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by Greg McKnight
Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:36 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Binding question
Replies: 15
Views: 8500

Re: Binding question

I make my own bindings and when I want a side purfling, I glue a section of veneer, or two, on top of a 1/4" thick piece of wood that will be the binding. After the veneer is dry I slice off pieces and run them through my thickness sander to size them. Then I bend them in my bender, tightly taping ...
by Greg McKnight
Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Binding question
Replies: 15
Views: 8500

Re: Binding question

Oh, now I see. Told you it was a stupid question :lol: .
by Greg McKnight
Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Binding question
Replies: 15
Views: 8500

Binding question

I know this will sound like a stupid question, but how does one get that little thin line of white/black binding under the larger binding on the side of the guitar? I just don't see how it gets bent "across the grain" like that (even if it's plastic). I hope I'm coming through easy to understand her...
by Greg McKnight
Sat Feb 21, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Any successful method of jointing backs and tops without power jointer or planes?
Replies: 28
Views: 13606

Re: Any successful method of jointing backs and tops without power jointer or planes?

A tool collecting friend of mine said he would see if he had a #6 plane for me. I've always felt inadequate as a woodworker by not being more proficient with a plane. Maybe I won't have an excuse now.

The top joint did turn out quite well, but I still have a back to do when weather permits.
by Greg McKnight
Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:23 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Any successful method of jointing backs and tops without power jointer or planes?
Replies: 28
Views: 13606

Re: Any successful method of jointing backs and tops without power jointer or planes?

I went low tech and have achieved a good tight joint finally. As Peter Wilcox suggested, I laid them with the faces together and clamped each end with the edges at 90 degrees. Then I marked the edges with pencil lines, put them between my feet while sitting and ran a flat footlong piece of maple wit...
by Greg McKnight
Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:12 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Any successful method of jointing backs and tops without power jointer or planes?
Replies: 28
Views: 13606

Re: Any successful method of jointing backs and tops without power jointer or planes?

I have tried the sandpaper on a flat surface technique with blah results. It's hard to keep a board 1" wide by 9" tall from rocking a little isn't it? (sure was for me) I bought new blades for the jointer and spent 3 hours installing and adjusting them Friday. Then yesterday, I spent another two hou...
by Greg McKnight
Sat Feb 14, 2015 7:45 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Any successful method of jointing backs and tops without power jointer or planes?
Replies: 28
Views: 13606

Any successful method of jointing backs and tops without power jointer or planes?

My dad has an old Craftsman power jointer in his shop and over the years it has done nothing but scalp my wood, waste my time, and frustrate me to no end. I know some people use planes to do this operation but I don't have one and it seems like one of those artisan operations that is beyond me anywa...
by Greg McKnight
Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Carved solid wood top and back with...laminated sides?
Replies: 16
Views: 7802

Re: Carved solid wood top and back with...laminated sides?

I don't suppose poplar would be an acceptable side wood? I know it doesn't look like much but would it, at least theoretically, hold up as well as maple or mahogany? Just spitballing here. ;)
by Greg McKnight
Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Carved solid wood top and back with...laminated sides?
Replies: 16
Views: 7802

Re: Carved solid wood top and back with...laminated sides?

I don't know where you live Greg, but you can score plain old maple at most any big box hardware store around here, you might be able to find it as well but availability depends on location somewhat. Unfortunately I live in one of those areas (southwest Virginia) that seems only to stock red oak, p...
by Greg McKnight
Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:14 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Carved solid wood top and back with...laminated sides?
Replies: 16
Views: 7802

Re: Carved solid wood top and back with...laminated sides?

Does anyone know of a good source for non-figured maple sides? Seems like everywhere I look it's only figured maple and in a back and sides set. I already have the back wood (black walnut). I guess I could also try walnut sides but I wouldn't know where to find them either. Any ideas?
by Greg McKnight
Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:14 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Carved solid wood top and back with...laminated sides?
Replies: 16
Views: 7802

Carved solid wood top and back with...laminated sides?

The prospect of bending the sides is scaring me a bit. I wonder if I can do it without destroying the sides (which aren't cheap). I don't have a bender, and I planned on using a pipe and some sort of heater like a torch, heat gun, charcoal starter, etc. Then I saw some veneer that meets the measurem...
by Greg McKnight
Sat Jan 31, 2015 10:55 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: first back carve update
Replies: 13
Views: 7237

Re: first back carve update

Benedetto has in his book a small depiction of a top with some drilled holes and lines circling around. My understanding is that you start with a 1" thick piece of wood, and the outer rim is 1/4". That would leave 8 steps of 3/32" to amount to 1". Do I have this right?
by Greg McKnight
Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:41 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: first back carve update
Replies: 13
Views: 7237

Re: first back carve update

I haven't been able to quite wrap my mind around the technique for making the different hole depths on the drilled outlines Benedetto suggests in his book. He says to use the arch templates in the back of the book to make that map but I'm not sure how to do that. Any tips besides computer programs? ...
by Greg McKnight
Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:37 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Couple of wood questions from first timer
Replies: 14
Views: 7627

Re: Couple of wood questions from first timer

Thanks for the reply Michael. I plan on using flatsawn walnut for the back of mine. Just got the spruce top wood a couple days ago and I'm looking forward to carving.
by Greg McKnight
Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:14 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Couple of wood questions from first timer
Replies: 14
Views: 7627

Re: Couple of wood questions from first timer

Anyone had any problems with using flatsawn wood on their backs? Does it hold up well over time, and would a cross brace or two on the back help at all?
by Greg McKnight
Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Montelone teardrop --how he do that neck joint
Replies: 8
Views: 4826

Re: Montelone teardrop --how he do that neck joint

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Looks a lot like a giant mandolin, don't it?
by Greg McKnight
Tue Jan 06, 2015 10:46 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Couple of wood questions from first timer
Replies: 14
Views: 7627

Re: Couple of wood questions from first timer

^Wow, that's a beauty Mark! How does the cherry sound as a back wood btw? And are the sides cherry too? If you have any more pics or a link to a build thread, that would be great too. (I don't ask for much, do I?) :P
by Greg McKnight
Sun Dec 28, 2014 8:51 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: guitar sanding vice
Replies: 16
Views: 9256

Re: guitar sanding vice

If you have a workmate or something similar, here is an idea for you:

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I plan on making one of these soon.
by Greg McKnight
Sun Dec 28, 2014 8:47 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Couple of wood questions from first timer
Replies: 14
Views: 7627

Re: Couple of wood questions from first timer

Hey Patrick, you're guitar looks great! You're right, that does blend very well. Don't you just love the look of walnut, especially when clear coated? I've used it in a couple of builds: the neck on a mahogany electric, the back and laminate neck of a Ric-type 12-string, and the same in a Les Paul s...
by Greg McKnight
Sat Dec 27, 2014 8:07 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Couple of wood questions from first timer
Replies: 14
Views: 7627

Re: Couple of wood questions from first timer

Thanks for the advice Michael. If I'm going to come up short on the back width, it will be barely short. And I do have a piece of wood that's a lot thicker than I'll need for the back pieces, so I should be able to find a match for some slim outside ears like you suggest. Unfortunately I don't have ...