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by Aaron Helt
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: REPAIR
Replies: 8
Views: 1587

Re: REPAIR

Baking soda and ca glue. But I’ve found it to be a stop gap/temp solution. Never lasted that long for me.
by Aaron Helt
Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Buffer
Replies: 18
Views: 1994

Re: Buffer

I started using Cardinal on my last build and didn’t realize how much I was suffering with the other nitro I had always used. The other stuff was like rubber compared to Cardinal. I have a similar schedule, but don’t go quite as high on the grits. I may start to. Appreciate the tips .
by Aaron Helt
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Buffer
Replies: 18
Views: 1994

Re: Buffer

Thanks Barry, I’m ordering the same setup. I get good results from my stewmac buffer but darn that finish is a cut above. I also have other uses for the buffer so it’s dual purpose.
by Aaron Helt
Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Buffer
Replies: 18
Views: 1994

Re: Buffer

Hi Barry, I got one of the buffers in and need to get some pads for it. I can’t seem to find Meguiars pads in 4”. Do you know the item or part number for those pads? Or a link to where you got them? Thanks
by Aaron Helt
Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Mis-labeled dish
Replies: 4
Views: 2219

Re: Mis-labeled dish

Nothing to worry about.
by Aaron Helt
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Wood identification - Taste
Replies: 10
Views: 2825

Re: Wood identification - Taste

I’m no help with this. Every wood tastes terrible to me.
by Aaron Helt
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17
Replies: 201
Views: 33749

Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

I think that’s a great idea. Got me thinking.
by Aaron Helt
Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17
Replies: 201
Views: 33749

Re: Restoration of a 1931 Martin 00-17

Maybe he shouldn’t tell us, we’ll all start building Martins.:)
by Aaron Helt
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Gold Top Paint Cracking while aging, not checking
Replies: 3
Views: 1487

Re: Gold Top Paint Cracking while aging, not checking

Is the Stew Mac white prime vinyl sealer? If so I would skip it. Vinyl sealer doesn’t burn together with nitro. Test it out on scrap first.
by Aaron Helt
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Oily wood glues
Replies: 4
Views: 1694

Re: Oily wood glues

I have always used Smith epoxy, from LMI. I only use it on the back join. Braces, rest titebond.
by Aaron Helt
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Washtub cello
Replies: 6
Views: 3442

Re: Washtub cello

Simple and cool!
by Aaron Helt
Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Translucent white stain
Replies: 5
Views: 3542

Re: Translucent white stain

Paint stores usually have a product called pickling stain. Lacquer based.
by Aaron Helt
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Dying epoxy
Replies: 19
Views: 6150

Re: Dying epoxy

Hi Steve. I am gearing up to try this myself. My research has indicated that TransTint is often used for this. And alcohol soluble dyes should work in theory. I would think that the water soluble pigment would be incompatible but it might be worth trying if you have some in stock. Can I ask what th...
by Aaron Helt
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: De-humidor? is that a thing?
Replies: 12
Views: 4682

Re: De-humidor? is that a thing?

My setup is a set of lower kitchen style cabinets with a humidistat controlling a light bulb. I set the humidistat at 45%. Obviously this is where I keep my wood and partially build guitars in. My garage is not controlled. I only take the wood out for bracing when the garage is close to 45%. I’ve bu...
by Aaron Helt
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: General Finishes Waterbase Topcoat - SM is pushing this - anyone tried it?
Replies: 230
Views: 176530

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

Satins you just spray and let dry. No buffing or polishing. That’s one of the nice features of satin if you like the look.
by Aaron Helt
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Repair of 1975 Gibson J-45
Replies: 77
Views: 29732

Re: Repair of 1968 Gibson J-45

Barry, I really appreciate the repair story. Nothing works to learn from better than seeing it done. Thanks for taking the time.
by Aaron Helt
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Tools I wish I never bought
Replies: 25
Views: 14311

Re: Tools I wish I never bought

Different methods of building I guess. I use plenty of the Irwin type clamps but no cams.
by Aaron Helt
Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Tools I wish I never bought
Replies: 25
Views: 14311

Re: Tools I wish I never bought

Cam clamps. Never found a need for them.