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by Clay Schaeffer
Thu May 21, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Did I plane my sides too thin?
Replies: 10
Views: 1047

Re: Did I plane my sides too thin?

Some classical guitars have sides that are only 1/16th inch thick which is what you are dealing with in only a few spots. OM guitars aren't any deeper. You might add a couple of extra side braces, but if they bend o.k. I would use them.
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed May 20, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Anyone Building Spinets
Replies: 30
Views: 12273

Re: Anyone Building Spinets

Hi Jim, If I ever run out of Formica scraps I know a few dumpsters I can raid. I still build a few HPL bodied instruments, fun little stick dulcimers and a few ukuleles. The last guitar I used it on was a "Formica Blanca" I built several years ago. It is actually made with Alpi Ligna - a prefinished...
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed May 20, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Rosette for Ovation Ultra Model 1528
Replies: 6
Views: 585

Re: Rosette for Ovation Ultra Model 1528

P.S. - If you can find a scrap of corian you could rout one out of that material and possibly have one more similar to the original.
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed May 20, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Rosette for Ovation Ultra Model 1528
Replies: 6
Views: 585

Re: Rosette for Ovation Ultra Model 1528

I've made purfling rings out of wood. If you have a router and a circle cutting jig it is not too difficult. You can make a circle cutting jig fairly easily if you don't have one. One of the simplest jigs is a replacement sub-base with holes drilled in it at set distances from the router bit to acce...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat May 16, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Anyone Building Spinets
Replies: 30
Views: 12273

Re: Anyone Building Spinets

Hi Al, I have also joined the ranks of the retired, or as a friend's wife calls us "unemployed bums". :D I tell my wife I am "working" on instruments, but she's not buying it. I think it's the lack of remuneration that tipped her off. I live about 35 miles south of you in Cecil County, the county Ma...
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu May 14, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Dome height
Replies: 13
Views: 2306

Re: Dome height

Has anyone tried doing an arched bent stave top on a guitar like some of the old viols had?
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu May 14, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: A neck shaping jig
Replies: 5
Views: 2189

Re: A neck shaping jig

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Hi Paul,
I use a simple "L" type jig to rough shape necks with a router. I also use it for a router table fence (I made a cut out in it) and it can also be used as a drill press fixture. The neck blank is held on by two screws through the jig and into the fretboard side of the blank.
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu May 14, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Great tool for cleaning up binding channels
Replies: 3
Views: 1130

Re: Great tool for cleaning up binding channels

Thanks for the information. I will keep my eyes out for one.
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu May 14, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Fretless mountain banjo: 44 years in the making
Replies: 6
Views: 2121

Re: Fretless mountain banjo: 44 years in the making

Good looking instrument, Tom Has it really been 44 years? I have an unfinished "lute like object" laying around in the shop gathering dust that I started in the late 70's, but never finished. Perhaps I should follow suit and do it. I wonder how many others have unfinished projects left on the strand?
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu May 14, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Anyone Building Spinets
Replies: 30
Views: 12273

Re: Anyone Building Spinets

Hi Al, I guess I did do a few things that were somewhat "experimental". I was building "Formica" back and sided instruments when an acquaintance stopped in the shop who said his son in law (who worked for Martin) would be interested in seeing them. I never met his son in law but not long after that ...
by Clay Schaeffer
Mon May 11, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Anyone Building Spinets
Replies: 30
Views: 12273

Re: Anyone Building Spinets

Hi Al,
Good to see you're back. I always enjoyed reading your posts.
by Clay Schaeffer
Mon May 11, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: poor man's saddle mill
Replies: 20
Views: 3273

Re: poor man's saddle mill

Hi Barry, A Mad Scientist would be proud! Steam punk meets the unibomber (Ted liked to use wood in his devices too) :lol: All kidding aside - that looks like quite the contraption. I'm sure it comes in handy for a shop that does much repair work - and at a price much more attractive than the Collin'...
by Clay Schaeffer
Mon May 11, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Osage Orange slab- yes, no?
Replies: 9
Views: 2950

Re: Osage Orange slab- yes, no?

A quick surf of the web shows a number of decent looking guitar sets in the $100 to $200 dollar range. Unless the "slab" looked really good I would be inclined to buy a set where I could see what I was getting.
by Clay Schaeffer
Mon May 11, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: BBQ grill handles? Any recommendations?
Replies: 4
Views: 628

Re: BBQ grill handles? Any recommendations?

The better knife handles used a nice oily rosewood like cocobolo. It can stand to get wet periodically so washing the blade off didn't affect it too much. Newer plastic materials, widespread dishwasher use, and scarcity of rosewood reduced it's use as a knife handle material. How big are the pieces ...
by Clay Schaeffer
Fri May 08, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Gibson SG wood ?
Replies: 3
Views: 657

Re: Gibson SG wood ?

African might make a slightly heavier guitar, but it would also have a bit more dent resistant surface. I would look at the grain in the individual piece (and for that matter the weight - the averages are only 3 lbs apart, so you may find some African lighter than some Honduran).
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu May 07, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Thinking about a steel string ...
Replies: 11
Views: 1888

Re: Thinking about a steel string ...

I would stick with at least the standard body depth. Thinner guitars have been built successfully, but triple Os are not overly deep as it is. If your neighbor does any cabinet work he may have some 2mm PVC (or ABS) edge banding. I buy the 15/16 inch wide stuff and rip it down for plastic bindings. ...
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue May 05, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Thinking about a steel string ...
Replies: 11
Views: 1888

Re: Thinking about a steel string ...

I only made the derogatory statement about carpenters because I was one before I built guitars. Absolutely none of the carpentry skills I had were useful on that first guitar. However, my short stint in a machine shop was definitely applicable. Hi Barry, I seem to remember you mentioning you have c...
by Clay Schaeffer
Mon May 04, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Thinking about a steel string ...
Replies: 11
Views: 1888

Re: Thinking about a steel string ...

If you are new to building steel strings remember to leave the tops a little thicker. I remember David Newton saying "the sound is in the wood" (or something to that effect). Working from a plan is not a bad idea for the first couple of instruments. Laminating veneer can be a great way to keep costs...
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Cutting purfling after gluing
Replies: 26
Views: 2950

Re: Cutting purfling after gluing

hi Enrico, It looks like you found a way to get the job done. Here is a purfling I made some years back. I wanted it to match part of the rosette. It was fairly wide and I didn't want to build it flat and then try to bend it, so I built it on the mold and then cut the strips. Where I wanted to glue ...