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by Todd Stock
Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic bass Wedged shape Cocobolo/Englemann
Replies: 28
Views: 18231

Re: Acoustic bass Wedged shape Cocobolo/Englemann

I think you'll find that Linda Manzer was in high school when Walter Smith patented the wedge body in 1969. Kudos to Manzer for popularizing the configuration, as well as many other laudable accomplishments, but to claim as she does that it is an original innovation is not even remotely correct.
by Todd Stock
Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:21 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Finishing with Enduro-Var Water Based Urethane - Detailed Method
Replies: 15
Views: 16873

Re: Finishing with Enduro-Var Water Based Urethane - Detailed Method

The problem with EnduroVar wet sanding using water is that it shows witness lines on buff-out. DAMHIKT.
by Todd Stock
Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Spare holes in fretboard-how to cover
Replies: 15
Views: 8042

Re: Spare holes in fretboard-how to cover

In the future - where we all end up anyway - the repair recommended by Bob Gramann is the usual approach I've seen and used, and one of the reasons why we save offcuts from the fretboard stock. While few of us end up exercising some creativity in marker placement (yup...done it not once but three ti...
by Todd Stock
Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: When do YOU cut your neck block mortise?
Replies: 6
Views: 4312

Re: When do YOU cut your neck block mortise?

I have room in the shop for separate mortise and tenon jigs, and the concept of combining the mortise and tenon cutting function never seemed like a good idea to me, given the compromises in holding an alignment needed for in a single jig or fixture. A shop-made Woolson neck jig (which is where the ...
by Todd Stock
Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A Weissenborn
Replies: 7
Views: 4127

Re: A Weissenborn

Pay attention to the MIMF plans in the neck area - the spruce doublers definitely help stiffen up the neck area, and prevent handling damage - I would not build without the doublers if side thickness is under 0.100". The StewMac plans have a body shape that appears to have been an artifact of the dr...
by Todd Stock
Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: When do YOU cut your neck block mortise?
Replies: 6
Views: 4312

Re: When do YOU cut your neck block mortise?

After the box is closed and bound.
by Todd Stock
Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bending Curly Maple Bindings
Replies: 21
Views: 14045

Re: Bending Curly Maple Bindings

Regular kraft paper works, with white kraft for very light woods like holly. I thin to 0.085", then sand or scrape the interior face, so usually 0.080" for maple, ash, mahogany, cherry, and other lower density woods. For tight cuts, that area will get thinned to 0.070"-0.075", then tapered back up t...
by Todd Stock
Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bending Curly Maple Bindings
Replies: 21
Views: 14045

Re: Bending Curly Maple Bindings

I have no issue at all on the Fox, to include very tight cutaways - SuperSoft II after CA'ing on the purfs and sanding to about .075". My usual bending practice - treat the day prior, add a 1" wide x .075" x binding length piece of scrap on either side of the bindings, use tape to keep the bundle sn...
by Todd Stock
Wed May 31, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Problem with 8" Grizzly jointer
Replies: 4
Views: 3156

Re: Problem with 8" Grizzly jointer

You can do this with a straight edge or master bar - either should get outfeed and indeed table squared away. If you have a long bed jointer, the extra length of the master bar may provide a longer baseline, but it there's a big hump in the casting, you've got a bigger problem to deal with, so spend...
by Todd Stock
Wed May 31, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Problem with 8" Grizzly jointer
Replies: 4
Views: 3156

Re: Problem with 8" Grizzly jointer

Your outfeed table is not coplanar with your infeed table and a straightedge is only one of the tools needed to align the tables, etc. Suggest you make up a bed-length master bar using some 3/4" MFD and drywall screws (these bars will have 3 points of contact, so avoid the issues which a long straig...
by Todd Stock
Mon May 22, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Looking for top bracing profiles
Replies: 10
Views: 7013

Re: Looking for top bracing profiles

Excellent! And never discount the ability to find a home for your projects...have a student building his first two as solo projects...for his kids. I am betting that you'll have paying customers by the time you run out of friends and family. willing to take a guitar off your hands.
by Todd Stock
Mon May 22, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Looking for top bracing profiles
Replies: 10
Views: 7013

Re: Looking for top bracing profiles

You might do a search over on UMGF for interior shots of 1945-1946 Martin production - the exemplar of tapered (aka as parabolic, despite the lack of any parabolas) bracing was the 1945 D-18...IMO, the best balanced larger body Martins made (focused and more uniform presentation versus big, soft bot...
by Todd Stock
Fri May 19, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Milestone Day
Replies: 25
Views: 17360

Re: Milestone Day

Good job!
by Todd Stock
Tue May 16, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Sign of Hot Hide Glue going bad?
Replies: 11
Views: 7976

Re: Sign of Hot Hide Glue going bad?

Given how the glue might be treated (cooking all day at 150 deg F versus an hour at 135 deg F), I doubt any manufacturer will commit to a written statement on reheat strength, but that's what the M&H rep gave me...betting it is a 'worst case'. I doubt the issue will show up unless used in a stressed...
by Todd Stock
Thu May 11, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: using West Systems 105/207, problems with application
Replies: 14
Views: 7414

Re: using West Systems 105/207, problems with application

De-gloss; for some reason, Mac Sierra OS changes 'degloss' to 'degauss' (not unexpected), which I've found I don't have to do too often ...other than on steel-bodied instruments ;).
by Todd Stock
Thu May 11, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Sign of Hot Hide Glue going bad?
Replies: 11
Views: 7976

Re: Sign of Hot Hide Glue going bad?

Milligan & Higgins...the hide you buy from Tools for Working Wood, Highland, SM, LMII, and pretty much any other woodworking or luthiers supply is likely to be repackaged M&H. Tanex TOPAZ is the other glue that I've used - expensive delivered from the Czech Republic, but also very good stuff.
by Todd Stock
Wed May 10, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Sign of Hot Hide Glue going bad?
Replies: 11
Views: 7976

Re: Sign of Hot Hide Glue going bad?

M&H tech support...and 40 years of using the stuff. There is a sensible decrease in tack after each reheat if you take the time to try it. Sort of makes sense - you are cooking the glue at each reheat, and heat breaks down the tough, long chain molecules. Glue is cheap - M&H sells it for hamburger p...
by Todd Stock
Tue May 09, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: using West Systems 105/207, problems with application
Replies: 14
Views: 7414

Re: using West Systems 105/207, problems with application

There's no need to heat or otherwise fidget with the epoxy filler if you just apply enough on the first coat to fully wet things out and then remove as much as you possibly can with the squeegee...if the film is thick enough to show bubbles or 'juicy' areas, keep taking it off. Second and third coat...
by Todd Stock
Mon May 08, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: using West Systems 105/207, problems with application
Replies: 14
Views: 7414

Re: using West Systems 105/207, problems with application

Yes - it self-levels if heat is moderate, and the film thickness and surface tension characteristics generate a relatively even film thickness if carefully applied...but don't take my mention of the approach for endorsement - putting 3-4 mills of epoxy on the guitar in addition to all the material i...
by Todd Stock
Mon May 08, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Rosettes for Newbies
Replies: 36
Views: 21764

Re: Rosettes for Newbies

Vulcanized fiber (aka, fish paper) is used in a number of industries (electronics, power generation and transmission, automotive), so perhaps a search for 'vulcanized fiber' versus the end product for guitar makers might provide EU-based sources for black fiber in suitable thicknesses.