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by Matthew Lau
Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:06 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: What would you do with a really old redwood beam
Replies: 21
Views: 14530

Re: What would you do with a really old redwood beam

Michael, Thank you for your feedback. I'm pretty sure that it's a sequoia from the smell and taste. I haven't literally tried floating it in the bathtub. However, I could be wrong. I may pass it along to my friend, the retired pomologist and violin builder. Also, I might be just an hour away from yo...
by Matthew Lau
Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:25 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Home made router plane for rosettes?
Replies: 4
Views: 3583

Re: Home made router plane for rosettes?

btw, I'm totally wrong.

I think that the honor goeth to Steve Senseney, who uses neander tools to ensure that his family sleepeth.
by Matthew Lau
Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:23 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Erik Hokanson's Less Scrapwood Than Last Time Guitar
Replies: 9
Views: 5058

Re: Erik Hokanson's Less Scrapwood Than Last Time Guitar

Erick,

MUCH nicer! It's looks clean and well put together.

Btw, you should really try hot hide glue if you get the chance.
It's so good, it's almost like a religious conversion.
You can use a cheap crock pot for the glue pot.
by Matthew Lau
Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:20 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Looking for ideas for an unorthodox workbench
Replies: 5
Views: 3313

Re: Looking for ideas for an unorthodox workbench

Lurking? :-) :lol: You got me! Okay, spinning my wheels and not really contributing a whole ton, while occasionally starting eclectic threads (in contrast to Louie Atenza/jig master, or that great Aussie guitar builder). Truly, MIMF was an addiction of mine for the past eight years. Hmmm, I think t...
by Matthew Lau
Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:20 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Looking for ideas for an unorthodox workbench
Replies: 5
Views: 3313

Looking for ideas for an unorthodox workbench

Dear MIMF, I've been lurking on MIMF since 2000, and picked up a lot of ideas. Until now, I haven't really had the time or resources to build a workbench. Can I get your input regarding bench design (aside from buying the Chris Schwartz book)? I'll have unusual requirements: 1. I'll be working out o...
by Matthew Lau
Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Home made router plane for rosettes?
Replies: 4
Views: 3583

Re: Home made router plane for rosettes?

I think that it was Doug Ingram (correct me if I'm wrong).

For a rosette, I might recommend using the other end of the hex as a scraper plane.
Thus, avoiding having to think about tearout.
by Matthew Lau
Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:02 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Using a router to joint wood.
Replies: 10
Views: 8493

Re: Router Plane?

Samuel, I'm not sure about the question. How big is the wood? What are trying to make with it? Regarding the router sled, there was a MIMFer that essentially used a router rail system to dimension stock quickly for electric guitar blanks. He was essentially creating a simple manual mill. Louie Atenz...
by Matthew Lau
Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Japanese woodworking bench?
Replies: 4
Views: 3057

Japanese woodworking bench?

Does anyone have experience doing Japanese woodworking?

As I understand, they essentially use a large board on the floor.
It may be about coffee table height.
I've only seen pictures.
How does this really work?

I'm thinking of using a similar setup in my rented room for woodworking.

-Matt
by Matthew Lau
Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:39 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Little known secret place to get cases/gig bags/straps?
Replies: 7
Views: 4905

Re: Little known secret place to get cases/gig bags/straps?

I like buying from Phat (sp) Dog at Subway guitars. If you can get around his inefficient way of doing things, you can buy a very good, multi-ply Guardian case well below market price. His gigbags are also amazing for the price. Of course, his prices fluctuate depending on if he likes you. His cases...
by Matthew Lau
Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:38 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: What would you do with a really old redwood beam
Replies: 21
Views: 14530

Re: What would you do with a really old redwood beam

I'm not actually sure if it's got any figure. The wood looks very straight and even, but then again, it's not perfectly on the quarter. However, I don't think that there's runout (but I'm no expert). I noticed is that it feels very heavy for it's size. I really don't think that it'll float. What I d...
by Matthew Lau
Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:51 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: What would you do with a really old redwood beam
Replies: 21
Views: 14530

What would you do with a really old redwood beam

I bought a 30" x 4" x 6" beam of really old, really tight grained redwood.
It's so tight grained, that I thought it was mahogany almost.
It's also hard, heavy, and rings like a bell.

Any suggestions how to use it?
This is truly different stuff.

-Matt
by Matthew Lau
Sat Mar 24, 2012 6:25 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Shop tour
Replies: 26
Views: 23280

Re: Shop tour

Phil,

Don't be.
Arnt is a pro.
by Matthew Lau
Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:32 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: MIMF preamp questions
Replies: 24
Views: 14626

Re: MIMF preamp questions

Frankly, I don't care for anything that gets in the way with tone.

Would someone MIMF posting up pics of the schematic?
by Matthew Lau
Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:29 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Erik Hokanson's Scrapwood Guitar (Pictures)
Replies: 16
Views: 7622

Re: Erik Hokanson's Scrapwood Guitar (Pictures)

I stand corrected.

Thanks!

-Matt

Ps. On the old MIMF, there was a thread that goes "
101 reasons why luthiers make bad roofers."
by Matthew Lau
Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:25 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: MIMF preamp questions
Replies: 24
Views: 14626

Re: MIMF preamp questions

I'm not too worried about soldering small parts.

However, I have no idea how to think in circuits (switch out X for Y result).

It sounds like a very promising future project.
If Mauro and Mark use it, it should be great.
by Matthew Lau
Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:19 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Thinking of Spooncarving
Replies: 6
Views: 5028

Re: Thinking of Spooncarving

Nice carvings.

Re: lathe. I'll need my own place first.
However, I can take a woodworking class next quarter and use the facilities.
by Matthew Lau
Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:10 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: MIMF preamp questions
Replies: 24
Views: 14626

MIMF preamp questions

How do you compare the MIMF preamp to the commercial ones?

I'm considering whether it's worth building one vs buying one.

Also, has anyone considered making a kit, and selling it as a fundraiser for MIMF?
by Matthew Lau
Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:57 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Thinking of Spooncarving
Replies: 6
Views: 5028

Thinking of Spooncarving

My periodontist buddy has been talking to me about the joys of spoon carving. Anyone try this? Any tips? I'm thinking of getting into this since: 1. It takes less tooling than guitars. 2. A lot of friends have/will have babies. 3. It's more socially acceptable than knitting here. 4. I'd really like ...