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by Bryan Bear
Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ugh! Big Bad Router Screw-Up. Suggestions Please.
Replies: 10
Views: 1678

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

Those were my thoughts exactly. I can't tell for sure but it looks like all the rebates are cut and the back binding is not in yet. I would get the ledges as clean as possible then remove the tail graft. Make a new one and wedge it in. Then just clean it up by hand to match the rest of the edges.
by Bryan Bear
Tue Oct 27, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: a pseudo go-bar deck
Replies: 6
Views: 1913

Re: a pseudo go-bar deck

Alan bring up a good point about racking. My deck is 8 1/2 inches from the ceiling and supported by 6 sections of 2x4 so I don't really notice any racking. Your supports are very long so more susceptible to it. It is difficult to get the bars lined up so that the ends are directly above one another....
by Bryan Bear
Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: a pseudo go-bar deck
Replies: 6
Views: 1913

Re: a pseudo go-bar deck

That's pretty similar to what I use. My deck is higher because I use longer thicker bars but basically the same. it is nice to have easy access all around the deck and to not have to store it away when not in use. The deck makes a good shelf too for various items. Hopefully it is high enough that yo...
by Bryan Bear
Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Can you etch chrome plated metal
Replies: 4
Views: 1359

Re: Can you etch chrome plated metal

Thanks David. You bring up a good point. She. I say chrome plating, I probably mean nickel. . .
by Bryan Bear
Sat Oct 24, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Can you etch chrome plated metal
Replies: 4
Views: 1359

Re: Can you etch chrome plated metal

Thanks Clay. That’s pretty much what I plan to do but with vinyl stencils made on the cricut machine. I suppose it doesn’t really matter much what electrolyte I use. My only reservation now is if the etching will cause the chrome plating to flake around the etched edges over time. I’m thinking that ...
by Bryan Bear
Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Can you etch chrome plated metal
Replies: 4
Views: 1359

Can you etch chrome plated metal

The answer to this may be obvious but I have only once etched metal so I have basically no experience. I etched a piece of brass by suspending it in a copper sulfate solution and using a 12 volt power supply. I got acceptable results and learned enough to feel like I can do that project much better ...
by Bryan Bear
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Introduce yourself here!
Topic: New "kid" on the block
Replies: 5
Views: 3522

Re: New "kid" on the block

Welcome, good to have you here!
by Bryan Bear
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Five Years In The Making...
Replies: 6
Views: 1951

Re: Five Years In The Making...

I cant wait to see it all strung up and playing. Make sure you remember this thread.
by Bryan Bear
Tue Oct 06, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Five Years In The Making...
Replies: 6
Views: 1951

Re: Five Years In The Making...

Nice! Let's see some more pics.
by Bryan Bear
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Doing fret board and head stock binding -questions
Replies: 11
Views: 2288

Re: Doing fret board and head stock binding -questions

I radius and fret my boards before gluing to the square neck blank. I freehand a compound radius onto my boards by planning them (after they are slotted and tapered) focusing on getting the radius I want at the nut end and following the taper of the board. The radius at the bridge end comes out to w...
by Bryan Bear
Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Planning a workbench, any tips?
Replies: 9
Views: 2323

Re: Planning a workbench, any tips?

To add to Clay's point, the various types of traditional woodworking benches may or may not be better suited to instrument making. I do not have a traditional workbench by any means. I haven't even really bothered to examine the types and styles. I had no woodworking experience when I decided to tak...
by Bryan Bear
Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Planning a workbench, any tips?
Replies: 9
Views: 2323

Re: Planning a workbench, any tips?

I would guess you have an acute understanding of how high you like your work to be so that you can do it for long periods of time. You have been raising and lowering the dental chair to custom heights so you are in a better position to make the call than most of us are for ourselves. I thought long ...
by Bryan Bear
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Planning a workbench, any tips?
Replies: 9
Views: 2323

Re: Planning a workbench, any tips?

What Bob said, with emphasis on right height FOR YOU. I’m shorter than Bob (5’ 11” or 5’ 10” depending on how straight I can stand) but have chronic back issues. His bench would be a bit too low for me but I can happily work at mine at 40”.
by Bryan Bear
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Sunburst on Tom Bills archtop
Replies: 10
Views: 2862

Re: Sunburst on Tom Bills archtop

Tom Bills uses French polish on his guitars. He stopped using lacquer some time ago. This may have been done before he stopped spraying lacquer, it is hard to say. I do know that he is pretty good about answering emails. You should ask him how he did that particular guitar.
by Bryan Bear
Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Glue for colored veneer marquetry in spruce top
Replies: 48
Views: 7528

Re: Glue for colored veneer marquetry in spruce top

That looks great so far. I can’t wait to see it when it is done. Thanks for the tip about degassing in a syringe. That is a great idea. I don’t have a vaccine pot or enough justification to get/make one. Every now and then I need to do a small pour of epoxy and wish I had a good way to get the bubbl...
by Bryan Bear
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: bridge placement
Replies: 8
Views: 1980

Re: bridge placement

I'm not an uke guy so my reply may not totally apply but should get you thinking. The location of the bridge is 2xs the distance from the nut to the 12th fret plus whatever compensation you intend to add. That compensation will depend on the instrument, scale length and type of strings. Steele strin...
by Bryan Bear
Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Glue for colored veneer marquetry in spruce top
Replies: 48
Views: 7528

Re: Glue for colored veneer marquetry in spruce top

kudos to you for that. It looks great so far.

I've never heard of using lycopodium spores before. That may have been able to save me from enlarging a rossette or two.
by Bryan Bear
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Spalted maple grand auditorium
Replies: 5
Views: 1772

Re: Spalted maple grand auditorium

That looks really nice! I like the way you did all the appointments, they are subtle and let that nice maple do the talking.
by Bryan Bear
Thu Aug 20, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Tool chest/ Tool organization?
Replies: 9
Views: 1815

Re: Tool chest/ Tool organization?

That looks awesome Darrel
by Bryan Bear
Thu Aug 13, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Do you epoxy clear coat all surfaces of a guitar at the same time?
Replies: 4
Views: 1529

Re: Do you epoxy clear coat all surfaces of a guitar at the same time?

I'm interested in following the comments here. I didn't know anyone was using epoxy as a clear coat on guitars. I thought it would be too soft. I know it is used as a pore filler. I use zpoxy to fill pores. I like the look of it and have often wished it was durable enough for a top coat. What epoxy ...