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by Clay Schaeffer
Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?
Replies: 22
Views: 309

Re: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?

I noticed the 600mm rule I linked to above is metric on both sides. For one that has both metric and English graduations here is a link:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Blem-Cosmetic- ... SwajVUPAfV
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?
Replies: 22
Views: 309

Re: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?

You're welcome! For fretboard layout I like the 2 ft. (600mm) rule. It is graduated in millimeters and 1/2 millimeters on one side and inches on the other (32nds and 64ths). I like using millimeters and 1/4 mm is about as fine as I can see anyway (the space between the 1/2 mm marks). I also bought a...
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:00 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?
Replies: 22
Views: 309

Re: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?

These people deal in cosmetically blemished rulers and have decent quality for reasonable prices. I have bought several rulers from them and have always been happy with the product and service. They offer several different sizes and types. For a 3 ft rule: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Blem-Cosmetic-Seco...
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:33 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Viola damage repair question
Replies: 5
Views: 124

Re: Viola damage repair question

I clicked twice. Wherever you see varnish (however bruised) on the surface it means all of the original wood is still there. There are some missing bits you will have to build up the edge, but they are relatively minor. After getting as much of it to come back by steaming and hardening those fibers ...
by Clay Schaeffer
Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:27 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Viola damage repair question
Replies: 5
Views: 124

Re: Viola damage repair question

place a wetted rag on the damaged area and place a soldering iron on it (lightly) to create steam and steam the area to swell the wood back into shape. It may take awhile to steam it back into shape, but most of the wood will return to it's original shape. After it has you can saturate the spot with...
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:40 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Almost consistently bad glue joints...
Replies: 16
Views: 365

Re: Almost consistently bad glue joints...

What kind of humidity control was used? Inconsistent temperatures often lead to inconsistent humidity levels. If the guitar was glued up in a humid summer basement and moved to a heated low indoor humidity house that could cause glue joints to pop loose.
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat Dec 26, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Making fretboard inlay dots
Replies: 6
Views: 689

Re: Making fretboard inlay dots

Nice video !
For small dots I've used fuller countersinks with the drill bit retracted - kind of like a mini plug cutter. Some people have mentioned gluing the inlay material to the end of a drill bit and sanding it flush to make it round.
Always nice to have more than one way to skin a cat.
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu Dec 17, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Triple O - Dovetail neck doesn't seat - Photos
Replies: 7
Views: 810

Re: Triple O - Dovetail neck doesn't seat - Photos

Something to keep in mind is that the joint is initially made overly tight so adjustments can be made in all three axis. By careful sanding and fitting you can change the neck angle in relation to the top and centerline of the guitar, and also move it slightly to the left or right on the body. Uncar...
by Clay Schaeffer
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: No bubbles or brush marks with water borne finishes
Replies: 8
Views: 628

Re: No bubbles or brush marks with water borne finishes

Do you think the wetted surface that helps flow out might also affect the adhesion of the film? I would be curious to know.
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Blank thickness for glue up
Replies: 9
Views: 1008

Re: Blank thickness for glue up

" Making them thinner is not too hard, but I have yet to figure out a good way to make them thicker..."
Another layer of veneer, and some West System epoxy.... :lol:
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Lacquer available in canada
Replies: 16
Views: 4992

Re: Lacquer available in canada

Hi Brian,
I had a finish that was resistant to lacquer thinner, and I didn't have the old standby (methylene chloride) so I used a heat gun. You have to pay attention and be quick, but it did soften the finish and allow it to be scraped off easily (heat and scrape as you go).
by Clay Schaeffer
Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Finish for cheapie kit uke
Replies: 8
Views: 663

Re: Finish for cheapie kit uke

Deft brushing lacquer was what we used in 7th grade woodshop. Easy to brush on, and dried to a nice dull (satin) finish. Some creative staining can help even the plainest plywood. Ukes come in all qualities and costs, but even the worst of the bunch can have some entertainment value, even if just he...
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Spanish style building repair?
Replies: 8
Views: 2171

Re: Spanish style building repair?

I would be inclined to saw through the wedge and remove it, leaving the fingerboard and neck intact. Replace the top, slipping it under the fingerboard, and then replace the wedge.
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ideas? Dinged Spruce Soundboard (photos)
Replies: 8
Views: 1149

Re: Ideas? Dinged Spruce Soundboard (photos)

Hi Paul, I should have been more clear - I would not recommend using superglue on spruce. It was something I used on furniture where the corners were so badly crushed that even after they regained their shape they didn't have enough structural integrity. Those small spruce divots should bee fine onc...
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Dec 01, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ideas? Dinged Spruce Soundboard (photos)
Replies: 8
Views: 1149

Re: Ideas? Dinged Spruce Soundboard (photos)

If steaming fails, try, try again. I used to repair and touch-up furniture and some pieces that had corners crushed in an inch or more when steamed for more than an hour regained most of their original shape. I would then wick in thin superglue to give the wood some integrity. As Peter said, it look...
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Tuner holes on purchased neck larger than tuner collar
Replies: 4
Views: 1011

Re: Tuner holes on purchased neck larger than tuner collar

I bought some of those premade necks for some cigar box ukes I made. I wanted to keep the peghead weight down, so I plugged the holes, added a thin face veneer, and redrilled them so I could leave off the bushings. It does seem like they drilled overly large holes for most tuner applications.
by Clay Schaeffer
Fri Nov 13, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ugh! Big Bad Router Screw-Up. Suggestions Please.
Replies: 10
Views: 1653

Re: Ugh! Big Bad Router Screw-Up. Suggestions Please.

Not pressing the bearing against the side hard enough to keep it from spinning with the bit can be a problem. Assuming your bearing is greased properly and the bit spins freely then you should put enough pressure against the side so the bearing "rolls" while the cutter "spins".
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Selmer/Maccaferri style guitar
Replies: 3
Views: 1533

Re: New Selmer/Maccaferri style guitar

I would encourage you to continue with your laminating experiments. It can allow you to use some exceptionally beautiful veneers in a cost effective manner. Laminating rosewood veneer to softwoods is not a new idea. It was practiced in the mid 1800's until the price of imported wood dropped enough t...
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Nov 10, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Where to get vintage wood tuner pegs?
Replies: 6
Views: 1016

Re: Where to get vintage wood tuner pegs?

You might be able to fit a set of rosewood or boxwood violin pegs to the uke. If you know any wood turners you might be able to have a set turned.
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Fretting Templates
Replies: 4
Views: 2045

Re: Fretting Templates

If you can get them to add a couple of frets to the bottom of the template you can use some (23 fret) bass scales to double as guitar templates. A 34 inch bass scale can also be used as a 25.5" guitar scale with the addition of two frets at the bottom (to make 20 frets). It will also work for a 27 i...