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by Darrel Friesen
Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:15 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Carve neck before or after fretting?
Replies: 5
Views: 1321

Re: Carve neck before or after fretting?

My first guitar was an archtop using Benedettos book. I fret the board before attaching and then carving the neck. It's worked well for me for archtops and flat tops.
by Darrel Friesen
Tue Dec 29, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Long Hiatus... New Tele Style Guitar
Replies: 8
Views: 5176

Re: Long Hiatus... New Tele Style Guitar

Looks great John. If you've ever worked with purple heart, it will give you a strong splinter run compared with wenge! :)
by Darrel Friesen
Fri Dec 18, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Finish for cheapie kit uke
Replies: 8
Views: 663

Re: Finish for cheapie kit uke

Aquila Nylgut strings make a huge difference IMHO.
by Darrel Friesen
Thu Dec 10, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Lacquer available in canada
Replies: 16
Views: 4992

Re: Lacquer available in canada

Thanks for that Don. I've always used the Mohawk Instrument Lacquer but it has it's own, or my own challenges. I'll give yours a try for sure.
by Darrel Friesen
Mon Dec 07, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Mandolin - small archtop guitar or completely different?
Replies: 4
Views: 1453

Re: Mandolin - small archtop guitar or completely different?

If you've already built archtops, it should present no problems. An F style would have a few more areas requiring attention as you likely know with getting the scroll and particularly the binding right. Sounds like you're planning more of an A style. I've also seen some archtop shapes done which loo...
by Darrel Friesen
Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Rosewood / redwood acoustic
Replies: 5
Views: 1990

Re: Rosewood / redwood acoustic

Great looking guitar Andy. Really like that archtop too Brian. I've had a 000 in the works for a while that should be done soon, life permitting. You can see a little of the Zpoxy still on the top that will disappear with final sanding. I've used it for "stabilizing" the curly redwood as per Fillipo...
by Darrel Friesen
Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Advice Needed - When should I install frets onto my neck?
Replies: 18
Views: 3786

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

Yep, the 1/2" blocks put a lot more pressure on the fretboard which is what is required to get the fret barbs really seated into the sides of the fret slot. First time I did it I was holding my breath waiting for the board to break but no problemo. I felt the same anxiety doing it the first time as...
by Darrel Friesen
Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Advice Needed - When should I install frets onto my neck?
Replies: 18
Views: 3786

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

I do it very similar to how Marshall does it and more or less how Mario does it. I usually use epoxy (Mario) for fretboard gluing as well before the neck is carved as per Benedetto. Works well for my low volume building.
by Darrel Friesen
Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Spalted maple grand auditorium
Replies: 5
Views: 1755

Re: Spalted maple grand auditorium

Beautiful guitar Andy. Did you stabilize the maple? CA?
by Darrel Friesen
Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Tool chest/ Tool organization?
Replies: 9
Views: 1775

Re: Tool chest/ Tool organization?

That looks great Randy. Nice work!
by Darrel Friesen
Thu Aug 20, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Tool chest/ Tool organization?
Replies: 9
Views: 1775

Re: Tool chest/ Tool organization?

Here's one I built for my hand tools using a plan from Fine Woodworking. Cherry, walnut and Baltic birch. The most dovetails I've ever done on a single project. It was just something I always wanted to build. There are obviously much simpler solutions. Many other tools just hang on my wall from wood...
by Darrel Friesen
Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy
Replies: 21
Views: 5498

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

That's one fine looking guitar Chuck!
by Darrel Friesen
Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Neck Laminations and Glue choice
Replies: 23
Views: 7349

Re: Neck Laminations and Glue choice

I sure did pick up a lot of stuff from Mario. Reading through the build log on his website really helped me understand the process of making a guitar. I’m sure he would say that log is very outdated, but it really helped me. Agreed Bryan. You've always been a great contributor without the "wink win...
by Darrel Friesen
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: New shop lights?
Replies: 17
Views: 6480

Re: New shop lights?

I installed the "big ass" LEDs in my shop. They came with sunglasses! supposedly good for 137 years. I'll let you know how that goes.
by Darrel Friesen
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Neck Laminations and Glue choice
Replies: 23
Views: 7349

Re: Neck Laminations and Glue choice

Barry, whenever there's a perceived vacuum of information something else will inevitably be drawn in to fill the void. I'm afraid we all do that even when good reliable information is readily available at our fingertips. See every story in the news today for fine examples of this.<g> It can be a li...
by Darrel Friesen
Sun May 31, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Neck Laminations and Glue choice
Replies: 23
Views: 7349

Re: Neck Laminations and Glue choice

Barry Daniels wrote:
Tue May 26, 2020 7:57 pm
Darrel, no I wasn't directing the comment to you. It was more like hollering into the night. I have no beef with poly glue, however, I don't use it due to a negative experience with it.
OK
by Darrel Friesen
Wed May 27, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Top Mounted Tailpiece
Replies: 7
Views: 2417

Re: Top Mounted Tailpiece

Check Ken Parker's website for some ideas.
by Darrel Friesen
Tue May 26, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Neck Laminations and Glue choice
Replies: 23
Views: 7349

Re: Neck Laminations and Glue choice

Barry, assuming that comment is directed at me. All the advice I ever took on polyurethane glue was from the old MIMF. Mario was one of the ones who promoted it's use for neck laminations if using a dovetail if I remember correctly. The scuttle at the time was that Gorilla wasn't the best poly and t...
by Darrel Friesen
Fri May 22, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Neck Laminations and Glue choice
Replies: 23
Views: 7349

Re: Neck Laminations and Glue choice

The only place I've ever used polyurethane glue on guitars is for laminating necks. It's especially good if you're going to do a dovetail as it won't potentially separate at the laminations when steaming out for a future reset.
by Darrel Friesen
Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Making a Mortise and Tenon / Vertical Router Jig
Replies: 6
Views: 5277

Re: Making a Mortise and Tenon / Vertical Router Jig

Nice jig. I made a similar jig for dovetailing when I first started out. I bought the original O'Brien neck jig when it was two pieces, one for the body and one for the neck. I see that it's now evolved to be a one piece unit. The thing I like a lot about it, other than it wasn't too expensive 8 or ...