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by Bob Howell
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Maple log
Replies: 12
Views: 950

Re: Maple log

That is small enough to cut up on bandsaw. You would split with ax or chainsaw first and go for it.I don't think age is an issue.

Scale is difficult but I don't see a guitar in there. Lots of figure showing.

Drum is a natural.
by Bob Howell
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pecan for acoustic guitar
Replies: 7
Views: 720

Re: Pecan for acoustic guitar

Its classified as a hickory in the lumber industry. The most important factor will be how the tree grew; most are pruned to produce nuts with branching at 4-8" into 3 or 4 major branches. So the bulk of tree will have reaction wood throughout and be unstable. If it grew in a forested area and left t...
by Bob Howell
Thu May 14, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Osage Orange slab- yes, no?
Replies: 9
Views: 3773

Re: Osage Orange slab- yes, no?

One other thing. Shipping on that slab could run about the cost of the wood.
by Bob Howell
Thu May 14, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Osage Orange slab- yes, no?
Replies: 9
Views: 3773

Re: Osage Orange slab- yes, no?

I'm thinking it was cut for natural edge table top. That's the way he chose to cut it. I found several here in Atlanta but it had knots everywhere; no way to get what I needed for sides. I ended up trading with Bob above and it worked out fine. A beautiful table top can still have knots and checks e...
by Bob Howell
Thu May 14, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Great tool for cleaning up binding channels
Replies: 3
Views: 1447

Re: Great tool for cleaning up binding channels

Highland Woodworking has selection of their hand tools and drill press model. I bought it 15yrs ago so not sure they still carry it. About 3/8" sq. MicroPlane now produce a lot of food graters as cooks were talking up their products on cooking shows. I mark the channel with a cutting gage. Route the...
by Bob Howell
Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Challenges
Topic: Lathe made musical instruments
Replies: 7
Views: 13391

Re: Lathe made musical instruments

I have read about a number of bowls harps. Even a guy, Tony in England says its his idea and no one else can make one.
by Bob Howell
Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Great tool for cleaning up binding channels
Replies: 3
Views: 1447

Great tool for cleaning up binding channels

Had this Microplane tool for years. Today noticed it was perfect for cleaning up binding channels.
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by Bob Howell
Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Glue spreader applicator
Replies: 19
Views: 11471

Re: Glue spreader applicator

Device shown in first post looks like stamp or tape moistener from long ago. Office supply house item. I saw one in 1971-2.
by Bob Howell
Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Single phase, 3 phase power tools in Australia
Replies: 8
Views: 2444

Re: Single phase, 3 phase power tools in Australia

I put a VFD on an old lathe 10 years ago. They are intimidating to read about but most have a simple solution. I used the cook book setup for a fan motor. Dust is a problem but I built a box for protection. I studied the manual for a month then realized I had found a simple setup to use.
by Bob Howell
Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: classical from Sycamore with Cumpiano-Natelson plans
Replies: 1
Views: 1357

classical from Sycamore with Cumpiano-Natelson plans

I have finished 5 Steel strings with 5 more in the works. Now I am working on several Classical guitars. I have questions; I never see where the sides are glued to neck block. First top is Sitka Spruce. Took sides/edge of sb down to .08" and never got to floppy cardboard stage I hear about. .095 und...
by Bob Howell
Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: hot air gun for bending binding?
Replies: 18
Views: 14593

Re: hot air gun for bending binding?

I got a small iron used to apply plastic covering to light weight model airplanes. Made by Top Flight and carried many places. about 1"x3". Like a big soldering iron.

Try Amazon
by Bob Howell
Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Pacific Dogwood
Replies: 11
Views: 3591

Re: Pacific Dogwood

I have dried out a lot of dogwood over the years. Dried, it is Used it for guts and mauls, splitting oak for chairs. Some has beautiful spalt patterns and I turn dry and often green for bowls. Splits very often and thrown in kindling pile. I cut a 24" long section of 5-6' log, seal ends, saw in half...
by Bob Howell
Wed May 08, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Wrong radius dish for top-15ft What to do
Replies: 8
Views: 2313

Re: Wrong radius dish for top-15ft What to do

I am only guessing on this guitar that I used 15' radius on top because of the problem I incurred. Last week I caught myself doing it on a current build. This is the 1st of 3 Parlors I am making.

On #3 I know I did it. From comments I understand it will not encounter any other oblivious problems.
by Bob Howell
Wed May 08, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Wrong radius dish for top-15ft What to do
Replies: 8
Views: 2313

Re: Wrong radius dish for top-15ft What to do

IMG_0334.JPG This is the first parlor. I finally got the neck angle satisfactory this week. Initially the end of the fret board was pushed up at the roseate, causing buzzing from 8 -19 fret . Filed the bottom of the fb in that area, the top just under it, and blocked the fb up with veneer as it mee...
by Bob Howell
Tue May 07, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Wrong radius dish for top-15ft What to do
Replies: 8
Views: 2313

Re: Wrong radius dish for top-15ft What to do

It is a parlor based on Scott Antes plans .
by Bob Howell
Tue May 07, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Wrong radius dish for top-15ft What to do
Replies: 8
Views: 2313

Wrong radius dish for top-15ft What to do

Looks like I have made this mistake 1- or maybe two times. I see it can mess up the neck angle and mating with bridge and saddle. If I work this out what else should I look out for down the road?

Can only say distracted with life. I am going to label them .
by Bob Howell
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Oily wood glues
Replies: 4
Views: 2219

Re: Oily wood glues

I have used CA glue a lot when epox is not handy. Heard it works fine. Tell me its true!! Fresh planned wood is often hard to provide.
by Bob Howell
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe
Replies: 13
Views: 6926

Re: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe

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I made a 10"x5" drum for 40grit paper. took osage orange down to about 1/8-3/32". Glued it up and having problems getting scratches out. Paper over laped in one place and gouged scratches.


Will switch to 80 grit at 1/8" + next time.


See picture is upside down??
by Bob Howell
Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Odorless mineral spirits as lubricant for French Polish
Replies: 32
Views: 10763

Re: Odorless mineral spirits as lubricant for French Polish

Well, at least I don't think I offended any group. Potty humor is still safe. Have two young grandkids and live with it daily. There is no stopping it and we will just have to adjust.


Now about oils; how do you choose one?
by Bob Howell
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: One property of crabapple wood
Replies: 2
Views: 2583

Re: One property of crabapple wood

I have turned bowls from it but they usually crack. Its very unstable because usually you are working with the base which has the graft and lots of knots.


I did get a few charming ones so I keep trying.