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Yvarg



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PostSubject: My new toy   Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:53 pm

I just got this bad boy:




The backstory (lol, like it really matters Rolling Eyes ) :
This past April I was visiting my old high school woodshop teacher and showing him some of the stuff I've built since I graduated. We ended up talking about what's been going on in both of our lives since we've seen each other, and I mentioned that I've started working at a company that fixes guitars. He then goes "Oh! wait right here!" and runs into his office to reappear a minute later with an acoustic guitar case. He says his guitar has something wrong with and wants to know if I can fix it. So I tell him I'll take a look at it and let him know. Eight months later, I've cut the neck off his guitar, sanded a tiny bit more of an angle into the heel, resprayed the upper side, glued the neck back in and leveled all the frets and it plays great. I take it back to my shop teacher and he tells me that he doesn't have the money to pay me at the moment. I remembered he had some drill presses in this back closet of the shop that weren't being used, so I offered to trade for a drill press and he agrees. We pull out the best looking one of the bunch and plug it in to see if it works, but it just makes a buzzing noise, like something was caught in the motor. Neither of us could figure out the problem, but I took it home anyway to tinker with it. I started unscrewing anything that could be unscrewed to see what was there. Lo and behold, there's a panel in the back that catches my eye:



I unscrew it and see a huge capacitor that says "Motor-Starting" on it, then I look at the bottom of the capacitor and see that it's leaking oil everywhere. Figuring that this is probably the source of my troubles, I cut the rubber caps off either side so I can read any information on what the values of the capacitor are:



A quick google search sends me to the site of a motor repair store in Santa Fe, CA. They had replacement capacitors in stock, so I order one. Fast-forward to today; I get the capacitor in the mail and excitedly wire it up (a bit sloppily; oh well) :



I go to plug the drill press in to see if it work, but as I reached for the plug the worrisome side of my brain kicks in. I grab some safety glasses in case the capacitor were to explode or something. Laughing I plug it in and the drill press roars to life! Success!!

Anyhow, long story short: I'm one machine closer to being able to build guitars in my garage! cheers
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PostSubject: Re: My new toy   Tue Dec 22, 2009 4:13 pm

NICE! Thats awesome!
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PostSubject: Re: My new toy   Tue Dec 22, 2009 4:18 pm

Awesome! Wink

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PostSubject: Re: My new toy   Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:30 pm

Seems I need one now!
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PostSubject: Re: My new toy   Tue Dec 22, 2009 8:27 pm

Man, imagine if we all lived in the same area and got together and formed our own bass company. Mike and Yvarg both have some bass making/repairing experience, and Tommy's an aspiring luthier. I've been planning on making pickups for a while, and Eric's trying to design a double locking bass trem, and we'd probably both get it together if we had the right equipment and a real goal to work towards.
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PostSubject: Re: My new toy   Wed Dec 23, 2009 3:10 am

Sweet! Nice catch!
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PostSubject: Re: My new toy   Wed Dec 23, 2009 3:56 am

when i did graphics at a sign / trophy manufacturer we had an old delta drillpress. it was a rock! this thing was awesome ... and super precise.

the same thing happened to that one. it got replaced with a craftsman (yuk) so i rebuilt the delta ... and never touched that craftsman again.

nice grab!
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PostSubject: Re: My new toy   Wed Dec 23, 2009 10:42 am

Thanks for the compliments everyone!

Mike, Delta makes good stuff! I try to stay away from Craftsman, myself (especially their newer stuff).

Kugelspot, how awesome would that be?! We could open a bass superstore! Aw man, that would be SO cool!
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