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by Steve Sawyer
Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Offcut storage
Replies: 6
Views: 2941

Re: Offcut storage

An offcut challenge would be fun -might be a lot of "pickin' sticks" though...

I worked with someone whose husband had a high-end cabinet shop that made extensive use of exotic species. I tried to make arrangements to dig through their scrap bin, but without success!
by Steve Sawyer
Wed Feb 10, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: finishing a electric guitar
Replies: 19
Views: 10222

Re: finishing a electric guitar

Keep in mind that a satin neck will not stay satin. Constant handling will polish it to a high gloss over time. I have a 30-year old Strat that started out satin, but you’d never guess that now! :)
by Steve Sawyer
Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Almost consistently bad glue joints...
Replies: 26
Views: 8651

Re: Almost consistently bad glue joints...

Peter Wilcox wrote:
Mon Feb 08, 2021 5:09 pm
I haven't used it for any structural applications as I have read there are questions about its long term strength.
Yeah - we'll see how this goes. Of course, at my age, I could begin assuming room temperature long before any issues become evident! :roll: ;)
by Steve Sawyer
Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Offcut storage
Replies: 6
Views: 2941

Re: Offcut storage

Peter Wilcox wrote:
Mon Feb 08, 2021 5:01 pm
I'm so lazy that if I can't reach down and get something, I just cut a new piece even though I have an offcut that is perfectly adequate, but would take a small effort to find.
:lol:
by Steve Sawyer
Mon Feb 08, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 30
Views: 24166

Re: Chapman stick?

I just thought I'd put a period to this thread. The more I learned about this instrument, the more I realized that building one would be as much (or more) an engineering project as it would be lutherie. The geometry of the neck is quite different. There is little to no "relief" - the strings remain ...
by Steve Sawyer
Mon Feb 08, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Almost consistently bad glue joints...
Replies: 26
Views: 8651

Re: Almost consistently bad glue joints...

To add to Alan's comments, I did a build a couple of years ago (Lester with ebony FB, mahogany set-neck) where I used fish glue. It avoids the short shelf-life of liquid hide glue (I also keep it under refrigeration), and is more convenient than HHG.
by Steve Sawyer
Mon Feb 08, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Offcut storage
Replies: 6
Views: 2941

Offcut storage

I noted Peter Wilcox's lament about offcuts in this post: http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?p=62434&sid=ea0c2c4c7689aed2aec28f911a56feee#p62434 Peter - everyone suffers from that "offcut" problem. And yes, you don't want to just throw them all away, it's a great resource! I learned from a fell...
by Steve Sawyer
Fri Feb 05, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Particle counters?
Replies: 11
Views: 4710

Re: Particle counters?

Hey all - just noticed this old thread when getting ready to post something in this section. I too have a Dylos particle counter. The thing I can add to this discussion is that my shop is, much of the time, cleaner than the rest of the house. We don't have a forced-air heating system (hydronic/baseb...
by Steve Sawyer
Sun Jan 10, 2021 7:33 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My second build, my own design
Replies: 6
Views: 3256

Re: My second build, my own design

"Ugly"? No - not ugly at all. Impressively different is the absolute worst I could muster! It took me until my third build to not slavishly copy an existing design, and even then I just kinda put a toe over the line. I'd love to see that in person. The wood is beautiful and it's nicely proportioned....
by Steve Sawyer
Mon Nov 02, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 30
Views: 24166

Re: Chapman stick?

Steven Smith wrote:
Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:34 pm
My apologies to the OP for drifting down the rabbit hole :?
I think the OP is fine with it!! :lol:
by Steve Sawyer
Tue Oct 27, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 30
Views: 24166

Re: Chapman stick?

Hah! I hear you about getting older and wondering what effect it has on learning! I'd just turned 70 when I started drum lessons. There have been many days when I wonder "can I really do this?" Hard to say whether I'm learning slower or if it's always slow, and now I have a reason to be concerned ab...
by Steve Sawyer
Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 30
Views: 24166

Re: Chapman stick?

Pretty darn cool but for me, I think I have enough trouble with the acoustic guitar! I'm finding that learning a musical instrument is "additive". I played (mostly electric) 6-string guitar for many, many years. Started noodling with a bass a few years ago, and picked it up fairly quickly, although...
by Steve Sawyer
Fri Oct 23, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 30
Views: 24166

Re: Chapman stick?

It's addictive for sure. Hard not to be always thinking about the next build!!
by Steve Sawyer
Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 30
Views: 24166

Re: Chapman stick?

Those are interesting - and surprisingly reasonably priced! I'd still like to build one though... :D
by Steve Sawyer
Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 30
Views: 24166

Re: Chapman stick?

After having now completed three builds...I would really love to tackle one of these!!
by Steve Sawyer
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Attach routing template to spruce top
Replies: 26
Views: 16834

Re: Attach routing template to spruce top

I'm increasingly thinking there is an acoustic guitar somewhere in my future...
by Steve Sawyer
Thu Aug 13, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fender neck pockets - rectangular or tapered?
Replies: 7
Views: 4266

Re: Fender neck pockets - rectangular or tapered?

I can't answer your either/or question, but if you're making a neck, I just did a bass that had a taper at the heel (continuous straight lines from the nut to the heel) and used two templates to rout both the heel of the neck (actually the entire neck shaft) and the neck pocket. I got as close to a ...
by Steve Sawyer
Thu Aug 13, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Body carve
Replies: 2
Views: 2735

Re: Body carve

Yeah - I'm looking for an opportunity to do more of this. It's really enjoyable.

Can't help you on the "memory" that I'm triggering though... :D
by Steve Sawyer
Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Body carve
Replies: 2
Views: 2735

Body carve

I recently finished a build that involved carving the body by hand. Not having any experience in carving, here is how I did it. The carve amounted to a "fillet" that varied in width around the body. I used a piece of 1/2" MDF to define the shape of the inner edge of that fillet, and used a top-beari...