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by Mike Sandor
Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:07 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: making a thickness sander question
Replies: 5
Views: 4399

Re: making a thickness sander question

Brian, That is a very nice mill you have there. It sounds as if you have the experience and equipment to make this happen. It would be a satisfying project. Have you considered making a removable driven conveyor assembly? A small gear motor would work great for drive. I got a few of these laying aro...
by Mike Sandor
Sat Jan 16, 2016 11:20 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: making a thickness sander question
Replies: 5
Views: 4399

Re: making a thickness sander question

Brian, Had the same concern when I made mine. Just don't feed into a in running nip. I was concerned about the material lifting when it first touched the dum. It never did but I installed a spring loaded roller just in case. I ran it for quite a while while until I built the feed system. It worked f...
by Mike Sandor
Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:29 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: cracked finish
Replies: 12
Views: 7843

Re: cracked finish

Great, thanks again for the help. The sides look fine, will let you know how it turns out.
by Mike Sandor
Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: cracked finish
Replies: 12
Views: 7843

Re: cracked finish

Barry,
I appreciate the help. Do you think I need to scuff the surface before spraying?
by Mike Sandor
Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:54 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: cracked finish
Replies: 12
Views: 7843

Re: cracked finish

Seagrave Nitrocellulose Spraying Lacquer from Stew Mac.
by Mike Sandor
Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:28 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: cracked finish
Replies: 12
Views: 7843

Re: cracked finish

Steve, that is what happened, the finish is lacquer.
by Mike Sandor
Thu Jun 12, 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: cracked finish
Replies: 12
Views: 7843

cracked finish

I have a guitar that has been finished approx. two years. I have recently noticed that when looking at a angle, there are numerous cracks. Is it possible to lightly sand the entire surface and respray a very thin mix in effort to melt into the previous finish? Or should I just sand the entire guitar...
by Mike Sandor
Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:14 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Lap steel bridge question
Replies: 1
Views: 2267

Lap steel bridge question

Out of the blue I decided to make a lap steel out of some left over hardware. The question I have is the bridge. I see some are intonated, others are not. I planned on using a old strat bridge, mounting is solid. If it does not need individual string intonation, I could come up with a bridge with a ...
by Mike Sandor
Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:32 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Body depth
Replies: 1
Views: 1304

Body depth

The majority of guitars I have looked at have a taper to the body . Is the reason for the taper more of a comfort thing or does it help direct the sound out the sound hole or some other design issue? The reason I ask is I am getting ready to prep the back of two smaller body guitars and I am thinkin...
by Mike Sandor
Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:25 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: plastic binding question
Replies: 3
Views: 2540

Re: plastic binding question

Thanks for the reply Dave, as far as I know, the material is ABS and the glue is Weld on. Both purchased from Stew mac.
How does one tell the difference between ABS and PVC.
by Mike Sandor
Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:42 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: plastic binding question
Replies: 3
Views: 2540

plastic binding question

I just finished installing the binding on a acoustic. I have done similar binding on a few previous projects with out issue. Removed the tape a day later and noticed a few areas where the glue let loose. I can push the binding easily back into position. Process used is the same as previous, brush on...
by Mike Sandor
Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:43 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bridge design question
Replies: 13
Views: 5152

Bridge design question

I have a couple of questions regarding the bridge design I am using on my acoustic builds. 1. If the saddle slot is angled towards the rear, say 4 degrees, should the pins follow suite? Is 4 degrees enough? I believe I read here that some use upwards of 8 degrees. 2. If it is advisable to have them ...
by Mike Sandor
Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:49 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Top crack
Replies: 8
Views: 5572

Re: Top crack

I figure it was time for a update. I probably will be chastised for my repair technic, but my eye was drawn to the tell tail signs of the crack. I decided to do a inlay. This was a very interesting little project. The inlay pocket in the guitar was cut out first. .050 deep. I then made a walnut piec...
by Mike Sandor
Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:33 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: third guitar
Replies: 3
Views: 1986

third guitar

A while back I decided to build three guitars, two of them with the same type of woods, This is the second Walnut one. sitca top, laminated neck. First try at a fret board and head stock inlay. A bit un-nerving as trashing a ebony fret board was a concern. I admit I cheated as I used my cnc to to th...
by Mike Sandor
Sun Jun 30, 2013 12:19 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: help identifying this bridge
Replies: 0
Views: 2738

help identifying this bridge

I bought this bridge at a music store that was closing up. The threaded studs are 5/16 n.f. thread. Nice finishing all around.
Unfortunately no identifying marks. Any idea who may have made this?
by Mike Sandor
Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:22 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: pore fill
Replies: 5
Views: 3755

pore fill

Typically I use the numerous coats of lacquer and sand back in order to fill the open pores in mahogany and walnut. Getting a bit tired of that and decided to try the water based filler that Stew Mac offers. I talked to there tech. support and they stated that the "neutral" filler is actually clear....
by Mike Sandor
Thu Jun 20, 2013 3:31 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A Stratocaster-inspired guitar from Mark Swanson
Replies: 25
Views: 9633

Re: A Stratocaster-inspired guitar from Mark Swanson

Had to look considering you just posted the 12 fret. Once again, very nice. What is going on with the zero fret nut? Looks pretty interesting.
by Mike Sandor
Thu Jun 20, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 12 fret Parlor guitar from Mark Swanson
Replies: 27
Views: 9618

Re: 12 fret Parlor guitar from Mark Swanson

Very pretty Mark. Love the head stock. How does it sound compared to a 14 fret?
by Mike Sandor
Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:06 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: vinyl sealer
Replies: 3
Views: 2598

vinyl sealer

I need a bit of advise regarding sealing and grain filling. I am finishing a acoustic guitar, walnut sides and back. I originally only used lacquer to build the finish and fill the pores. I must of had some type of contamination as I started to see very small dots where the finish would not flow int...
by Mike Sandor
Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:37 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Top crack
Replies: 8
Views: 5572

Re: Top crack

I have been following Michaels,s advise, guitar has been bagged with a moist towel inserted in the sound hole since the first post. I put the towel in a resealable baggy, opened just a bit. With in 4 days I could see the cracks closing. As of now, they are totally closed. Will be installing a Sitka ...