A linked list of studio projects
Studio projects are all those projects that I think are interesting in some way, but don't really fit in the other categories. Tool and jig builds, vintage tool restoration, and things like that will show up here.
I found this cool hand drill at the Foothill Swap Meet in Glendora. It looked neat, and I wanted something I could use for detailed drilling on guitars that wouldn't be likely to get away from me like a power drill might - for things like side fret markers. This turned out really nice, but ultimately, it was too big for what I wanted to do with it. I got another, smaller one, later, but I think this one looks cool.
This was a don't buy what you can make project. With inspiration from a couple other builders, I designed an adjustable jig for putting a radius of my choosing lengthwise into a 1 x 3. Works great, and now I use the blocks regularly on guitar projects.
Another don't buy what you can make project - this one for the ukulele build. I didn't want to go out and buy side-bending forms so I decided to build my own. This is the first of two that are planned so I can clamp up both sides at once.
I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for old planes. I have too many. But this Stanley, which I found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, was just too cool to pass up. A little rusty, and the handle was broken, but it was nothing that couldn't be solved with a little care and some elbow grease.