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by Bob Gramann
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Planning a workbench, any tips?
Replies: 6
Views: 117

Re: Planning a workbench, any tips?

Make sure it’s really the right height for you. I work standing up and 38” is the right height for me (I used to be 6’ 2” before shrinking set in with age). The wrong height hurts your arms and your back.
by Bob Gramann
Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Shipping guitars safely
Replies: 5
Views: 73

Re: Shipping guitars safely

And one other relevant thing: I buy insurance from UPS because it’s pretty cheap and there’s no question on who has to pay, but my theft and damage policy for my business also covers (with a deductible) my instruments when they’re being shipped.
by Bob Gramann
Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Shipping guitars safely
Replies: 5
Views: 73

Re: Shipping guitars safely

I have used the StewMac system several times. So far, no problems. But, I never had any problems before I started using it either. Who told you that UPS and FEDEX required packing themselves? That may be true at the retail storefronts which are usually franchise businesses—packing is their business....
by Bob Gramann
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Spanish style building repair?
Replies: 5
Views: 444

Re: Spanish style building repair?

Max, If you do want to avoid removing the back, I understand the old school way to reset a neck with a Spanish foot is to release the glue at the foot and for a couple inches on either side of the heel block, slip the block in until the neck angle is correct, and reglue it. Of course, this will requ...
by Bob Gramann
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Attach routing template to spruce top
Replies: 26
Views: 7499

Re: Attach routing template to spruce top

Nice rosette.
by Bob Gramann
Sun Aug 23, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Advice Needed - When should I install frets onto my neck?
Replies: 18
Views: 668

Re: Advice Needed - When should I install frets onto my neck?

In the quest for a perfect fretboard, I’ve found that gluing the fretboard (I use hot hide glue) to the neck makes the perfect less perfect. After I glue the fretboard, I let the neck sit for 10 days or so to allow the moisture in the glue to work its way out. I attach the neck (mine are bolt-ons) t...
by Bob Gramann
Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Advice Needed - When should I install frets onto my neck?
Replies: 18
Views: 668

Re: Advice Needed - When should I install frets onto my neck?

I do it like Andy, frets before shaping. It’s easier. I do put the unshaped neck on the guitar and level the fretboard before I take it off and install the frets.
by Bob Gramann
Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Build for Myself
Replies: 9
Views: 760

Re: New Build for Myself

Be careful about having the tool wall over the work surface. Gravity can be very disheartening.
by Bob Gramann
Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: water based finish over linseed oil
Replies: 8
Views: 266

Re: water based finish over linseed oil

I don’t know the answer to EM6000 over linseed oil, but I wouldn’t do it because the linseed oil never really dries. I would expect adhesion problems. I use two coats of dewaxed shellac as a sealer and base coat before the EM6000. But, I do know the answer to brushing EM6000. I’ve done it many times...
by Bob Gramann
Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Maple log
Replies: 12
Views: 895

Re: Maple log

Run away! Run away!
by Bob Gramann
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: spray EM6000 in hot/humid condition?
Replies: 3
Views: 438

Re: spray EM6000 in hot/humid condition?

I use EM6000 (and have since it was called PSL). My shop is kept at 40-42% humidity year round. I don’t like to set up the spray booth (which exhausts to the outside), so I spray outside whenever possible ( not raining and above 50 F outside) and immediately bring the guitar parts back into the humi...
by Bob Gramann
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: oscillating multi-tool saw...
Replies: 4
Views: 463

Re: oscillating multi-tool saw...

Years ago, I bought the Harbor Freight one for about $30 figuring “how could they screw this up?” It worked just fine, but the handle vibration made it painful to use after a while. I replaced it with a Fein. Big difference in ease of use. The Fein was not without its problems—just out of warranty, ...
by Bob Gramann
Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Comet
Replies: 4
Views: 713

Re: Comet

Thank you for the photo. I got up yesterday but saw clouds instead. Your photo is inspriational. Maybe I’ll try again.
by Bob Gramann
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Practice Wood - Archtop Tops and Backs
Replies: 4
Views: 817

Re: Practice Wood - Archtop Tops and Backs

How about a spruce 2x8 or 2x10? Although it won’t be quartersawn, you can pick though the pile and find one with two 21” knot free sections.
by Bob Gramann
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: First Cello Build
Replies: 52
Views: 24579

Re: First Cello Build

Wow!
by Bob Gramann
Sat May 30, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help w cracked to repair from drop
Replies: 17
Views: 1865

Re: Help w cracked to repair from drop

If you can avoid it, don’t use superglue on spruce. It will always show and, if you to repair it again, it will be in the way. Hot hide glue won’t be as visible and is reversible.
by Bob Gramann
Fri May 29, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 39
Views: 4060

Re: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught

That reads like it is going to be a really nice guitar. We’re in the realm of opinion here: I would think it a shame to violate the side of a really fine guitar with ephemeral electronics. Whatever electronics you use won’t be state of the art in 20 years and then there will be a hole in the guitar ...
by Bob Gramann
Thu May 21, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Did I plane my sides too thin?
Replies: 10
Views: 1889

Re: Did I plane my sides too thin?

Email them. They try very hard to please their customers.
by Bob Gramann
Thu May 21, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Did I plane my sides too thin?
Replies: 10
Views: 1889

Re: Did I plane my sides too thin?

LMII will sell you another set of Sapele sides. Sapele is eager to crack when bending, so replacing sides alone isn’t uncommon. You still get to practice bending with the sides you have. I like my sides to end up in the .076 to .083” range, lower in the range for Sapele. Sometimes, if I’m doing a re...
by Bob Gramann
Sun May 17, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help request with my drum sander
Replies: 24
Views: 3150

Re: Help request with my drum sander

Oh! Those ends! Have you heard of “snipe?” Look at this and see if it helps: https://thewoodwhisperer.com/articles/d ... ner-snipe/