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by Joel Nowland
Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: General Finishes Waterbase Topcoat - SM is pushing this - anyone tried it?
Replies: 230
Views: 184622

Re: General Finishes Waterbase Topcoat - SM is pushing this - anyone tried it?

Just yesterday I watched a video featuring a famous jazz guitar builder in which he stated that all the water based finishes he has tried show glue lines.

I am going to stick with Mohawk lacquer which I started using only about three years ago and love it and wish I had used it twenty years ago.
by Joel Nowland
Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: light colored pencils
Replies: 8
Views: 4318

Re: light colored pencils

James

I found these Sewline brand white ceramic leads for a mechanical pencil for fabric marking that work very well. They are a bit more brittle than standard leads.
by Joel Nowland
Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Sycamore
Replies: 3
Views: 3207

Re: Sycamore

A great wood for many uses. bends super easy. I have used it for back & sides, necks, bridge plates, side bracing, linings, cross-grain patches for side sound holes and where electronics are side mounted.

A great wood when you need light and tough.
by Joel Nowland
Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: SawStop and fret slotting
Replies: 23
Views: 12966

Re: SawStop and fret slotting

I don't like and will never touch a SawStop for on main reason. In 2012 they, the company, supported legislation to make the (patented) SawStop feature a requirement in all table saws. And don't tell me this is because they care so much about peoples fingers. They supported it purely for business. T...
by Joel Nowland
Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Iwata LPH80
Replies: 23
Views: 13330

Re: Iwata LPH80

Yes I just use the one needle and only use the LPH80 for shading. I talked to a guy with a lot of experience with the LPH80 and he had tried different needles and settled on the 1.2 for sunbursts and shading. I use a Warwick detail gun with a 1.2 for color coating. The Warwick detail gun would also ...
by Joel Nowland
Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Iwata LPH80
Replies: 23
Views: 13330

Re: Iwata LPH80

Steve I ordered from ebay with a 1.2 needle and fluid nozzle- LPH80-124G. ebay had the best price. On ebay type in Iwata LPH80 and several of the dealers straight from Japan will have a list with the item which shows the different gun/needle/fluid nozzles and the part numbers. Also, at Iwata USA, ht...
by Joel Nowland
Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:27 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Iwata LPH80
Replies: 23
Views: 13330

Re: Iwata LPH80

I use the Iwata LPH80 for sunbursts and it is an amazing gun. I have not used it with a small compressor but it think it will work with the CFM you have if you are spraying one guitar at a time.

I have tried a lot of brands of guns and the Iwata is the best.
by Joel Nowland
Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:15 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: I need a new gun...for new guitars and repair, lacquer main use..Reasonable $$
Replies: 13
Views: 6829

Re: I need a new gun...for new guitars and repair, lacquer main use..Reasonable $$

Stephen

Just do a search on ebay for Iwata LPH300 and you will see the prices.
by Joel Nowland
Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:01 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: I need a new gun...for new guitars and repair, lacquer main use..Reasonable $$
Replies: 13
Views: 6829

Re: I need a new gun...for new guitars and repair, lacquer main use..Reasonable $$

Steve The HVLP gun I mentioned uses compressed air. IMO the best gun for the money, for guitar finishing and even larger objects, would be the Iwata LPH300 which is considered a mid sized gun and about $200.00 less than their full sized guns and about $300.00 less than other higher priced full sized...
by Joel Nowland
Mon Oct 31, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: I need a new gun...for new guitars and repair, lacquer main use..Reasonable $$
Replies: 13
Views: 6829

Re: I need a new gun...for new guitars and repair, lacquer main use..Reasonable $$

Due the many good reviews, last year I bought the "Professional" HVLP nickel plated spray gun model from Harbor Freight #68843. When I cleaned it I noticed the parts are machined very well, as well as the high priced guns I have like the Iwata. I wanted it for a dedicated sealer gun but noticed how ...
by Joel Nowland
Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:28 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Tone woods- how are they determined. Measurement, opinion
Replies: 11
Views: 8704

Re: Tone woods- how are they determined. Measurement, opinion

The picture below is of the Benedetto guitar Mr. Knapp mentioned. I have sets of insanely super quilted Sapele, which is flat-sawn, which for years I hesitated to use because it's tap-tone is like cardboard. When I finally used a set the guitar's tone was wonderful. it sold very quickly. Putting a l...
by Joel Nowland
Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Torrefied
Replies: 1
Views: 2519

Torrefied

I have done few searches for torrefication services without any luck.

Does anyone know of a company that I can send a some tops to and have them torrefied?

Joel
by Joel Nowland
Tue Sep 13, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Computer guided router - Interesting!
Replies: 6
Views: 3961

Re: Computer guided router - Interesting!

Eric

Thank you very much for posting this. I've never heard of a hand held computer guided router.

I wonder how it would do on inlaying?

Joel
by Joel Nowland
Sat Jul 23, 2016 2:14 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Considering a thickness sander. What to get?
Replies: 42
Views: 33324

Re: Considering a thickness sander. What to get?

Peter That's a good idea. It probably not really necessary, but I let the joint pass every time which allows even a 36" length guitar side to sand end to end without being over the belt joint. This is not really necessary for general sanding because the head is very rigid but, FYI: I built a bracket...
by Joel Nowland
Sat Jul 23, 2016 9:34 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Considering a thickness sander. What to get?
Replies: 42
Views: 33324

Re: Considering a thickness sander. What to get?

I have had a Delta 18/36 drum sander for 12 to 15 years now. It has worked great. I chose it because it functions more like a planer with the table moving up and down on 4 jack screws and a stationary head. if I were going to buy a new sander I would go with the General single drum 24" sander which ...
by Joel Nowland
Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: HVLP Turbines
Replies: 8
Views: 5894

Re: HVLP Turbines

It's wonderful to have varying opinions on any given subject. If only those who agree submit posts, you wouldn't have what you need to make an informed decision. I have finished nearly 200 guitars and more than 1000 pieces of furniture and have experience with different spray systems including airle...
by Joel Nowland
Tue Jul 12, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: HVLP Turbines
Replies: 8
Views: 5894

Re: HVLP Turbines

Andrew From experience and in my opinion If your just building a few guitars a year as a hobby and only using one type and size of gun, a turbine system is fine. But if your planning on spraying a lot of guitars or a lot of large pieces of furniture or doing a sunburst finish and you want to use a v...
by Joel Nowland
Wed May 11, 2016 9:25 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Cupping on acoustic guitar back
Replies: 6
Views: 3809

Re: Cupping on acoustic guitar back

Kieren

I solved this by basically bracing my braces temporarily. The moment I remove the top and back from the go-bar bracing forms I spring clamp slightly spring loaded plywood bars across the braces for at least a week.

When they have normalized they stay put.

Joel
by Joel Nowland
Tue May 10, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Question about matching top wood
Replies: 17
Views: 10847

Re: Question about matching top wood

If the non book match is a bit too obvious you could consider doing a sunburst finish slightly darker than the average sunburst.
by Joel Nowland
Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:25 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: sticky Waverly tuners
Replies: 15
Views: 14840

Re: sticky Waverly tuners

I have given up on Waverly tuners. Every set I've bought has at least one sticky tuner. There are better out there and at much better prices. I've had better results with Grover 18:1 sta-tites. Many of the Santa Cruz guitars have Grover 18:1s on them with SCGC inscribed on them in place of Grover. T...