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by Steve Senseney
Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:35 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: invisible repair.
Replies: 10
Views: 6101

Re: invisible repair.

You can use a plug cutter (or cut with a chisel) and inlay intact wood into the holes. You can place the holes in a place where hardware (pickups or controls) cover the defect. You can place inlays of interesting wood design, or pearl into the materials. If you use Hot hide glue, the glue lines will...
by Steve Senseney
Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:33 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Rusty screws in Piano mechanism
Replies: 4
Views: 3184

Re: Rusty screws in Piano mechanism

Heating the screws definitely helped loosen them. I put a little mineral oil on the screws after ward, and ran them in and out a little, which made them functional again. I suspect the heat causes the wood to warm, and it is a little loosens due to the change in the size of the hole as the wood enla...
by Steve Senseney
Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:16 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: HORRIBLE neck joint :/, did i f* up so bad? (again)
Replies: 18
Views: 6977

Re: HORRIBLE neck joint :/, did i f* up so bad? (again)

As I see the problem you need to narrow the area where you neck pocket fits. It looks like you could chisel the area to a straight line, glue in a block of matching wood, and have a fairly good chance of hiding the repair. Hot hide glue does not color the wood, and takes finish quite well. It would ...
by Steve Senseney
Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:32 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Rusty screws in Piano mechanism
Replies: 4
Views: 3184

Rusty screws in Piano mechanism

I am working on a piano which has a lot of rust on the screws.

To get the dampers off, I have to use a small vise grip to loosen the screws.

These are hardened steel screws set in wood.

Does anyone have a suggestion as far as placing oil on these or something else to help loosen these?
by Steve Senseney
Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:46 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fretboard Inlays
Replies: 9
Views: 3039

Re: Fretboard Inlays

Check the archives for building a base for a dremel.

I made one following the recommendations and it works quite nicely.
by Steve Senseney
Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:57 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Repairing Scratches in French Polished Top
Replies: 8
Views: 4810

Re: Repairing Scratches in French Polished Top

So, are you talking about a little pumice in the pores, or some pumice in the surface finish, or the finish is fine, you just have a few swirls in the finish on the surface? My instinct is to use a dilute solution of the shellac on the surface. Don't use a very wet pad. Build up a little more on the...
by Steve Senseney
Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:02 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Repairing Scratches in French Polished Top
Replies: 8
Views: 4810

Re: Repairing Scratches in French Polished Top

If you have an already finished (completed in the past) guitar, and scratch the shellac finish, you can get out your solution of shellac, your pad, and pumice and work over the surface. Do a just a few session each day, and the pumice will quickly build and fill the scratch. Eventually you will have...
by Steve Senseney
Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:04 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: What glue bonds best to Titebond?
Replies: 6
Views: 3269

Re: What glue bonds best to Titebond?

Depending on your situation, if the joint can be heated, the glue softens, then you can close the joint, and the glue night "grab" sufficiently for your purposes, and hold when allowed to cool.
by Steve Senseney
Mon Apr 07, 2014 3:28 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: High angle block plane - angle? width?
Replies: 5
Views: 2346

Re: High angle block plane - angle? width?

One method for doing really fine work on a board with difficult grain is to use a toothed blade. The higher the angle, the more it is a scraper. You can take a standard type of blade and use your file to make the teeth. You can take a blade and tap it onto a coarse file, and it will create a pattern...
by Steve Senseney
Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:26 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Cookie Tin Banjo
Replies: 8
Views: 5614

Re: Cookie Tin Banjo

WFRET works very well.

Make sure your printer is printing to scale.

One of my old printers was perfect. One of my new printers was off scale a little. Measure to be sure you are getting correct printing.
by Steve Senseney
Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:49 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bending Solid Linings.
Replies: 10
Views: 3106

Re: Bending Solid Linings.

They usually bend easily. If they crack, they are still usable.
by Steve Senseney
Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:24 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Introduction and progress my first build.
Replies: 15
Views: 5738

Re: Introduction and progress my first build.

It does look nice.

I hope the transition to steel strings works well.
by Steve Senseney
Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:14 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bracing question
Replies: 20
Views: 5992

Re: Bracing question

It is difficult to any exact answers. I would mention that the biggest brace (in most steel string X-braced guitars) is the bridge. With the long bridge in your picture, and the inside braces you describe, you probably have a lot of support on that top. Of course, you might have such a stiff top tha...
by Steve Senseney
Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:10 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Very Old Ukelele Needs Work
Replies: 9
Views: 5952

Re: Very Old Ukelele Needs Work

I don't have any suggestions to add as far as repair. Chris obviously knows his Ukes!

In one photo, it looks like there is some binding on the back of the instrument, but not on the view of the heel.

Is there any binding?
by Steve Senseney
Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:29 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Speaker cabinet making
Replies: 8
Views: 6839

Re: Speaker cabinet making

Nice work! Nice pictures and presentation.
by Steve Senseney
Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:52 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: What have I got?
Replies: 11
Views: 7076

Re: What have I got?

Is that a bat on the Headstock?
by Steve Senseney
Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: Introduce yourself here!
Topic: Ton Dias, Guitar carver from Brazil
Replies: 4
Views: 5894

Re: Ton Dias, Guitar carver from Brazil

Very nice work!
by Steve Senseney
Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:19 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Two matched Mandolins from Mark Swanson
Replies: 17
Views: 12933

Re: Two matched Mandolins from Mark Swanson

They look quite nice.

With time and light exposure, the osage will be close to the color of walnut.

It always is a guessing game how will appear in contrast to other woods around it.