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by Dick Hutchings
Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Using the LMI/O’Brien neck mortise jig
Replies: 6
Views: 1721

Re: Using the LMI/O’Brien neck mortise jig

You can always remove some material from it and add it back on with tape in the future if you found it doesn't work. Personally I can't imagine working that precise and would prefer to leave some wood for adjustment. I have always cut mine with a hand saw so I really don't know a thing about doing i...
by Dick Hutchings
Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Build for Myself
Replies: 9
Views: 761

Re: New Build for Myself

I can't get past the tool wall. There's a guitar?
by Dick Hutchings
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Maple plate carving
Replies: 14
Views: 2156

Re: Maple plate carving

I spent some time doing the math and cutting a circle from cardboard and making a hole about 3/8" from the center. Low and behold, I've drawn a nice arch. Thank you. In the past I've used templates or just eyeballed my mandolin tops. I'll give this a try next time and see how it lines up with my tem...
by Dick Hutchings
Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Crack repair
Replies: 8
Views: 4620

Crack repair

I made this repair with thin CA. As much as I wanted to use something else, this crack was just to tight. My question is, would you go further in an attempt to hide the line.? I obviously did a better job of aligning the wood towards the lower bout. Tint some CA?
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by Dick Hutchings
Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Body vise
Replies: 8
Views: 3329

Re: Body vise

Whoa, I love this. Thanks so much for sharing your design.
by Dick Hutchings
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: First Electric Guitar
Replies: 8
Views: 3427

Re: First Electric Guitar

Well worth the time. That's a beauty.
by Dick Hutchings
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: New Mandolin
Replies: 10
Views: 3441

Re: New Mandolin

I agree with Barry. But, I have no experience with electric mandolins and you are probably partial to that bridge after all the work you did. Make one and change it and see.
by Dick Hutchings
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Color Theory
Replies: 10
Views: 4347

Re: Color Theory

I really like the outcome. You have me thinking :idea:
by Dick Hutchings
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Is guitar building like crack or nicotine?
Replies: 18
Views: 10037

Re: Is guitar building like crack or nicotine?

I find buying luthier tools and wood to be like crack. I have a rather large order coming from SM today. I'm so excited!!
by Dick Hutchings
Wed May 29, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: William Cumpiano Interview
Replies: 24
Views: 51630

Re: William Cumpiano Interview

Brent, where can I see your tops? I would love to buy some based solely on tone as you select it. I don't need any right now but hopefully I'll get to guitar number 3 someday.
by Dick Hutchings
Wed May 22, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need some advice on fingerstyle guitars
Replies: 16
Views: 7701

Re: Need some advice on fingerstyle guitars

IMO the 12-fret 000 or 14 fret OM size (15" wide lower bout) is god's size for the steel string guitar, especially for fingerstyle. I would also try to get away from scalloped bracing and lean toward 'straight' or 'tapered' bracing. Scalloped emphasizes bass and 'punch', where straight bracing, and...
by Dick Hutchings
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hand planing thin wood
Replies: 23
Views: 14037

Re: Hand planing thin wood

Well, since I started this thread, a lot has changed. Screw the hand tools, I bought a bandsaw and a Supermax 19-38 drum sander. Got the sander on sale while it was out of stock and now it's 150.00 more. Yay for me. But I'm still waiting for it.
by Dick Hutchings
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hand planing thin wood
Replies: 23
Views: 14037

Re: Hand planing thin wood

I've done it a time or two :lol:
by Dick Hutchings
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hand planing thin wood
Replies: 23
Views: 14037

Re: Hand planing thin wood

And this has what to do with hand-planing? :lol:

I no longer own a thickness planer and hope I never do again. I'm now finding it so easy to do with hand planes and I derive a lot of pleasure from the dust and noise free environment. Of course I still have and use a tablesaw. :lol:
by Dick Hutchings
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hand planing thin wood
Replies: 23
Views: 14037

Re: Hand planing thin wood

I make my own double stick tape by running two strips of masking tape on my work bench and two on the work piece that mate when the piece is placed on the board. Run a line of CA on one set of tape strips and hit the other with accelerant. You can place the piece down and it will hold against plann...
by Dick Hutchings
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hand planing thin wood
Replies: 23
Views: 14037

Re: Hand planing thin wood

Clamp the wood firmly to a bench, using a softer caul, such as Masonite if needed to keep from denting it. Plane away from the clamp. Pushing the wood toward the clamp will cause it to buckle and break: DAMHIKT. Once you've got one end smooth turn it around. I plane very small pieces wood quite thi...
by Dick Hutchings
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hand planing thin wood
Replies: 23
Views: 14037

Re: Hand planing thin wood

Something to experiment with. Instead of using some kind of block to hold the stock, place dabs of hot glue (like tack-welds) around the edges. That way the entire piece can be secured, not just one end so you are less likely to run into the buckling problem. Also, if you hit the glue with your pla...
by Dick Hutchings
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hand planing thin wood
Replies: 23
Views: 14037

Re: Hand planing thin wood

@Matthew Lau , I think you have the labels backwards:-)

I posted this on a few different forums. It's amazing how many different way folk choose to do this. I'll have to make a list and try them all!
by Dick Hutchings
Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hand planing thin wood
Replies: 23
Views: 14037

Hand planing thin wood

How do you hold these thin pieces in place while planing?