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by Steve Gonwa
Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Measuring Hide Glue Temperature
Replies: 13
Views: 10003

Re: Measuring Hide Glue Temperature

Thank you for that safety warning. I wouldn't have thought that was necessary but good to know.
by Steve Gonwa
Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:15 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Measuring Hide Glue Temperature
Replies: 13
Views: 10003

Re: Measuring Hide Glue Temperature

Thanks much for the replies and information. Today I decided to do some adjustments on the Hold Heet pot thermostat. You have to open the unit up, but it's very simple to do. After a number of very slight trial and error adjustments, I was able to get the following readings on the water and actual g...
by Steve Gonwa
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Measuring Hide Glue Temperature
Replies: 13
Views: 10003

Measuring Hide Glue Temperature

My question is about measuring the temperature of hot hide glue. I am new to this and I'm using the Hold Heet glue pot. Assume that I place properly mixed glue into a small glass or plastic jar and place the jar inside the pot. Water is added to the pot to about the level of the glue in the jar. Man...
by Steve Gonwa
Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:14 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Gap Filler For Bolteron Binding
Replies: 4
Views: 1594

Re: Gap Filler For Bolteron Binding

Thanks for the suggestions. Last resort I will try the splice method. I tried the MEK with negative results. It softened but doesn't melt the material, same as Acetone. I'm experimenting with an $2.98 bottle of clear PVC primer ( the kind used to prime PVC pipes ). It softens the material according ...
by Steve Gonwa
Sun Feb 09, 2014 12:59 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Gap Filler For Bolteron Binding
Replies: 4
Views: 1594

Gap Filler For Bolteron Binding

To fill a gap between the ends of binding, I know that regular plastic binding can be melted into a filler paste by soaking it in acetone. Can the same be done with Bolteron binding material ? Or because it's a PVC plastic, is a different solvent required ?

Steve
by Steve Gonwa
Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:29 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Curly Mango Boards
Replies: 1
Views: 1270

Curly Mango Boards

I managed to have some curly koa and mango boards shipped home from my visits to Hawaii some 25 years ago. I pulled these boards from my stash recently and was wondering if they may be suitable for resawing into guitar back and sides. I attached a couple of images. One board seems to have edge grain...
by Steve Gonwa
Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:01 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Slight Cupping In Maple Sides
Replies: 9
Views: 2524

Re: Slight Cupping In Maple Sides

Thanks for the responses from everyone. I suspect had I continued the construction process right away insteads of leaving the sides in the mold for a few weeks after bending, the cupping may have been avoided. But from the responses I think I can remedy the problem. Thanks.
by Steve Gonwa
Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:06 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Slight Cupping In Maple Sides
Replies: 9
Views: 2524

Re: Slight Cupping In Maple Sides

The center of the side is flat against the form, but the upper inch or so at the edges are cupping towards the inside. Sucking in I guess !
by Steve Gonwa
Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:31 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Slight Cupping In Maple Sides
Replies: 9
Views: 2524

Slight Cupping In Maple Sides

I successfully bent a pair of curly maple sides in a fox-style bender using a heating blanket. After being in the form for a period of several weeks and thoroughly dried, I noticed that the sides have cupped slightly across their width, mostly in the lower bout. Is there a recommended way to re-flat...
by Steve Gonwa
Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:05 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Maple and Herringbone Prohibited ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1919

Maple and Herringbone Prohibited ?

As I embark on my second guitar build, I anticipate using maple back and sides with a sitka top. As I consider my options for bindings and purfling, I realize that I don't think I've ever seen a maple guitar with herringbone purfling on the top. Herringbone is frequently seen on rosewood guitars, so...
by Steve Gonwa
Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:26 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fox Bender - Fixing a Crease in Bent Side
Replies: 5
Views: 3496

Re: Fox Bender - Fixing a Crease in Bent Side

Thanks for the advice everyone. I was able to steam out a good portion of the crease. Now I'll follow the suggestions to reform it in the form.
by Steve Gonwa
Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:39 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fox Bender - Fixing a Crease in Bent Side
Replies: 5
Views: 3496

Fox Bender - Fixing a Crease in Bent Side

I bent an Indian Rosewood OM side very successfully using my fox style bender ( using light bulbs ). Really worked well. Unfortunately on the second side, the center of the waist caul apparently sunk slightly too far down into the mold, probably because I screwed the caul down too hard and overtight...
by Steve Gonwa
Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:55 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: OM Style Bracing Question
Replies: 7
Views: 4221

Re: OM Style Bracing Question

Thank you for the reply and insight.

Steve
by Steve Gonwa
Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:46 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: LACEY ACT UPDATE AND YOU
Replies: 16
Views: 7646

Re: LACEY ACT UPDATE AND YOU

Congressman and Wisconsin Senators contacted. Thanks.
by Steve Gonwa
Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:16 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: OM Style Bracing Question
Replies: 7
Views: 4221

OM Style Bracing Question

In the OM plans I have ( from LMI ), the two lower braces for the back plate are shown as 3/4" wide by 1/4" in height. In the plans, they appear to be a flat piece of bracing across the width of the back plate. Is it likely that these braces also have to have their bottoms radiused like the top two ...