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by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:02 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Shellac over furniture oil?
Replies: 16
Views: 8945

Re: Shellac over furniture oil?

Hi Bryan,
Old English is basically mineral oil, a non drying oil. You might be able to pull some of it out of the wood by washing it with dish detergent, then rinsing with clean water.
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:54 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Supplied air face mask?
Replies: 34
Views: 23622

Re: Supplied air face mask?

So what is the advantage of having a fan powered respirator that supplies the same air as is in the room over using the typical non powered one? I'm guessing they make it a little easier to breath, and have a little better air exchange. For noxious dust I use the heavy duty dust masks the hospitals ...
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:47 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Supplied air face mask?
Replies: 34
Views: 23622

Re: Supplied air face mask?

So these respirators still take the air from the working environment and "purify" it rather than supplying it from an outside source? Sorry to hear about your allergies Arnt. Have you pin pointed which woods are giving you problems. or is it just wood dust in general? This discussion might get a mor...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:41 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: bending machines vs bending iron?
Replies: 23
Views: 18084

Re: bending machines vs bending iron?

Hi Simon, I have chosen an "in between" approach. I use a blanket and a block form. The block form is simple to construct and is usually made with the off fall from the building mold. What I like about using the blanket, is the entire side is evenly heated at one time, and so I feel less inclined to...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:00 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Straightening warped fretboards.
Replies: 3
Views: 2274

Re: Straightening warped fretboards.

Hi Robert,
I agree with Simon. you should put both the neck and fingerboard into a humidity controlled environment (something around 45-50% relative humidity) for several days until the moisture level in the wood returns to normal, before you do any gluing.
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:32 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: How much twist in the grain is too much ?
Replies: 14
Views: 9742

Re: How much twist in the grain is too much ?

Hi Tom,
Thanks for emailing me that discussion. Hard to believe it has been 7 years since that posted. I wonder if the buying public has become more or less picky about runout since then?
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Fancy figured woods...
Replies: 97
Views: 47185

Re: Wood porn...

My wife asked if you guys intend to print a pinup calendar of your "wood". <g>
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:45 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: How much twist in the grain is too much ?
Replies: 14
Views: 9742

Re: How much twist in the grain is too much ?

Hi Tom,
I don't remember that article very well. Any chance you could send it to my email?
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:07 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: How much twist in the grain is too much ?
Replies: 14
Views: 9742

Re: How much twist in the grain is too much ?

On the frets.com website Frank Ford has a section in his illustrated glossary that explains runout and it's possible effects on the top. If you split the wood and allow the twist in the grain to follow the shape of the arch of the top you may get an acceptable top. It might not be possible to book m...
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:17 am
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Erik Hokanson's "Tune A Fish" Baritone Ukelele (Pictures)
Replies: 9
Views: 7981

Re: Erik Hokanson's "Tune A Fish" Baritone Ukelele (Pictures)

Erik,
Did you build it like that just for the halibut? (we all know the fish jokes are coming - where is Stephen Faulk when you need him?)
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:56 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Erik Hokanson's Scrapwood Guitar (Pictures)
Replies: 16
Views: 7580

Re: Erik Hokanson's Scrapwood Guitar (Pictures)

Fun looking guitar. It looks like something Larson would make................. Gary Larson.<g>
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:08 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: making an electric nylon string guitar
Replies: 11
Views: 6186

Re: making an electric nylon string guitar

Once the strings are up to pitch and settled in, tuning nylon strings using steel string tuners is not the nightmare many people imagine.
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:42 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Glue for laminated sides
Replies: 17
Views: 11388

Re: Glue for laminated sides

For veneer thickness pieces I found epoxy to work the best for me. I handle "bleed through" by also pore filling with epoxy. The few times I have tried water based glues the moisture created stresses that caused some warping of the veneers. I built the sides from veneers with the grain all aligned i...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:26 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Photos of recent 5 string violin
Replies: 13
Views: 13487

Re: Photos of recent 5 string violin

Some air dried walnut is quite colorful, with colors ranging from red to brown to grey as well as having the creme colored sap wood. My understanding is that walnut is steamed or boiled to redistribute the pigments in the wood to give the sapwood the appearance of the more desirable heart wood. It m...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:38 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ron Daves' # 2 classical
Replies: 15
Views: 9971

Re: Ron Daves' # 2 classical

Hi Ron,
Looks like it all came together for you! How does it sound?
That is an interesting looking jig you made for the rosette. How does it work?
by Clay Schaeffer
Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:24 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Methylene Chloride Dangers
Replies: 10
Views: 5551

Re: Methylene Chloride Dangers

It is one of the most effective strippers you can buy. When I buy stripper I look for it as an ingredient. For occasional home use (out doors) it is probably "safe" for most people to use. Still pretty nasty stuff!
by Clay Schaeffer
Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:38 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bracing changes for a guitar designed for Nashville tuning
Replies: 5
Views: 3751

Re: Bracing changes for a guitar designed for Nashville tuning

Hi Jeremy, I wouldn't make any changes to the bracing scheme. The typical bracing for an L1 finger style should be fine for Nashville tuning. Nashville stringing will only be only be a few pounds different than a regular set, and depending on the strings used may actually come out the same. Most str...
by Clay Schaeffer
Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:35 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Cardinal Lacquer from LMI - Anyone use it?
Replies: 10
Views: 6657

Re: Cardinal Lacquer from LMI - Anyone use it?

Hi Chuck,
I just happened to notice there was some discussion on the OLF about Cardinal lacquer (about three pages back). Those that used it liked the short cure time, others commented on the price much as I did.
by Clay Schaeffer
Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:28 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Cardinal Lacquer from LMI - Anyone use it?
Replies: 10
Views: 6657

Re: Cardinal Lacquer from LMI - Anyone use it?

I have no experience with cardinal lacquer. I looked at the price on the LMII website, and was hit with a bit of sticker shock. Nitro lacquer has had some price jumps recently that don't make sense to me. The first two gallons of Mohawk instrument lacquer I bought were priced at $29/gallon. Six mont...
by Clay Schaeffer
Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:13 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: What to consider when building a luthier workbench?
Replies: 11
Views: 8592

Re: What to consider when building a luthier workbench?

If you are only going to have one bench, you may want to make it a height that is comfortable to work at both standing and sitting. For me this is between 32 to 34 inches high. It varies a little depending on the type of chair or stool you prefer. A variation on the disposable top idea is to build a...