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by Clay Schaeffer
Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:39 am
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Machete
Replies: 6
Views: 196

Re: Machete

Hi Tom,
Thanks for the information - does it sound any different than a soprano uke?
Nice looking instrument. I like the rope binding.
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Machete
Replies: 6
Views: 196

Re: Machete

How is it different from a concert uke?
by Clay Schaeffer
Wed Mar 31, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Titebond liquid hide glue
Replies: 13
Views: 2173

Re: Titebond liquid hide glue

Did you try heating it up? I wonder if heat would reactivate it like it does regular hide glue? Some people have made their own "old brown glue", but I forget now who it was that did that. I like to use hide glue for critical joints and places where cleaning the old glue off would be difficult to do...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Mar 28, 2021 1:23 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: A medieval citole
Replies: 1
Views: 555

Re: A medieval citole

Interesting instrument. What are the dimensions and tuning? The blocks delineating the fret positions is a nice touch.
I assume you added the Image to the Wikipedia article - it looks very nice.
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Mar 28, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: A child's size oud
Replies: 1
Views: 417

Re: A child's size oud

Very Nice!
I had an old oud that had a non-wood rose (early plastic? glue coated parchment?) added to the back side of the soundboard rather than an integral one. Were you going to do that with this one?
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Mar 28, 2021 12:02 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Drying cabinet plans or photos
Replies: 8
Views: 647

Re: Drying cabinet plans or photos

Hi Eric, Thanks for pointing me toward the refrigerator for food drying info. I was reading an article on Thermo- Electric dehumidifiers. On the OLF someone said they tried a Peltier dehumidifier to dry a room and it didn't work well, but is sounds like it - might - work O.K. for a drying box. I don...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat Mar 27, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Drying cabinet plans or photos
Replies: 8
Views: 647

Re: Drying cabinet plans or photos

Hi Barry, In a closet sized enclosure the dehumidifier seems to work O.K.. It does put out some heat, but also cuts off when the humidity reaches the level you set it for, and in a closet with a good vapor barrier it doesn't run for long periods of time. I wonder if anyone has adapted an old refrige...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat Mar 27, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Making a Portable Spindle Sander
Replies: 4
Views: 499

Re: Making a Portable Spindle Sander

Hi Paul,
Good job!
I've been contemplating doing something similar but a little cruder with a wooden rolling pin. I probably won't do the drill mod and just use spray glue to glue sandpaper to the rolling pin. (my wife has a few extras so she shouldn't mind)
by Clay Schaeffer
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Drying cabinet plans or photos
Replies: 8
Views: 647

Re: Drying cabinet plans or photos

Hi Eric, Their are two ways you can approach a "drying cabinet". One is to use heat to raise the temperature relative to the room temperature and lower the relative humidity that way. Another is to use a dehumidifier to remove the water from the air in the cabinet. In the mid Atlantic, we have days ...
by Clay Schaeffer
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Unisaw belts
Replies: 8
Views: 569

Re: Unisaw belts

I have run my old Unisaw (or Unisaur as one person called their old saw) on one belt and it worked fine. I did eventually buy a new set of belts. The advantage of having "matched" belts seems to be that it with start and stop smoother and pass the nickel test more easily. For those who want to optim...
by Clay Schaeffer
Fri Mar 26, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Titebond liquid hide glue
Replies: 13
Views: 2173

Re: Titebond liquid hide glue

Titebond liquid hide glue is made by Franklin International, so it's probably the same as it was 46 years ago. I have heard people on this and other forums recommend liquid hide glue, as long as it is "fresh". Others have recommended adulterating HHG with urea or salt to extend the open time, which ...
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu Mar 25, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Les Paul Gold Top Shattered Neck II
Replies: 20
Views: 1367

Re: Les Paul Gold Top Shattered Neck II

I've used a long thin spatula similar to the ones used for frosting cakes to remove fretboards. Heat it up and work it between the fretboard and neck, reheat and move it further along until the board is off.
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by Clay Schaeffer
Thu Mar 25, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: MIMF News & a giveaway
Replies: 33
Views: 12395

Re: MIMF News & a giveaway

Congratulations to the winners and Thanks to Charlie for maintaining such a great forum!
by Clay Schaeffer
Tue Mar 23, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The 000 butternut twins
Replies: 3
Views: 414

Re: The 000 butternut twins

Looks like fun Andy,
I'll stay tuned!
by Clay Schaeffer
Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:23 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: The Pixelele
Replies: 9
Views: 989

Re: The Pixelele

Does it have a hollow center section and solid "wings"?
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Mar 14, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: The Pixelele
Replies: 9
Views: 989

Re: The Pixelele

Cool!
Is it electric or acoustic?
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Mar 14, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: A drum sander with a twist
Replies: 5
Views: 723

Re: A drum sander with a twist

Sometimes the most valuable part of the process is learning what doesn't work. Sharing that can allow others to skip that part of the journey. Thanks!
by Clay Schaeffer
Sat Mar 13, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: A drum sander with a twist
Replies: 5
Views: 723

Re: A drum sander with a twist

Nice video Paul,
A simpler solution would be to just nail a perfectly sized disc to a board that you could align under the sanding drum similar to how a pin router works. It wouldn't spin, but you wouldn't generate much friction using it.
by Clay Schaeffer
Mon Mar 08, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: A 'Harlequin' fiddle
Replies: 16
Views: 1356

Re: A 'Harlequin' fiddle

Hi Alan,
Cool looking fiddle!
One way to make a lot of small diamonds is similar to cutting small pieces of onion - first cross hatch the material (wood or Corian or similar) and then slice off the thickness you want.
by Clay Schaeffer
Mon Mar 08, 2021 12:33 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Vintage tuning pins
Replies: 18
Views: 1904

Re: Vintage tuning pins

Even if the pins were commercially made It is quite possible the instrument is a "one off" from an amateur or professional luthier. I have used zither pins for some instruments but always bought them. I do have an old hammered dulcimer with handmade pins, and an antique Spanish style harp with what ...