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by Jim McConkey
Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:38 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Making a Case Fit the Bass Better
Replies: 8
Views: 7205

Re: Making a Case Fit the Bass Better

I had to modify a double fiddle/mando case this summer and found the same thing: cheap white crumbly Styrofoam underneath the fabric. The fabric is attached with a spray adhesive. If you work carefully, you can separate the fabric from the foam. Use a real sharp X-acto-type knife to cut the foam or ...
by Jim McConkey
Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:54 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Mountain Dulcimer Headstock?
Replies: 8
Views: 7454

Re: Mountain Dulcimer Headstock?

Do you have picture, Dick? Short on the nut end sounds wrong. If anything, sometimes the fretboard ends short of the tail block. Not having the fretboard firmly attached to the tail block really opens up the sound. Usually the fretboard will end at the nut, which is at the end of the soundbox. The p...
by Jim McConkey
Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:58 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Tools for building a solidbody electric?
Replies: 14
Views: 10922

Re: Tools for building a solidbody electric?

I built my first electric with nothing more than a cheap scroll saw, a hand drill, a screwdriver, and some sandpaper. Not that I would do it again that way now that I have better tools, but you really do not need a whole lot of tools to get started.
by Jim McConkey
Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:51 pm
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: New site and a beef
Replies: 11
Views: 10976

Re: New site and a beef

Years ago the MIMF allowed no links at all. Those rules were indeed greatly relaxed a year or two back. There is no disagreeing with that. There were certain vendors who were banned over the years, not for minor policy infractions, but for egregious violations, and Deb chose to ban them. It is her f...
by Jim McConkey
Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:25 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Jim McConkey's Quick and Dirty Frame Saw
Replies: 14
Views: 15548

Re: Jim McConkey's Quick and Dirty Frame Saw

Mine is operated comfortably by a single person. The frame saw in the video was a lot bigger, at nearly 6' or 2 m, and the demonstrator operated it alone. They are typically built symmetric so you can use it from both sides.
by Jim McConkey
Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:43 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Jim McConkey's Quick and Dirty Frame Saw
Replies: 14
Views: 15548

Re: Jim McConkey's Quick and Dirty Frame Saw

So how did it work? Don't ask! The saw is actually light and easy to use, but I had a little trouble keeping the line where I wanted it. Mind you, this was the first time I had ever used such a saw! Once this 2" blade starts cutting, you cannot adjust it, so get it right the first time. The video ha...
by Jim McConkey
Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:37 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Jim McConkey's Quick and Dirty Frame Saw
Replies: 14
Views: 15548

Re: Jim McConkey's Quick and Dirty Frame Saw

The advantage to the no fasteners construction is that the whole saw breaks down for storage. I have heard of others storing their frame saws in a length of 4" PVC pipe.
by Jim McConkey
Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Jim McConkey's Quick and Dirty Frame Saw
Replies: 14
Views: 15548

Re: Jim McConkey's Quick and Dirty Frame Saw

So here is the finished frame saw. There are no fasteners. The tenons fit well, but not tightly into the mortises. The whole saw is held together by the tension on the blade. I did take a few minutes with the microrasp to shape the sides and ends. Made it MUCH more comfortable to use!
by Jim McConkey
Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:35 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Jim McConkey's Quick and Dirty Frame Saw
Replies: 14
Views: 15548

Re: Jim McConkey's Quick and Dirty Frame Saw

I took 1/4" carriage bolts, chopped the heads off to use with the knobs, and split the end. There wasn't enough bolt left at the end and these sheared off pretty quickly in use.
by Jim McConkey
Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:33 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Jim McConkey's Quick and Dirty Frame Saw
Replies: 14
Views: 15548

Re: Jim McConkey's Quick and Dirty Frame Saw

The shorter pieces got 1/4" wide mortises on each end. I just drilled four 1/4" holes and cleaned up the mortise with chisels.
by Jim McConkey
Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:31 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Jim McConkey's Quick and Dirty Frame Saw
Replies: 14
Views: 15548

Re: Jim McConkey's Quick and Dirty Frame Saw

I don't have the saw right now, so I have to post details by (shaky) memory. The blade is 26.5" long, so I think the sides were about 28" long. The crosspieces were about 20", so I could get all four bars out of an 8 foot board. A couple quick cuts put a 1/4" tenon on each end of the longer pieces.
by Jim McConkey
Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:27 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Jim McConkey's Quick and Dirty Frame Saw
Replies: 14
Views: 15548

Jim McConkey's Quick and Dirty Frame Saw

A lengthy discussion on the old Forum about the possibility of resawing by hand inevitably come around to the topic of frame saws. A great video was posted of one in use. These saws are not only good for resawing, but they will also cut large dimension lumber. I would much rather use my band saw, bu...
by Jim McConkey
Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:42 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: pickup winder
Replies: 3
Views: 4001

Re: pickup winder

You need to respond to your e-mail quicker! I moved the discussion before you had a chance to look at it, but it is interesting to know that you don't get a new notice if a discussion you are subscribed to moves.
by Jim McConkey
Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:53 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: pickup winder
Replies: 3
Views: 4001

Re: pickup winder

I tried to split this discussion with the intent of leaving a link in its former location, but it seems that if all the messages are split, nothing is left.
by Jim McConkey
Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:25 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Photos of recent 5 string violin
Replies: 13
Views: 14016

Re: Photos of recent 5 string violin

I love the way that walnut looks, Barry. I'm going to have to try it for my next fiddle. Care to name your supplier?
by Jim McConkey
Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:55 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Photos of recent 5 string violin
Replies: 13
Views: 14016

Re: Photos of recent 5 string violin

Gorgeous, Barry! What wood is the back? Walnut?
by Jim McConkey
Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:53 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Two pics-in-a-post?
Replies: 10
Views: 9040

Re: Two pics-in-a-post?

Attachments, like PDF files, are limited to 3. Pictures do not seem to be limited. Arnt Rian posted 20+ pictures in this message.
by Jim McConkey
Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:08 am
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: Thinking about pictures
Replies: 1
Views: 3130

Re: Thinking about pictures

The reasons for that rule have not changed. Links to anything on the internet are rarely permanent. If you only include a link to a picture, it often will not be there when someone pulls up that discussion from the library. The pictures are important parts of a discussion and should be archived with...
by Jim McConkey
Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:38 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Pictures, test
Replies: 26
Views: 23496

Re: Pictures, test

And I believe you post up to three images per messages now.
by Jim McConkey
Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:09 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: TNG forum feedback?
Replies: 59
Views: 38306

Re: TNG forum feedback?

Oops, I missed the Jump To option, but it is not nearly as handy as the old list of quick links.