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by Mark Day
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: The party!
Topic: MIMF retrospective and future
Replies: 15
Views: 33978

Re: MIMF retrospective and future

Wow, I'm really late on this, but I feel compelled to chime in. I consider the MIMF my "alma mater" in the sense that it is the only luthiery school I have ever been able to afford. I found it back in 2002 via a Yahoo search or maybe even the long-gone "alltheweb.com". Even though there is more comp...
by Mark Day
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: The party!
Topic: Happy 20th Anniversary!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 6996

Re: Happy 20th Anniversary!!!

I guess I'm late to the party, but that applies to most things in my life. Anyway, I found you guys in 2002 after doing some "Yahooing" in the pre-Google days. As others have said, I can't begin to describe the amount I have learned here. There are other luthiery forums out there, and of course Face...
by Mark Day
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: 8020 source
Replies: 3
Views: 2696

Re: 8020 source

Hmmm. I'll have to remember that place. Looks like a good source for material for building your own CNC.
by Mark Day
Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Give-aways
Topic: Giveaway #2, Big Red Book of American Lutherie, Vol 6 (closed)
Replies: 31
Views: 29438

Re: Giveaway #2, Big Red Book of American Lutherie, Vol 6

I'm throwing my hat in the ring.
by Mark Day
Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bracing suggestions for experimental lute guitar
Replies: 11
Views: 6758

Re: Bracing suggestions for experimental lute guitar

Another early lute-like instrument strung and tuned similar to the guitar is the Mandora. Unfortunately "mandora" is used as a name for several instruments that have little to do with one another. We need Latin taxonomically assigned names for musical instruments like we do for trees so you know exa...
by Mark Day
Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Luthiers in Southeast Michigan?
Replies: 4
Views: 3748

Re: Luthiers in Southeast Michigan?

I'm formerly from SE Michigan. I now reside in Windsor, Ontario. Still in the same region geographically speaking ;)
by Mark Day
Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Hot hide glue for binding repair
Replies: 3
Views: 2314

Re: Hot hide glue for binding repair

I'm not an expert on this material, but I think if it were me, I would order some more of the same binding and experiment with gluing it using different glues before I touch the instrument, just to be safe.
by Mark Day
Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bracing suggestions for experimental lute guitar
Replies: 11
Views: 6758

Re: Bracing suggestions for experimental lute guitar

There is a historical instrument called a "Colascione" that is similar to what you have going. See the bottom of this page for pictures and some descriptive information: http://www.lutesandguitars.co.uk/htm/cat08.htm You could contact Stephen Barber and Sandi Harris and ask them about the bracing bu...
by Mark Day
Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Parlour guitar questions
Replies: 29
Views: 18057

Re: Parlour guitar questions

Bryan Bear said:
welcome you to the dark side!
Actually classical guitars are the "dark" side and steel strings are the "bright" side ; )
by Mark Day
Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Walnut back and sides question
Replies: 34
Views: 19373

Re: Walnut back and sides question

"Early" guitars, as in Renaissance and Baroque guitars, and vihuelas often have multi-piece backs so it is not without precedence. I also like building things from trees I have known ; )
by Mark Day
Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:59 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Hand planes
Replies: 39
Views: 22359

Re: Hand planes

Eric, you're right about this being a fantastic resource. I discovered MIMF around 2002 when I first began to seriously contemplate building instruments. I came at it with nothing. No luthery schools in my area or my budget for that matter. I have to say I have learned more here than anywhere else i...
by Mark Day
Mon Jul 18, 2016 10:51 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Converting an existing guitar to just or pure intonation
Replies: 13
Views: 6228

Re: Converting an existing guitar to just or pure intonation

Paul Beier, a lutenist, and apparently a software developer, wrote a string and fret calculator that can calculate fret positions for several temperaments. Google "Beier String and Fret Calculator" and you'll find a few places where you can download it for free. I have used it in the past and it wor...
by Mark Day
Wed May 11, 2016 12:02 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A sure fire way of using hhg for joining the top
Replies: 43
Views: 21096

Re: A sure fire way of using hhg for joining the top

Do you know the method we are talking about?? Chuck, I would like to know more about this (tape) method. I have used the nail "baton" method thus far, but I was thinking about making a jig with cam clamps or something. I've seen this string method before from European luthiers - especially in the e...
by Mark Day
Fri Apr 22, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: What Finish for Natural Feel?
Replies: 39
Views: 41026

Re: What Finish for Natural Feel?

I am a fan of shellac for the neck. I pad it on until I like the feel, then stop. Super easy and has a very smooth feel.
by Mark Day
Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Working Osage Orange
Replies: 7
Views: 6633

Re: Working Osage Orange

I have used it to make 2 bridges; one for a uke and one for an electric lute. I really like working with it and love the highlighter yellow color. I plan on making lute ribs from some of it.
by Mark Day
Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:45 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Electric lute
Replies: 2
Views: 2318

Electric lute

I'm in the planning stages for an electric lute in the vein of the electric ouds you see floating around. I want it primarily for practicing while I'm out & about without disturbing others (not everyone appreciates early music....or my playing!) It will be a 7-course, 60cm scale length. I will likel...
by Mark Day
Tue May 29, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: What to do with "junk" wood
Replies: 9
Views: 5076

Re: What to do with "junk" wood

"dunnage" refers to packing material. I'm a reformed warehouse worker. It's anything from the paper used to stuff a box, to flat sheets placed on top of pallets to protect the goods. I would think some of those whatever mahogany pieces could be used for neck/tail blocks? If nothing else, you could s...
by Mark Day
Fri May 25, 2012 9:42 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Carved Rosette backing
Replies: 17
Views: 8094

Re: Carved Rosette backing

How does the nomex sheet glue? Can you use hide or do you have to resort to a synthetic glue? Also does it have a high tear resistance? I see it is noted as an electrical dielectric and "durable" but I've never handled the stuff so I don't know if tears easily or not.
by Mark Day
Mon May 21, 2012 10:39 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Baroque Guitar Bridge Height And Thickness.
Replies: 10
Views: 3886

Re: Baroque Guitar Bridge Height And Thickness.

I you go to Crane Guitars (Makoto Tsuruta ) he has built several early guitars and has nice plans that can be downloaded. He also has step by step documentation. I second that recommendation. Unfortunately there is not a lot of information for building early instruments, at least when compared to m...
by Mark Day
Thu May 17, 2012 9:52 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Carved Rosette backing
Replies: 17
Views: 8094

Re: Carved Rosette backing

The back of the soundboard usually historically had paper glued to it, but it was hand-made paper that had long randomly oriented fibers unlike not modern machine-made paper that has short fibers that are more or less aligned. You can still get hand-made paper from places like this: http://handmade-...