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by Carl Dickinson
Fri Dec 25, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Making fretboard inlay dots
Replies: 6
Views: 646

Re: Making fretboard inlay dots

I recently tried this with plug cutters and found if I used the slowest speed on the drill press it worked best. Might not melt the plastic. I was using 1/8" veneer.
by Carl Dickinson
Thu Dec 17, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Acoustic guitar Finishing advice
Replies: 35
Views: 1611

Re: Acoustic guitar Finishing advice

As I recall now that's what I did with the 320 paper, sand the first coats into the wood.
by Carl Dickinson
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Acoustic guitar Finishing advice
Replies: 35
Views: 1611

Re: Acoustic guitar Finishing advice

I use it for necks. I like the feel it leaves. I usually go to 320 on the surface prep and use a finishing synthetic steel wool pad after each 3 coats, applying 12 to 20 coats in all. Stop when it feels good to you.
by Carl Dickinson
Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Downdraft table - suction?
Replies: 7
Views: 1525

Re: Downdraft table - suction?

The point of the downdraft table is to collect the dust. The vac might work but something like this might work better, https://www.harborfreight.com/13-gallon-industrial-portable-dust-collector-31810.html?_br_psugg_q=dust+collector. It will still be noisy though. I've got my dust collector in an out...
by Carl Dickinson
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Particle counters?
Replies: 10
Views: 1468

Re: Particle counters?

Barry, what counter would you recommend? I'm about ready to get a Dylos. I need one for the shop and the smoke around here lately has been baaad!
by Carl Dickinson
Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Fretting Templates
Replies: 4
Views: 2014

Re: Fretting Templates

24.5" for a parlor, 27" for a baritone.
by Carl Dickinson
Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: New Five-String Fiddle on the Way
Replies: 16
Views: 10454

Re: New Five-String Fiddle on the Way

I've been following your progress on the bass over on talkbass. That's some impressive work!
by Carl Dickinson
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Pearl Powder for Waterbased finish
Replies: 4
Views: 1407

Re: Pearl Powder for Waterbased finish

Glad it worked for you.
How about a pic of the finish? I don't use solid color finishes, but would be interested to see what it looked like.
What powder and what was mix in the clear finish?
by Carl Dickinson
Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Pearl Powder for Waterbased finish
Replies: 4
Views: 1407

Re: Pearl Powder for Waterbased finish

Check out mica powders at craft stores or amazon. Lots of colors available. I've gotten it (in a gold sparkle) at a bead/jewelry making store. I Mixed it in clear epoxy and used it like inlay. Try it on scrap to see if it will do what you want.
by Carl Dickinson
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Searching for a good respirator
Replies: 34
Views: 12272

Re: Searching for a good respirator

I've loaded my beard up with vaseline, messy but it works to make a seal. Takes lots of shampoo to get it out. But lately when I've sprayed nitro, I trim it down to a goatee. I have to do that for the skin doctor anyway.
by Carl Dickinson
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 39
Views: 8782

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

Clay, Bears are only one of the hazards around here along with mountain lions, rattlesnakes and the occasional methhead. It is a black bear. We've seen black, chocolate brown and blond ones. It's why we have bear bars on the dumpsters. The 12 gauge is loaded with rubber slugs to hopefully scare them...
by Carl Dickinson
Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 39
Views: 8782

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

Yup. That's how the other one came out.
Oh, that same bear came back last night. A year bigger with two cubs. Broke into the feed shed and stole some chicken feed. :roll:
by Carl Dickinson
Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 39
Views: 8782

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

I don't go to the effort to line up the grain as much as Alan describes. I built two parlors out of Narra that I milled from a ship dunnage beam I got from a friend who's dad was a merchant marine captain in the 60s. West Africa was among of his ports of call. I just ripped a couple of strips off th...
by Carl Dickinson
Sun May 31, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 39
Views: 8782

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

I've done a couple of builds where I have used the same material for the sides as well as binding. The binding was set off by B/W/B purfling on bottom and top/back. I thought it looked pretty cool. Inside purfling on the top could be pretty fancy. Also neck material was used for the fingerboard bind...
by Carl Dickinson
Thu May 28, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help w cracked to repair from drop
Replies: 17
Views: 3238

Re: Help w cracked to repair from drop

Thin veneer patch and strong magnets might work to make it playable for a while.
by Carl Dickinson
Tue May 26, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help request with my drum sander
Replies: 24
Views: 5469

Re: Help request with my drum sander

If you have the Jet manual, checkout pages 19-20. It talks about this very issue. Here's a link to the manual if you need it, http://content.jettools.com/assets/manu ... man_EN.pdf.
by Carl Dickinson
Tue May 19, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help request with my drum sander
Replies: 24
Views: 5469

Re: Help request with my drum sander

I don't need to Barry. I've figured out how to make this old workhorse work fine. I was just musing about what Enrico could think about.
Thanks. I think Andrew suggested adjusting the pressure rollers. Might be part of the puzzle.
by Carl Dickinson
Tue May 19, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Help request with my drum sander
Replies: 24
Views: 5469

Re: Help request with my drum sander

I've got an old 16-32 performax. Just took some measurements and the pressure rollers are about 2" before and after the drum. Seems to be a clue about what's going on. While the wood is only in contact with one pressure roller and the sanding drum the .2mm differences occur. Do you have infeed and o...
by Carl Dickinson
Wed May 13, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Double bass neck - restoration and refinish.
Replies: 5
Views: 2833

Re: Double bass neck - restoration and refinish.

I'm just now approaching the end of refinishing a double bass. To remove the old lacquer finish I used the hard Carruth scrapers from StewMac both flat and rounded then finished up with 120 grit sandpaper. That worked great. I usually spray nitro lacquer on guitars but the bass was too big to fit in...