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by Bob Hammond
Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: the old guitbox sings the Mello Kings
Replies: 0
Views: 7881

the old guitbox sings the Mello Kings

I thought you might enjoy this, that I posted for a friend on FB:

https://www.facebook.com/1279231298/vid ... 552344004/
by Bob Hammond
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: How thin?
Replies: 2
Views: 2212

How thin?

by Bob Hammond
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Source and Band Saw Blade recommendations
Replies: 10
Views: 3757

Re: Source and Band Saw Blade recommendations

Well, i never discarded the broken Lenox blades. I've toyed with the idea of making a walking beam saw with a piece of a Lenox blade, but I have absolutely no room for such a thing indoors. hmm, i wonder if I could build an outdoor model. If the blade cut properly, it might just last forever since t...
by Bob Hammond
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Source and Band Saw Blade recommendations
Replies: 10
Views: 3757

Re: Source and Band Saw Blade recommendations

Louis Iturra (Iterra Designs) (iturradesign@gmail.com) will make you blades of any length that you need. And, if you tell him what you’re trying to do, he’ll advise you on which type of blade you need. It is worth ordering from him just to get a copy of his catalog, a fantastic resource with all ki...
by Bob Hammond
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: reasonably price variable height bench
Replies: 9
Views: 3268

Re: reasonably price variable height bench

After using the bench for about a month (see the original post), I'll say that it's a good thing. I'm going to add a toolchest below, with drawers that open from either side, and drill some dogholes too. I'll figure out a way to jack it up/down so that the casters can be used if needed. It'll make a...
by Bob Hammond
Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Tape measures aren't what they used to be - they're better.
Replies: 4
Views: 2351

Re: Tape measures aren't what they used to be - they're better.

Steve, There's still a lot of precision tooling around Detroit, from back when it was the Arsenal of Democracy during WWII. During the war, the Federal Gov't put out a call for home manufacturers for the war effort, and they published specifications for a test piece to apply for a contract. As I rec...
by Bob Hammond
Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Tape measures aren't what they used to be - they're better.
Replies: 4
Views: 2351

Tape measures aren't what they used to be - they're better.

Some years ago, a guy at the hardware store sold me his Dad's 8ft Starrett aircraft layout rule for $20 because he knew that I would appreciate and use it . It's been my shop standard that I compare every rule and tape that I buy, with tapes at 24 inch intervals. Nowadays, I'll say that most rules a...
by Bob Hammond
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Motor help
Replies: 14
Views: 4329

Re: Motor help

Bob Francis - I wrote that up as an article, and it was provisionally accepted for a major woodworking magazine in 1990, and i was told that a certain plaid-shirted carpenter liked it. Unfortunately, the mag hired a new editor, who thought that was of little interest because no one used RAS anymore ...
by Bob Hammond
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Motor help
Replies: 14
Views: 4329

Re: Motor help

There are no safe machines - only cautious and mindful operators. That said, I would say that your motor needs some maintenance. It's likely that it starts slowly or not at all because the starter windings are not energized due to gumming up of the centrifugal switch, which disengages after the moto...
by Bob Hammond
Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: An impromptu binding steamer
Replies: 4
Views: 1922

Re: An impromptu binding steamer

Marshall - A pipe coupler is pushed on to the spout of the steamer, and the pipe is just put in the coupler. Because the coupler is not firmly attached, there is some water leakage and you can see a cup to catch that. The pipe can be any convenient length, and there's sufficient steam to heat the en...
by Bob Hammond
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: An impromptu binding steamer
Replies: 4
Views: 1922

An impromptu binding steamer

Hello, I was having trouble dry bending some granedillo into tight curves, and so I came up with this. It's a hotshot steam cleaner, and some copper pipe. It works.
by Bob Hammond
Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Salvaging elm and basswood
Replies: 20
Views: 8109

Re: Salvaging elm and basswood

Just a pic of some useful shop tools from elm. Elm is good for small things that take advantage of the interlocked grain. These hold downs are easy to make and and are tough. They're excellent for the drill press too.
by Bob Hammond
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Salvaging elm and basswood
Replies: 20
Views: 8109

Re: Salvaging elm and basswood

I have a word of caution about using elm for an acoustic. I build my first guitar from elm (in the library), and it's pretty sensitive to changes in humidity and temperature. In fact, after the third time that the soundboard split in the middle, I left it alone and surprisingly it hasn't harmed the ...
by Bob Hammond
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: reasonably price variable height bench
Replies: 9
Views: 3268

Re: reasonably price variable height bench

Gordon, The bench itself is pretty steady - but I can wiggle the entire bench on the locked casters (it also comes with feet). The powder-coated steel frame is about 11-12 gauge thick. The top has 14 threaded inserts embedded in the underside, and is fastened to the columns with four M6 machine scre...
by Bob Hammond
Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: reasonably price variable height bench
Replies: 9
Views: 3268

Re: reasonably price variable height bench

First thing, will be to add some cabinets to the base, with drawers for tools.

Next, I may make another top for it, something like a Paulk design, and that could support a vise or clamping mechanisms.
by Bob Hammond
Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: reasonably price variable height bench
Replies: 9
Views: 3268

reasonably price variable height bench

Hello,

I like to work with an object at elbow height.


I found this at Home Depot today for $200. The chinawood top is ok, but the steel base, elevation mechanism, and drawers are pretty good for the price. The height is adjustable from 26 to 42 inches, which should ease some aches and pains.
by Bob Hammond
Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: kaki king
Replies: 1
Views: 1926

kaki king

by Bob Hammond
Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Steinway factory tour
Replies: 13
Views: 5436

Re: Steinway factory tour

Clay- Ah - a mystery revealed.

I think that there was something in the voiceover and videography that suggested to me that it was a separate piece that was added - a layer of paper.
by Bob Hammond
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Steinway factory tour
Replies: 13
Views: 5436

Re: Steinway factory tour

Clay, it's a short description, starting at 3:30

"To the native properties of the wood, we and an exclusive and distinctive feature - our famous 'diaphragmatic paper'...
by Bob Hammond
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Steinway factory tour
Replies: 13
Views: 5436

Re: Steinway factory tour

Clay, the longrain lamination was something that I noticed too. I did some initial tests with uke sides using hide glue, but I didn't pursue it. Not because it was difficult or bad, I just got involved with something else. Maybe I'll see if I still have them around. Also of interest was the paper me...