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by Bryan Bear
Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Planning a workbench, any tips?
Replies: 9
Views: 212

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: 212

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: 212

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: 341

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: 1390

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: 7
Views: 204

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: 1390

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: 312

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: 376

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: 496

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 ...
by Bryan Bear
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: This got me mad!
Replies: 16
Views: 1086

Re: This got me mad!

There is a lot of good stuff in there to be sure. I read so much of that library when I was getting into this. I had no experience at all, didn't know anyone locally and your tube wasn't really a thing. At first I didn't even understand most of what I read but I just kept reading and rereading discu...
by Bryan Bear
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: This got me mad!
Replies: 16
Views: 1086

Re: This got me mad!

In my humble opinion there are two ways of looking at this type of thing. On one hand there is lots of bad advice to be found on youtube and social media. It is hard for someone new to this to know what is and what isn't good advise. Often what is acceptable or not, needs to be viewed in the context...
by Bryan Bear
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: This guitar is mine!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 545

Re: This guitar is mine!!!

Congrats! I hope you and your friend get much enjoyment out of playing the twins together!
by Bryan Bear
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Custom 45 Style
Replies: 5
Views: 624

Re: Custom 45 Style

Glad that you have such a happy customer!

I like the sunburst.

Which elements will you be bringing forward into your regular offerings?
by Bryan Bear
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Build for Myself
Replies: 9
Views: 791

Re: New Build for Myself

I like the nod to the T and S headstock shapes!
by Bryan Bear
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Happy 23rd Birthday, MIMF!
Replies: 4
Views: 621

Re: Happy 23rd Birthday, MIMF!

Happy birthday! I can’t overstate how much help I have gotten here over the years.
by Bryan Bear
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pecan for acoustic guitar
Replies: 7
Views: 733

Re: Pecan for acoustic guitar

I've never worked with it but according to the wood database, its density falls between hard maple and Tzalam but is a bit harder than those woods (a bit under ziricote). The drunk diameter is between 2-4 feet so getting a quarter sawn board large enough for a dread may be a problem. Wood database h...
by Bryan Bear
Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: June 2020- How/What is everyone doing?
Replies: 14
Views: 1979

Re: June 2020- How/What is everyone doing?

Ha! Did that work on you? Let me know how it works on your kids. <G>
by Bryan Bear
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy
Replies: 19
Views: 2726

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Clay Schaeffer wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:35 am
I would be curious to know what people have been up to. Perhaps a thread could be started in the jam session - kind of a virtual "class reunion" of contributors to the forum.
That sure would be neat to see. I wonder how that would work; how would we get people to comeback and check in?