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by Marshall Dixon
Sat Mar 06, 2021 2:34 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer
Replies: 14
Views: 1126

Re: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer

I’m going to follow his lead on how deep of a dive he wants to take and how ready he is. I’m hoping the process leads to conversations. I don’t want to be giving lectures, I want to be offering answers. I found that teaching is a learning experience. I'm sure you'll provide a good example. If there...
by Marshall Dixon
Fri Mar 05, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer
Replies: 14
Views: 1126

Re: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer

Making acoustic instruments is a goal directed process involving a lot of self discipline. You can make a good guitar just following a plan without much thought past accurate joinery. But even if he only makes one guitar, understanding some of the basic principles of sound production I think would b...
by Marshall Dixon
Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:06 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer
Replies: 14
Views: 1126

Re: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer

Have a dimensional plan to work from hanging somewhere easily visible. Break the work down to the parts/processes: neck, rim, back, top, bindings, finish, etc. List the steps sequentially in basic outline form for each and print it out for immediate reference. That way you could go from one job to a...
by Marshall Dixon
Wed Mar 03, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: A 'Harlequin' fiddle
Replies: 16
Views: 1287

Re: A 'Harlequin' fiddle

Wonderful! A work of art. Put a smile on my face.
by Marshall Dixon
Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: MIMF News & a giveaway
Replies: 33
Views: 11895

Re: MIMF News & a giveaway

Count me in. Thanks.
by Marshall Dixon
Tue Feb 16, 2021 12:47 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: removing epoxied fretboard
Replies: 8
Views: 1769

Re: removing epoxied fretboard

... Will the epoxy start to release at about the same temp as TB would? In my experience epoxy glues are the easiest to separate with heat. The problem with heating one part is the potential for separation of the underlying structure. The neck shaft shouldn't be a problem, but the braces and center...
by Marshall Dixon
Sun Feb 07, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Roast your own Ash
Replies: 3
Views: 1485

Re: Roast your own Ash

Not sure by the original post whether you're aiming at moisture extraction or coloration. If you are trying to color the wood UV light may be the way to go. I've been roasting sugar pine to extract the resin in the wood. This may not be pertinent to what you're trying to do, but here is some general...
by Marshall Dixon
Fri Feb 05, 2021 6:49 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Martin 0-18 with multiple problems
Replies: 18
Views: 3135

Re: Martin 0-18 with multiple problems

One option would be to add thickness at the bridge from underneath to take up the string windings. Stew Mac sells a piece of brass (I think) pre drilled for a Martin size. Easy enough to fabricate something of that nature and you could try it out before gluing it in. Another option would be to cut t...
by Marshall Dixon
Thu Dec 17, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Triple O - Dovetail neck doesn't seat - Photos
Replies: 7
Views: 2241

Re: Triple O - Dovetail neck doesn't seat - Photos

The mating surfaces of the sides are rounded and the neck surfaces are flat. I like to under cut the inside of the neck surface leaving about 1/8" of contact area. The sides I carefully sand perpendicular to the centerline of the top. Even so, a quarter degree offset will skew the line and for that ...
by Marshall Dixon
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Good source for alder?
Replies: 6
Views: 2672

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: 2672

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: 2672

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: 3111

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: 3111

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: 3114

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: 3270

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: 4982

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: 4982

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: 3749

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: 1720

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...