Mark Thompson

DIY

 
 

I LOVE IMAGINING WHAT'S POSSIBLE AND FIGURING OUT A WAY TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. 

Three of my favorite projects are listed below.

 
 
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SEVEN STRING GUITAR

I've always been into DIY projects, but I wanted to push myself on my most recent build. So instead of spending thousands that I don't have on a custom 7-string guitar, I decided to dive in head first and build one. 

Not only was this the biggest project I've ever attempted, but I didn't know how to even begin building a guitar. A month of research later, I was ready to make it happen. 

Details matter to me — a lot. The inlay was made from black mother of pearl with a black border to match the hardware. Also, wood was used instead of plastic for the truss rod and control cavity covers for a seamless look.  

54 hours of work and I only cut myself once. I'll call that a victory. 

 
 
 

 
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WALNUT COFFEE TABLE

Moving to Richmond, VA for the Brandcenter meant a new chapter in my life, but also an empty apartment. I needed a new table, so instead of buying one I figured out how to make it. Plus, it was the perfect excuse to buy a new tool.

 

 

 
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HAMMER RESTORATION

This 1967 Estwing hammer was my dad's childhood hammer and was in need of serious repair. I posted this project to the /r/DIY subreddit and in a matter of hours, it went viral — reaching the front page with 24.8k upvotes. 

Yes, my five minutes of fame was for fixing a hammer.