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by Bob Gramann
Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Wood identification - Taste
Replies: 10
Views: 6329

Re: Wood identification - Taste

Perhaps how it feels when you chew might be a more reliable indicator? Other than that, may be you scratch some known mahogany and taste it? As much as I liked to work it, I had to ban Spanish Cedar from my workshop. It made my nose run so badly, I couldn’t be near it.
by Bob Gramann
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Motor help
Replies: 14
Views: 4864

Re: Motor help

Now that it works, be very careful. I owned one of those Craftsman radial arm saws for a couple of weeks long ago (I bought it used). I bought it thinking it might be a good way to cut fret slots. It had way too much slop for any precision work. Besides that, it really scared me. I couldn’t figure o...
by Bob Gramann
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Motor help
Replies: 14
Views: 4864

Re: Motor help

There might be some kind of centrifugal switch and a starting capacitor in the motor starter circuit. If the switch contacts are dirty or smoked, it may not be working correctly. To test the capacitor, it needs to come out of the circuit and be shorted to completely discharge it. Then, put a needle ...
by Bob Gramann
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: PC 310 Laminate Trimmer for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 4095

Re: PC 310 Laminate Trimmer for sale

Sold. Thank you for looking.

—Bob
by Bob Gramann
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: PC 310 Laminate Trimmer for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 4095

Re: PC 310 Laminate Trimmer for sale

Or, make me an offer. I just want it to go to someone who wants it.
by Bob Gramann
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: PC 310 Laminate Trimmer for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 4095

PC 310 Laminate Trimmer for sale

This might be a collectors item. It works fine, I just prefer a more modern router with a speed control and a more visibly accessible base. $50 plus whatever it costs to ship.
by Bob Gramann
Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Replacement Gotoh Buttons... Who/Where ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1592

Re: Replacement Gotoh Buttons... Who/Where ?

You might try http://www.japarts.ca/ There’s a link on the page for email inquiries. He is very responsive. If the buttons are available from Gotoh, he will be able to find out.
by Bob Gramann
Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Sapele bending help
Replies: 8
Views: 3095

Re: Sapele bending help

I bend sapele (and all of my sides) on a hot pipe. I’ve not had springback issues with sapele, but I probably overbend getting it to match the mold it will go into. The curly nature of the grain does seem to make it resist bending. I have often cracked a side attempting to bend it. Fortunately, it i...
by Bob Gramann
Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Best way to remove "new construction" recessed light cans
Replies: 22
Views: 8622

Re: Best way to remove "new construction" recessed light cans

The only real disadvantage is future expansion limiting. Whatever size shop you build, you will find it’s half the size you want. If you had built your wall and then found that your shop was too small, you could have knocked down the wall and taken over the rest of the basement. Starting with the wh...
by Bob Gramann
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: StratoJag
Replies: 9
Views: 4384

Re: StratoJag

For most products, there are enough suppliers that you only have to deal with the ones with good customer service. One of my principles is that I never beg someone to take my money. One of the neatest things about the guitar building community is that it’s populated with good folks who are a pleasur...
by Bob Gramann
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: StratoJag
Replies: 9
Views: 4384

Re: StratoJag

D’Addario is very responsive to luthiers. I have always found it a pleasure to talk to them.
by Bob Gramann
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Buzz sounds like Ground Buzz, but doesn't act like it.
Replies: 8
Views: 4755

Re: Buzz sounds like Ground Buzz, but doesn't act like it.

Why not start by resoldering all of the bad joints? A cold joint could cause your problems. Also, squirt some cleaner in the pots and the switch and work them. After that, you can look at replacing parts. You can get the values of the pots by removing the wires and checking the resistance across the...
by Bob Gramann
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: StratoJag
Replies: 9
Views: 4384

Re: StratoJag

Talk to D’Addario. I expect that they will be interested.
by Bob Gramann
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Best way to remove "new construction" recessed light cans
Replies: 22
Views: 8622

Re: Best way to remove "new construction" recessed light cans

Michaelangelo had a scaffold for his ceiling work.
by Bob Gramann
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Best way to remove "new construction" recessed light cans
Replies: 22
Views: 8622

Re: Best way to remove "new construction" recessed light cans

Can you find a can light just like yours at the building supply store? If you could fondle one and look it over, you could figure out how the crossbar is attached to the can. There’s likely a couple of rivets you can drill out. Failing that, remove the drywall flange and push it up. That flange wasn...
by Bob Gramann
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Repairing a viol neck-to-pegbox break
Replies: 19
Views: 6183

Re: Repairing a viol neck-to-pegbox break

Wow! Thank you for the pictures. I think I learned something here.
by Bob Gramann
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Repairing a viol neck-to-pegbox break
Replies: 19
Views: 6183

Re: Repairing a viol neck-to-pegbox break

That looks really good. Congratulations. Over time, the new wood ought to fade a bit to match the old. Any pictures of the splice before assembly?
by Bob Gramann
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Color Theory
Replies: 10
Views: 5296

Re: Color Theory

When I have dyed wood, it never penetrates as deep as I would like. Perhaps a little superficial sanding would solve your problem?
by Bob Gramann
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17
Replies: 201
Views: 62209

Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

Yeah, it looks like overkill. But, congratulations. Your work looks very nice. Were it not for your label, I’m not sure folks would know it was new work after it ages a few years.
by Bob Gramann
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17
Replies: 201
Views: 62209

Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

I like the idea of the 60’ radius form for the headblock area braces. I usually sand the fingerboard attachment area flat to accomplish the same on my builds. I’m going to have to think awhile about your approach.