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by Darrel Friesen
Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Lining Clamps
Replies: 3
Views: 1159

Re: Lining Clamps

I'm a lot slower. I have about 30 of those metal ones and do a section or two at a time between side braces. Sauntering along without production in mind. :)
by Darrel Friesen
Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My latest build: a renaissance guitar
Replies: 4
Views: 1314

Re: My latest build: a renaissance guitar

Beautiful work Jo. I've never tried an instrument with tied frets but assume they take some getting used to as you would feel them as you were sliding your hand up and down the back of the neck?
by Darrel Friesen
Tue Mar 23, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: MIMF News & a giveaway
Replies: 33
Views: 27189

Re: MIMF News & a giveaway

Missed it by that much! Congrats and thanks Charlie.
by Darrel Friesen
Sun Mar 21, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bolt on issues
Replies: 24
Views: 12097

Re: Bolt on issues

I've always used hanger bolts for my bolt ons threaded into a dowel installed in the neck heel as per Mario. I drill the block and neck on the drill press. Works well for me. I can't recall having to enlarge the holes for fit but it could be done if necessary. I dry fit the neck and mark with a cent...
by Darrel Friesen
Wed Mar 17, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Martin N-20 Folk Guitar repair
Replies: 40
Views: 11965

Re: Martin N-20 Folk Guitar repair

Looks great Barry. Way beyond my repair skills. I learned a lot from this thread.
by Darrel Friesen
Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: The Pixelele
Replies: 9
Views: 2388

Re: The Pixelele

It threw my eyes for bit of a loop, but pretty darned cool!
by Darrel Friesen
Sat Mar 13, 2021 12:02 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer
Replies: 14
Views: 3065

Re: advise for altered approach for helping a first timer

John LaCroix wrote:
Fri Mar 12, 2021 2:57 pm
If you french polish he might be older than 18 when it is finished :) You could do what I do, which is to varnish the back and sides and only FP the top.
That could be verging on good old fashioned luthier humor!!
by Darrel Friesen
Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:37 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: A 'Harlequin' fiddle
Replies: 16
Views: 3375

Re: A 'Harlequin' fiddle

Just Wow! That's excellent Alan. Reminds me of something you or Howard Klepper would do. Very inspiring.
by Darrel Friesen
Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Banjolele
Replies: 3
Views: 1151

Re: Banjolele

Looks great. Goat skin head?
by Darrel Friesen
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: MIMF News & a giveaway
Replies: 33
Views: 27189

Re: MIMF News & a giveaway

I'm in!
by Darrel Friesen
Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:15 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Carve neck before or after fretting?
Replies: 6
Views: 4934

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: 7277

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: 2572

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: 8675

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: 8
Views: 4607

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: 3142

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: 6180

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: 6180

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.