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Makita 2012NB 240V 1650W 304mm Thicknesser
Makita 2012NB 240V 1650W 304mm Thicknesser
Price: £466.88

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality At A Price, 6 Oct. 2014
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Bought this to plane rosewood and mahogany sheets down to 3.5mm for guitar construction. Completely flawless results though when you get down to this thinness you must keep the plane beds clean and free from chippings or the board drags debris into the cut and causes some chattering.


Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar: Complete Instructions and Full-Size Plans
Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar: Complete Instructions and Full-Size Plans
by Jonathan Kinkead
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.07

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book but lacking detail in a couple of areas, 6 Oct. 2014
I have worked on guitar setups and repairs for years, but always had the ambition to build an acoustic from scratch. As I write this, I'm about a third way into my first build and I have to say, the tips and tricks included in this book have been invaluable.

Jonathan Kinkead is a well-respected builder and while I'm not too keen on some of his designs, the guitar plans included with the book are for a fairly conservative version of the classic OM style. I'm not following this design as I wanted to build something more of a true Martin OM copy so bought detailed plans from another source, but if you are happy to stick to JK's plans, then you'll be fine with these.

You'll need to buy quite a few specialist tools if you're new to acoustic building like me and his run-down on the essential stuff and 'nice-to-haves' has been brilliant. My problem is, I ended up buying most of the 'nice-to-haves' anyway as it makes the job so much easier. You'll probably only attempt to hand plane a piece of rosewood down to 2.5mm once before investing in a power thicknesser!

Criticisms are few, but I hold off giving 5 stars as there are some sections where he rather glosses over the subject at hand. A good example of this is where he is (avoiding) describing the cutting of the neck dovetail joint and getting the neck angle fine-tuned. He vaguely refers to a jig to hold the body and neck, but gives no information on how to build this or set it up. His description of how to cut the binding channel is also a bit lacking in detail and while he shows a picture of a home made jig (made out of a broken hacksaw blade), doesn't tell you how to actually make it and you certainly cannot tell from the picture.

His writing style is easy to read and the photography is excellent so I do highly recommend this book, but you will need to get material from other sources too.


Veritas Mark II Honing Guide
Veritas Mark II Honing Guide
Offered by M.K.TOOLS LTD
Price: £58.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential for consistent honing..., 6 Oct. 2014
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...if, like me, you're a novice woodworker. I'm sure the apprentice trained joiners and cabinet makers will scoff at this, but it's a really well engineered piece of kit that make the job much easier for the inexperienced.

One small criticism - and the reason for 4 stars only; the knurled thumb-wheels on the clamping bar are quite small and difficult to tighten enough by hand to prevent the blade slipping (which is a bad thing!). I don't know if they need to put bigger thumb-wheels on or change the material on the inside edges of the clamp bars...anyway, I use a pair of slip-fit pliers to tighten them and that does the job with minimal damage to the wheels.
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Charnwood W715 10'' Woodworking Bandsaw
Charnwood W715 10'' Woodworking Bandsaw
Offered by biggersavingsltd
Price: £189.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for light to medium/light work, 6 Oct. 2014
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This is a nice band saw that cuts up to 18mm ply like butter. Once you go above that, it starts to struggle a bit and for two thichnesses of ply, you need to slow down on the feed rate quite a bit. For cutting our 3mm thick spruce guitar tops, it's like the wood isn't there!

The other good thing about it is that although sturdily built, it's not so heavy that you can't move it around the workshop if necessary. I have limited bench space so lift it onto the bench and clamp it in place while I use it.
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Set of Bevel Edge Chisels Premium - 6 pieces
Set of Bevel Edge Chisels Premium - 6 pieces
Offered by Handelsagentur Dietmar Kaden
Price: £61.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb quality item in a nice wooden case, 6 Oct. 2014
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Bought these as I am building my first acoustic guitar and wanted a really nice set of chisels - which is what these are.

I also bought the Veritas Honing Guide, a perfectly flat slab of polished granite and a load of wet and dry paper up to 3000 grit. If you're new to woodworking, I strongly recommend you check out the numerous YouTube videos on how to get a perfect edge on your chisels and planes.


Charnwood W012 Bench Top Router Table
Charnwood W012 Bench Top Router Table
Offered by biggersavingsltd
Price: £69.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality at a brilliant price., 6 Oct. 2014
Does the job very well. If you're new to table routing, the set up can be a bit confusing as the instructions that come with it are a bit scant. But if you're contemplating using one of these, by definition, you're going to be of a pretty practical bent so you should have no problems working it all out.


7 Park Avenue
7 Park Avenue
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Genuine Insight Into Rock'n'Roll Tradgedy, 6 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: 7 Park Avenue (Audio CD)
What can you say...the saddest waste in rock history of a truly talented guy. What could he have become, I wonder?


Golders Green
Golders Green
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A Genuine Insight Into Rock'n'Roll Tradgedy, 6 Oct. 2014
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Same comments I made on his album, 7 Park Avenue apply to this.


R&F Paua Abalone Curved Purfling Strips (24 x 1.6 x 1.3mm; 125mm ID) x 15
R&F Paua Abalone Curved Purfling Strips (24 x 1.6 x 1.3mm; 125mm ID) x 15
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice quality and brilliant customer service, 6 Oct. 2014
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Brilliant customer service. Check the packets as my first couple only had 10 pieces in, but the seller immediately put the problem right. Nice quality and pattern on most of the pieces and if you position them carefully, you can put the duller ones if there are any under the fretboard extension.


Inkrite Laser Toner Cartridge Compatible with Dell 2130cn/2135cn - Yellow
Inkrite Laser Toner Cartridge Compatible with Dell 2130cn/2135cn - Yellow
Price: £19.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 Oct. 2014
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As it says...


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