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by John Sonksen
Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:40 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: bending figured maple
Replies: 24
Views: 17620

Re: bending figured maple

Rodger, the wood was right at 1/16 except near the apex of my bend. I found that by thinning it way down on the outside of this bend I got the flexibility I needed to wrap the bout. Of course I only managed to successfully make one side, the rest of my tries failed. Can you further explain runout? I...
by John Sonksen
Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:47 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: bending figured maple
Replies: 24
Views: 17620

Re: bending figured maple

Mark Swanson wrote:The first thing you should do is put away that bottle of Titebond III. It is not a good glue to use for instrument building, the best is Titebond I original interior glue.
Don't worry Mark, I read a post about that. Titebond I is all I shall use from now on, that and hide glue.
by John Sonksen
Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:54 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: bending figured maple
Replies: 24
Views: 17620

Re: bending figured maple

gave it another go today, got one side done. http://i902.photobucket.com/albums/ac226/specialguydurr/23fe34a8.jpg I have to say, I don't think I picked an easy wood to start with here, though I've never been one to pick the easy way. I tried using a clothing iron, didn't work. Built a bending iron w...
by John Sonksen
Tue May 29, 2012 6:58 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: What Kind of Wood is ...
Replies: 7
Views: 5863

Re: What Kind of Wood is ...

John, I buy most of my wood at Cross-cut hardwoods on NW front Ave. They are very friendly and have a lot of stock in a clean, well organized, well lit space. I love that fact that I can buy exactly the length I need for a project. I also shop at the Woodcrafters store at NE Davis and 6th. It's a g...
by John Sonksen
Tue May 29, 2012 3:13 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: bending figured maple
Replies: 24
Views: 17620

Re: bending figured maple

Experiment, don't know what happened there
by John Sonksen
Tue May 29, 2012 2:46 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: bending figured maple
Replies: 24
Views: 17620

Re: bending figured maple

For what you're doing, the easiest way would be to use a regular clothes iron to heat the outside of the veneer (I'd take it down to 1/16") as you're wrapping it around the body. That applies heat at the same place as the bending stress and also provides some support. A spritz of water might help, ...
by John Sonksen
Tue May 29, 2012 12:59 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: What Kind of Wood is ...
Replies: 7
Views: 5863

Re: What Kind of Wood is ...

From the Viridian website: Jakarta Market Blend is a mix of dense hardwoods from the tropical lowlands of Asia This place is close by but I have to say I put flooring sellers about one notch above used car sellers. David, I'm from Portland too, what are your favorite places to get wood around here?...
by John Sonksen
Mon May 28, 2012 6:38 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: bending figured maple
Replies: 24
Views: 17620

Re: bending figured maple

full disclosure guys, my first attempt with wrapping this thing was using a metal pipe with a torch stuck in the end. Of course I didn't do to much research before I did it and started scorching my wood pretty fast, got discouraged and decided to build a steam box instead! Sounds like I was on the r...
by John Sonksen
Mon May 28, 2012 10:50 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: bending figured maple
Replies: 24
Views: 17620

Re: bending figured maple

Flamed maple is difficult to bend without breaking. You need to get a bending iron. Steam bending is great for thick pieces of wood. On thin pieces of wood, you get a lot of warping if it is too wet. Failure with bending is often in the tension portion of the wood, rather than compression. This mea...
by John Sonksen
Sun May 27, 2012 10:52 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: bending figured maple
Replies: 24
Views: 17620

bending figured maple

Hi folks, new to the forum and new to guitar making. I've been working on a couple les paul DC's over the last few months and I've got a bit of a conundrum. I've set myself up for a difficult situation, where I've decided to wrap the outside of one of them with some flame maple. I've built myself a ...
by John Sonksen
Tue May 22, 2012 1:43 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Fennel
Replies: 13
Views: 8746

Re: Fennel

if you're going to use the bulb it's important to cut out the woody heart of the fennel, it is pretty much inedible. Personally my favorite part of fennel is the seeds which I like to use in Indian food and Italian sausage. You can slice it about a 1/4" thick, dress it with olive oil, salt and peppe...
by John Sonksen
Tue May 22, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Fennel
Replies: 13
Views: 8746

Re: Fennel

Now, looking at the photo, is that herb fennel you have? Rather than bulb fennel, I mean. If herb, then Im pretty sure it goes well with many fish dishes. Steamed salmon with a fennel mayo? Trout wrapped with sliced spuds, fennel and m,ushrooms? Just a thought.... Adam I always thought they were on...
by John Sonksen
Tue May 22, 2012 12:40 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: What size cove router bit for recessed knobs?
Replies: 11
Views: 7419

Re: What size cove router bit for recessed knobs?

Core box bits are unguided. The cove bits that LeeValley offers come standard with 3/8" bearings, it looks like. So if your predrilled hole for the pot is 5/16", that's a problem & you'll need a replacement 1/4" brg as well. I'd guess that, because your not going full depth, he's using a 1 3/8 cove...
by John Sonksen
Mon May 21, 2012 8:20 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Mistakes made while building early guitars
Replies: 59
Views: 42770

Re: Mistakes made while building early guitars

well I'm still on my first guitar so hopefully my biggest mistake isn't yet to come. The biggest mistakes I've made so far have purely had to do with patience. I've been a woodworker for 16 years and am quite familiar with all of the woods and tools required for making guitars. However one dumb mist...
by John Sonksen
Mon May 21, 2012 7:48 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Carving Necks
Replies: 28
Views: 18332

Re: Carving Necks

I've used a sure-form to rough carve my necks, it's very aggressive but makes quick work of it. Follow that with rasps or course files then finally sandpaper. When you are carving curly, or flame maple you are dealing with a part of the tree that had wood that was essentially changing grain directio...