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by Brent Tobin
Tue May 05, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Neck Laminations and Glue choice
Replies: 23
Views: 2800

Re: Neck Laminations and Glue choice

I've been using Lee Valley 2002. It's a high solids 45% PVA that dries glass hard and a tan color. If squeeze-out is not cleaned up right away, it will chip off, like hide glue. It does not soak in to the wood. In darker woods the joint is virtually invisible and no creep.
by Brent Tobin
Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Left handed block planes? Or hand agnostic?
Replies: 7
Views: 1546

Re: Left handed block planes? Or hand agnostic?

There was a 'sinister' in Toronto that only sold things for left handed people. Not sure if they sell tools, but they are The Sinster Store.
by Brent Tobin
Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Gluing surfaces
Replies: 10
Views: 3074

Re: Gluing surfaces

The only adhesive that I know of that recommends scuffing is epoxy.
Some bad info on grain orientation as well.

Brent
by Brent Tobin
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Double sides
Replies: 34
Views: 20806

Re: Double sides

Has anyone tried Lee Valley's 2002 GF for laminating ? I've used it for years on dark colored woods and even on light woods where the tan glue line isn't a problem. Much like HHG, it dries glass hard and cleans up easily with water. I've used System Three for pore filling and I'm not crazy about the...
by Brent Tobin
Fri May 24, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need some advice on fingerstyle guitars
Replies: 16
Views: 7192

Re: Need some advice on fingerstyle guitars

Tone is in the ear of the player. As an example, I bought an Ibanez Artcore jazz archtop because I liked it and the sound. There's a long list of bad reviews on the pickups and most people claim they've changed them out to high-end units. I really like that guitar as it is, and I've had good comment...
by Brent Tobin
Fri May 03, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Laminated neck glue
Replies: 11
Views: 2798

Re: LAminated neck glue

If I'm reading this correctly, the question is about acoustic guitar necks and the possibility of a neck reset in the future.
A really good fitting dovetail joint requires very little glue. If it locks in place as it should, there would be no cold-creep because the glue is not under any stress.
by Brent Tobin
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: What's the best gram strength hide glue to use for a set neck?
Replies: 3
Views: 3692

Re: What's the best gram strength hide glue to use for a set neck?

It should work fine, as long as you remember it has a very short
gelling time. Make sure the 'dry fit' is good and make a dry run
to see how much time it takes.
by Brent Tobin
Sun May 06, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Worm holes in rosewood backs
Replies: 10
Views: 7009

Re: Worm holes in rosewood backs

Call them 'custom sound ports' and charge extra for them.
by Brent Tobin
Sun May 06, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Cutting rosettes by hand?
Replies: 11
Views: 6054

Re: Cutting rosettes by hand?

I put together a solid (relatively) inexpensive cutter using parts from Lee Valley's
Veritas Inlay String Tool System.
1 compass center+inlay cutter head=a very solid tool for life long use.
by Brent Tobin
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: How small can you go, and not lose the tone?
Replies: 13
Views: 10420

Re: How small can you go, and not lose the tone?

A friend of mine has an early '60's Martin O-18 mahog with red spruce top. That thing holds up well even against banjos and has great tone. Scale is 24.9.
by Brent Tobin
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Bowed Psaltery
Replies: 5
Views: 5022

Re: Bowed Psaltery

very nice. I'd like to hear it
by Brent Tobin
Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Please, your thoughts on rasps
Replies: 17
Views: 11243

Re: Please, your thoughts on rasps

I like sharp edge tools too, for the most part. With figured woods, I haven't found any that works better than
a microplane rasp, but I'm always willing to try.
by Brent Tobin
Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Please, your thoughts on rasps
Replies: 17
Views: 11243

Re: Please, your thoughts on rasps

If you email them, they will tell you which two are used the most by luthiers.
They do recommend a particular size and stitch pattern. There was a thread on
the AGF forum a while back that went into detail
by Brent Tobin
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Finish fail - need to back-up a few steps
Replies: 19
Views: 12547

Re: Finish fail - need to back-up a few steps

I use a Fuji HVLP unit and it does spray a heavier coat. (more material/less air)
So adjust as necessary
by Brent Tobin
Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Lee Valley now offering luthier tools
Replies: 11
Views: 7669

Re: Lee Valley now offering luthier tools

I've been buying from Lee Valley since the 1980's. About five or six years ago, I bought a Veritas plane that went down in price a month or two later. I was kicking myself for not waiting a while longer.Two or three weeks after, I received a cheque for the price difference. I have never regretted bu...
by Brent Tobin
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic bass Wedged shape Cocobolo/Englemann
Replies: 28
Views: 18963

Re: Acoustic bass Wedged shape Cocobolo/Englemann

Very nice !!! I'd really like to hear that.
by Brent Tobin
Sat Jul 08, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Guitarbuilding outside?
Replies: 5
Views: 3264

Re: Guitarbuilding outside?

It would really depend on the weather. Where I am, my A/C dehumidifier Is taking two five gallon pails of water out of the air inside !! I wouldn't dream of working outside.
by Brent Tobin
Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: gradient/progressive reading glasses
Replies: 40
Views: 26603

Re: gradient/progressive reading glasses

If your reading Rx is about +1.75 or less, you should only need readers. At +2.00 and over you start losing intermediate, and then the progressives are great.

Brent