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by Doug Shaker
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Wood storage, tonewood storage - ideas?
Replies: 5
Views: 3714

Wood storage, tonewood storage - ideas?

Well, hell must have frozen over, because I finally cleaned out my garage. Now, I have a fair-sized stack of tonewood that I need to figure out how to store. In this case, "fair-sized" means larger than a suitcase, smaller than a Volkswagen. Maybe the size of a dishwasher or a stove, all in. I'd lov...
by Doug Shaker
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Want to try making a hammer dulcimer?
Replies: 3
Views: 3548

Want to try making a hammer dulcimer?

I am cleaning my garage out and found a box of running pegs, a tuning lever, and four rolls of music wire (sizes 7 to 10).

Any one want to try making a hammer dulcimer? I'll mail you the stuff. First claim gets it.
by Doug Shaker
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Recognize this tool?
Replies: 10
Views: 8689

Re: Recognize this tool?

Thanks for the help, folks. I knew it had to be something like that, but I couldn't figure out how it could attach to a router. The missing item of information was that it went with the StewMac Dremel base and screwed into that. Seeing the photos of it in action on the StewMac website brought back m...
by Doug Shaker
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Recognize this tool?
Replies: 10
Views: 8689

Re: Recognize this tool?

No blade. The post nearest the quarter has a sleeve that rotates easily. The knurled knob on the other side is used to move the cross bar back and forth. On the under side, there is a bolt with a flattened head to lock the cross bar in place.
by Doug Shaker
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Recognize this tool?
Replies: 10
Views: 8689

Recognize this tool?

I was looking in the bottom of my old guitar-making toolbox (oh, for the days where one tool box could hold them) and I found this tool. File Jan 02, 4 43 35 PM.jpeg - the photo appears to be rotated to the left 90 degrees in the preview, but not when I click on it. Hunh? - Does anyone recognize it?...
by Doug Shaker
Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pickguard adhesive
Replies: 4
Views: 5612

Pickguard adhesive

I'm close to done with a multiscale baritone and, with the player for whom it is intended, I should probably put on a pickguard. I bought a sheet of "pickguard adhesive" from LMI. What I received was a sheet of 3M 467MP adhesive film. One removes one backing layer, attaches it to the pickguard, trim...
by Doug Shaker
Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A guitar that rings - how?
Replies: 14
Views: 13481

Re: A guitar that rings - how?

Trevor, I'm thinking about your suggestion to increase the impedance of the sides. However, I usually build with a live back. I took a look at the design book and tried to figure out the connection between high impedance sides and a live back. I had thought the possibilities might be: 1) whoa, usele...
by Doug Shaker
Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A guitar that rings - how?
Replies: 14
Views: 13481

Re: A guitar that rings - how?

I would, in any case, try to build pretty light. I've made my beginner's overbuilt guitars and now I need to err on the other side so that I know where that line is. The suggestions that are operational, at least for me so far, are: -test the soundboard for stiffness (using tap methods from Gore & G...
by Doug Shaker
Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A guitar that rings - how?
Replies: 14
Views: 13481

A guitar that rings - how?

I am planning a steel-string for a friend of mine and he particularly likes it when his guitars "ring", that is, when they continue to make sound for a long time after his last strum. I am trying to think of what characteristics will lead to a guitar that rings. I would say a light bridge and a ligh...
by Doug Shaker
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Reject wood guitar? Prototype?
Replies: 28
Views: 25433

Re: Reject wood guitar? Prototype?

I don't know you will get a good guitar out of it, but I'll bet you learn alot.
by Doug Shaker
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: In search of inlay technique
Replies: 25
Views: 23083

Re: In search of inlay technique

OK, I had been using a slower speed on my Dremel. I will switch to a higher speed. I expect I was going too deep at first, too. [Not the first time that I have unwittingly sacrificed quality for speed. My history of orange-peel finish problems bears testimony.] Also, I will try cutting the outline ...
by Doug Shaker
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Please, your thoughts on rasps
Replies: 17
Views: 12446

Re: Please, your thoughts on rasps

I ended up buying a cabinet-maker's rasp, 200 mm in length, #11 grain pattern from Liogier. It was the cabinet-maker's rasp that was marked as "indispensable" on their website. I wanted a relatively fine grain pattern because I sometimes use African Blackwood for decorative elements. That stuff is h...
by Doug Shaker
Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Please, your thoughts on rasps
Replies: 17
Views: 12446

Please, your thoughts on rasps

I don't use a rasp all that often in my guitar building, but I do use rasps when I am shaping a neck. I have heard great things about the rasps from Liogier http://www.liogier-france.fr so I am thinking about buying one or two. Does anyone have any thoughts about what kinds of rasps are the most use...
by Doug Shaker
Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: In search of inlay technique
Replies: 25
Views: 23083

Re: In search of inlay technique

OK, I had been using a slower speed on my Dremel. I will switch to a higher speed. I expect I was going too deep at first, too. [Not the first time that I have unwittingly sacrificed quality for speed. My history of orange-peel finish problems bears testimony.] Also, I will try cutting the outline w...
by Doug Shaker
Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: In search of inlay technique
Replies: 25
Views: 23083

In search of inlay technique

I usually do a reconstituted-stone decorative inlay in the headstock of my guitars. I think I do a reasonable job of cutting out the stone. I make several photocopies of my design, then cut out the parts that I want from the photocopies, glue the little bits of paper to the stone, then try to cut on...
by Doug Shaker
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Final auction, ends July 5th (closed)
Topic: Sycamore back and side set
Replies: 7
Views: 5160

Re: Sycamore back and side set

I'll start with $45.