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by Bob Gramann
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:40 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Bone direct from India?
Replies: 11
Views: 499

Re: Bone direct from India?

Thank you. I am reassured.
by Bob Gramann
Sun Feb 21, 2021 1:25 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Bone direct from India?
Replies: 11
Views: 499

Re: Bone direct from India?

Thank you, Alan. At least for me, it sounds like it’s worth the extra money to buy the saddle blanks from the normal suppliers. Are the unbleached parts from normal suppliers okay? I’ve used the pure white pet store bone to make odd sized saddles when I didn’t have an appropriate blank. I’ve never b...
by Bob Gramann
Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:05 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Bone direct from India?
Replies: 11
Views: 499

Re: Bone direct from India?

It certainly was from dead ones.
by Bob Gramann
Thu Feb 18, 2021 2:51 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Bone direct from India?
Replies: 11
Views: 499

Bone direct from India?

Has anyone ordered saddles and nuts from these folks WWW.BONEHORNPARTS.IN? The prices are inviting. I was ready to hit the buy button when I came across this:” Not only does the omission of the treatment with hydrogen peroxide obviate an environmentally damaging component, but leaves a higher fat co...
by Bob Gramann
Mon Feb 15, 2021 11:28 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Video showing construction of a Persian/Iranian Tar
Replies: 4
Views: 583

Re: Video showing construction of a Persian/Iranian Tar

I thought I’d glance at it. I couldn’t turn away. Thank you.
by Bob Gramann
Mon Feb 15, 2021 11:08 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Formica guit AR-7
Replies: 21
Views: 1183

Re: Formica guit AR-7

The redwood I’ve bought from Vincent Strauss (Pacific Coast Tonewoods) seems to be good. I like to make a guitar occasionally for extra light strings or silk and steel only. I’ve been reserving the redwood for those guitars—the extra light strings can drive it and there is less stress on the soundbo...
by Bob Gramann
Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Formica guit AR-7
Replies: 21
Views: 1183

Re: Formica guit AR-7

I don’t remember how it tapped. But, the guitar sounded wonderful. It was a shame it didn’t have lasting power. I didn’t have another piece of redwood then, so I retopped it with Engelmann. IZt still sounded good but in a different way. I’ve made another redwood topped guitar since then. That top ha...
by Bob Gramann
Mon Feb 15, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Formica guit AR-7
Replies: 21
Views: 1183

Re: Formica guit AR-7

My redwood failure had a thin layer of redwood attached to the brace all along the glued surface. I did the experiment with a cutoff after a brace came loose on a redwood topped guitar. That top also split. I retopped that guitar. When I r3moved the topped, the braces pulled off with a layer of redw...
by Bob Gramann
Sat Feb 13, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Formica guit AR-7
Replies: 21
Views: 1183

Re: Formica guit AR-7

I made a Wilsonart (Formica of another brand) guitar a couple of decades ago. I used epoxy almost throughout so it wouldn’t dissolve if it fell in the water. With a little experimentation, I settled on polyurethane (Gorilla) glue to attach the bridge. The guitar was okay, but I didn’t like it. What ...
by Bob Gramann
Fri Feb 05, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Martin 0-18 with multiple problems
Replies: 18
Views: 993

Re: Martin 0-18 with multiple problems

Not to sidetrack the discussion, but this is the perfect entry for an ethics question. Some years ago, I had a customer bring me an aged Gibson with a cracked and unrepairable Brazilian rosewood bridge (it was cracked in all the wrong places). At the time, I had a piece of Brazilian so I made a new ...
by Bob Gramann
Fri Jan 22, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?
Replies: 22
Views: 1656

Re: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?

My first PEC ruler arrived yesterday. A couple of my printed rulers failed the comparison. The one I had thought was most likely to be accurate, the Ibex fret rule, was off. Dang! The little 6” ones I use most often, one a General, the other an Empire (metric), were right on (easy for that short len...
by Bob Gramann
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?
Replies: 22
Views: 1656

Re: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?

I’m waiting until my new rule arrives to see which, if any, of the rules I have I can keep. I’m hoping that some are correct so I don’t have to replace all of them.
by Bob Gramann
Tue Jan 19, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?
Replies: 22
Views: 1656

Re: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?

Wow! I have many rulers of many lengths in my shop that I select for convenience for the task at hand. I never thought to compare them. Now I know that my inches and centimeters are many lengths. I guess it’s no wonder that measured things don’t always fit tight. I will have to be consciously consis...
by Bob Gramann
Wed Dec 16, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Triple O - Dovetail neck doesn't seat - Photos
Replies: 7
Views: 1311

Re: Triple O - Dovetail neck doesn't seat - Photos

Please excuse me if I’ve misread this and tell you stuff that you already know. It’s been 28 years since I started doing this by building a kit. My kit was from Martin. The dovetailed neck and dovetail block were supplied overly tight so they could be fitted after the guitar was made (the thickness ...
by Bob Gramann
Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ideas? Dinged Spruce Soundboard (photos)
Replies: 8
Views: 1588

Re: Ideas? Dinged Spruce Soundboard (photos)

You probably can’t make it totally disappear but you can glue some fibers from the offcuts in the divots. Use hot hide glue (anything else will be quite visible). Lightly clamp with a plexiglass caul. After a couple of days, sand the insert flat with very fine sandpaper glued to a sanding block. It ...
by Bob Gramann
Fri Nov 13, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ugh! Big Bad Router Screw-Up. Suggestions Please.
Replies: 10
Views: 2174

Re: Ugh! Big Bad Router Screw-Up. Suggestions Please.

You probably ought to get a new bearing unless you can prove to yourself that it really does spin freely.
by Bob Gramann
Thu Nov 12, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ugh! Big Bad Router Screw-Up. Suggestions Please.
Replies: 10
Views: 2174

Re: Ugh! Big Bad Router Screw-Up. Suggestions Please.

Replacing the plastic end trim seems like a good option.
by Bob Gramann
Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Outdoor glue for deck railings
Replies: 7
Views: 2567

Re: Outdoor glue for deck railings

The job is done. I wore gloves. I got none on my clothes. I first tried a somewhat complicated joint—two angles bracketing a straight line. Even though I cut the pieces simultaneously, it didn’t fit nearly as tightly as I wished and required some adjustment. For the rest of them, I used a simple sca...
by Bob Gramann
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Outdoor glue for deck railings
Replies: 7
Views: 2567

Re: Outdoor glue for deck railings

Thank you all. Polyurethane it is. Gorrilla glue is easy to get.