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by Clay Schaeffer
Fri Jun 18, 2021 6:50 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: First Build Milestone
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: First Build Milestone

Hi Eric, Your guitar is coming along nicely. Fit and finish are rarely perfect on our first instruments, but often they can sound quite good. The mistakes we make are not seen by many people unless we point them out to them. But it looks like you are off to a good start, and will have a nice instrum...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Jun 06, 2021 1:15 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: refurbishing rosewood marimba tonebars
Replies: 1
Views: 106

Re: refurbishing rosewood marimba tonebars

You could clean them with orange oil and then apply a very light coat of mineral oil.
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Apr 25, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Should I attempt this repair?
Replies: 8
Views: 2099

Re: Should I attempt this repair?

Since you are new to this repair stuff I would recommend you use Titebond Original Wood Glue, but that is assuming that you can get the crack to close up completely. Thanks, Barry. I'll recommend he take it to a repair place first if he can find one. I'll look at it if he needs me to. -Eric Hi Eric...
by Clay Schaeffer
Sun Apr 25, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 5 string acoustic bass bass guitar
Replies: 22
Views: 4395

Re: 5 string acoustic bass bass guitar

Here is a guitar design I made a number of years ago. It worked O.K. but had no real benefits over a conventional back shape for a "normal" guitar. I did consider using it for an ABG and actually laminated some back plates for it. I never got around to making the sides and it is still on my "to do" ...
by Clay Schaeffer
Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:39 am
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Machete
Replies: 8
Views: 2187

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: 8
Views: 2187

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: 5072

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: 1389

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: 3
Views: 2337

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: 2234

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: 2234

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: 1571

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: 2234

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: 2063

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: 5072

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: 4622

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: 27740

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: 1489

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: 2420

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: 2420

Re: The Pixelele

Cool!
Is it electric or acoustic?