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by Paul E Buerk
Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:03 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: CNC or Hand Work
Replies: 28
Views: 12578

Re: CNC or Hand Work

You don't necessarily need a printer larger than a standard 8.5"x11". Just overlay some alignment lines on the image, then print out at 1:1 over multiple pages. Glue the pages to wood or cardboard, and line up the pages using the outlines and the alignment lines.
by Paul E Buerk
Wed Sep 18, 2013 5:43 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: CNC or Hand Work
Replies: 28
Views: 12578

Re: CNC or Hand Work

I had a similar thought in mind. Pin Routers are also great for making a whole lot of the same parts over and over as well. CNC can do that, although not as fast, especially if it's a predominantly 2D design that mainly uses vertical routing/milling. Tweaking a design, as described above, is another...
by Paul E Buerk
Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:00 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Blood-red inlay fill needed. Recommendations?
Replies: 23
Views: 13914

Re: Blood-red inlay fill needed. Recommendations?

Reconstituted stone comes in a variety of colors, including red. I bought some years ago in sheet for to use as inlay material.
by Paul E Buerk
Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:36 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: thoughts on a contractor saw
Replies: 22
Views: 10368

Re: thoughts on a contractor saw

My big thing lately is dust collection, and I'm really not satisfied with my Jet Contractor's Saw because it's not effectively capturing dust through the collector. The big hole in the back with the motor and belt sticking out doesn't help. I've looked at ways to enclose that area and the airflow, b...
by Paul E Buerk
Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:43 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Methods of thicknessing soundboard and online tutorials
Replies: 40
Views: 13022

Re: Methods of thicknessing soundboard and online tutorials

Just adding a bit to what's already been said. I'm using a drum sander, but prior to getting that I've used a couple #4 planes. I splurged a little bit and got a Hock Iron for one of them (Record #4), then toothed the stock iron from the Record and put it in an old Stanley #4. To cut the teeth, I ju...
by Paul E Buerk
Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:26 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Pickup Quality Question
Replies: 5
Views: 3607

Re: Pickup Quality Question

There are much bigger things to consider than pickup choice when making your first guitar. If you later decide that you don't care for the particular pickups you've selected, they're easy enough to replace, especially humbuckers. You could do far worse than picking up a set of GuitarFetish GFS humme...
by Paul E Buerk
Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Sketch Up
Replies: 6
Views: 3749

Re: Sketch Up

For years, I've used Visio. I know it's not AutoCAD, and frankly that's to it's credit. The learning curve was very easy, and I got to the point where I could quickly work through things. I've since gone through a few different applications, and for 2D DraftSight is the most attractive since it work...
by Paul E Buerk
Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:44 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: The #6 Fore Plane.
Replies: 6
Views: 3596

Re: The #6 Fore Plane.

I used my old Stanley #6 last night, joining some back plates. Done in seconds. I used to own a Stanley #7C, thinking that it was somehow necessary, but sold it on craigslist years ago since it rarely got used. Only thing I'd like more on my #6 is a good Hock iron, but the old one is functioning OK.
by Paul E Buerk
Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:33 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Making router templates
Replies: 15
Views: 9499

Re: Making router templates

The brass inlay set works pretty well as long as you can actually center the bit. My PC 690 never quite wants to stay perfectly centered when the base screws are tightened.
by Paul E Buerk
Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:33 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Silly question about Windows 7 OS
Replies: 21
Views: 15450

Re: Silly question about Windows 7 OS

The Professional and Enterprise Editions are for use with larger networks, so the personal editions should be fine for your use. As for Crossover and other emulators, my years with an Apple Specialist / Pro Film & Video VAR lead me to recommend against using them as they usually cause more trouble t...
by Paul E Buerk
Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: 10 Principles of Guitar Design
Replies: 6
Views: 4853

Re: 10 Principles of Guitar Design

#8 - Details Posted this morning. Let me know what you think. My verbal abuse of Dieter Rams and his 10 Principles as applied to guitar design continues over at Guitar Design Reviews: http://guitardesignreviews.com/2012/09/the-ten-principles-of-guitar-design-part-8-details/ Comments are always welco...
by Paul E Buerk
Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:19 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Tuner hole drill bit
Replies: 20
Views: 14536

Re: Tuner hole drill bit

To keep things lined up, I just use a fence on the drill press table with a backing board underneath. Seems to work just fine with a standard twist bit, but I'd agree that a brad point would be better.
by Paul E Buerk
Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:16 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: 10 Principles of Guitar Design
Replies: 6
Views: 4853

Re: 10 Principles of Guitar Design

#7 - Long Lasting

Just had another article posted in the series: http://guitardesignreviews.com/2012/08/ ... g-lasting/

Thanks - PB
by Paul E Buerk
Sun Jul 22, 2012 1:11 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: 10 Principles of Guitar Design
Replies: 6
Views: 4853

Re: 10 Principles of Guitar Design

Article #6 is posted, "Good Design is Honest". Here is the link: http://guitardesignreviews.com/2012/07/ ... -6-honest/

Feedback is always welcome. Thanks - PB
by Paul E Buerk
Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: 10 Principles of Guitar Design
Replies: 6
Views: 4853

Re: 10 Principles of Guitar Design

The 5th article, "Good Design is Unobtrusive" has been posted. Here is the link:http://guitardesignreviews.com/2012/06/ ... obtrusive/
by Paul E Buerk
Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:54 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: When do you decide to simply buy an instrument?
Replies: 25
Views: 18034

Re: When do you decide to simply buy an instrument?

I needed to have a 4 string bass as a backup for gigging. After putting together a rough Bill Of Materials for a bass that I considered to be just OK, it ended up being more expensive than just buying a cheap low-end bass. Purchased a decent Ibanez for less than $250 and it works well for Open Mic's...
by Paul E Buerk
Sun Jun 17, 2012 12:40 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: US west coast places of interest (guitar, mandolin, fiddle...)?
Replies: 16
Views: 12596

Re: US west coast places of interest (guitar, mandolin, fiddle...)?

Emerald City Guitar is an interesting shop. You'll probably be in Pioneer Square anyway. Trading Musician in the U District/Ravenna area too.

Rosewood Guitar in Greenwood area is nice if you're into nylon. Go around lunchtime so you can hit Mr. Gyros across the street.
by Paul E Buerk
Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:43 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: 10 Principles of Guitar Design
Replies: 6
Views: 4853

Re: 10 Principles of Guitar Design

Matthew, thanks for reading the posts and for your comments. These aren't necessarily my own 10 Principles, just an application of Rams' to the subject of guitar design. My take on it is that he's not saying Innovation is good design, "not an end in itself", but a good design has some degree of inno...
by Paul E Buerk
Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:13 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: 10 Principles of Guitar Design
Replies: 6
Views: 4853

10 Principles of Guitar Design

I'm looking for some feedback on a series of articles I'm doing with guitardesignreviews.com. They're based on taking Dieter Rams' "10 Principles for Good Design" and applying them specifically to guitar design. I'd appreciate the opportunity to hear your opinion. You can find the first article in t...
by Paul E Buerk
Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bridge Placement Headaches
Replies: 7
Views: 5123

Re: Bridge Placement Headaches

A good way to double check... Stewmac.com, use their online Fret Position Calculator Usually. However, I've had a case recently where the distance given by the calculator for the Hipshot through-body hardtail bridge was too close to the neck. I violated one of my own rules by not doing my own calcu...