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by Marshall Dixon
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Good source for alder?
Replies: 6
Views: 229

Re: Good source for alder?

I have to drive 150mi round trip to get wood ... Hello Pete; my sister lived in Chico for nearly 40 years and I visited often. I bought walnut from these folks. Thought I'd mention it since you go that way. Chico is a great place to hear music too. I miss going down there since they moved. https://...
by Marshall Dixon
Sun Nov 15, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Good source for alder?
Replies: 6
Views: 229

Re: Good source for alder?

Anybody know any place in Charlotte NC that might have it? You didn't say where you were so I figured you were talking mail order. The people at Tree Products know their wood and sell to some factory guitar makers. But I'm with you about seeing the wood. Red alder is pretty common out here and I th...
by Marshall Dixon
Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Good source for alder?
Replies: 6
Views: 229

Re: Good source for alder?

Tree Products in Eugene, Oregon.
by Marshall Dixon
Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ugh! Big Bad Router Screw-Up. Suggestions Please.
Replies: 10
Views: 283

Re: Ugh! Big Bad Router Screw-Up. Suggestions Please.

I use the same method as you do, including the tape to adjust the cut. I cut the tape askew on the bearing to make sure there isn't a lump in one spot that will transfer the irregularity to the cut. The bearing is a guide and is pressed up against the sides and doesn't spin. It will "read" any dip o...
by Marshall Dixon
Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ugh! Big Bad Router Screw-Up. Suggestions Please.
Replies: 10
Views: 283

Re: Ugh! Big Bad Router Screw-Up. Suggestions Please.

It looks like the purfling line has minimal damage and that is what will be visible. Agreed; new end trim. If the back bindings aren't in yet then it's easier. When I mess up a purfling line I'll simply make another cut and add another line or two. As long as there is enough support from the linings...
by Marshall Dixon
Wed Nov 04, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: I’m Stuck. Wash Coat Before Binding...
Replies: 9
Views: 750

Re: I’m Stuck. Wash Coat Before Binding...

I apply a light coat of dewaxed blond shellac over the top for some protection against dirty fingerprints and grime getting into the wood. It's part of my finish process anyway as my go-to sealer. My bindings always need to be leveled after glue up and the sealer is reapplied after that process. I t...
by Marshall Dixon
Mon Oct 26, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Outdoor glue for deck railings
Replies: 7
Views: 1042

Re: Outdoor glue for deck railings

Will polyurethane glue do the job for me? Is there a better option? You need a waterproof glue and the PU fits the bill. I used Gorilla Glue to repair a handrail on a driftboat 2 or 3 summers ago. There's a scarf joint in there somewhere. It sits out in the rain all winter and gets used several tim...
by Marshall Dixon
Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Epoxy as a pore filler
Replies: 18
Views: 2042

Re: Epoxy as a pore filler

One thing I'll point out about epoxy filler which hasn't been mentioned in the thread is that it has a propensity to swell up out of pores during final buffing on high speed buffers (600 RPM +) and then shrink back down into the pores and pulling the finish down with it... Thanks for that informati...
by Marshall Dixon
Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Epoxy as a pore filler
Replies: 18
Views: 2042

Re: Epoxy as a pore filler

Several times I've experimented by mixing the slow set epoxy sold by LMI and 2# cut dewaxed blond shellac 50/50 by volume. Spread it out on a strip of 1/16" fir. It dried hard enough to sand. I thought of using this as a filler coat but haven't tried it yet. Just used Z-poxy for the first time as a ...
by Marshall Dixon
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Doing fret board and head stock binding -questions
Replies: 11
Views: 1220

Re: Doing fret board and head stock binding -questions

...suggestions on how to do things differently/better/easier would be appreciated, since I'm going to do another one soon... Hey Pete, Here are some pictures of what I use. It is not as rigid as I would like and will probably put some re-inforcment in one of these days. I do my boards pretty much a...
by Marshall Dixon
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Laminating top question
Replies: 1
Views: 811

Re: Laminating top question

If I glue that onto a perfect flat surface like the planed body is going to be, is glue strength enough to keep it flat? What glue would I use for the best result? I have epoxy and Titebond II on hand, but I can get anything. I think the holding strength of either of those would be strong enough to...
by Marshall Dixon
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Advice Needed - When should I install frets onto my neck?
Replies: 18
Views: 2409

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

Barry, I tried that but with 1/4" blocks. As I said it helped some but 1/2" blocks would have helped more. I'll be braver next time. I bent the extension quite a bit after it was on the neck and clamped that overnight. It just didn't want to give in. I thought of putting a little moisture on the bot...
by Marshall Dixon
Sun Sep 06, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Advice Needed - When should I install frets onto my neck?
Replies: 18
Views: 2409

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

frettboard backbow.jpg Here is a fretboard from a guitar in progress. I check the width and depth of the fret slots with a tangless piece of the fret being used. I clamped this board overnight to try to force the frets to seat, and it helped some little bit. Splits in the soundboard on the sides of...
by Marshall Dixon
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: What do you check before sending out a guitar?
Replies: 4
Views: 739

Re: What do you check before sending out a guitar?

You might reconsider what you say about laminates. People are doing some interesting stuff with laminates. Nomex honeycomb material, graphite, balsa laminates, etc. And I don't understand what you are saying in the last sentence here: "There are two types of top: solid wood and laminate. The laminat...
by Marshall Dixon
Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: bridge placement
Replies: 8
Views: 1294

Re: bridge placement

I said in my original post that I placed the bridge on the finished guitar, but have been gluing the bridge on in the white.
by Marshall Dixon
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: bridge placement
Replies: 8
Views: 1294

Re: bridge placement

Could you send a picture? Here are pictures of the one I most recently threw together for a 7 stringer I'm working on. I mocked it up on a 6 string in the finishing process and didn't put the tuners in or the nut in place. And the strings need to be long enough to make this work. Anyway, this will ...
by Marshall Dixon
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: bridge placement
Replies: 8
Views: 1294

Re: bridge placement

Is there some kind of jig I can build? Or is there some way to get the compensation right in real time on the uke before gluing bridge down? I am using D’Addario Nyltech strings THANKS! I radius the back of my guitars and carefully clamp the finished guitar onto the radiused form on either side on ...
by Marshall Dixon
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Advice Needed - When should I install frets onto my neck?
Replies: 18
Views: 2409

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

I've been installing frets before gluing the fretboard on, and apply before shaping the neck. For classical guitars where I use a non-adjustable graphite truss rod I glue up with about 1/100" relief at the 5th fret, leveling and polishing afterword from the 1st to 5th then from the 5th fret to the e...
by Marshall Dixon
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Replacing bandsaw tires on Delta 14".
Replies: 2
Views: 558

Re: Replacing bandsaw tires on Delta 14".

I replaced the tires on my 14" Rockwell/Delta Several years ago with some urethane ones from Grizzly. As I recall, instructions were to heat the tires in 160°F water prior to installation.
by Marshall Dixon
Tue Aug 25, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Glue for colored veneer marquetry in spruce top
Replies: 48
Views: 4884

Re: Glue for colored veneer marquetry in spruce top

I've heard of using colored pencils to fill little gaps in marquetry and mitered corners on purflings, though never tried it.