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by Robert Smallwood
Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:57 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: What's the end game in french polishing?
Replies: 15
Views: 8418

What's the end game in french polishing?

Hi. After watching a few videos i made a serious first attempt at french polishing a guitar. I went to check on it just now and I have to say I was excited at the result. However it's not like the guys on the videos get. There is a beautiful shine - more than I expected as a first try - but there ar...
by Robert Smallwood
Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:49 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Burst on top, solid on back: simple solid-body finish?
Replies: 16
Views: 9819

Re: Burst on top, solid on back: simple solid-body finish?

I think this is the 'holy grail for non spray bursts with solid on back:

http://www.projectguitar.com/topic/1291 ... -tutorial/

Also Big D vids on you tube are good to watch.
by Robert Smallwood
Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:23 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: SG Neck repair
Replies: 3
Views: 2189

SG Neck repair

Hi. I had look at an Epiphone SG which a friend recently bought. There has been major repair to the neck (see pics) and now the alignment left right is out ie the centreline is skew and the neck angle is now slighlty negative rathet than +2deg. The guitar is now playable after lowering the bridge st...
by Robert Smallwood
Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:35 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need direction for my CS-336 Clone build
Replies: 7
Views: 3816

Re: Need direction for my CS-336 Clone build

Hi. Have you 'angled' the top? Ifg you do that from say just behind tghe front pickup you will have a flat angled surface for your neck pocket routing. abouty 3deg IIRC Also check how much hand clearance there is in the cutaways. My first ever attempt was a similar guitar. I knew nothing, and it sti...
by Robert Smallwood
Mon Oct 27, 2014 5:46 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: fretting - rounding errors
Replies: 8
Views: 4079

Re: fretting - rounding errors

I'll try inputting the slots. and see what happens. I never thought of that.
Thanks,
Rob.
by Robert Smallwood
Sun Oct 26, 2014 1:12 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: fretting - rounding errors
Replies: 8
Views: 4079

Re: fretting - rounding errors

Sorry ..I wasn't very clear. I'm sure my excel calculations are on the money, and i step from the nut to each fret position individually, but on the diagram in the cad programme. ie I type in the co-ordinates. when I checked with a 'select' point in the cad programme - a sort of mouseover - the co-o...
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Oct 24, 2014 3:31 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: fretting - rounding errors
Replies: 8
Views: 4079

fretting - rounding errors

Hi. This could probably go anywhere. I've been fiddling with a cad programme and done myself a fret distance calculator iin Excel. I draw my centreline & step from nut towards the bridge the appropriate distance according to thr ftret number. So now errors start o creep in.I type 21.4428 when i loca...
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Oct 10, 2014 7:20 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Big ugly Scar..
Replies: 7
Views: 5035

Re: Big ugly Scar..

hi. I went weak at the knees on reading Barry's advice, but i really had no choice ..so ..i cut with an assortment of hobby knives chisels...whatever.. the patch was small and flimsy and broke a number of times... I have never done anything like this, and never want to again...but.. here are the 'af...
by Robert Smallwood
Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Big ugly Scar..
Replies: 7
Views: 5035

Re: Big ugly Scar..

:o) ..yes.. that's what the plan always was, but I'm wondering how unevenly the dye will take. YOu can see a little red dye where I experimented a bit.
by Robert Smallwood
Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:29 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Big ugly Scar..
Replies: 7
Views: 5035

Big ugly Scar..

Hi. I'm hoping someone can advise on a good patch on what will be a dye stained finish. This attempted patch is shellac and sawdust which I have done before, but this time things don't seem to be going well see pic: I think the fault was caused by a slip while sanding the carve before the binding wa...
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Jul 04, 2014 1:19 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: People like me need superglue!
Replies: 3
Views: 1896

People like me need superglue!

Though this episode qualifies me as dunce of the week, it's a true story and might help someone in similar circumstances. Hard to see anyone needing more help than me..but..one don't never know... For the first time I'm trying an ebony fretboard. after all sorts of frustration hammering in the first...
by Robert Smallwood
Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:12 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Clean up for weld-on
Replies: 2
Views: 2399

Re: Clean up for weld-on

...sounds good to me...i'll be careful.
by Robert Smallwood
Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:06 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Clean up for weld-on
Replies: 2
Views: 2399

Clean up for weld-on

Hi.

I have bound a neck somewhat sloppily and now i have to clean up a lot of weld-on on the fingerboard (ebony).

What's a good safe clean up for weld-on in these circumstances?

Thanks,
Rob.
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Apr 11, 2014 2:41 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: squaring table saw fret slotter
Replies: 32
Views: 21341

Re: squaring table saw fret slotter

sorry i think that's 0.0019"
by Robert Smallwood
Fri Apr 11, 2014 2:27 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: squaring table saw fret slotter
Replies: 32
Views: 21341

Re: squaring table saw fret slotter

I appreciate all the tips. By my calculations I have an error of 0.0019" per inch of cut out of square. Over a fretboard width that would be < 0.0038" (0.0965mm). Can anyone tell me if that's in the ball park and if not what is? Also if the fret slots are going to be parallel wouldn't one scribe the...
by Robert Smallwood
Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:06 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: squaring table saw fret slotter
Replies: 32
Views: 21341

Re: squaring table saw fret slotter

I didn't make myself clear...too many thoughts at once. so the slot in the sled will have to be cut with a wide blade to allow the slotting blade with stiffeners to rise through to the extent that a fret slot will be cut. so it's not a zero clearance set up. I guess i'm worried about chip out...with...
by Robert Smallwood
Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:54 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: squaring table saw fret slotter
Replies: 32
Views: 21341

Re: squaring table saw fret slotter

Thanks for all the info. Am I right in assuming that I'll need to cur the slot in the sled using a 'normal' blade since the available depth on the slotting blade is insufficient to pass through the sled bottom - about 6mm say - and then cut a slot? If I square up the fence using a normal blade what ...
by Robert Smallwood
Wed Mar 12, 2014 2:52 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: squaring table saw fret slotter
Replies: 32
Views: 21341

squaring table saw fret slotter

Hi. I have read the 2012 thread on table saw fret slot cutting jigs & viewed a few schemes on You Tube. Variety is the spice of life right? However I need to ask a question ... Some guys use the mitre gauge almost as is, & some build sleds. Prresumably there is some advantage in the workpiece not ha...