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by Simon Magennis
Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Does the library search work for you?
Replies: 24
Views: 3418

Re: Does the library search work for you?

Today even the first search was quite fast. In my case it might have been the https vs http. I generally set my browsers to try and force https so that could have caused an initial time-out. I have safari and have been using it for more than a decade. It is one of the suckiest browsers there is but ...
by Simon Magennis
Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Does the library search work for you?
Replies: 24
Views: 3418

Re: Does the library search work for you?

The search works for me with a "but". When I do the first search it seems to hang up. Looks like it is not working at all. Eventually, feels like "forever" (maybe 1 min + :-)) the results get displayed. I actually gave up on the first test I had left the tab open so I spotted the results eventually....
by Simon Magennis
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: What do you use a router for in classical/acoustic guitar making?
Replies: 11
Views: 3288

Re: What do you use a router for in classical/acoustic guitar making?

Thanks for all the suggestions. :-)
I found a place that has some entry level Makita trimmers very cheap. I am severely tempted to buy a pair.
by Simon Magennis
Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: A faster, non-spray booth, finish for a classical guitar project.
Replies: 6
Views: 2106

Re: A faster, non-spray booth, finish for a classical guitar project.

This is one of the pair I am working on at the moment. So far I am quite happy with the progress. If this project is successful and I manage to sell the pair quickly, next up will be a repeat with maybe four instead of two and a tweak or two to the project. Gotta finish this pair first. . ready to c...
by Simon Magennis
Sat Mar 07, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: What do you use a router for in classical/acoustic guitar making?
Replies: 11
Views: 3288

What do you use a router for in classical/acoustic guitar making?

I have never really used routers although I have two, laminate trimmer size. So the things I am thinking about: Making bridges, slotting a neck and setting in a ready made rosette. Any tips for these items? Any other items where a router is a real time saver? ----------------------------------------...
by Simon Magennis
Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: A faster, non-spray booth, finish for a classical guitar project.
Replies: 6
Views: 2106

A faster, non-spray booth, finish for a classical guitar project.

I generally use shellac/french polishing. I have no facilities for spraying beyond maybe an spray can occasionally. I am doing a pair of guitars at the moment where I want to use every short cut I can think of and spending up the finish would be very helpful. One option is to brush on shellac but I ...
by Simon Magennis
Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: about using an eggbeater drill
Replies: 15
Views: 3803

Re: about using an eggbeater drill

I think I have pretty much always had one like Beate's. It probably got more use before I finally succumbed to buying a battery operated drill/electric screwdriver but it is regularly used nonetheless. I can't really imaging being without one. I would quite like to have a brace (as in brace and bit)...
by Simon Magennis
Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Back radius gone in one direction
Replies: 13
Views: 2036

Re: Back radius gone in one direction

My immediate feeling is that you have fallen foul of a humidity drop. I am guessing that NH is cold right now and into the winter heating season. If so, humidity may have dropped quite a bit since the back braces were prepared - assuming you did them in advance. I reckon new back braces and careful ...
by Simon Magennis
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: 6 course renaissance lute
Replies: 6
Views: 1766

Re: 6 course renaissance lute

The rosette looks like the same pattern I used on my 11 course lute. Back then it took me a full 2 days to do it. I would not have the patience any more.

Nice work.
by Simon Magennis
Wed May 22, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need some advice on fingerstyle guitars
Replies: 16
Views: 6178

Re: Need some advice on fingerstyle guitars

One other point to remember is that most guitars sound different to the player and the listener. A professional might well choose one guitar for amusement at home and something quite different for playing to an audience. Amplification/pick-ups change the story completely again.
by Simon Magennis
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Searching for a good respirator
Replies: 21
Views: 5474

Re: Searching for a good respirator

I have two different things I use. One is a plain industrial 2 cartridge rubber type respirator. I have p3 cartridges in it at the moment. I find it quite effective and much more comfortable than I would have expected despite wearing a beard. My glasses fit OK with it too and don't fog up much as th...
by Simon Magennis
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Bandsaw issue.
Replies: 15
Views: 2983

Re: Bandsaw issue.

I think I have it figured out. :-) When I installed the new blade I cur a few things free hand and all was ok. I didn't use the fence/guide. This time I wanted some straight cuts so I used the fence. Thew blade is a bit smaller than the old blade so what I didn't do when I put the new blade in was c...
by Simon Magennis
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Bandsaw issue.
Replies: 15
Views: 2983

Re: Bandsaw issue.

Thanks guys. The blade is almost new. I doubt if I have run it more than 30 mins in total. The curve is horizontal - as if I was trying to cut a curve such as the waist of a guitar. Somehow the blade starts to point inwards to the guide at the beginning of t he cut and as I finish it up it points ba...
by Simon Magennis
Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Bandsaw issue.
Replies: 15
Views: 2983

Bandsaw issue.

I have a small bandsaw and am having a new problem with it. I have next to no experience with bandsaws. The problem is most likely self-inflicted. It was not used for a good few months and I readjusted the blade tension (if is a simple model with no tension indicators of any kind) during which proce...
by Simon Magennis
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:58 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: New Rosewood Regulations
Replies: 8
Views: 6756

Re: New Rosewood Regulations

I just saw this on the Delcamp forum. Some good news for guitar makers and owners. https://www.classicalguitardelcamp.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=117570&start=45#p1345498 Summary: An update to the rules about Rosewood is being proposed which exempts finished musical instruments from the ban. Click to s...
by Simon Magennis
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Cheap black guitars
Replies: 3
Views: 1668

Re: Cheap black guitars

I wonder could it be something as simple as back absorbing heat causing some problem?

At the lower end of the market it might be that all the "black guitars" are from the same line despite the brand names - all with the same flaw.
by Simon Magennis
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Buffing around the bridge
Replies: 2
Views: 2224

Re: Buffing around the bridge

On my most recent classical (20 something ) I had strings on before I carved the neck! Getting a nice (french polish) finish in around the bridge is certainly one of my weaknesses as I too want to hear the guitar as soon as possible and also might want to sand a bit off the top if I am not happy Onl...
by Simon Magennis
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: bandsaw blade question
Replies: 26
Views: 9454

Re: bandsaw blade question

Thanks Bob, Clay. Not sure what the "perspex" I have is. I'll check the description. I will look into a skip blade the next time. There is one available form the supplier but I was not clear if it was useful or not. Another Q. Any uses you can think of for a broken (3/8" blade)? I suspect it is just...
by Simon Magennis
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: bandsaw blade question
Replies: 26
Views: 9454

Re: bandsaw blade question

Thanks David. I will give it a shot in the next couple of days. The supplier's answer was essentially that they have only ever tested my bandsaw for wood so they would not recommend anything for plastics. When I asked if they had suitable saw for plastic - the same answer. I can understand the cya a...