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by Steve Senseney
Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:32 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Back plate question... pieces
Replies: 18
Views: 5888

Re: Back plate question... pieces

The more dissimilar the materials, the harder the butt joint will be to hold. If you have the different movement with moisture changes, it will probably be harder to keep the joint together. The scarf will strengthen your joint, but that will still be difficult to cut perfectly straight, and to hold...
by Steve Senseney
Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:39 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: stardust. a newfangled handmade archtop.
Replies: 22
Views: 11036

Re: stardust. a newfangled handmade archtop.

Incredible design aesthetic.

Your work always always impresses me.
by Steve Senseney
Fri Jan 17, 2014 3:32 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: fipple flute making - step by step
Replies: 26
Views: 35460

Re: fipple flute making - step by step

Thanks!! I have done poorly accomplished flutes and whistles.

I appreciate you reamers, holders, files, and jigs.

Nice pictures and explanations.

Next attempt, I will have better ideas!
by Steve Senseney
Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:35 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Jason's Mini Lathe 2.0
Replies: 35
Views: 15593

Re: Jason's Mini Lathe 2.0

Nice work! All machines can be "improved" in some way or another, and I don't doubt that you will do something further with your designs. One feature that I saw on an old machine of some kind or other was that it had a grinding wheel mounted on the out side of the headstock area. This was always rea...
by Steve Senseney
Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:10 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The Veneered Necks Of The Early Romantic Guitars.
Replies: 3
Views: 1506

Re: The Veneered Necks Of The Early Romantic Guitars.

I was very nervous about doing a dovetail joint. I did not expect hide glue to hold the 45 degree miter joint either. Both went much better than I expected. Plan and cut slowly, take breaks to regain composure. Remember that this kind of joinery has been done for hundreds of years, even before the i...
by Steve Senseney
Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:46 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The Veneered Necks Of The Early Romantic Guitars.
Replies: 3
Views: 1506

Re: The Veneered Necks Of The Early Romantic Guitars.

I built a couple of Lacote style guitars from the plans at Crane guitar. http://www.crane.gr.jp/indexE.html The neck/body joint was a simple tapered dovetail. The heel/neck joint was a simple butt joint with a 45 degree angle cut. I used hot hide glue, with no reinforcement and the joints have held ...
by Steve Senseney
Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:42 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Mini lathe: mega cheap
Replies: 84
Views: 69764

Re: Mini lathe: mega cheap

I have watched with interest. If you placed your motor directly under the lathe, and had small step pulleys, so you could have different speeds, it would allow you to use a motor which turned either direction. (Simply mount the motor the other direction.) You can use your current set up to turn wood...
by Steve Senseney
Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:31 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Need a slotted fretboard ruler
Replies: 7
Views: 4441

Re: Need a slotted fretboard ruler

I agree with printing the template.

Make sure you measure after you print, as printers are not always exact.

In addition, paper will absorb moisture and change size. Just understand the limitations and you will not have problems.
by Steve Senseney
Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:47 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: NOT intended: Vinegar and Steel Wool
Replies: 9
Views: 5441

Re: NOT intended: Vinegar and Steel Wool

This will be difficult to remedy.

Oxalic acid will bind the Iron atoms, and is used as a bleaching agent. It might help a little.
by Steve Senseney
Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:21 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: New Neck, Old Banjo
Replies: 12
Views: 8687

Re: New Neck, Old Banjo

Nice work!
by Steve Senseney
Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:05 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: 1897 New Model fingerboard/fret issue
Replies: 8
Views: 4080

Re: 1897 New Model fingerboard/fret issue

I don't have an exact date, but T fret wire was not around until 1920-1930. So the frets you are working with may not be the original frets. If you need to throw them away and start with fresh material, it might save you a lot of headaches. As Chuck said, fretting is not all that difficult. Micheal ...
by Steve Senseney
Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:50 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Working Man's Amp
Replies: 8
Views: 5371

Re: Working Man's Amp

I don't know how it sounds, but it looks great!
by Steve Senseney
Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Mini lathe: mega cheap
Replies: 84
Views: 69764

Re: Mini lathe: mega cheap

It is cute!

Please show some of the finished items!
by Steve Senseney
Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:56 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Producing purfling - ideas?
Replies: 6
Views: 2884

Re: Producing purfling - ideas?

I made similar scraper. Slightly different design. It does work, but sometimes it will catch and pull a chunk. Mine has a little give in the bottom area, and this allows the system to tolerate slight irregularity in the wood. Recently, I made a bow (clip bow specifically). These are made using small...
by Steve Senseney
Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:26 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Building yet another hurdy-gurdy
Replies: 36
Views: 22154

Re: Building yet another hurdy-gurdy

Your pictures do make it look seductively easy.
by Steve Senseney
Sat Dec 07, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Dinged, finished spruce top - Can I steam it?
Replies: 34
Views: 14749

Re: Dinged, finished spruce top - Can I steam it?

Steam right through the finish. You might pad areas around to prevent steam from treating the entire top. Steam it once, let it set a while (one or more hours) and look at it. Steam it again if you are not as high as you want. It should raise the fibers nicely. FInishing will be another problem. If ...