looks once cured.
  10. OK, did a bit last night... Sanded back the black to try adding a burst, but don't think I left enough black round the edges Thought I would do the back first, as it will be easier to hide the mistakes - so here it is immediately after the phthalo blue was applied. The black round the edges a bit feeble... This morning after it had cured (and in different light/exposure of course) ....then I added some black round the edges, using a separate cloth to merge the black and blue as well I could I found that I needed to apply a fair bit of pressure to get the colours to blend, which burnished things a bit. I am leaving it to cure now, then depending on how it looks, I will probably apply a bit more of the blue over the black to catch any gaps.... may need a bit more black in places to improve the fade up near the neck.
  11. Overall port length - so keep the original dims and bring it forward.
  12. ...mind you, let's see what it looks like when I've finished with it before we judge too harshly.... 🤣
  13. Ah, I don't know the proper nomenclature of these things - I thought the SE just meant the far east models.... no, the top is definitely maple, so it is probably a plain one. I have a (slightly) mad idea to try and create a binding effect - once the stain is all on, go round with a sandpaper block and knock the edge off round the top - sanding it back has left it very "sharp" anyway, so I suspect it will wear - so I thought I could knock off enough to go through the stain.... might be a challenge at the bottom cutout though...
  14. ....so a hell of a lot more sanding later, I tried some black stain (Crimson's water based Stunning Stains) as a reveal coat Quite an interesting purply hue to it, but that then all came off again... The yellower patches are where the panel wipe hadn't dried off yet. Either that it was my nose dripping in the cold ....and then a fresh coat of stain ...so that's where I am now. Am leaving that to dry/cure fully, then will be attempting a gentle sanding back to give a burst finish, then overlay some blue stain.
  15. Used some paint stripper first, and then sanded a lot.... thought I had done pretty well: Bit of a funny pale patch at the corner of the belly cut on the back, but should be ok.... Nope! Looks like there is a lot more finish to get off yet!
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