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by Steve Sawyer
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Build #2 completed!!
Replies: 8
Views: 3064

Build #2 completed!!

A few minor finish flaws, but overall I'm pretty pleased with how this came out. Plays real nice!!
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by Steve Sawyer
Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: reasonably price variable height bench
Replies: 9
Views: 2551

Re: reasonably price variable height bench

Peter Wilcox wrote:Best of all it fits into my work bench without taking up any space
That alone makes it an incredibly good investment! :D
by Steve Sawyer
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need to find a bridge...
Replies: 26
Views: 8494

Re: Need to find a bridge...

Did you get a response from Babizc Full Contact Hardware? It has been a while since I used their T.O.M. style bridge, and the guitar it was on has been sold, other wise I would have given you the measurements. I did, and their measurements would be too tall without making the same kind of modificat...
by Steve Sawyer
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: reasonably price variable height bench
Replies: 9
Views: 2551

Re: reasonably price variable height bench

That would make an excellent assembly table. Or, it could be modified just a bit to accommodate the finishing support I posted awhile back.

I wish I had room for that in my shop. Really, it seems a steal at $200.
by Steve Sawyer
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need to find a bridge...
Replies: 26
Views: 8494

Re: Need to find a bridge...

Another idea, Recess the bridge into the body but install 6-32 but inserts into the body for the bridge studs. Order 6-32 set screws with Allen key heads and 6-32 locking nuts from McmasrCarr. Adjust the bridge height via the set screws. Thanks, Mark - good suggestion. Unfortunately, I've already d...
by Steve Sawyer
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Thank You Alan!! (Ultimate Scrapers)
Replies: 15
Views: 5094

Re: Thank You Alan!! (Ultimate Scrapers)

My son is a machinist. I'll have to see if he could make me one out of M-2!! :D

These are just wonderful!
by Steve Sawyer
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Thank You Alan!! (Ultimate Scrapers)
Replies: 15
Views: 5094

Thank You Alan!! (Ultimate Scrapers)

Thanks and a tip-'o'-the-hat to @AlanCarruth for the scrapers he designed for StewMac . As I've progressed through my current build, this tool has come to almost live in my hand. It's easy to get some pretty nasty scratches from a rasp in end-grain components like the heel or volute. One of these sc...
by Steve Sawyer
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Gluing and finishing veneer
Replies: 27
Views: 15161

Re: Gluing and finishing veneer

How did you get the epoxy fill to 'cancel out' the bleed through? I tried that on some sides I laminated out of curly maple that had pretty severe bleed through. I thought just coating the whole thing in a new layer of epoxy would solve the problem, but it didn't. Bleed through areas are still very...
by Steve Sawyer
Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Squeegee for epoxy
Replies: 3
Views: 1551

Re: Squeegee for epoxy

I use old credit (or AARP :D ) cards for epoxy, and a toothed credit card (made in about 15 seconds with a bandsaw) for spreading glue over surfaces. Works for me, and the price is right. I hoard "credit cards" (key cards from hotels, emptied gas & gift cards etc.) and find dozens of uses for them,...
by Steve Sawyer
Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Squeegee for epoxy
Replies: 3
Views: 1551

Squeegee for epoxy

This tool has turned out to be just about perfect for spreading epoxy for grain-filling: 4020_sili_glue_kit_5_300.jpg It's called a Sili-Comb, and comes in a set with several other silicone glue applicators that are also real handy to have around. I don't have any single glue-spreading tool, but swi...
by Steve Sawyer
Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Finishing support
Replies: 7
Views: 1733

Re: Finishing support

That top looks great. It will be awesome. So, is it a flattop veneered, or a carved top veneered. I have seen both done. It's flat. My first build was the absolute easiest first-build (a Tele) and I didn't want to take on too many new techniques for this one, since I still have a lot to learn. So f...
by Steve Sawyer
Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Finishing support
Replies: 7
Views: 1733

Re: Finishing support

Steve, that is stunning. I didn't notice it before, but looking at the pictures more carefully now, I see some very cool stuff on this guitar, like using different colored woods for the headstock and heel. So the neck is sapele too. Is there a light sapele, or is this heartwood? The jig looks great...
by Steve Sawyer
Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Finishing support
Replies: 7
Views: 1733

Re: Finishing support

That is a great idea! By the way, beautiful top wood, what is that? I just sprayed the finish on a walnut set neck like that, and I can tell you, finding a way to hold it with one hand while spraying with the other is a workout! Thanks, Christ. The body and neck is ribbon-stripe (quarter-sawn) sape...
by Steve Sawyer
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Finishing support
Replies: 7
Views: 1733

Finishing support

Since the finishing step is getting Real Close Now (just need to drill a few more holes for pots and such), I spent some time today designing and building this support. I expected to have to brace this underneath the table top, but surprisingly this is extremely rigid in the vertical plane. The rail...
by Steve Sawyer
Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Is guitar building like crack or nicotine?
Replies: 18
Views: 9647

Re: Is guitar building like crack or nicotine?

Interested in getting an XCarve or similar CNC machine to use with fusion Our woodworking club recently put on a program on CNC routers, and the raffle that night (which I won) was a certificate for training in the use of Maker Works' ShopBot CNC setup (we meet in their building). I took the class,...
by Steve Sawyer
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need to find a bridge...
Replies: 26
Views: 8494

Re: Need to find a bridge...

Thanks for all the info and suggestions. Rather than hack up the bridge-in-hand, or cut a recess for it, or <shudder> removing and re-setting the neck, I decided to go with the Schaller roller bridge mentioned above. I know a Lester-style guitar should have a TOM-style bridge, but that doesn't worry...
by Steve Sawyer
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need to find a bridge...
Replies: 26
Views: 8494

Re: Need to find a bridge...

Thanks for all the info/suggestions, folks. I decided that rather than hack at the bridge-in-hand, or trying to recess it in some way, or (shudder) remove and re-set the neck, I ordered that Schaller roller bridge. I know that a Lester should have some variation on a TOM bridge, but it really doesn'...
by Steve Sawyer
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need to find a bridge...
Replies: 26
Views: 8494

Re: Need to find a bridge...

See this post for an example of countersinking the bridge and how it worked out. https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?139427-New-Build-PRS-Custom-22/page4 That too is an option if I go for a Nashville-style TOM (I think I have that right now - the kind with the bushings! :D ). Because of the adj...
by Steve Sawyer
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need to find a bridge...
Replies: 26
Views: 8494

Re: Need to find a bridge...

I don't know how your bridge is made/how much leeway there is, but maybe you could take about 1/8" off the bottom where it rest on the wheels, and 1/16" off in between. Then again, I've heard that some of these bridges can sag with time, so thinning it sure wouldn't help that. That's one of the opt...