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by Christ Kacoyannakis
Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:15 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: ?Custom made fret slotting blade (for table saw)?
Replies: 21
Views: 14877

Re: ?Custom made fret slotting blade (for table saw)?

I bought a SawStop this year (please no commentary one way or the other). Due to the design of that saw's safety device, I was looking for a fret slotting table saw blade that was at least 8 inches in diameter. The people that currently sell fret slotting table saw blades only make them in 6 inch di...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sun Sep 16, 2012 2:12 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Glue spreader applicator
Replies: 19
Views: 16578

Re: Glue spreader applicator

I saw the video, and thought it was a great idea. However, I quickly realized that this is probably something you have to use every day. Great for factory setting, but in a small shop like mine, where I might not need this for weeks, I can only imagine opening it up and seeing a mass of hardened glu...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:28 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: jig for gluing bindings; you'll figure it out
Replies: 10
Views: 5318

Re: jig for gluing bindings; you'll figure it out

Has anybody ever used the technique of applying the hide glue to both surfaces, letting it dry and then taping or banding the bindings in place. This allows you all the time in the world to get the alignment right. After that, you reactivate the hide glue with a steamer. I saw this technique used in...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fred's 11 year archtop
Replies: 7
Views: 5730

Re: Fred's 11 year archtop

I love what you did with the binding -totally unique and very classy. The finger rest is also very stylish. Super job. Glad you got back to building.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Fri May 25, 2012 9:34 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: To truss rod or not to truss rod
Replies: 11
Views: 8840

Re: To truss rod or not to truss rod

I was just rereading this thread, and I got to wondering, if you are going to put steel or carbon fiber in the neck, why would you not want it to be adjustable? I can tell you that in Greek bouzoukis, if you are making an instrument for a professional player, especially one from Greece, you can't pu...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Thu May 24, 2012 4:45 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: To truss rod or not to truss rod
Replies: 11
Views: 8840

Re: To truss rod or not to truss rod

I am all for the carbon fiber bars. They are three times as strong as steel, and weight less than the wood you remove to install them.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sat May 19, 2012 4:45 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Random orbital sanders
Replies: 5
Views: 5363

Re: Random orbital sanders

The softer backing pads are good for archtops both for finish sanding and especially for sanding the finish flat. A hard, flat pad will not conform to the curves. You can get an interface pad that you attach to the backer pad, and then you put your discs on the interface pad. That eliminates the nee...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Thu May 10, 2012 8:48 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Finishing with a scraper as opposed to sandpaper...
Replies: 56
Views: 39436

Re: Finishing with a scraper as opposed to sandpaper...

Those dermatome blades look a bit like disposable straight razor blades. There is a Japanese company called Feather that makes blades and razors (also surgical blades). Guys, these things are the sharpest things I have ever shaved with. They have several different kinds, pro-guard (with wire wrapped...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Fri May 04, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Random orbital sanders
Replies: 5
Views: 5363

Re: Random orbital sanders

The Mirka Ceros sanders (5 and 6 inch) are outstanding. They feel more like air powered random orbit sanders, as they have a very low center of gravity, and do not have the usual electric sander handle sticking out the side. Very well balanced to reduce vibration, and well made. The on/off is a palm...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:13 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: latest from my bench
Replies: 23
Views: 25650

Re: latest from my bench

Very nice? is the back curly walnut?
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:29 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Oval hole archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 12803

Re: Oval hole archtop

Dave,
As always, a beautiful, and very classy build. You are doing some new things with the finger rest and the bridge. Very nice!
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:43 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Average build times
Replies: 5
Views: 6037

Re: Average build times

When I built my first two archtops, I took careful notes of the time it took. Including making all the jigs, it took about 250 hours, each. I did a lot of inlay, because they were art deco style archtops. Once you make your first one or two, you become more efficient.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:19 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: 10 or 12 inch Jointer/Planer
Replies: 4
Views: 4351

Re: 10 or 12 inch Jointer/Planer

Definitely getting the mobility base, no matter what size. The price saving going from the 12 to the 10 is not enough to pay for the spiral cutter head, but I am looking into that regardless. I use curly and highly figured woods quite a lot, so the spiral head is a must have. Many other luthiers hav...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:55 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: 10 or 12 inch Jointer/Planer
Replies: 4
Views: 4351

10 or 12 inch Jointer/Planer

Hi all. Really starting to gear up the shop, and looking at buying equipment. I have done a lot of research on jointer/planers, as I have a very small shop, and am looking to save some space. I don't really want a bench top planer. I have pretty much settled on the Hammer line of jointer/planers for...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:41 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: SuperMax 19/38 drum sander
Replies: 4
Views: 4540

Re: SuperMax 19/38 drum sander

Good to know. I will look into that. Do you know if Jet is more like Delta or Performax? It would be nice to have the 18 inches, because that would mean no turning soundboards around, as the widest thing I do is 17 inches. But I don't want to waste money either. The Jet was rated top tool by Wood Ma...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Thu Mar 08, 2012 4:26 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: SuperMax 19/38 drum sander
Replies: 4
Views: 4540

Re: SuperMax 19/38 drum sander

Thanks.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:19 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: SuperMax 19/38 drum sander
Replies: 4
Views: 4540

SuperMax 19/38 drum sander

Title should be Supermax 19/38! Sorry. I am looking at purchasing a drum sander. I have read great reviews of the Jet 16/32 (which bought out Performax). I just found the SuperMax, and it is not much more than the Jet. SuperMax got started by the same folks that started Performax. After Jet bought t...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sat Mar 03, 2012 5:44 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic guitar finish
Replies: 26
Views: 17894

Re: Acoustic guitar finish

You can also brush the Target Coatings EM6000 water based lacquer. Use a very fine brush designed for water based finishes (or a very soft artists brush). As with the nitro, get the retarder. Very little smell. You can buy matte, or just buy the gloss and finish up to whatever level of matte you wan...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:00 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Gearing up
Replies: 16
Views: 16606

Re: Gearing up

How did you like the Unger class? I took a weekend workshop with Bob Benedetto down in Savannah. It was not a hands on class, but demonstration and question and answer. A great class, in my opinion.