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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: 431

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: 696

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: 10929

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: 1115

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: 1153

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: 1153

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: 1153

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: 1153

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: 1487

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: 5475

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: 7828

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: 1921

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.
by Bob Howell
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: 5th peg reamer
Replies: 4
Views: 1504

Re: 5th peg reamer

It's pretty easy to make a tapered reamer, and if you're only going to use it a few times it doesn't have to be fancy. Reamers for wood have to be 'half fluted' if they're to cut a round hole across the grain. The ultimate of that is the single fluted reamer, which has a 'D' cross section. It cuts ...
by Bob Howell
Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Odorless mineral spirits as lubricant for French Polish
Replies: 32
Views: 7828

Re: Odorless mineral spirits as lubricant for French Polish

I have read over this thread and now realize with all the additives nothing is what it seems to be or once was. What to use for FP lubricant. I started off with mineral oil but everyone seems to use something else. An oil that cures like a nut or seed oil would seem best but additives mess up that. ...
by Bob Howell
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe
Replies: 13
Views: 5475

Re: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe

The adjustment mechanism is a 1/2" bolt and I raise it about a half turn at a time, which is very little. The table is 14" across because I had that quickly available and I saw it as a prototype of a more complex table, if the concept worked. But it works so well I have not taken the time to improve...
by Bob Howell
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe
Replies: 13
Views: 5475

Re: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe

Yes, even so far. The paper is not super tight so I have slight sanding before I make hard contact. You have a lot of control with hand feed no otherwise available . This setup is working great and changed guitar making for me. Just finished a sitka spruce top and got the oil can soundat around .11"...
by Bob Howell
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Rockhard table finish is still around
Replies: 2
Views: 2468

Re: Rockhard table finish is still around

All the info I found was for the older version. Nothing new.
by Bob Howell
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Rockhard table finish is still around
Replies: 2
Views: 2468

Rockhard table finish is still around

I have a can of Rockhard table top finish I got for a coffee table. Confused over past comments; suitable for guitars? Seems it was scarce for a time but it is available now. Says urethane oil.
by Bob Howell
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe
Replies: 13
Views: 5475

Re: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe

This is working much better than hoped. I have gone up to 1800 rpms or so. Set to skim lightly and run it 2/3 in and back out. So no need to catch it on the other side and bring over top. So far I've only used 80 grit as I misplaced the 120 grit box. Most of effort has been to thin figured wood. Byr...
by Bob Howell
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe
Replies: 13
Views: 5475

Re: Drum sander attachment for my outside sanding lathe

Trueing the drum. That adjustment knob was great find. Makes this easy to fine tune.
Went on to install paper and even up a Osage orange back. Took it to.08
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