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by Bob Howell
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: L-00 from Grellier's plans
Replies: 19
Views: 22083

Re: L-00 from Grellier's plans

I've installed the bindings and perfling. I made them both and cut off with 1/16" Cerf table saw blade
by Bob Howell
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Truss rod choice for OM build
Replies: 27
Views: 34922

Re: Truss rod choice for OM build

Just got 4 Martin truss rods. They are an inch or so shorter than the LMI rods I've used. With a 2" deep neck block I must move the end point away from the nut or set the other end an inch down inside the neck block. What is the preferred way?
by Bob Howell
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:57 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Sound Boards
Replies: 7
Views: 7909

Re: Sound Boards

I see there is no quick answer. I found a very nice WRC board 10 years ago and made 2 dulcimers from it. perfectly QS and even had beautiful grain. Still have half of it around so I made a 3 piece top from it to see how it might look. Even started the sound hole ring. The joints stick out due to col...
by Bob Howell
Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Sound Boards
Replies: 7
Views: 7909

Sound Boards

I have glued up 4 Sitka spruce sound boards, two with a brittle tone when tapped, like a pane of glass, the other two more restrained. I plan a classic, two L-00 and a parlor. Which would be the best fit for each. I have not selected the wood for back and sides sets.

How important is this.
by Bob Howell
Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Dust collection?
Replies: 5
Views: 5768

Re: Dust collection?

Box fan with a air filter is so easy. I have two in addition to my cyclonic based dust collection and fancy air filtration sys. You never catch all sanding dust.

Find a covered area nearby so you can sand out side.

Try everything. Dust is a b**ch.
by Bob Howell
Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Bending Iron parts
Replies: 3
Views: 3277

Re: Bending Iron parts

I found a support post under my house that had been replaced. 3".
Cut off a 10" section
by Bob Howell
Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Guitar vise
Replies: 8
Views: 6345

Re: Guitar vise

I have used those wooden clamps for many task but this is a new one. Thanks.
by Bob Howell
Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: L-00 from Grellier's plans
Replies: 19
Views: 22083

Re: L-00 from Grellier's plans

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Thanks for spelling. Here is sound hole and top.
by Bob Howell
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: L-00 from Grellier's plans
Replies: 19
Views: 22083

L-00 from Grellier's plans

PE_20170930144455.jpg I followed the discussion on the plans Eric started last spring and printed them out. Choose the L-00 for some reason. Moved the sound hole and x bracing up 1/2" to accomidate sh placement on sound board. Later saw series of YouTube videos on bracing and learned that might be ...
by Bob Howell
Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1st build and misunderstood bridge location measurement
Replies: 24
Views: 17985

Re: 1st build and misunderstood bridge location measurement

The compensation worked out ok. I finally got the neck set properly by tightening the truss rod about 1/8 turn, and carving the neck joint, dropping the neck/head a bit. A couple of strokes with a file at the bottom was all needed. Then the high e was fine(.07) at the 12 fret, but the low e buzzed a...
by Bob Howell
Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Truss rod choice for OM build
Replies: 27
Views: 34922

Re: Truss rod choice for OM build

Thanks for the explanation on neck access. I can live with through the sound hole. I think I will try the Martin rods mentioned for my next build.
by Bob Howell
Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: handy tool for a novice luthier
Replies: 4
Views: 4065

Re: handy tool for a novice luthier

So I started building guitars with a lot of tools and little space for new ones. The little straight carving knife is a real sleeper. I found endless places it could be used to finish a task or solve a problem. Years ago in a class I found carvers have several of different length and shape for diffe...
by Bob Howell
Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: handy tool for a novice luthier
Replies: 4
Views: 4065

Re: handy tool for a novice luthier

I will be at a desktop soon and continue with what I learned. Pic was from cell and I can't read it well.
by Bob Howell
Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: handy tool for a novice luthier
Replies: 4
Views: 4065

handy tool for a novice luthier

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I have accumulated a lot of tools over the years and show here ones I have used this past year learning to make guitars.
Hope the picture post properly.
by Bob Howell
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:50 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Radius Dish Help
Replies: 38
Views: 28363

Re: Radius Dish Help

The lathe worked well and I have a 15' radius that is 18" round. I did not smooth the surface, as that would produce DUST, not curls.
I will make more sizes over time.

The link to the calculator site is great for checking results.

Thanks
by Bob Howell
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Advice on getting dark curly maple to pop
Replies: 29
Views: 19216

Re: Advice on getting dark curly maple to pop

I have read several articles in FWW about this over the years. One I tried was black dye and then sand it off the surface. Next yellow dye and sand off. Then dye red for similar effect or color. I confess to forgetting details so you must run test to get your desires. I do remember black was first.
by Bob Howell
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Radius Dish Help
Replies: 38
Views: 28363

Re: Radius Dish Help

I have a large lathe and have turned a lot of bowls up to 18". It is not a problem. I am making smaller guitars for now and will try to live with 18-19" dish.
by Bob Howell
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Radius Dish Help
Replies: 38
Views: 28363

Re: Radius Dish Help

It is turning at 150 rpms now. Use it for sanding. I'm thinking I try 20" first. Experiment.
by Bob Howell
Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Radius Dish Help
Replies: 38
Views: 28363

Re: Radius Dish Help

I have decided to try turnibg the dish on my lathe. I have the radius dish pdf print out from the library with measurements. Don't have it to scale but plan to draw it out and cut on bs. Its on a legal sheet and I don't see a way to determine the length embedded in the drawing. 28 units across which...
by Bob Howell
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Radius Dish Help
Replies: 38
Views: 28363

Re: Radius Dish Help

I have made two om guitars with the method in Cumpaino's book and looking to improve. Making a L-00 from Grellier's plans now. Think I can get decent results without dish on top but it would improve the bottom. So much to learn and tools,and jigs to make.