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by Pat Foster
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Best straight edge size for tuning up guitars
Replies: 9
Views: 3638

Re: Best straight edge size for tuning up guitars

I find the 24" from igaging useful for truing necks and fretboards. For setups I use the straightedge from a T-square at the big-box office supply store. I'm much more comfortable with plastic around a spruce top. 8-)
by Pat Foster
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: 10-20 drum sander
Replies: 2
Views: 2332

Re: 10-20 drum sander

I have one too, though I haven't had the problem -- yet -- so I'm on the lookout too. Some years ago I ran across an article (or forum post) that outlined a fix. I think it had to do with a threaded insert to replace the stripped threads. I don't know if it was here or elsewhere, perhaps a woodworki...
by Pat Foster
Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Sound system in workshop?
Replies: 21
Views: 12752

Re: Sound system in workshop?

+1 on the old Yamaha Natural Sound receivers. I have one in "storage" in the garage, and keep thinking I'll put it back into service in the shop. Currently in the shop is a Pioneer receiver from the 70s, 30 watts, driving a pair of Wharfedale Diamond I speakers. A Mac mini from about 2012 is hooked ...
by Pat Foster
Sun May 27, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Marylhurst University closing
Replies: 0
Views: 4004

Marylhurst University closing

Just received the sad news from Cyndy Burton that Marylhurst University is closing at the end of the 2018 calendar year. She and the other NW Musical Instrument Exhibit crew are looking for a new venue.
by Pat Foster
Sun May 20, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: Viewing Photobucket-disabled pictures
Replies: 6
Views: 12765

Re: Viewing Photobucket-disabled pictures

After all the uproar from their draconian plan changes last year, they're dropping the price for 3rd party hosting (which used to be free) from $399/year to $25/year, and for a limited time, $19.99/year. It doesn't seem to be on their web site yet, but there's this article: https://www.denverpost.co...
by Pat Foster
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Soon...
Replies: 38
Views: 22257

Re: Soon...

Congratulations. You guys are going to love it. Every day is like Saturday.
by Pat Foster
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Proulx side bender?
Replies: 30
Views: 27531

Re: Proulx side bender?

Bryan Bear wrote:I have the 2.5 watt per square inch blanket (6x36).

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If I don't hear it click off I might not notice it is cooling when I come back to it with the next piece. . .
Some of the old darkroom timers have a buzzer that goes off when it cuts the power. Takes care of that problem.
by Pat Foster
Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Proulx side bender?
Replies: 30
Views: 27531

Re: Proulx side bender?

I started with Cumpiano's approach from the C & N book and stuck with it. Why complicate something so simple?
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by Pat Foster
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Guitar #1 completed
Replies: 12
Views: 13625

Re: Guitar #1 completed

Sweet! My son and I are building a Tele for his senior project. After seeing yours, his may well end up being seafoam green.
by Pat Foster
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Vacuum system
Replies: 13
Views: 9095

Re: Vacuum system

+1 for the Gast pumps.

I found a lot of good info and parts at veneersupplies

Pat
by Pat Foster
Fri May 26, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Mistakes...
Replies: 23
Views: 20870

Re: Mistakes...

Guitar building haiku:

Start of every build
Mistakes hover overhead
Waiting to descend.
by Pat Foster
Wed May 24, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: neck heel crushing sides of guitar
Replies: 21
Views: 13232

Re: neck heel crushing sides of guitar

What Barry said, plus, from what I can see in your second and last pictures, the cheeks of the neck aren't making full contact with the sides like they should. It looks like most of the force from the bolts is concentrated at the top, near the soundboard, and at the bottom, near the heel. Along with...
by Pat Foster
Mon May 22, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: neck heel crushing sides of guitar
Replies: 21
Views: 13232

Re: neck heel crushing sides of guitar

Can you post some pics?

Pat
by Pat Foster
Thu May 18, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: 2017 Northwest Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibit
Replies: 6
Views: 5983

Re: 2017 Northwest Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibit

Sorry I had to miss it.

There's a regular there who builds violins and cellos, if I recall, who oftens sells an instrument or two in the 5-figure range at the show. Name escapes me. I'd be happy with that if it happened once a year.

Pat
by Pat Foster
Mon May 15, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Mistakes...
Replies: 23
Views: 20870

Re: Mistakes...

At least 100, but they don't plague me now, because I learned from them. Make them now, and there won't be as many on #10 or 20, or . . .

Pat
by Pat Foster
Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Grellier OM Bracing Pattern
Replies: 18
Views: 12736

Re: Grellier OM Bracing Pattern

They'll work fine. On my OMs, I use 1/4" wide bracing, except for the UTB, but that's just me (and a few other, I believe).

Pat
by Pat Foster
Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: The party!
Topic: A brief history of the MIMF
Replies: 12
Views: 13447

Re: A brief history of the MIMF

I found the MIMF in late 2004. I'd had Martin guitars in the 70s, but sold the last one so I could finish school. Early in 2004, I decided I needed a nice guitar again, but after seeing what had happened to prices in 30 years, decided I could build one cheaper. Hah! Well, it was cheaper, but only af...
by Pat Foster
Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:40 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: inexpensive spokeshave?
Replies: 18
Views: 11340

Re: inexpensive spokeshave?

I've used an old Stanley #51 for years and love it. Easy to fettle, just needing a good sharpening, easy to adjust. They're all over ebay for $20-$30. Yes, I would recommend one to a friend.

Pat
by Pat Foster
Thu Oct 20, 2016 6:38 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 14224

Re: A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest

I think "sweating the small stuff," like most of us probably do, could go unnoticed by all but a few players, but we still strive get those things right. Not only does is it satisfying for us as we build, there seems to be a kind of language of good practice that might only be noticed by other build...