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by Markus Schmid
Fri Jun 10, 2016 3:35 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Torrefied Spruce Soundboards
Replies: 4
Views: 4474

Re: Torrefied Spruce Soundboards

Some wood torrefaction companies like for example Thermowood of Minnesota will treat your own wood. I have no idea about minimal quantities, maybe you just had to wait for the next batch where your top or couple of tops could go with.
by Markus Schmid
Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: I Need Measurements For A Treholipee, A 1960s Swaggerty Novelty Uke
Replies: 5
Views: 6113

Re: I Need Measurements For A Treholipee, A 1960s Swaggerty Novelty Uke

Have you already asked around in ukulele forums? If not, try ukuleleunderground or also Ukulele Hunt here, and of course search and contact owners via YouTube.
by Markus Schmid
Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:36 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: One piece tops? (Rookie Question du Jour)
Replies: 20
Views: 9498

Re: One piece tops? (Rookie Question du Jour)

This is what I do with such pieces: Cut off the parts I colored green in the picture. This will be brace wood. Then resaw. The blue colored parts will also be brace wood, the red center part will be to a great extent perfectly quartered tops (these will have nice or even spectacular medullary rays) ...
by Markus Schmid
Mon May 16, 2016 6:58 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Multi-scale designs and the head stock
Replies: 5
Views: 3577

Re: Multi-scale designs and the head stock

Glad you made it work, that's cool!

Regarding "how it works": doing a scarf joint on a normal neck is actually only a special case where you don't get such a funny off-cut piece because the two cuts happen to fall into the same plane (hence only one cut). ;)
by Markus Schmid
Sat May 14, 2016 1:21 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Multi-scale designs and the head stock
Replies: 5
Views: 3577

Re: Multi-scale designs and the head stock

Harry Fleishman provided a good description with excellent photos of the process in American Lutherie #118 . He boils it down to these 5 steps on the table saw (I'm citing what he wrote): Mark the nut angle [across the neck's width] Set up to saw the peghead scarf angle. I use 14°. Tilt the blade to...
by Markus Schmid
Wed May 04, 2016 10:01 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A sure fire way of using hhg for joining the top
Replies: 43
Views: 23581

Re: A sure fire way of using hhg for joining the top

Marcus, I've never had to heat a top/back joint done with tape, because the method aligns the joint along its length and brings the faces together perfectly every time. There is plenty of time to adjust the tape by playing with the plates as a book prior to applying glue. Once you apply the glue, i...
by Markus Schmid
Tue May 03, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A sure fire way of using hhg for joining the top
Replies: 43
Views: 23581

Re: A sure fire way of using hhg for joining the top

Tape - for instance - work really well. Or 4 nails in the bench with a wedge or 2 is about as fast as tape. Good luck with re-heating a joint held by tape, or tucking away a bench (or several benches when joining a batch of tops). I don't use, and wouldn't recommend a flame as heat source though. I...
by Markus Schmid
Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:50 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A sure fire way of using hhg for joining the top
Replies: 43
Views: 23581

Re: A sure fire way of using hhg for joining the top

Waiting for the vegan telling us how evil HHG is. :mrgreen:
by Markus Schmid
Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:22 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A sure fire way of using hhg for joining the top
Replies: 43
Views: 23581

Re: A sure fire way of using hhg for joining the top

Taping takes me more time than the method with wedges.
by Markus Schmid
Fri Apr 29, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A sure fire way of using hhg for joining the top
Replies: 43
Views: 23581

Re: A sure fire way of using hhg for joining the top

Bob Gramann wrote:Neat, but more work than it needs to be.
Yes, two minutes is too much work to join a top, but that's what it takes me too. I never got it down to less than that.
by Markus Schmid
Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:52 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: How To Get More Sustain Out of An Acoustic
Replies: 14
Views: 7740

Re: How To Get More Sustain Out of An Acoustic

I wonder if there is a trade off between having an extremely responsive top where the energy quickly dissipates and the sustain. In this interview , Matthias Dammann explained the relation between volume and sustain as a psychoacoustical phenomenon: Sustain is another phenomenon, which is connected...
by Markus Schmid
Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: New Lee Valley/Veritas tool for April 1
Replies: 6
Views: 5804

Re: New Lee Valley/Veritas tool for April 1

Thank you Charlie, for posting this.

Yesterday I was searching for it, but couldn't find it. A couple of times I hoped to have found the newest April fool's joke, but nope, every time it was something you can actually buy! :lol:
by Markus Schmid
Fri Mar 11, 2016 5:52 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: maybe a not-so-whimsical humidity indicator.
Replies: 8
Views: 7393

Re: maybe a not-so-whimsical humidity indicator.

Bob, I use the same type of hygrometer ( this one ) since 2011 and it works a treat. I also "calibrated" it using this home made sling psychrometer, and it turned out that the "bi-wood" hygrometer gets a bit less sensitive over the years. But more important than precise RH% numbers is getting aware ...
by Markus Schmid
Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Why Doesn't This Martin Sound Good?
Replies: 10
Views: 5419

Re: Why Doesn't This Martin Sound Good?

Someone stole it from a modern art exhibition.
by Markus Schmid
Sat Dec 26, 2015 9:27 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Is the Warranty Even Worth It?
Replies: 11
Views: 10690

Re: Is the Warranty Even Worth It?

Let's analyse this case thoroughly. ;) A budget guitar (or budget whatever item): we get what we pay for. Why even have a warranty? Because that's what people are asking for, even if they are too lazy to read what it contains and excludes, and because most people don't even claim the covered issues ...
by Markus Schmid
Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chladni pattern for a fanned fret guitar
Replies: 11
Views: 4848

Re: Chladni pattern for a fanned fret guitar

What should the fret layout have to do with the vibration modes?
by Markus Schmid
Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:49 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Can Nomex be thicknessed?
Replies: 12
Views: 7052

Re: Can Nomex be thicknessed?

There is in fact someone making archtops as you suggest, without resorting to Alan's method. I forget who he is and where I saw it, [...] Steve Andersen. As one can appreciate in this video his double tops are only slightly domed, and with no recurve. Someone else actually forced the Nomex layer in...
by Markus Schmid
Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:29 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: a (knock-off) jig for getting perfect half-lap joints on soundboard braces
Replies: 9
Views: 4012

Re: a (knock-off) jig for getting perfect half-lap joints on soundboard braces

Nice knock-off Geoff! :) You can make as many of these as you would like as long as you don't use the trademarked name. These sorts of story gauges have existed for hundreds of years so I doubt anyone could patent them now-a-days. Some details of this Bridge City gimmick are patented indeed. If the ...
by Markus Schmid
Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:50 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: violin tuner peg cutter plans?
Replies: 8
Views: 3912

Re: violin tuner peg cutter plans?

You're correct Bryan, halfhearted won't do the trick. ;) First I had finished the conical hole (without the "entrance chamfer"). Then I set a marking gouge to the apex of each side of the conical hole and scribed the two lines to the far end of the block. With these lines scribed one should already ...
by Markus Schmid
Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:08 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: violin tuner peg cutter plans?
Replies: 8
Views: 3912

Re: violin tuner peg cutter plans?

but I would caution you to ignore what that site says about using any piece of junk wood. Hmmm... I did not suggest to use any piece of junk wood! I just wrote that you can make it for " the price of a junk of wood [...] " - which in my case was a piece of nice flamed maple that I had to glue up in...