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by Clay Schaeffer
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Cleaning mold
Replies: 5
Views: 444

Re: Cleaning mold

I have used vinegar to kill mold on wood. as long as you coat the entire surface, scrub and rinse it well, and allow it to dry evenly you should avoid "water" staining. If mold has penetrated the surface you may have to sand it after the vinegar treatment to remove discoloration from mold. From Rest...
by Clay Schaeffer
Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Advice for changing bridge type mid-build
Replies: 9
Views: 1021

Re: Advice for changing bridge type mid-build

PMTE - Proulx Magic Tone Enhancer.
Has anyone heard anything from Mario lately?
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: waxed vs de-waxed shellac for FP?
Replies: 2
Views: 475

Re: waxed vs de-waxed shellac for FP?

The wax should eventually settle to the bottom and you can carefully decant the clear shellac off leaving most of the wax behind. Some people like using shellac with some wax in it for French polishing. Brian Howard's you tube video explains it some: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ5Zmm9ZKvc Unles...
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Advice for changing bridge type mid-build
Replies: 9
Views: 1021

Re: Advice for changing bridge type mid-build

Personally, I wouldn't have any heartache about changing the bridge (as long as the pins still fall in the plate). There was a reason they went with a wider bridge, and it wasn't aesthetics. The larger footprint helps the bridge stay put. But it is your project and your friend. If you wanted to "ext...
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Split Saddle Bridge and Nut for Intonation
Replies: 6
Views: 756

Re: Split Saddle Bridge and Nut for Intonation

General Thompson's enharmonic guitar: https://books.google.com/books?id=ksZ5CgAAQBAJ&pg=PA185&lpg=PA185&dq=Thompson%27s+enharmonic+guitar&source=bl&ots=nGtmXLezlT&sig=ACfU3U1TkwGuWAGjjBMJ98a_E8JDReGIiQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwikqNuyjovqAhXGoXIEHRjEApkQ6AEwCXoECAcQAQ#v=onepage&q=Thompson's%20enharmonic...
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Split Saddle Bridge and Nut for Intonation
Replies: 6
Views: 756

Re: Split Saddle Bridge and Nut for Intonation

You really should check into Thompson's enharmonic guitar fretboard. It was not terribly practical at that time, but with today's CNC technology it may be possible to develop that system using some of your ideas to make it more user friendly. Having a guitar that can play in tune on all the notes ma...
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Advice for changing bridge type mid-build
Replies: 9
Views: 1021

Re: Advice for changing bridge type mid-build

As long as the bridge pins go through the bridge plate you will probably be O.K. If you need to you could move the pin holes a little closer to the saddle to keep them in the bridge plate, but most likely that won't be necessary. Not having a full width plate won't offer as much structural support a...
by Clay Schaeffer
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy
Replies: 19
Views: 1942

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

When I picked up the guitar this morning it sounded much better. The sound seemed much more "focused" today. It is pretty well balanced and pleasant sounding, but also somewhat "quiet". It has been awhile since I've built a nylon string guitar. They seem to take longer to develop their sound. I wond...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy
Replies: 19
Views: 1942

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Lovely guitar. I like the peghead design. Two questions - are those Gilbert tuners and what kind of wood did you use for the neck? Are you still doing your F.P over sprayed method of finishing? I am finishing up a "semi-classical" guitar. It has a radiused fretboard and a narrower string spacing. I ...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 38
Views: 3169

Re: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught

#4 looks like it is the closest to be headed for the color of the original board. The red color is quite attractive and might be a nice contrast with the lacewood.
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 38
Views: 3169

Re: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught

To paraphase Little Big Man "ah yes!the white black bear" :lol:
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 38
Views: 3169

Re: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught

Possibly you could use Ryan's A4 linings or the wacky wood linings I've been using, and put a slight bevel on the top similar to what Bruce Sexauer says he does for his peones. With the A4 linings and the linings I use they bend in both directions and would allow you to hold the linings to a line. P...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 38
Views: 3169

Re: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught

Thinking about the "self binding" idea again the thought occurred to me "why cut the binding off at all? In John Greven's retopping demonstration he fits the top inside the binding, so why not do something similar (but simpler) with self binding? After the rim is glued up and in the mold and profile...
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Jun 10, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: June 2020- How/What is everyone doing?
Replies: 14
Views: 1543

Re: June 2020- How/What is everyone doing?

Hi Matt, That does sound interesting. Pizzas like to bake at 500 degrees, which I think is possible on a covered grill. Do you use a gas grill or charcoal? Someone gave me a little apartment size electric range. I cannibalized a medical cart and mounted the range on wheels for outdoor use. Since the...
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: June 2020- How/What is everyone doing?
Replies: 14
Views: 1543

Re: June 2020- How/What is everyone doing?

Karl,
Milking logs sounds pretty onerous. You'll be doing that till the cows come home! :lol:
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Setting a tablesaw fence with digital calipers
Replies: 3
Views: 717

Re: Setting a tablesaw fence with digital calipers

Cool! Simple but accurate. I like it.
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 38
Views: 3169

Re: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught

With care, you might be able to trim the bindings off the sides after bending with an oscillating saw, which might make "registration" with the sides easier. Here is a link to a recent discussion about cutting prebent purflings: https://www.mimf.com//phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6241 With a dreadnought...
by Clay Schaeffer
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: June 2020- How/What is everyone doing?
Replies: 14
Views: 1543

Re: June 2020- How/What is everyone doing?

My friend called me "the Hermit in the Hollow" even before the pandemic so I haven't been doing anything much different. Aside from building instruments and trying to keep the shop from sliding off the hill into the creek I've been learning to bake breads and make pizza dough. And I've been rebuildi...
by Clay Schaeffer
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic/electric dreadnaught, adjustable neck
Replies: 12
Views: 3104

Re: Acoustic/electric dreadnaught, adjustable neck

Nice looking guitars Peter, Adjustable necks kind of grow on you. One side affect of the travel guitar design I use is that the action is adjustable if some relief is added to the neck pocket. It uses a single socket head cap screw to attach the neck and adjust the angle. String tension acts as the ...
by Clay Schaeffer
Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 38
Views: 3169

Re: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught

Thanks for all your thoughts and advice - a lot for me to think about. Although I'd like every build to be a learning experience, in this case I'd rather do a good job using what I know how to do, rather than a poor job trying something too difficult. Any more suggestions welcome. I think you have ...