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by Bob Gramann
Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:14 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Formula for neck width in relation to bridge spacing
Replies: 9
Views: 7028

Re: Formula for neck width in relation to bridge spacing

As the others said, the rule is a guide but I never cut wood based on it. When I do a new spacing combination, I always draw the strings from nut to saddle then draw the appropriate fingerboard under it. When I'm sure it's right, then I cut wood. I do my fingerboard drawings on a good piece of poste...
by Bob Gramann
Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:36 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: cut away advice
Replies: 20
Views: 11597

Re: cut away advice

Sometimes, it helps to make the side a little thinner where a tight bend is required.
by Bob Gramann
Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: RIP Earl Scruggs
Replies: 9
Views: 5318

Re: RIP Earl Scruggs

Netflix has the 1950's Flat and Scruggs tv show available for instant viewing. It's wonderful.
by Bob Gramann
Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:02 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Routing the edges of the top/back
Replies: 11
Views: 6787

Re: Routing the edges of the top/back

Generally, you rout from the wide part of the body to the narrow, section by section, to avoid chipout. That means you have a climb cut for some sections. You have to keep a tight and controlled grip on the router. A lot of scrap practice is good.
by Bob Gramann
Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:02 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: New Cordless Drill
Replies: 39
Views: 24664

Re: New Cordless Drill

I bought a Ridgid 18v cordless a few years ago. It is the best drill I have ever owned, corded or cordless. It's a bit heavy but that helps it stay seated in the head when driving screws. And, it has a lifetime warranty, including the batteries. That purchase resulted in my buying a few more Ridgid ...
by Bob Gramann
Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:36 am
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: Log me on automatically?
Replies: 18
Views: 18918

Re: Log me on automatically?

I keep my page on "View Unread Posts" and refresh it when I come back to the computer. After a few hours of inactivity, it requires me to log on again when I refresh. The repeated log ons were not required before the update this weekend.
by Bob Gramann
Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:34 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: bending machines vs bending iron?
Replies: 23
Views: 19439

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: 9122

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: 9122

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: 5209

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: 23854

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: 5645

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: 17689

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: 17689

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: 5645

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: 17689

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: 5271

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: 24219

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: 24219

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: 17689

Re: Bending a barbecue igniter?

Why worry about it. If it breaks, you can get another for $10. It probably won't break.