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by Steve Senseney
Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: membrane for horn guitar project
Replies: 5
Views: 3672

Re: membrane for horn guitar project

I don't remember the name of the guitar, but didn't someone build a guitar with a "toravos" or something similarly named. It was a metal cone in the sound hole which evidently did not remain popular. This was an "invention" from about a century or more ago. ( It was before my time!) It was discussed...
by Steve Senseney
Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:42 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Pick Punch
Replies: 3
Views: 2018

Pick Punch

I see an ad for a Pick Punch. It cuts a pick out of any left over plastic you have laying around.

The ad is at Think Geek.

Any one have experience with this?
by Steve Senseney
Sat Nov 30, 2013 5:33 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: membrane for horn guitar project
Replies: 5
Views: 3672

Re: membrane for horn guitar project

Interesting Idea! I look forward to seeing your progress.

I have no idea what to suggest however.
by Steve Senseney
Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: repurposed tool No. 2
Replies: 6
Views: 4424

Re: repurposed tool No. 2

I threw out the broken clamps. I will have to break more!
by Steve Senseney
Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:56 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: repurposed tool No. 2
Replies: 6
Views: 4424

Re: repurposed tool No. 2

I like Chuck's tool, but I like this also.

Being cheap, I bought a few of the HF chinese made clamps. They keep breaking the plastic and I just threw them away one by one as they broke.

The part that broke was the plastic lever that tightens it.

Can you explain how you repaired the plastic handle?
by Steve Senseney
Mon Nov 18, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Mini lathe: mega cheap
Replies: 84
Views: 69687

Re: Mini lathe: mega cheap

Make it adjustable.

For heavy work you will want good mass to avoid any vibration. For small work it will not need much mass.
by Steve Senseney
Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:15 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Cracked soundboard
Replies: 11
Views: 8272

Re: Cracked soundboard

Another way to force glue into a crack is to lay the thinned glue in a small bead over the crack, and place masking tape over the bead. Seal the edges of the tape and then you can push the glue into the joint. Remove the tape, and wipe off the excess.
by Steve Senseney
Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:08 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Gluing and finishing veneer
Replies: 27
Views: 17061

Re: Gluing and finishing veneer

I don't have any personal experience, but I remember seeing something about stitching the veneers together with very thin thread of some kind.

The thread disappears when it is sanded and finished. If you google search for veneer thread stitching, you find machines for sale and other information.
by Steve Senseney
Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:48 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Domestic hardwoods for wooden tailpieces?
Replies: 5
Views: 3120

Re: Domestic hardwoods for wooden tailpieces?

For what kind of instrument? I used some Osage, glued together cross grain, as a tail piece for an Upright Washtub type of bass. I had to reinforce it with some carbon fiber material to keep it from pulling apart. For a 6 string guitar, I think you could reinforce any type of wood with the carbon fi...
by Steve Senseney
Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:10 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Mini lathe: mega cheap
Replies: 84
Views: 69687

Re: Mini lathe: mega cheap

One reason to consider a larger foot print is that once you get started turning, you will want to do larger items.

If you are at teacher in a school, do you have access to a wood shop?
by Steve Senseney
Thu Sep 26, 2013 3:57 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Wooden robot
Replies: 5
Views: 3172

Re: Wooden robot

This is not exactly the same.

I have made these in smaller sizes than these three characters.
Playing nicely
Playing nicely
Not playing as nicely
Not playing as nicely
by Steve Senseney
Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:56 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Harvesting Osage Orange
Replies: 14
Views: 7051

Re: Harvesting Osage Orange

I don't mean to change the topic, but here is an Osage Bow reference-- http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1898#p17648 As far as harvesting osage, it is always a toss up going from wet wood to wedges. Is it best to cut to size and then dry or wait? It depends on your needs and patience and...
by Steve Senseney
Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:39 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Cracked Lacquer Finish Repair?
Replies: 13
Views: 5976

Re: Cracked Lacquer Finish Repair?

Do you have any idea what kind of finish you applied?
by Steve Senseney
Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:38 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Virtues of Bar Frets?
Replies: 9
Views: 2998

Re: Virtues of Bar Frets?

I agree with Michael's comments.
by Steve Senseney
Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Question on fixing cracked cymbal and experimenting with shape
Replies: 4
Views: 5088

Re: Question on fixing cracked cymbal and experimenting with shape

No personal experience with cymbals, but from my knowledge of metal working-- If you try to braze this, you will soften the brass. It will not have the same sound characteristics, and with the change in hardness at the edges of your heating, it will be a stress riser, and possibly break more easily ...
by Steve Senseney
Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:01 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Blood-red inlay fill needed. Recommendations?
Replies: 23
Views: 14204

Re: Blood-red inlay fill needed. Recommendations?

I have used epoxy with black pigment to fill rosettes.

I don't know if epoxy with red pigment would work for your purposes or not. (or is the same as your resin that was discussed?)
by Steve Senseney
Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Finish Question for door and window trim
Replies: 12
Views: 5832

Re: Finish Question for door and window trim

You have strippers which are caustic (lye) based, and others which strip with methylene chloride. Both work, and have their problems to deal with. Then you have the choice of using sandpaper, and scrapers to take off the biggest part of the material. Use solvents and sandpaper to smooth the surface ...
by Steve Senseney
Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Finish Question for door and window trim
Replies: 12
Views: 5832

Re: Finish Question for door and window trim

I don't think it has any mold. I think the original coatings lost the solvents, shrank back and later coats were applied. Again, the question of what do you want to do with this? The wood looks solid and sturdy underneath. I think you could strip the doors easily, refinish and have a great looking a...