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by David King
Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Glue spreader applicator
Replies: 15
Views: 5599

Re: Glue spreader applicator

I also use a notched spreader but formally used a small rubber drive roller from some desktop printer of yore. The notched spreader is way more reliable in terms of leaving an even thickness. I do see a use for the type of motorized roller that spreads hot wax on skiis. In that case the operator sli...
by David King
Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: We're back!
Replies: 4
Views: 14

Re: We're back!

took me a few weeks to figure out that my old bookmark wasn't going to give me satisfaction.
by David King
Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Fixing separated neck laminations, any tricks out there?
Replies: 3
Views: 307

Fixing separated neck laminations, any tricks out there?

I have one of the first instruments I ever built that came in after 30 years and the epoxy I used between the center neck laminations (Macassar ebony and padauk) has opened up right at the heel of this neck-through bass. Normally I would just wick medium CA into the crack and let it dry for a few da...
by David King
Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Peg shaver idea
Replies: 6
Views: 373

Re: Peg shaver idea

It should work but it would require making new end bearing brackets for the spiral planer heads to hold them at the correct angles. I worry that the planers are only long enough to cover the length of a pencil point, about an inch. The planetary gear drive mechanism at the narrow end might also have...
by David King
Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: "Kelobre"?
Replies: 11
Views: 1016

Re: "Kelobre"?

Guancaste and monkey pod are definitely different species. Guancaste is brown and has very tight interlocking grain with matching chatoyance on the quarter, not unlike sapele.
by David King
Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: REPAIR
Replies: 8
Views: 495

Re: REPAIR

Dental composite is what you want along with the blue light source to cure it. Try your dentist first then Ebay. It has a short shelf life so dentists are often having to dump out old stock especially of the lesser used shades. That said I've never tried it and I probably wouldn't bother either. I g...
by David King
Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:06 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Build your own preamp
Replies: 5
Views: 564

Re: Build your own preamp

I'm pretty sure that the EMG saddles are compatible with their eq systems designed for bass guitar and those use regular minipots you could mount through the top. The low frequency control is probably shelving at a lower frequency than you would want but the treble control shelving frequency can be ...
by David King
Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Replace or re-configure rattling truss rod?
Replies: 27
Views: 1344

Re: Replace or re-configure rattling truss rod?

Love the photos, thanks for taking the time.
by David King
Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Shop air filtration build - Advise welcome
Replies: 21
Views: 1332

Re: Shop air filtration build - Advise welcome

I've been getting furnace filters from nordicpure.com and they make some 3" and 4" deep pleated filters that will way outperform the 1" type in longevity and available in any MIRV rating you desire. True HEPA is around MIRV 16-17. You can get activated charcoal if you want to deal with schmelly wood...
by David King
Fri Dec 27, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Replace or re-configure rattling truss rod?
Replies: 27
Views: 1344

Re: Replace or re-configure rattling truss rod?

It's says it's supposed to stick to everything. I'd run a test but stickiness may be just fine in your application as long as the rods don't ever get bound up to the point where they can't slid past each other the mm or two it takes to adjust the neck from one season to the next.
by David King
Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: books on violin bow construction
Replies: 7
Views: 586

Re: books on violin bow construction

It seems like a lot would be dependent on the piece of wood you started with and I imagine how you deal with it is what you learn after making a few dozen or hundred of them. I guess that's just like everything else in this silly business we got stuck in.
by David King
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Decals?
Replies: 8
Views: 549

Re: Decals?

Aren't decals screen printed? You'd need to make a screen for each color. IIRC the screens are cut with an X-acto knife. I suppose a Cricut would do the cutting for you too.
by David King
Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: books on violin bow construction
Replies: 7
Views: 586

Re: books on violin bow construction

In the meanwhile my friend Ken Altman has some really nice pictorial descriptions of various aspects of bow making on his website altmanbows.com . It's not everything you need to know but it shows a lot of the steps in the process. As an aside I remember him telling me that a bow maker of the French...
by David King
Thu Dec 19, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Replace or re-configure rattling truss rod?
Replies: 27
Views: 1344

Re: Replace or re-configure rattling truss rod?

There's a thin clear silicone used for sealing up car windows that might be an OK choice as it comes in small tubes and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. It's also very runny and would easily run around both rods with the potential for gumming things up.
by David King
Wed Dec 18, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Spray Booth Fan Recommendations
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Re: Spray Booth Fan Recommendations

Typically those aluminum or brass spark-proof fans blades will also have a grounding brush that wipes against the hub of the fan. Most TEFC rated motors wouldn't qualify as explosion proof but are certainly better than an open frame fan motor, a "wash-down" motor would be even safer. I would also co...
by David King
Wed Dec 18, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Taking care of dust in the shop
Replies: 14
Views: 724

Re: Taking care of dust in the shop

I can't recommend enough the dust deputy line from Oneida-air.com . These are true cyclonic separators in 4 sizes that really separate out 99% of dust into the bucket and don't keep recirculating the fines until they get stuck in the filter. Basically for $10 more you'll get way better separation. I...
by David King
Wed Dec 18, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Spray Booth Fan Recommendations
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Re: Spray Booth Fan Recommendations

Andrew, the trick is getting "make up air" back into the booth and keeping that air dust free, warm and dry. You're going to be limited by fire code as to what qualifies as an explosion proof fan and basically all of them are belt driven with the belts and pulley inside a sealed shroud so that the m...
by David King
Wed Dec 18, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Can woods used in the manufacture of pianos be repurposed?
Replies: 7
Views: 1717

Re: Can woods used in the manufacture of pianos be repurposed?

You can cut the strings off in a hurry if you loosen them each one turn and cut them with articulated music wire cutters like Starrett #7s. Wear gloves for this job.
by David King
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Buffer
Replies: 18
Views: 792

Re: Buffer

Can is sand as well? It looks like it has dust ports on the pad. That's a fab looking guitar there for sure.
The price certainly puts Mirka and Festool to shame.
by David King
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Drop filling
Replies: 9
Views: 870

Re: Drop filling

Now how to find that needle in the haystack when you need it!