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by Jim McConkey
Sun Mar 08, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: What do you use a router for in classical/acoustic guitar making?
Replies: 11
Views: 7826

Re: What do you use a router for in classical/acoustic guitar making?

I use a router for making recesses for door hinges. That's about it. For me, they only let me screw up 50x faster. The only time I have used a router on an instrument was using a Dremel with router base for cutting binding channels. Even then, it helped to pre-score by hand to limit tearout. But I b...
by Jim McConkey
Sun Mar 08, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Modern Cittern or Irish Bouzouki just completed
Replies: 2
Views: 4142

Re: Modern Cittern or Irish Bouzouki just completed

A number of our members, including me, have built these as well. What style of bracing did you use? Any interior pictures? This is a builders' forum, so everyone is interested in construction details. Please feel free to share parts of the build process as well.
by Jim McConkey
Sun Mar 01, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: open discussion about binding/purfling fitting
Replies: 23
Views: 12325

Re: open discussion about binding/purfling fitting

It has always supposed to have been 30 minutes for editing. Maybe it was broken before.
by Jim McConkey
Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: ordering plans
Replies: 2
Views: 3831

Re: ordering plans

Hi Matt, we just had a major upgrade on the software that runs the Forum, and unfortunately the Donate button got lost in the process. We are working on restoring it and the button should return soon. Thanks for your patience.
by Jim McConkey
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Inspection Camera
Replies: 4
Views: 4532

Re: Inspection Camera

I got a Fantronics wired USB endoscope (also from Amazon, but currently $21) for Christmas. It is about 8 mm in diameter, has adjustable 8-LED lighting, and has a long semi-rigid cable, so it is maneuverable, but doesn't flop around. I just hook it to a laptop, but apparently it will also plug into ...
by Jim McConkey
Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Ex-wife ran over guitar
Replies: 19
Views: 9649

Re: Ex-wife ran over guitar

Peter, I did an almost identical repair and documented it here nearly 20 years ago. Simply sliced off the bad part and attached a new head. I did have to buy new tuners, but the wood was scrap - cheap repair. First time I'd ever done anything like that, and it turned out great. Have a look: http://w...
by Jim McConkey
Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Cello Jig
Replies: 5
Views: 3992

Re: Cello Jig

Officially, build questions belong here and repair questions belong in Repairs, but we realize at times the lines are blurry. You will probably get a better response here because of the instrument-specific knowledge required.
by Jim McConkey
Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: "Search user's posts" not working for me
Replies: 11
Views: 4640

Re: "Search user's posts" not working for me

The software that runs the forum was updated a few days ago after it hadn't been updated in a while. The active topics are still showing up color coded for me, but the old icons have disappeared and the color change is subtle. I have heard the old icons and style may come back as the update progress...
by Jim McConkey
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Peg shaver idea
Replies: 6
Views: 3372

Re: Peg shaver idea

That is the standard version. I use an adjustable one like this: https://internationalviolin.com/ProductDetail/t39_peg-shaper-adjustable-violin--viola that can be adjusted to handle pegs from smaller violin to viola size. There is a separate model which handles cello-sized pegs. Both versions work f...
by Jim McConkey
Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Peg shaver idea
Replies: 6
Views: 3372

Re: Peg shaver idea

The internal helical cutters of that type of pencil sharpener are usually fixed, and are way too steep of an angle for instrument makers. You would have to pull out the internal mechanism to see if there is any way to change the angle of the cutters. Barry, by 90 degrees do you mean perpendicular or...
by Jim McConkey
Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: 1/10 violin
Replies: 1
Views: 1766

Re: 1/10 violin

I have always had good luck with https://internationalviolin.com (and they happen to be local to me). I had a quick look and saw 1/8 and 1/16 size pegs, but I didn't look very hard. My guess is the 1/8 pegs would work fine.
by Jim McConkey
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Old Member Quit Building for 1.5 Decade Becomes Ukulele Builder
Replies: 12
Views: 7783

Re: Old Member Quit Building for 1.5 Decade Becomes Ukulele Builder

The forum software was confused because the links did not point at actual images. I changed the OP's image links to URLs, and the links now work, but be forewarned it will not show you the images unless you are logged into Google's services. It would be better to attach the actual photos here instea...
by Jim McConkey
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Understanding flute tuning
Replies: 4
Views: 3050

Re: Understanding flute tuning

You are technically correct that the final end tuning might have to be done at the end. You need to start with undersized holes because you can make a small hole bigger, but not visa versa. The larger holes will effectively lengthen the instrument, so the total length my have to be corrected at the ...
by Jim McConkey
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Understanding flute tuning
Replies: 4
Views: 3050

Re: Understanding flute tuning

Before I even get started, in my experience none of these flute calculators is very exact. They should get you in the ballpark, but you always have to fine tune. First, I suspect the bell frequency you are using is way too low. My D flute (~293 Hz) is roughly 22" long. Your 11" E flute should be jus...
by Jim McConkey
Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Motor help
Replies: 14
Views: 4374

Re: Motor help

Sounds like something is shorting out, or maybe the capacitor is shot. If it ever becomes more trouble than it's worth, there is a recall out on most of those old Craftsman radial arm saws and they will pay you $100 to take back the motor. Take the check and buy a new sander.
by Jim McConkey
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Recently completed
Replies: 7
Views: 3062

Re: Recently completed

Love that walnut!
by Jim McConkey
Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Pet Thread
Replies: 6
Views: 4048

Re: Pet Thread

The collars are designed to be annoying, but safe. If you want something less drastic, try clicker training. The clicker makes a sharp, loud noise that can be just as effective.
by Jim McConkey
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Dulcimer sides
Replies: 33
Views: 13820

Re: Dulcimer sides

Stew-Mac carries the drums and sanding sleeves, and you can see what the real Luthier's Friend sanding station looks like here: https://www.stewmac.com/SiteSearch/?search=sanding%20drum One of these days I need to get around to posting my homemade version. Amazon, Home Depot, and various other sourc...
by Jim McConkey
Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Dulcimer sides
Replies: 33
Views: 13820

Re: Dulcimer sides

That is exactly the basic idea. My version uses a sanding cylinder with bearing in a drill press, so both the top and bottom are secured, but a 1/2" shaft on a spindle sander is probably not going anywhere.