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by Bob Gramann
Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Maple log
Replies: 9
Views: 179

Re: Maple log

Run away! Run away!
by Bob Gramann
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: spray EM6000 in hot/humid condition?
Replies: 3
Views: 119

Re: spray EM6000 in hot/humid condition?

I use EM6000 (and have since it was called PSL). My shop is kept at 40-42% humidity year round. I don’t like to set up the spray booth (which exhausts to the outside), so I spray outside whenever possible ( not raining and above 50 F outside) and immediately bring the guitar parts back into the humi...
by Bob Gramann
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: oscillating multi-tool saw...
Replies: 4
Views: 178

Re: oscillating multi-tool saw...

Years ago, I bought the Harbor Freight one for about $30 figuring “how could they screw this up?” It worked just fine, but the handle vibration made it painful to use after a while. I replaced it with a Fein. Big difference in ease of use. The Fein was not without its problems—just out of warranty, ...
by Bob Gramann
Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Comet
Replies: 4
Views: 516

Re: Comet

Thank you for the photo. I got up yesterday but saw clouds instead. Your photo is inspriational. Maybe I’ll try again.
by Bob Gramann
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Practice Wood - Archtop Tops and Backs
Replies: 4
Views: 547

Re: Practice Wood - Archtop Tops and Backs

How about a spruce 2x8 or 2x10? Although it won’t be quartersawn, you can pick though the pile and find one with two 21” knot free sections.
by Bob Gramann
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: First Cello Build
Replies: 52
Views: 22319

Re: First Cello Build

Wow!
by Bob Gramann
Sat May 30, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help w cracked to repair from drop
Replies: 17
Views: 1420

Re: Help w cracked to repair from drop

If you can avoid it, don’t use superglue on spruce. It will always show and, if you to repair it again, it will be in the way. Hot hide glue won’t be as visible and is reversible.
by Bob Gramann
Fri May 29, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 38
Views: 3102

Re: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught

That reads like it is going to be a really nice guitar. We’re in the realm of opinion here: I would think it a shame to violate the side of a really fine guitar with ephemeral electronics. Whatever electronics you use won’t be state of the art in 20 years and then there will be a hole in the guitar ...
by Bob Gramann
Thu May 21, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Did I plane my sides too thin?
Replies: 10
Views: 1505

Re: Did I plane my sides too thin?

Email them. They try very hard to please their customers.
by Bob Gramann
Thu May 21, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Did I plane my sides too thin?
Replies: 10
Views: 1505

Re: Did I plane my sides too thin?

LMII will sell you another set of Sapele sides. Sapele is eager to crack when bending, so replacing sides alone isn’t uncommon. You still get to practice bending with the sides you have. I like my sides to end up in the .076 to .083” range, lower in the range for Sapele. Sometimes, if I’m doing a re...
by Bob Gramann
Sun May 17, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help request with my drum sander
Replies: 24
Views: 2539

Re: Help request with my drum sander

Oh! Those ends! Have you heard of “snipe?” Look at this and see if it helps: https://thewoodwhisperer.com/articles/d ... ner-snipe/
by Bob Gramann
Sun May 17, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help request with my drum sander
Replies: 24
Views: 2539

Re: Help request with my drum sander

If you commonly run stuff through in the center, the sandpaper will be more worn in that area and won’t cut as aggressively as in the unworn areas. Often, you can feel the difference on the sandpaper with your finger (while the drum is not spinning). Do you have the problem right after you change th...
by Bob Gramann
Mon May 11, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: BBQ grill handles? Any recommendations?
Replies: 5
Views: 1189

Re: BBQ grill handles? Any recommendations?

If it’s going to be outdoors all the time, white oak, black locust, or osage orange would be good choices.
by Bob Gramann
Mon May 04, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Neck Laminations and Glue choice
Replies: 23
Views: 3611

Re: Neck Laminations and Glue choice

Andrew, stop in and see me when you come through. I’m always happy to talk to other builders. (Let me know in advance when you are coming).
by Bob Gramann
Mon May 04, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Neck Laminations and Glue choice
Replies: 23
Views: 3611

Re: Neck Laminations and Glue choice

I haven’t been doing laminations, but my necks have three joints: the heel block to the plank, the peghead scarf joint, and the fingerboard to the neck. I stopped using Titiebond and other PVA glues for the heel block joint and the fingerboard because I had detectable creeping over time. I still use...
by Bob Gramann
Sun May 03, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Stripping off water based lacquer help
Replies: 5
Views: 1608

Re: Stripping off water based lacquer help

Alcohol dissolves EM6000. I use Everclear so I don’t poison myself with the denatured stuff, but if you wear gloves and take it outside while you rub the finish off with an alcohol wet rag, you should be fine. If alcohol doesn’t dull it pretty fast, then it’s not straight EM6000.
by Bob Gramann
Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Attach routing template to spruce top
Replies: 23
Views: 6601

Re: Attach routing template to spruce top

Congratulations. Nice rosette.
by Bob Gramann
Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: reattatch plastic bridge
Replies: 7
Views: 2774

Re: reattatch plastic bridge

Peter got in before I did with the same solution: Why not screw it back on (with a nut and washer on the inside, if necessary) and make her a proper bridge and attach it appropriately when you can get back together?
by Bob Gramann
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: “Keep me logged in”
Replies: 22
Views: 10696

Re: “Keep me logged in”

Woohoo! Apparently fixed on both browsers. So, my links were crossed between http and https. Making sure I was on https and clearing the cookies seems to have worked for both browsers, so far. Thank you.
by Bob Gramann
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Attach routing template to spruce top
Replies: 23
Views: 6601

Re: Attach routing template to spruce top

You can attach the existing template to a new board and cut just the perimeter with the existing template leaving the tongue on the new piece, now, the new template.