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by Bob Gramann
Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:34 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: bending machines vs bending iron?
Replies: 23
Views: 18055

Re: bending machines vs bending iron?

I use the pipe. For me, bending by hand is both satisfying and fun. It took me a couple of guitars to get it down but I wouldn't even consider a machine. Depending on the wood (and cutaway vs none), it takes me from 30 to 60 minutes to bend a set.
by Bob Gramann
Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:31 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck angle new dreadnaught
Replies: 15
Views: 8219

Re: Neck angle new dreadnaught

Can you string it up and see how things land before you make modifications? If it ends up close enough, that might be better than making big changes and risking damage.
by Bob Gramann
Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:59 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck angle new dreadnaught
Replies: 15
Views: 8219

Re: Neck angle new dreadnaught

If you add 10/64" to get an action height of 5/64 at the 12th fret, subtract 1/64" because your top will pull up with string tension (more or less depending on how stiff you made the top), you get a saddle height of 15/64" or just below 1/4". My ideal is a string height of 1/2" (plus or minus a fudg...
by Bob Gramann
Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:21 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: electric slotted headstock
Replies: 7
Views: 4529

Re: electric slotted headstock

It's not that hard to make a slotted headstock the traditional way. Many of the guitarmaking books have instructions. Make one or two on scrap wood and then go for it. Just doing it is likely to be quicker and have a better outcome than trying to find a shortcut. I made a jig for routing the slots. ...
by Bob Gramann
Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:14 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Please recommend a jig for routing binding ledge.
Replies: 20
Views: 22404

Re: Please recommend a jig for routing binding ledge.

I use the StewMac binding router bits with the bottom bearing, a small handheld router (a Ridgid at the moment) with a donut base, and cut my ledges freehand with no jig. You might try it on scraps and see if you can do it. It only requires that you keep the axis of the router parallel to the sides ...
by Bob Gramann
Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:48 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Way off topic - shower enclosure advice.
Replies: 6
Views: 4993

Re: Way off topic - shower enclosure advice.

Perhaps more work now, but if you use the cement board and do it right, it will outlast you.
by Bob Gramann
Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:31 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Bending a barbecue igniter?
Replies: 18
Views: 15899

Re: Bending a barbecue igniter?

My light dimmer is 600 watts. My charcoal lighter is 500. I mounted the dimmer and the outlet in a metal box just in case but the combination has caused no problems.
by Bob Gramann
Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:22 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Bending a barbecue igniter?
Replies: 18
Views: 15899

Re: Bending a barbecue igniter?

My pipe is about 1/4" thick aluminum. It heats pretty well all around. I guess a thin pipe could have a hot spot.
by Bob Gramann
Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:31 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Way off topic - shower enclosure advice.
Replies: 6
Views: 4993

Re: Way off topic - shower enclosure advice.

The ones I have seen have a flange that nails to the studs. The sheet rock goes over the flange. I have seen many, many of the plastic ones with cracks after a few years. For the shower I installed a year ago, I looked and agonized over the choices for a long time and finally went with the tile. The...
by Bob Gramann
Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:55 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Bending a barbecue igniter?
Replies: 18
Views: 15899

Re: Bending a barbecue igniter?

I think you want the element to contact the inside of the pipe pretty solidly to transfer heat. There's no reason you can't make a big bend on a smaller radius pipe. I do all of my bending on the same 2.5" pipe from the violin c-bout to the sides on the biggest jumbo guitar I build.
by Bob Gramann
Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:46 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Does the left brain plate tuning method work for completed guitars?
Replies: 5
Views: 4681

Re: Does the left brain plate tuning method work for completed guitars?

You can buy the book directly from David for quite a bit less (ukuleles.com).
by Bob Gramann
Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tap Tuning
Replies: 33
Views: 21743

Re: Tap Tuning

I worked with the tea leaves a few times. I figured out that I got to exactly the same place as when I tapped and carved. I haven't done the tea leaves in a long time.
by Bob Gramann
Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Tap Tuning
Replies: 33
Views: 21743

Re: Tap Tuning

I found when I had the volume loud enough to really make the tea leaves dance that I wanted hearing protection.
by Bob Gramann
Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Bending a barbecue igniter?
Replies: 18
Views: 15899

Re: Bending a barbecue igniter?

Why worry about it. If it breaks, you can get another for $10. It probably won't break.
by Bob Gramann
Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:00 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: TNG forum feedback?
Replies: 59
Views: 36297

Re: TNG forum feedback?

Cool. I didn't know that. I like it. It saves a couple of clicks. Thanks.
by Bob Gramann
Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:44 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: TNG forum feedback?
Replies: 59
Views: 36297

Re: TNG forum feedback?

I can't find my screen capture software--it may have disappeared with the last computer. Here's a bad photo. The "First unread post" legend is near the end of the line that starts with "Subscribe topic."
by Bob Gramann
Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:25 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: TNG forum feedback?
Replies: 59
Views: 36297

Re: TNG forum feedback?

Yes, I can see the box. I have (and have had) display images checked.
by Bob Gramann
Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:25 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: TNG forum feedback?
Replies: 59
Views: 36297

Re: TNG forum feedback?

On my machine, in both Firefox and Internet Explorer, that button shows up as a text line "First unread post." What browser are you using?
by Bob Gramann
Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: TNG forum feedback?
Replies: 59
Views: 36297

Re: TNG forum feedback?

Exactly. Thanks.
by Bob Gramann
Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:15 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: TNG forum feedback?
Replies: 59
Views: 36297

Re: TNG forum feedback?

Charlie, You have things working so wonderfully I feel like it might be pushing it to ask for more, but...
On the view unread messages page, could we have a button to clear the remainder of the discussions after we read the ones we wanted to read? Thank you for taking on this forum.