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by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:15 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11957

Re: Piano tools

The Paps mute is useful for the higher range of strings. It can be slipped between the hammer shanks, but needs to be placed a note above or below to avoid interference with the hammer swinging forward to strike the string. pap mute.JPG The top mute is a wooden stick with suede on the tips. The lowe...
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:09 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11957

Re: Piano tools

Other types of mutes are used for the rest of the strings. Rubber mutes, wooden mutes with suede covers, and a nylon "Paps mute" are available. Every now and then you will find that one works better than another for a certain section. Rubber mutes.JPG Rubber mute in use.JPG felt mute in use.JPG
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:01 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11957

Piano tools

I recently worked on a Piano. I will post some pictures of the rebuild, but I felt the best way to start was to show and discuss the tools. There are several supply houses and places that sell tools on the internet. Some of the tools are essential. Some are not needed unless you are doing extensive ...
by Steve Senseney
Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:31 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Orange is the new brown
Replies: 18
Views: 12293

Re: Orange is the new brown

I bought some from
CHAPMAN SAWMILL & LOGGING
17402 KENTUCKY RD
NEOSHO, MO 64850-1937
(417) 451-0072

This was several years ago.
by Steve Senseney
Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:37 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Fender HSC cleaning
Replies: 8
Views: 6248

Re: Fender HSC cleaning

Can you heat the case to about 200 Fahrenheit?

I think this would kill the spores that are present.

On a sunny day in the summer, my 1988 blue Honda Accord would hit 180 degrees. It was great for drying wood, but no longer around.
by Steve Senseney
Sat Aug 16, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Steel Bending Slat Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 4058

Re: Steel Bending Slat Questions

I use galvanized flashing sold at the hardware store 6 inch width. Here are a couple pictures of my form. bending form 002.jpg bending form 001.jpg The top bending slat is the galvanized steel also. I nail the flashing to the form. I know that the spring steel and the stainless steel work well also.
by Steve Senseney
Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:14 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Thinning quilted maple
Replies: 11
Views: 3918

Re: Thinning quilted maple

The toothed blade is easy to make, and works well to bring down a board with out much tear out. I have used a triangular file to make the "teeth". The spacing is not crucial, but you can take a coarse file, put the edge of you blade on the evenly space teeth, tap the blade and you will have a good p...
by Steve Senseney
Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:05 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: removing a bound back
Replies: 5
Views: 4870

Re: removing a bound back

You could score all the way around at the bottom edge of the binding. Use a razor saw and saw through the place where you scored. After you have cut all the way around, the back should come off. Fix the parts you need to fix. You have to flatten the surface you cut, both on the sides and the bound b...
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 08, 2014 1:23 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Vacuum press Piano Veneer repair
Replies: 15
Views: 11619

Re: Vacuum press Piano Veneer repair

I think it would be very easy to tool up to laminate archtop backs and tops.

I looked (a little) to find spruce veneer, and could not find any ready sources.

Another consideration is laminating fingerboards.

I will not copy Martin's laminated neck design.
by Steve Senseney
Thu Aug 07, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Vacuum press Piano Veneer repair
Replies: 15
Views: 11619

Re: Vacuum press Piano Veneer repair

One thing I forgot to include-- After I figured out that it was easy to weld the shower curtain, I made a bag out of the shower curtain that was about 2 ft x 4 ft in size. To weld the longer distance--The hair straightener has about 4 inches of length where it has the heating element. There is an em...
by Steve Senseney
Thu Aug 07, 2014 7:18 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Vacuum press Piano Veneer repair
Replies: 15
Views: 11619

Re: Vacuum press Piano Veneer repair

Randy asked that I go through some of the repair of the piano, as this does not get discussed much on the MIMF.

I plan on doing that in another discussion.

I now need to get another project for my Vacuum press.
by Steve Senseney
Thu Aug 07, 2014 7:16 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Vacuum press Piano Veneer repair
Replies: 15
Views: 11619

Re: Vacuum press Piano Veneer repair

After making form fitting corners, I placed the vinyl bag on the piano. I used double sided sticky foam tape to seal the edges of the board. photos 088.jpg photos 089.jpg photos 090.jpg I could not get an adequate seal. I placed some clamps on the edges and tried a few other things. Gave it a few da...
by Steve Senseney
Thu Aug 07, 2014 7:08 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Vacuum press Piano Veneer repair
Replies: 15
Views: 11619

Re: Vacuum press Piano Veneer repair

Of course this did not work easily (actually at all) but here is what else I did. The vinyl glue did not work on the vinyl shower curtain from Walmart! I knew that they used heat to weld vinyl, so I got a Hair Straightener. photos 139.jpg I bought this after I read online where piano people were usi...
by Steve Senseney
Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:53 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Vacuum press Piano Veneer repair
Replies: 15
Views: 11619

Re: Vacuum press Piano Veneer repair

I ordered veneer. I bought a 2 layer maple surface piece. I used Weldwood glue. I got ready to use the vacuum press. I bought one of the vinyl bagging systems from Joe Woodworker. The piano top folds in the center on a hinge. It was easily removed and glued in the bag with little problem. I did not ...
by Steve Senseney
Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:45 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Vacuum press Piano Veneer repair
Replies: 15
Views: 11619

Re: Vacuum press Piano Veneer repair

Of course this is a longer story. Here is a picture of the piano top after the damaged veneer had been removed. I used a sharp well tuned hand plane, and the loose and still attached veneer came off easily. It appears that it was placed with hide glue. The veneer is a 2 layered veneer. The under lay...
by Steve Senseney
Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:34 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Vacuum press Piano Veneer repair
Replies: 15
Views: 11619

Re: Vacuum press Piano Veneer repair

The system held vacuum very well, and was not too loud. If you wanted a quieter system, you could get a pump from an old refrigeration unit and it would be quieter. However, it will not pump as fast as this 2 stage pump if you are using a large bag. It does put a mist of oil into the area where it i...
by Steve Senseney
Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:22 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Vacuum press Piano Veneer repair
Replies: 15
Views: 11619

Vacuum press Piano Veneer repair

I recent bought a used Steinway piano to repair. It was from 1896 or 1897. 45 inches in height. I needed a lot of cleaning and mechanism work. The case needed some help also. Some water damage had loosened the veneer completely on the top on one side. I figured the best repair would be a complete re...
by Steve Senseney
Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:06 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The first by Jason Rodgers
Replies: 23
Views: 9508

Re: The first by Jason Rodgers

Nice work!

Lots of interesting and new ideas!
by Steve Senseney
Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:16 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: need to replace a bow tip
Replies: 16
Views: 12307

Re: need to replace a bow tip

I have no experience with bow tip repair, but a picture would help who ever offers information.
by Steve Senseney
Wed Jul 16, 2014 5:48 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Zithers?
Replies: 5
Views: 4688

Re: Zithers?

I haven't built one, don't have a "German" zither, but I have repaired and seen a couple of items made in New Jersey in a factory that made a lot of these items. They are generally a frame with one area on the one side for a pin block, and another side or area where the ends of the strings are held....