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by John Sonksen
Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:48 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Alternative flatwork materials for pickups
Replies: 24
Views: 12852

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Back up and running. Spent probably 6 hours in the shop yesterday! I'll have some new posts with pictures of the next Mini Lathe and my pickup winder soon. And back to the laminate: I glued up two small pieces with Gorilla polyurethane with the "grain" at 90 degrees (glad you mentioned this propert...
by John Sonksen
Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:12 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Pickup winder construction: platen design
Replies: 21
Views: 9829

Re: Pickup winder construction: platen design

Good stuff David, i like the trick of flipping the bobbin over instead of reversing the motor. Sometimes it's easy to start looking for complex ways to solve easy problems. Are the discs you use aluminum or something else? I'm thinking those wouldn't be too tough to mill, and I've got access to some...
by John Sonksen
Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:42 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Pickup winder construction: platen design
Replies: 21
Views: 9829

Re: Pickup winder construction: platen design

Jason, you're going to laugh when you see what I'm doing. Literally double stick tape on the sewing machine bobbin winder, and it works. It does start to get wonky towards the end as the mass of the coil increases. I'm planning on altering it of course, but unmodified it works fine. I would lean tow...
by John Sonksen
Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:23 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Alternative flatwork materials for pickups
Replies: 24
Views: 12852

Re: Alternative flatwork materials for pickups

I'm just going to have to respectfully disagree David, as far as it being tough stuff. Generally all of laminates strength comes from its substrate, and it's also being used by us as a general term here, which doesn't account for wide variations in strength, thickness, surface finish and manufacture...
by John Sonksen
Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:26 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Alternative flatwork materials for pickups
Replies: 24
Views: 12852

Re: Alternative flatwork materials for pickups

So if you want to go ahead and try it here's how I would do it. Do your glue up first, and like I said use wood glue or something that will actually harden. I'd make your pieces oversized, but not much. The more overhang you try to remove the better chance you'll have of the laminate flexing and sha...
by John Sonksen
Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:16 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Alternative flatwork materials for pickups
Replies: 24
Views: 12852

Re: Alternative flatwork materials for pickups

Yeah, that's what I was talking about when I mentioned it chattering. I wouldn't be as concerned with the flying pieces as much as when it breaks it is razor sharp. I nearly sliced a fingertip clean off on a piece of broken Formica years ago. I think even if you laminate it onto itself it can still ...
by John Sonksen
Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:00 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Alternative flatwork materials for pickups
Replies: 24
Views: 12852

Re: Alternative flatwork materials for pickups

Well good luck then, the offer to meet up is open btw.
by John Sonksen
Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:56 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Alternative flatwork materials for pickups
Replies: 24
Views: 12852

Re: Alternative flatwork materials for pickups

Daryl Kosinski wrote:Why not clear lexan or plexiglass. Polish the edges and have a see through pickup.
Don't see why that wouldn't work. You'd see where it's glued together, but it'd still be cool
by John Sonksen
Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Alternative flatwork materials for pickups
Replies: 24
Views: 12852

Re: Alternative flatwork materials for pickups

I still think it would be too thin and brittle, plus I thought of something else. I've worked with laminate for about twenty years now, and the edge you get from routing the end grain (in terms of the way the rough, back part is oriented) doesn't mill quite as nice as with the grain. It's not major,...
by John Sonksen
Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:27 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Alternative flatwork materials for pickups
Replies: 24
Views: 12852

Re: Alternative flatwork materials for pickups

Hey Jason, funny I just started making my own too! I was going to order Lollar's book but haven't gotten around to it yet. I made a winder out of a $20 sewing machine I got on Craigslist and it works fine really, though I'm going to upgrade a few things and have a plan to automate things in sort of ...
by John Sonksen
Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:06 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Granite flats
Replies: 25
Views: 9353

Re: Granite flats

I got mine mainly for flattening the backs of my chisels and soles of my planes. I have used 1/2" glass for awhile to do that, but found it to be a bit cumbersome for a couple reasons. First, the glass had a tendency to move around on me when I was using both hands on my chisels, which was nearly al...
by John Sonksen
Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Granite flats
Replies: 25
Views: 9353

Re: Granite flats

I picked one up the last time they were on sale, haven't used it yet but thought it was a pretty decent price
by John Sonksen
Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:22 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Wet sanding backing blocks
Replies: 8
Views: 4539

Re: Wet sanding backing blocks

pink eraser for detail stuff, for larger flat areas I use cork glued to some decent plywood. Same kind of stuff you'd use to make a tack board with and you can cut them to whatever size you like.
by John Sonksen
Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:31 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Compound radius fretboard shaping jig
Replies: 25
Views: 11736

Re: Compound radius fretboard shaping jig

I had this exact same idea a little while ago but I wasn't sure if the router would actually follow the contour of the individual radius guides or just end up doing a radius that was somewhere in between them and consistent down the whole length. I intended to put bearings or rollers on the ends of ...
by John Sonksen
Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:38 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Rare pickups encyclopedia link (file for future need)
Replies: 3
Views: 2981

Re: Rare pickups encyclopedia link (file for future need)

there is some atrocious string spacing in that collection!
by John Sonksen
Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:29 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fingerboard Radius Question
Replies: 9
Views: 6304

Re: Fingerboard Radius Question

It does get slightly thinner towards the heel of the neck on the edges, but I don't think it matters. Every string follows its own path relative to the fretboard, not each other as far as string height is concerned. That said the two fretboards I've made were compound radius and the edge stays the s...
by John Sonksen
Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:06 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My first build the slow progression
Replies: 19
Views: 6373

Re: My first build the slow progression

So I was thinking about it Luke, and if you thin the top down you'll likely have a flat spot on which you can run your router. You could use a pattern bit and reference it off the sides you already have. Alternately you could make a template out of say 3/4 inch something and build that into bridge t...
by John Sonksen
Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:48 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My first build the slow progression
Replies: 19
Views: 6373

Re: My first build the slow progression

If you have really sharp knives, or better yet a helical head you can plane quilted, but I would be pretty terrified. It would be a lot of work but you could bring it down with a hand plane running skewed. I would think unless you are way out in the sticks that you could find a local shop with a wid...
by John Sonksen
Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:59 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My first build the slow progression
Replies: 19
Views: 6373

Re: My first build the slow progression

Ok, my advice and I'm sure many other people here would agree is at a minimum do a profile drawing of the whole guitar. You need to figure out your neck angle and string path which will be determined by your bridge. I've seen figures on tune-o-matics for anywhere from 1 1/2 degree neck angles to 7 d...