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by Paul E Buerk
Thu May 01, 2014 10:56 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Thickness sander
Replies: 16
Views: 6177

Re: Thickness sander

I seem to remember this topic coming up before, so it might be worth a trip through the archives. I'd just emphasize the need for dust collection as a requirement, not just a nice to have. I've got the Delta, and it's a solid OK. The 18" Width works well for me, allowing me to run the entire top or ...
by Paul E Buerk
Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:33 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Cases - got a supplier you like?
Replies: 9
Views: 3535

Re: Cases - got a supplier you like?

Lots of good choices, although it bugs me that many suppliers don't provide interior dimensions. SKB is an exception, and they have a series of reasonably nice ATA cases. If I absolutely had to make another custom case, I think I'd just go straight to building a flight case. Get some extrusions, han...
by Paul E Buerk
Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:55 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: the 'desert-island' power tool debate: which five?
Replies: 14
Views: 6701

Re: the 'desert-island' power tool debate: which five?

Dust Collector 17" Bandsaw - Table Saw Jointer/planer Drill Press I'd be pissed having to leave my shop vac and Dust Deputy rig, though. Does a magnifying light count as a power tool? If so, I'd be pissed about that, too. In fact, I'd be pissed about the whole situation. If we could expand it to 7 t...
by Paul E Buerk
Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:04 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: squaring table saw fret slotter
Replies: 32
Views: 21386

Re: squaring table saw fret slotter

Similar issue with the DeWalt stiffeners, so I just cut a slot/dado in the bottom of the sled.
by Paul E Buerk
Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: squaring table saw fret slotter
Replies: 32
Views: 21386

Re: squaring table saw fret slotter

Yes, keeping the thumbs intact definitely makes you a better player. Most of my thoughts on the subject have already been posted, so I'll just add that using a toggle clamp or two helps with the safety issue. On my "normal" fretting jig, I've got one setup to apply pressure directly over the cut, ho...
by Paul E Buerk
Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:40 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: which headless bridge should I choose?
Replies: 12
Views: 6742

Re: which headless bridge should I choose?

I have no experience with either, however I've also had my eye on both of these bridges for some time. Yet to hear of a positive experience with the Overlord bridge, but that doesn't mean there aren't happy users. On the second bridge, I'm wondering how the saddles are fixed to the base. Any idea? O...
by Paul E Buerk
Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1st Project: 7-String Electric Guitar
Replies: 15
Views: 3694

Re: 1st Project: 7-String Electric Guitar

Also recommend the Hiscock book. Only thing I'd say about his method is that it aligns the saddles at their lowest point so that the string touches the fingerboard, which is usually OK since you can always raise the bridge but can't lower it past that. The only problem I've run into with that is tha...
by Paul E Buerk
Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Making a template
Replies: 26
Views: 6811

Re: Making a template

Another recommendation for Baltic Birch rather than MDF, just from experience. For pickup routes, I like to use 1/4" clear acrlyic. Since I'm using brass template guides on the router, I make the cavities 1/8" oversize. On the bottom surface, I take an exacto knife and cut crosshair lines to make it...
by Paul E Buerk
Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:39 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: D aquisto accu tone bridge build
Replies: 6
Views: 4140

Re: D aquisto accu tone bridge build

Probably in American Lutherie:

American Lutherie #113
Spring 2013

D'Aquisto's Wedge Bridge by John Monteleone
by Paul E Buerk
Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:34 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Alcohol for French Polish in California
Replies: 22
Views: 22489

Re: Alcohol for French Polish in California

WA state requires that you get a license which is fairly cheap and relatively easy to get, although I haven't tried to buy any since the stores were privatized.
by Paul E Buerk
Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: ditching the volume pot on a bass guitar?
Replies: 8
Views: 4681

Re: ditching the volume pot on a bass guitar?

