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by Wayne Brown
Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:40 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Mohawk/Behlen lacquer
Replies: 11
Views: 7266

Re: Mohawk/Behlen lacquer

I've been using it for 9 -10 years. I can buy it locally and it's manufactured up the road from here. I have always had good results in my finishes.
by Wayne Brown
Wed May 27, 2015 7:05 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Dripping glue
Replies: 13
Views: 5858

Re: Dripping glue

I wipe the excess glue off with paper towels (I use Ducco cement though).
by Wayne Brown
Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:30 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Remember my bass viol? Its finished!
Replies: 14
Views: 19508

Re: Remember my bass viol? Its finished!

Great looking instrument! I know wife should be proud of it!
by Wayne Brown
Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:05 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: time for polish after nitro finishing
Replies: 9
Views: 6697

Re: time for polish after nitro finishing

For me, I usually wait 2 weeks after the last coat of nitro cell before polishing.
Also, I don't spray lacquer until it's above 60 degrees F. Maybe, eventually your finish will harden. It may just take a little longer.
by Wayne Brown
Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:13 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: My new favorite tool - the Scraper!
Replies: 22
Views: 10779

Re: My new favorite tool - the Scraper!

Waddy, thanks for video! Some of the time I get a good edge and some times not. It's frustrating! I believe it must be the drop of oil I am not using. ;)
by Wayne Brown
Sat Apr 04, 2015 12:02 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Question about making Solera
Replies: 20
Views: 7330

Re: Question about making Solera

Joel,
The neck angle for the classical and flamenco are different. On my solera, I dropped the the neck by 1 or 1.5mm. On a flamenco, you want the strings near the bridge to be lower than a classical in order to golpe.
by Wayne Brown
Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:27 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Here is your chance to pick on me, I'm thinking about making a steel string, *GASP*
Replies: 27
Views: 10200

Re: Here is your chance to pick on me, I'm thinking about making a steel string, *GASP*

010 (267x400).jpg Stephen, I built a Terz guitar last year and gave it to my grandson for Christmas. I used the Scott Antes plan in general. The plan seems to be overbuilt, so I changed the x-brace angle, used 1/4" braces and scalloped. Also used a carbon fiber rod in the neck. And a dovetail neck ...
by Wayne Brown
Tue Feb 10, 2015 6:52 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: The Octofone 2.0
Replies: 43
Views: 29475

Re: The Octofone 2.0

Love the sound! Are plans forthcoming ?
by Wayne Brown
Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Flamenco Ukulele - based on Barbero 1951
Replies: 5
Views: 4700

Re: Flamenco Ukulele - based on Barbero 1951

Ukulele Blanca! Ole!!
by Wayne Brown
Sun Jul 20, 2014 9:06 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Can I make a new top look old?
Replies: 24
Views: 13286

Re: Can I make a new top look old?

I would probably mix some tint of amber and/or brown with lacquer or whatever finish on the first few coats. Experiment on scraps. Sunshine will oxidize the wood and also a lacquer finish, but it just takes longer!
Good luck. It looks like an interesting project.
by Wayne Brown
Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:34 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Best Glue for Plastic Binding
Replies: 19
Views: 9455

Re: Best Glue for Plastic Binding

I've used quite a bit of stewmac plastic binding. I use "Duco" cement and have had no problems with it. Just remember to wipe the excess squeeze out off before taping the binding to the body.
by Wayne Brown
Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:39 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Center Line Top Joint Repair
Replies: 4
Views: 1800

Re: Center Line Top Joint Repair

Here's a tip.....The little suction cups that holds "do-dads" onto your window/sliding glass door/shower makes great pumps to pump HHG or Titebond into a crack!
by Wayne Brown
Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:35 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Is this worth fixing
Replies: 9
Views: 5593

Re: Is this worth fixing

My violin was in a pile of trash on the side of the road waiting to be hauled to the landfill. It was rescued by someone and passed on to me. I am a guitar builder mainly, but the experience of restoring has been valuable and a lot of fun. You can see it in Chet Bishop's thread about an "Old fiddle ...
by Wayne Brown
Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Banjo mandolin heel problem
Replies: 10
Views: 3447

Re: Banjo mandolin heel problem

Peter, thanks for posting this. I had one of these banjo-mandolins to come through my shop about two years ago. It was exactly like yours and had the same problem. There was no label and my research said it came from Sicily. The neck was attached with two "nails", making it nearly impossible to remo...
by Wayne Brown
Sun Dec 22, 2013 6:56 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Banjo ukulele head material
Replies: 3
Views: 3282

Re: Banjo ukulele head material

Freeman, I restored a banjo uke a couple of years ago. The head needed to be replaced and it was a smaller size head than what we see today. I used a goat skin from a supplier of uke things from Texas (can't remember web site). It worked out really well. The look of the skin was in keeping with the ...
by Wayne Brown
Mon Dec 09, 2013 7:57 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: OM Plans
Replies: 11
Views: 3341

Re: OM Plans

You can select the English version on the Grellier web site. Click on the British flag (if I remember correctly). The dimensions are still in metric.
by Wayne Brown
Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:56 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: OM Plans
Replies: 11
Views: 3341

Re: OM Plans

Here's where you can get a set of OM plans for free. Download your plans from www.grellier.fr , put it on a flashdrive and take it to your local Kinkos/etc.
by Wayne Brown
Sun Nov 24, 2013 11:52 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Old Fiddle Story (Great-great-Grandpa's Fiddle)
Replies: 7
Views: 7513

Re: Old Fiddle Story (Great-great-Grandpa's Fiddle)

The design on the back had a black mastic inside purfling with bits of abalone (floor scraps maybe?) pushed into the mastic. Over half of the abalone was missing. I decided to mix ebony dust with glue and fill the voids, then level, leaving just a plain black design. (I know it's not original, but t...