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by Ron Belanger
Sat Aug 03, 2013 9:57 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: It's NOT about the nail!
Replies: 10
Views: 4051

Re: It's NOT about the nail!

That is funny!
by Ron Belanger
Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:02 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Help with water based wood stain/dye
Replies: 8
Views: 4241

Re: Help with water based wood stain/dye

I seal the color with shellac and then do System 3 epoxy pore fill and then I use KTM SV over the epoxy. On non porous woods like Spruce and Maple, I shoot the SV over the shellac.
by Ron Belanger
Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:06 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: violin tuner peg cutter plans?
Replies: 8
Views: 3909

Re: violin tuner peg cutter plans?

I think the word is chunk
by Ron Belanger
Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:56 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 12 fret Parlor guitar from Mark Swanson
Replies: 27
Views: 8512

Re: 12 fret Parlor guitar from Mark Swanson

Very nice work Mark. I am just in the process of setting up a Size 1. I will post it as soon as it's done.
by Ron Belanger
Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:41 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: KTM-9 and neck feel
Replies: 3
Views: 2214

Re: KTM-9 and neck feel

I've used KTM 9 and found that some of my customer's body chemistry softened the finish to the point of them scraping it off. I now use a Waterlox oil finish on my neck sanded in the first couple of coats to seal the pores and 3 or 4 thin coats applied with a cloth and then 2 or 3 coats rubbed in wi...
by Ron Belanger
Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:01 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1928 style Nick Lucas finished
Replies: 12
Views: 3632

Re: 1928 style Nick Lucas finished

Thanks, it was fun to build. :D :D As far as a plan is concerned I started with a template from David Wren and then picked up the GAL Plan #6 '20s Gibson L-0 Guitar which has an H bracing pattern. I wanted and used an X brace pattern from a photo of a 1928 or so L-1 top. I used a 24 1/4 inch scale l...
by Ron Belanger
Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:49 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1928 style Nick Lucas finished
Replies: 12
Views: 3632

Re: 1928 style Nick Lucas finished

I use the stewmac dyes in alcohol and I spray the burst and the tints for the side and back. I mask the purfling and the rosette before I spray the dye and then spray a couple of coats of shellac before I fill with system 3 epoxy.
by Ron Belanger
Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:00 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1928 style Nick Lucas finished
Replies: 12
Views: 3632

Re: 1928 style Nick Lucas finished

That scale length seems standard for 1927 and 1928. In 1929 it changed to 24 3/4. I used medium strings and it is very easy to play.
by Ron Belanger
Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:41 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1928 style Nick Lucas finished
Replies: 12
Views: 3632

Re: 1928 style Nick Lucas finished

A couple more pics
by Ron Belanger
Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:39 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1928 style Nick Lucas finished
Replies: 12
Views: 3632

1928 style Nick Lucas finished

Just completed this 1928 style Nick Lucas. It is gone to a good friend/customer who is in the hospital on the list for a heart transplant. Back and sides - Honduran Mahogany Top - Red Spruce Neck - 3 piece Mahogany Inlay - MOP Nick Lucas from Andy DePaule Headstock veneer, fingerboard, bridge - ebon...
by Ron Belanger
Fri Jun 07, 2013 6:04 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Trouble with Grain Filler
Replies: 18
Views: 9083

Re: Trouble with Grain Filler

I use the SB112 which is a laminating and coating resin. I am not sure if the epoxy glues are suitable for pore filling. Since I use small quantities I mix by weight rather than volume. SB112 uses a ratio of 100 resin to 44 hardener. I don't want to have any issues with the epoxy not hardening prope...
by Ron Belanger
Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:14 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Trouble with Grain Filler
Replies: 18
Views: 9083

Re: Trouble with Grain Filler

If you are using a waterborne finish, epoxy makes a very good grain filler. I use system 3 and others have used z-poxy and west systems. I seal with shellac and then fill with epoxy usually two to three applications. Then follow your regular spraying or brushing schedule.
by Ron Belanger
Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:10 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Thinking of buying some rasps. Any input?
Replies: 21
Views: 18740

Re: Thinking of buying some rasps. Any input?

I use the Dragon Rasps and I like them as well.
by Ron Belanger
Wed May 29, 2013 10:59 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Help with water based wood stain/dye
Replies: 8
Views: 4241

Re: Help with water based wood stain/dye

For the Stew Mac dyes I use 50 drops of color to 4 oz of alcohol. I usually spray the color with a small detail gun or an air brush. I like the alcohol because it dries quickly and allows me to spray a number of coats to reach the desired depth of color without waiting a half an hour for it to dry. ...
by Ron Belanger
Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:37 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Where to buy Ethanol for French polish-
Replies: 10
Views: 9267

Re: Where to buy Ethanol for French polish-

Commercial Alcohols http://www.comalc.com/ will supply ethyl alcohol. They are in Brampton or Bramalea. It is sold in case lots only and you have to get a license from the LCBO and pay the taxes etc. I believe the minimum order is a case ( 12 - 500 ml amber glass bottles $113.00 plus $70.13 excise d...
by Ron Belanger
Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:23 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Oh, MIMF, how I love thee. Let me count the ways...
Replies: 4
Views: 3073

Re: Oh, MIMF, how I love thee. Let me count the ways...

The Libraray - This is certainly my first go to place to refresh my memory or look for new info on some of the tasks I am unsure of or looking to do in a different, perhaps more efficient way. The level of knowledge, expertise and a willingness to share will continue to make this forum my first stop...
by Ron Belanger
Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:59 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Baroque Guitar
Replies: 21
Views: 6121

Re: Baroque Guitar

Very nice!
by Ron Belanger
Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:09 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Trying to find a recommendation from over a year ago for wipe-on neck finish?
Replies: 6
Views: 3509

Re: Trying to find a recommendation from over a year ago for wipe-on neck finish?

When I open the can of Waterlox, I decant it into smaller 4 oz containers. As I use it I crush the smaller cans to keep the level of finish near the top of the can and store it upside down.
by Ron Belanger
Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:17 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: grain definitions
Replies: 10
Views: 5059

Re: grain definitions

My understanding is opposite that. Along the grain is heel to tail and across the grain is treble to bass.
by Ron Belanger
Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:13 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Permanent "Nashville Tuning" Bridge
Replies: 2
Views: 2114

Re: Permanent "Nashville Tuning" Bridge

I would fill the existing slot with matching wood. Rather than a straight saddle, you might consider compensating it for each string. It would be a good exercise. I use Stew Macs intonator, but you could use a small length of rod of a diameter equal to your saddle height, place one under each string...