I can see where some people wouldn't want or use a volume knob, but I find I use it all the time at rehearsal and at gigs. Sometimes it's for musical effect, but usually it's because I need to adjust the level to match the mix on the fly in the middle of a tune. Another typical case is that I have t...
by Paul E Buerk
Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:41 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Delta 18x36 thickness sander problem/setup
Replies: 5
Views: 2794

Re: Delta 18x36 thickness sander problem/setup

You didn't mention if you had the manual for it. If not, I know that it's available online. I have that sander, and I've contemplated replacing that drive setup with a chain and sprockets. It occasionally jumps, and I have to re-align the bed to ensure consistent thickness. Not a huge hassle, but it...
by Paul E Buerk
Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Fanned Fret Slotting Sled
Replies: 10
Views: 12250

Re: Fanned Fret Slotting Sled

Not necessarily. I was surprised how fast it was to cut slots using this jig.
by Paul E Buerk
Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:38 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Dovetail Neck Joint Routing Jig and Router Selection.
Replies: 18
Views: 9433

Re: Dovetail Neck Joint Routing Jig and Router Selection.

The Porter Cable 693 pack is what I have. No complaints, other than I wish it had some kind of dust collection. Basically it's the 690 fixed router packaged with a plunge base and a carrying case, and it comes with both 1/4" and 1/2" collets. Mine came with an edge guide that works pretty well. The ...
by Paul E Buerk
Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:06 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Fanned Fret Slotting Sled
Replies: 10
Views: 12250

Re: Fanned Fret Slotting Sled

Fretfind2D is awesome. I think it's saved me at least a week of design time based on my previous attempts to model it in Rhino. I only kick it out to .dxf so that I can take out the extra length of the strings and clean it up a bit. Also put in a reference rectangle so that I can verify the 1:1 scal...
by Paul E Buerk
Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:21 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Fanned Fret Slotting Sled
Replies: 10
Views: 12250

Fanned Fret Slotting Sled

I finally got around to designing, building and testing out a sled for cutting fanned fret slots. The concept is extremely simple, and it seems to work just fine. There's nothing exceptional about the sled itself, but it's dead simple to use. The fingerboard blank is held against the sled base with ...
by Paul E Buerk
Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:12 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Good Quality Hand Planes Which Do Not Require A Lottery Win?
Replies: 21
Views: 9644

Re: Good Quality Hand Planes Which Do Not Require A Lottery Win?

Old Stanley's off craigslist and ebay, then buy Hock irons. You can usually find "users" cheap, sometimes with repaired handles that make them worthless to collectors but just fine for your bench use. If you don't have a thickness sander, then it's not a bad idea to pick up a couple #4's, get a Hock...
by Paul E Buerk
Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:17 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Starting an acoustic bass guitar project. Need direction
Replies: 4
Views: 1454

Re: Starting an acoustic bass guitar project. Need direction

If I recall correctly, the Big Red Book articles include models with tuned ports like bass speakers, too. I've thought about doing one with a zero downforce bridge as well, but been sidetracked with other projects. Plus, I've been gravitating towards building a variant of Mottola's "Canotto" basses ...
by Paul E Buerk
Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:30 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Has anyone tried being sides for a -335 shape? With purpleheart?
Replies: 5
Views: 3078

Re: Has anyone tried being sides for a -335 shape? With purpleheart?

I haven't tried a 335 shape, but did build a Flying V shape. Ended up hand-bending 2 layers of maple slats about 1/16" thick, then laminating them together in a form with both inside and outside profiles and a shade over 1/8" offset. It's the only time that I've found poly glue to be useful for guit...
by Paul E Buerk
Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:36 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: looking for bass amp suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 8637

Re: looking for bass amp suggestions

I had an Ampeg BA-115 and found that it just didn't have the horses to keep up with guitar, keys, and drums. It's too bad because I liked the sound. Ended up trading it for the new cheap Acoustic 600w heads and 4x10. Heavy, but workable. I'd recommend taking a look at the TC Electronic BG250. Light,...