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by Bob Howell
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: 5th peg reamer
Replies: 4
Views: 2217

Re: 5th peg reamer

It's pretty easy to make a tapered reamer, and if you're only going to use it a few times it doesn't have to be fancy. Reamers for wood have to be 'half fluted' if they're to cut a round hole across the grain. The ultimate of that is the single fluted reamer, which has a 'D' cross section. It cuts ...
by Bob Howell
Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Odorless mineral spirits as lubricant for French Polish
Replies: 32
Views: 10744

Re: Odorless mineral spirits as lubricant for French Polish

I have read over this thread and now realize with all the additives nothing is what it seems to be or once was. What to use for FP lubricant. I started off with mineral oil but everyone seems to use something else. An oil that cures like a nut or seed oil would seem best but additives mess up that. ...
by Bob Howell
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe
Replies: 13
Views: 6920

Re: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe

The adjustment mechanism is a 1/2" bolt and I raise it about a half turn at a time, which is very little. The table is 14" across because I had that quickly available and I saw it as a prototype of a more complex table, if the concept worked. But it works so well I have not taken the time to improve...
by Bob Howell
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe
Replies: 13
Views: 6920

Re: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe

Yes, even so far. The paper is not super tight so I have slight sanding before I make hard contact. You have a lot of control with hand feed no otherwise available . This setup is working great and changed guitar making for me. Just finished a sitka spruce top and got the oil can soundat around .11"...
by Bob Howell
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Rockhard table finish is still around
Replies: 2
Views: 2881

Re: Rockhard table finish is still around

All the info I found was for the older version. Nothing new.
by Bob Howell
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Rockhard table finish is still around
Replies: 2
Views: 2881

Rockhard table finish is still around

I have a can of Rockhard table top finish I got for a coffee table. Confused over past comments; suitable for guitars? Seems it was scarce for a time but it is available now. Says urethane oil.
by Bob Howell
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe
Replies: 13
Views: 6920

Re: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe

This is working much better than hoped. I have gone up to 1800 rpms or so. Set to skim lightly and run it 2/3 in and back out. So no need to catch it on the other side and bring over top. So far I've only used 80 grit as I misplaced the 120 grit box. Most of effort has been to thin figured wood. Byr...
by Bob Howell
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe
Replies: 13
Views: 6920

Re: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe

Trueing the drum. That adjustment knob was great find. Makes this easy to fine tune.
Went on to install paper and even up a Osage orange back. Took it to.08
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by Bob Howell
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe
Replies: 13
Views: 6920

Re: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe

Bearings do wear out but are not that difficult to change. I installed these in 2013 when I restored this lathe. I do think the live center is a weak link. I got a heavy duty one 20 years ago when turning bead post. But I may have other flaws in my concept. I look forward to testing it out over the ...
by Bob Howell
Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe
Replies: 13
Views: 6920

Re: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe

I will place a sled on this and manually feed stock. I can raise the bed 1-2" easily. I can quickly make several sized drums as I determine what works best. I got 80# and 120# sand paper cut for the 16-36 Jet drum sander. I think I read it has a 4" drum. Bench top 4" sander is in the background. I u...
by Bob Howell
Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe
Replies: 13
Views: 6920

Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe

20180707_150919_000.jpg I've been wanting a drum sander be space and budget limited options. Then I remembered my bowl sanding lathe set up 5 years ago. A jack shaft gears it down to 150 rpm and about anything up to 3000. Fan blows the dust of to yard. Assembled this from junk around shop. Wound up...
by Bob Howell
Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Parlor Based on Antes Plans, bracing
Replies: 5
Views: 3821

Re: Parlor Based on Antes Plans, bracing

Sorry, Typo on Spruce top, its now 3/32". I saw your picture and other comments seem to concur, but having made it I don't see this pulling the top into any dome. With the OM models the dome was there, but not much. Now I don't expect it. I guess that's not its main purpose. But the redwood top... 1...
by Bob Howell
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Parlor Based on Antes Plans, bracing
Replies: 5
Views: 3821

Parlor Based on Antes Plans, bracing

I am starting a pair and have installed sound hole ring and made one x brace. One is Sitka spruce at 2/32" thick Other is redwood, now 1/8+" This seem too thick. I read up on bracing and decided to go with 1/4x1/2" which seemed popular choice. Now that I look at it on both boards it seem out of prop...
by Bob Howell
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: How to pop the grain on walnut
Replies: 16
Views: 7212

Re: How to pop the grain on walnut

I have always heard the best way to pop the grain is to put an oil based finish on first, then a clear finish. I have followed that for years successfully for years. Just a dilute coat of linseed oil would work and I think just about anything will be compatible on top. I've not heard of a problem, b...
by Bob Howell
Sat May 26, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: L-00 from Grellier's plans
Replies: 19
Views: 20888

Re: L-00 from Grellier's plans

Soon to be assembled
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by Bob Howell
Sat May 26, 2018 4:24 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: L-00 from Grellier's plans
Replies: 19
Views: 20888

Re: L-00 from Grellier's plans

Finished up the bridge and am surprised how small it is. 5/16" by 1" by 6. Drilled 13/64" holes as discussed in GTT. Bridge pins are lose, not tight. 5% ebony pins. Guess they tighten up later down the line. Today I will locate bridge and then begin final FP finish and neck finish.
by Bob Howell
Wed May 16, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: String gauge for L-00 from Grellier's plans
Replies: 2
Views: 2519

Re: String gauge for L-00 from Grellier's plans

Struggling with neck angle. Keep blowing past it. Frets go on next week.
by Bob Howell
Wed May 16, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: String gauge for L-00 from Grellier's plans
Replies: 2
Views: 2519

String gauge for L-00 from Grellier's plans

I am about to string up the first I built from these plans. Said to lightly braced with 24.75 scale. What string gauges are appropriate?
by Bob Howell
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Osage orange
Replies: 11
Views: 8799

Re: Osage orange

How does Osage bend. How thick should it be taken down to for bending.
by Bob Howell
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Soon...
Replies: 38
Views: 21690

Re: Soon...

So what builds do you have planned now you have plenty of time?