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by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Glue spreader applicator
Replies: 14
Views: 5591

Re: Glue spreader applicator

The mini paint roller sold in the dollar stores might be another possibility:

https://www.dollartree.com/bulk/Paint-Brush-Roller
by Clay Schaeffer
Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Repairing a wasted 53 Les Paul Gold
Replies: 5
Views: 267

Re: Repairing a wasted 53 Les Paul Gold

You could use an oscillating tool and plunge cut when you get to the truss rod area. It does look like a "can of worms" project. What is the owner trying to accomplish with the work?
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Double top all-wood acoustic
Replies: 13
Views: 1094

Re: Double top all-wood acoustic

Ken, No, i didn't see delaminated tops. I had in my hands only the David Russell’s guitars and they were fine. Clay. A top without the inside layer won’t work. It’s to week, it doesn’t work like a lattice. What is left after machining has all the fibers interrupted. Only after lamination, the top w...
by Clay Schaeffer
Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Position Markers -- Drilling holes and tear-out
Replies: 4
Views: 280

Re: Position Markers -- Drilling holes and tear-out

Are you using brad point bits? if so try sharpening the spurs with a file.

https://www.toolstoday.com/g-22-the-bra ... boring-bit
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: it looked pretty rough
Replies: 3
Views: 468

Re: it looked pretty rough

Bill Raymond wrote:Pretty clever use of noodles and glue to fill in that hole in the soundboard. Why put the tuners on upside down though?
Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "noodling around on a guitar" :lol:
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Double top all-wood acoustic
Replies: 13
Views: 1094

Re: Double top all-wood acoustic

Has anyone experimented with doing an all wood "double top" construction but leaving off the inner skin. Would it reduce the stiffness that much since the honey comb drilling would form a "lattice"? You could avoid the weight of the glue and the second skin.
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph
Replies: 40
Views: 7415

Re: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph

If you are concerned with the alignment of the top you could hot melt glue a temporary brace that would "float" above the patch area before you remove that last section of top (hot melt glue can be removed with alcohol). Cross grain patches usually stick out like a sore thumb - one reason why many r...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph
Replies: 40
Views: 7415

Re: Can this live again? 1941 Epiphone Triumph

Hi Roger, You might want to consider removing the remaining section of top wood at the upper edge of your cut out. The new wood would tie into the top block and it would eliminate a cross grain joint which can be hard to hide. At the lower end the cross grain joint will be hidden under the bridge. E...
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: first Hurdy Gurdy
Replies: 2
Views: 261

Re: first Hurdy Gurdy

Welcome Oldrich,
Charlie Schultz (forum owner) has built a Hurdy Gurdy as well as a few others who post here, so you should get some good advice for any questions you may have.
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Alvarez “bridge”
Replies: 11
Views: 548

Re: Alvarez “bridge”

If you slot the "plug" how much wood will it leave in the front? What I might consider doing is to cap the existing bridge plate with a dense hardwood (African blackwood, Honduran rosewood, or similar) and fit better quality slotted pins (or cut slots in unslotted pins to match individual string gau...
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: "Kelobre"?
Replies: 11
Views: 1016

Re: "Kelobre"?

Hi Peter, After researching a little further I found that Kelobra may not be the same as Monkey pod. Although they share the same common name "raintree" and have similar characteristics they apparently are different species. So although it looks like a duck, and walks like a duck, and very well may ...
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: "Kelobre"?
Replies: 11
Views: 1016

Re: "Kelobre"?

Monkeypod Raintree.jpg I built a guitar with it that turned out well. I used it for the back and sides with a spruce top. There is a Jeffrey Yong guitar on you tube with a Monkeypod top: The wood has a chatoyance under finish that doesn't show in the photo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMNCkhrA2Ig
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Shards and splinters
Replies: 7
Views: 403

Re: Shards and splinters

My Father told the story that when he was in Italy he ordered a cup of coffee. They brought him a cup of espresso in a demitasse. When he saw the size of the cup he said "You better bring me a couple more of these" . He said after he finished the first cup it satisfied his need for coffee. https://w...
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Shards and splinters
Replies: 7
Views: 403

Re: Shards and splinters

Removing offending splinters is perfectly acceptable in this situation as Barry mentioned. When regluing I like to use a gap filling glue (epoxy) if much wood has been removed internally to get an externally looking "tight" fit. If not too much wood is missing then hide glue or CA can make a strong ...
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Body vise
Replies: 8
Views: 736

Re: Body vise

Using the workmate as a clamping device for the body holding jig is brilliant! I'm thinking the holes that are drilled in the workmate to hold the swivel pegs could be used to hold dowels attached to the bottom of the jigs and allow them to be installed and taken off quickly. Using a few clamps is n...
by Clay Schaeffer
Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Double top all-wood acoustic
Replies: 13
Views: 1094

Re: Double top all-wood acoustic

Do you ever worry about pick scratches?
by Clay Schaeffer
Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Body vise
Replies: 8
Views: 736

Re: Body vise

Nice!
Now I know what to do with some oddly shaped MCP shelves I have been tripping over.
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: REPAIR
Replies: 8
Views: 495

Re: REPAIR

Baking soda and CA is easy to do and easy to re do as necessary. Bone and CA might hold up longer.
You could file a wider slot and fit a piece of bone into it and recut the string slot. It's more work but could last as long as the rest of the slots.
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Decals?
Replies: 8
Views: 549

Re: Decals?

You can make waterslide decals using special paper and a printer. You could also use rubber stamps and paint. Screen printing is more involved, but if you are making multiples as I'm sure Stella did, that may be the process they used.
by Clay Schaeffer
Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: books on violin bow construction
Replies: 7
Views: 586

Re: books on violin bow construction

If the book is no longer under copyright could you make a PDF of it? I wouldn't mind having a digital copy of it if it was available.

A quick check shows a publication date of 1977, so scratch that.