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by David King
Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Hide glue as a violin ground?
Replies: 5
Views: 2602

Re: Hide glue as a violin ground?

Water glass seems to be a popular ingredient for a ground.
by David King
Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: oscillating multi-tool saw...
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: oscillating multi-tool saw...

I got the Fein tool back when it was just a detail sander and before anyone had figured out the blade attachments and their utility. It's a TERRIBLE sander and I stuck it back in the box for 20 years until I put it up on CL and started a bidding war. The guy that bought it explained to me that he di...
by David King
Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Adding a Metalworking Lathe into Sawdust-Ville
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Re: Adding a Metalworking Lathe into Sawdust-Ville

Barry, There are myriad carbide grades, coatings and geometries for every type of metal and alloy. Inserts like these are highly polished to leave the best possible surface finish and they are very sharp with a fairly steep rake and clearance angles. They do fine with light cuts on mild steel but wo...
by David King
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Comet
Replies: 4
Views: 523

Re: Comet

Wish we could get some dark sky nights in the city but apparently everyone in charge hates that idea.
by David King
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Adding a Metalworking Lathe into Sawdust-Ville
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Re: Adding a Metalworking Lathe into Sawdust-Ville

I have a 9x20 lathe that's been in the shop for 25 years at least. I use the same Vactra #2 way oil as my mill takes and that's been no problem since it's a very thin layer. Wood dust isn't going to affect the ways other than to wick off all the oil so you'll want to keep the oil can handy. I have v...
by David King
Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Neck Laminations and Glue choice
Replies: 23
Views: 3635

Re: Neck Laminations and Glue choice

Barry, whenever there's a perceived vacuum of information something else will inevitably be drawn in to fill the void. I'm afraid we all do that even when good reliable information is readily available at our fingertips. See every story in the news today for fine examples of this.<g>
by David King
Sun May 24, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Neck Laminations and Glue choice
Replies: 23
Views: 3635

Re: Neck Laminations and Glue choice

I have several hundred bass necks out there laminated with both titebond I and II and never had an issue with any of them. I can't say as much for the few that I used epoxy on. I do like polyurethane glue but it's not as strong as titebond which makes it handy for fingerboards which you might want t...
by David King
Tue May 19, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Double bass neck - restoration and refinish.
Replies: 5
Views: 1489

Re: Double bass neck - restoration and refinish.

At David Gage's bass shop in NYC back in the 1980s I noticed that they used a regular sheet of 1/8" glass and broke off little pieces to make scrapers.
by David King
Tue May 19, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass string length
Replies: 6
Views: 1053

Re: Bass string length

My rule is to try my best to build an instrument that can handle vanilla flavored string sets from the mom and pop music store. As a result I always try to use the larger, 1/2" diameter string post tuners in case some of the winding arrives past the post so to speak. On a short scale instrument I ei...
by David King
Fri May 15, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass string length
Replies: 6
Views: 1053

Re: Bass string length

As you say either will work but you might want to consider the longer length if you want to be able to string the bass through the back of the body which can change the sound a bit according to some.
by David King
Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: poor man's saddle mill
Replies: 20
Views: 3811

Re: poor man's saddle mill

It's a thing of beauty!
by David King
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Brass binding on Garcia tiger/rosebud
Replies: 11
Views: 5486

Re: Brass binding on Garcia tiger/rosebud

I missed this thread before, I use 14kt gold-filled square wire in 1/2 soft for doing inlays. It's relatively inexpensive and it never tarnishes. CA holds it really well and you can buff it lightly but no heavy sanding or you'll sand through the gold layer. The base metal is bronze I think so it may...
by David King
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: New shop lights?
Replies: 17
Views: 3693

Re: New shop lights?

LED's come in several flavors and you may want to mix and match color temperatures to get something approaching what you are used to. The typical 6500K is very blueish and will mess with your melatonin levels if you like to work late. I'd mix some 3500K with 5000Ks even though they are slightly less...
by David King
Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Truss rod channel
Replies: 5
Views: 3527

Re: Truss rod channel

Andy you are aligning the jig with index holes and pins? When i used this type of rod I would use and under table router and my table saw fence. What really worked well was a 3HP shaper I had access to but those days are long gone. Now I cut the curved 3/16" channel with a customized table saw slott...
by David King
Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Low-hum single-coil?
Replies: 5
Views: 6235

Re: Low-hum single-coil?

Not to mention the power transformer in your amp. I'm not seeing any evidence that the Lace sets are RPRW but the middle PU can be modified as i have done with the Jazz bass sets. It's a very tricky epoxy picking job, not for the faint of heart. Lots of options out there for hum free strat pickups (...
by David King
Sun Mar 01, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Low-hum single-coil?
Replies: 5
Views: 6235

Re: Low-hum single-coil?

I've taken a couple of them apart over the decades and they are somewhat unique on the inside with some attempt at shielding but they are not hum cancelling by any stretch of the imagination. They are wound with extremely fine wire, like awg 46 which is wrapped around a pair of low carbon steel comb...
by David King
Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Glue spreader applicator
Replies: 19
Views: 10894

Re: Glue spreader applicator

I also use a notched spreader but formally used a small rubber drive roller from some desktop printer of yore. The notched spreader is way more reliable in terms of leaving an even thickness. I do see a use for the type of motorized roller that spreads hot wax on skiis. In that case the operator sli...
by David King
Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: We're back!
Replies: 11
Views: 4514

Re: We're back!

took me a few weeks to figure out that my old bookmark wasn't going to give me satisfaction.
by David King
Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Fixing separated neck laminations, any tricks out there?
Replies: 3
Views: 2126

Fixing separated neck laminations, any tricks out there?

I have one of the first instruments I ever built that came in after 30 years and the epoxy I used between the center neck laminations (Macassar ebony and padauk) has opened up right at the heel of this neck-through bass. Normally I would just wick medium CA into the crack and let it dry for a few da...
by David King
Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Peg shaver idea
Replies: 6
Views: 2804

Re: Peg shaver idea

It should work but it would require making new end bearing brackets for the spiral planer heads to hold them at the correct angles. I worry that the planers are only long enough to cover the length of a pencil point, about an inch. The planetary gear drive mechanism at the narrow end might also have...