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by Jim Ritter
Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Ideas Wanted for Cross-Notching Aluminum Rod
Replies: 12
Views: 2369

Re: Ideas Wanted for Cross-Notching Aluminum Rod

You could use a core box bit in a router table. Make a sled to ride a slot it the table and clamp the rod to the sled. A couple passes raising the bit till you reach the depth you need. Router bit will route the aluminum just fine.
Jim
by Jim Ritter
Sat Mar 07, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Making a Mortise and Tenon / Vertical Router Jig
Replies: 6
Views: 5281

Re: Making a Mortise and Tenon / Vertical Router Jig

Nice jig and well done on the video. I like that you can adapt it to other purposes. Even though I made a jig for dovetail joints I might make one like yours for ‘ other purposes ‘.

Jim
by Jim Ritter
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: about using an eggbeater drill
Replies: 15
Views: 9537

Re: about using an eggbeater drill

Reading Marks post up thread I decided to search my pics. Here is my take on what he described. And old drill chuck from an obsolete battery drill, and a chunk of curly maple that once was firewood but I couldn’t burn it. It has proved very useful. https://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m628/boatman53...
by Jim Ritter
Sat Dec 21, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Steam generation
Replies: 8
Views: 4201

Re: Steam generation

Another vote for the wallpaper steamer. I’ve steamed many boat planks with mine, so it can produce more steam than than you need even for double bass sides.
Jim
by Jim Ritter
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Steam Box Deluxe
Replies: 5
Views: 2460

Re: Steam Box Deluxe

Those look awesome. The stainless doesn’t offer much in the way of heat retention so they will benefit from having some sort of insulation wrapped around them. As a boatbuilder I’ve built many steam boxes and helped a friend with a steaming project. He had used a pvc pipe and steam was coming out wh...
by Jim Ritter
Sun Dec 11, 2016 8:45 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: ukulele neck/body join
Replies: 6
Views: 7167

Re: ukulele neck/body join

I posted my dovetail jig for ukes in the 'tools and jigs' forum didn't realize this thread was going on here.
Jim
by Jim Ritter
Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: dovetail jigs for Ukes.
Replies: 2
Views: 2639

Re: dovetail jigs for Ukes.

I made these a while ago, they are totally adjustable to fine tune the fit. They worked great, now I just need to get back to making ukes. http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m628/boatman53/IMG_2186_zpsszksivci.jpg http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m628/boatman53/IMG_2187_zpsaa1jsyij.jpg http://i1...
by Jim Ritter
Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: inexpensive spokeshave?
Replies: 18
Views: 11959

Re: inexpensive spokeshave?

I think the aftermarket blade you were thinking of is Hock and they are very good.
I'm a big fan of spokeshave and have maybe thirty, ten get used regularly each set a bit different and of course that and round soles.
Jim
by Jim Ritter
Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:43 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Slow bench grinder OR diamond stone?
Replies: 45
Views: 25162

Re: Slow bench grinder OR diamond stone?

I've been away for quite some time but am starting to have some free time again (the high cost of getting by). Anyway here is an option that I have in my shop, a CBN wheel on a hand cranked grinder. I originally had the wheel mounted to an electric grinder, it cuts very fast and most importantly ver...
by Jim Ritter
Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:07 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Langeleik plans
Replies: 9
Views: 7621

Re: Langeleik plans

I will do that. I know many people in Norway speak English. Which made it very easy to travel there. Almost everyone under 30 learned it in school. My problem was I always wanted to talk to the old guys with the old skills, knife making, boatbuilding, langeleiks etc. Thank you very much for your hel...
by Jim Ritter
Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:40 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Langeleik plans
Replies: 9
Views: 7621

Re: Langeleik plans

Hi Arnt, My mother in law grew up I Norway, still owns a house kragro. The instrument pictured above was in her family as long as she could remember. Her sister used to play it. The last time I was in Norway I tried to find out something about that style of lageleik but failed. I did however get a b...
by Jim Ritter
Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:46 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Langeleik plans
Replies: 9
Views: 7621

Re: Langeleik plans

No staple frets in this one. They look to be bone or antler. They also are quite high so no playing notch. The grain and weight of the wood does not suggest that it is a hard wood, and I'm reluctant to remove any "finish" to investigate beyond visual.
Jim
by Jim Ritter
Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:03 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Langeleik plans
Replies: 9
Views: 7621

Re: Langeleik plans

Here are some photos of the one we have. Finally got into PhotoBucket. http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m628/boatman53/0091F82B-EC22-422F-83A4-13D11D9D25E4-4839-00001155677F5A9C.jpg http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m628/boatman53/ADD299D2-E520-4EB4-8A02-ED267D9FF56A-4839-0000115557DFA7EA.jpg h...
by Jim Ritter
Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:03 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Langeleik plans
Replies: 9
Views: 7621

Re: Langeleik plans

I have been working on some plans for a langeleik. I started it a while ago, got busy with other things. Might be able to pull it together in a couple of weeks if I worked on it. What I did was measure an old instrument that was in my wife's family. There are some things with it that I don't underst...
by Jim Ritter
Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:27 am
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: concert ukulele building plans
Replies: 1
Views: 2497

Re: concert ukulele building plans

Elderly Instruments sells plans as does Stewart-Macdonald. They are pretty cheap and I bought a bunch before I built mine. The best in my opinion is drawn by Scott Antes. Unless you want to duplicate an historic instrument, they have those also. Good luck.
by Jim Ritter
Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:29 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Does anyone know where I can get instructions on building a dulcimer from start to finish
Replies: 18
Views: 9506

Re: Does anyone know where I can get instructions on building a dulcimer from start to finish

There is a book called Building The Mountain Dulcimer I believe the author's name is Dean Kimball. It is very good. The back chapters are on building jigs for multiples. It was the primary building source when I built my dulcimer. I made up my own design ( as I often do ) based on a couple plans I h...
by Jim Ritter
Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:05 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Hammer Dulcimer ID and Repair(?)
Replies: 5
Views: 3911

Re: Hammer Dulcimer ID and Repair(?)

Hi Dan, I don't think I can help you much with this project, but it seems we share more interests than guide boats. I too have lurked here for years and just recently signed on. One newcomer to another, welcome. I built a hammer dulcimer for my wife. But that doesn't help you.