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by Bob Howell
Wed May 10, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Making shellac stick or filler
Replies: 12
Views: 7824

Re: Making shellac stick or filler

Well, I found out that after Sealcoat sits for 3-4 weeks it is still sticky and when dabbed into a void on scrap it remains sticky. Something bad going on but not worth pursuing. Another rabbit trail.

I got some blond flaks which will do the job.
by Bob Howell
Wed May 10, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Looking at these guitar plans
Replies: 23
Views: 18332

Re: Looking at these guitar plans

I found out you can open an account online and send it over with payment; then go pick it up. Waiting for the cost, but very simple.
by Bob Howell
Mon May 08, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Looking at these guitar plans
Replies: 23
Views: 18332

Re: Looking at these guitar plans

I am going to get prints of the L-00 plans. Do I take the PDF for printing at Kinkos? DXF file did not download.
by Bob Howell
Tue May 02, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Adding set to a table saw blade
Replies: 22
Views: 17071

Re: Adding set to a table saw blade

Years ago I read a quick and dirty way to add set to a saw was to put a flat blade screwdriver between the teeth and twist. I have never tried it but it may add what you need. Wild thought.
by Bob Howell
Tue May 02, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: First Time Builder
Replies: 11
Views: 8682

Re: First Time Builder

Made the clamping cauls shaped with the spindle sander to span two frets, as I saw here somewhere. Glue drying now. Seemed to work fine. Think the slots are ok.
by Bob Howell
Tue May 02, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Plane Tuning
Replies: 21
Views: 14117

Re: Plane Tuning

I have made a number of blades from tool steel blanks. 1/8" works fine but 1/4" is nice. It comes in 18" bars and you just cut off 6". A map gas torch will heat the first inch and you drop it in oil. With a charcoal fire and a hairdryer you can really get cooking. I enjoyed it so much I moved on to ...
by Bob Howell
Mon May 01, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: First Time Builder
Replies: 11
Views: 8682

Re: First Time Builder

Are your slots too tight? I have the SM fret saw and fret wire and coated them with white Elmers per Compino. I have a 12" radius but did not think to bend the wire in advance. This afternoon I heated the worst ones and then pulled them right out. Don't know how to access if the slots are too small...
by Bob Howell
Mon May 01, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: First Time Builder
Replies: 11
Views: 8682

Re: First Time Builder

Joe does not seem to be around but I am still reading this. I have frets up to 14 in but only half down snug. I must get those down and then decide how to proceed with the last 5, so as to avoid some of his problems.
by Bob Howell
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Making shellac stick or filler
Replies: 12
Views: 7824

Re: Making shellac stick or filler

Compaino recommended shellac sticks of different color. I have never used them but going on his rec. On other types of projects I have used chips of wood and sawdust paste. I'm going to use a mixture of what I've done in the past as shellac stick does not seem to be common.
by Bob Howell
Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Making shellac stick or filler
Replies: 12
Views: 7824

Re: Making shellac stick or filler

Trying to get a new build ready for finish. G T, T suggest shellac sticks for filling voids'. Elsewhere I have seen hhg recommended.
by Bob Howell
Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Making shellac stick or filler
Replies: 12
Views: 7824

Making shellac stick or filler

Most places are offering synthetic shellac sticks but they make no sense to me filling voids on a guitar. So I tried to evaporate the alcohol in Zinnzer Sealcoat. Turned creamy amber, so I'm not sure what I have . Some reaction but not sure I can use it. Letting it dry to see what happens. Dabbing S...
by Bob Howell
Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Clear finish, low darkening, avoid rosewood bleeding pink
Replies: 9
Views: 5960

Re: Clear finish, low darkening, avoid rosewood bleeding pink

I dabbed shellac on the rosewood Bindings with pads and had little bleeding. Next day another coat of shellac dabbed on then a day later I brushed on a coat over the whole body. Minimal bleeding. Sanded smooth and Now three coats and looking good. I'm going to rub out finish with wax and oooo steel ...
by Bob Howell
Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Clear finish, low darkening, avoid rosewood bleeding pink
Replies: 9
Views: 5960

Re: Clear finish, low darkening, avoid rosewood bleeding pink

I now recall that misting on several coats of other types finish is a way to slowly seal off bleeding woods. In addition to vinyl sealer, spray can of shellac will also work. Also any compatiable spray applied sparingly. I have odd spray cans of several finishes sitting around that might prove still...
by Bob Howell
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Clear finish, low darkening, avoid rosewood bleeding pink
Replies: 9
Views: 5960

Re: Clear finish, low darkening, avoid rosewood bleeding pink

This is a product I've seen in many a luthier's booth. It should work if you can mist it on a few times to build it up slowly without wetting the surface. https://www.amazon.com/Behlen-Vinyl-Sealer-Aerosol-13oz/dp/B003CMONTW I have looked at the can version of this. How does it like shellac? Will i...
by Bob Howell
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Clear finish, low darkening, avoid rosewood bleeding pink
Replies: 9
Views: 5960

Re: Clear finish, low darkening, avoid rosewood bleeding pink

David King wrote:Could it be kingwood?
I have kingwood also but it is different. I got it 20 years ago from some guys who also did not know just what it was . They dubbed it BEAUTIFUL rosewood.
by Bob Howell
Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Clear finish, low darkening, avoid rosewood bleeding pink
Replies: 9
Views: 5960

Re: Clear finish, low darkening, avoid rosewood bleeding pink

Hondurian Rosewood is a best guess. It is a beautiful burgundy with black grain. very dense. A great wood that bleeds. I have 4 turning sqs. of pau-ferro. I have a lot of it and must learn how to work with it. I plan to make fret boards with matching bindings. May have to drop it for bindings if it ...
by Bob Howell
Thu Mar 30, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Clear finish, low darkening, avoid rosewood bleeding pink
Replies: 9
Views: 5960

Clear finish, low darkening, avoid rosewood bleeding pink

I have completed my OM sound box and am choosing a finish. I have sealed it with shellac at several stages to protect the top and sides from stain and glue. I am cleaning it up and have removed most of that but no all. I used Honduran rosewood for bindings, which bleeds badly so must deal with that....
by Bob Howell
Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Holding device for an OM sound box for cleanup
Replies: 14
Views: 8983

Re: Holding device for an OM sound box for cleanup

Do a google image search for the phrase "guitar troji" and you will see all the ideas you need. Mine is not a stand alone unit since I don't have much space. It is plywood with smaller than guitar shape cut out on the top side. It gets clamped to the side of my bench that has two pipe clamps built ...
by Bob Howell
Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Finish that doesn't darken wood
Replies: 17
Views: 11593

Re: Finish that doesn't darken wood

You might try egg albumen as a sizing, Often a mixture of gum arabic, honey and egg whites (beat the egg whites stiff, no yokes allowed, and let that sit in the bowl for a while, pour off the albumen. You can also choose from any number of other sizings like thinned rabbit glue or a first generatio...
by Bob Howell
Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Holding device for an OM sound box for cleanup
Replies: 14
Views: 8983

Re: Holding device for an OM sound box for cleanup

guitarstand.jpg Went out to the shop and looked for a way to get started with a temp. device. Then thought this up. Just had to turn two spindles to go into the holes already bored for my grandson to play workshop. Took 15 min to set up and works great. Finished preliminary cleanup with scraper and...