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by Ron Belanger
Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:15 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bowl turning blank for a veneer rosette?
Replies: 8
Views: 2315

Re: Bowl turning blank for a veneer rosette?

Make a cradle to hold it steady and cut it on the bandsaw.
by Ron Belanger
Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Solving the 6th string intonation problem
Replies: 33
Views: 9142

Re: Solving the 6th string intonation problem

Ah!!! The light goes on. Thanks Alan and Trevor for clarifying what has been a muddy issue for me.
by Ron Belanger
Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:00 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: HHG in fridge
Replies: 8
Views: 4230

Re: HHG in fridge

+1 on freezing
by Ron Belanger
Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:30 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: How important is straight grain wood in soundboards?
Replies: 4
Views: 3644

Re: How important is straight grain wood in soundboards?

The most important thing to look for in a soundboard in perfectly quarter cut straight grained wood with little or no run-out.
by Ron Belanger
Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:28 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Computer Aided Designs and Computer Numerical Controlled Machines
Replies: 27
Views: 15802

Re: Computer Aided Designs and Computer Numerical Controlled Machines

As a tool, I think CAD / CNC have a place, if the builder wishes, in the design of the instruments and in making of the component parts, particularly those that are standardized such as bridges, head-stock inlay, fret-board and nuts and saddles. For me the important part of the Hand Building process...
by Ron Belanger
Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:40 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Oak wood
Replies: 19
Views: 12502

Re: Oak wood

Perhaps the humble Oak should be reconsidered. I would think that Cherry, Maple and Walnut are also very widely used in cabinet construction, but we seem to be increasing their use in making fine instruments. Let's follow the example of those who do and continue to look close to home for at least so...
by Ron Belanger
Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:40 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Using the dewpoint to precisely calculate Relative Humidity
Replies: 12
Views: 23121

Re: Using the dewpoint to precisely calculate Relative Humidity

Thanks Mario,
I used this method the other day and it works great.
by Ron Belanger
Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:39 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Where do you get brace wood?
Replies: 23
Views: 10591

Re: Where do you get brace wood?

+1 for Brent at Alasan Specialty Woods
by Ron Belanger
Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:27 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Problem sealing sunburst with shellac
Replies: 9
Views: 4852

Re: Problem sealing sunburst with shellac

Unfortunately lacquer isn't an option for me. But the shellac seems to be working fine.
by Ron Belanger
Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:59 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Problem sealing sunburst with shellac
Replies: 9
Views: 4852

Re: Problem sealing sunburst with shellac

Thanks for the suggestions. I love this place. Since I already have a lot of color in the wood, and I like the way it pops the grain. I will re shoot the burst on the bare wood, then seal it with shellac. Then I will use the color in the shellac to even out the burst. Should be able to shoot the SV ...
by Ron Belanger
Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Problem sealing sunburst with shellac
Replies: 9
Views: 4852

Re: Problem sealing sunburst with shellac

I am now sanding it back to even color and will reapply the burst. I am thinking that I did not have sufficient atomization and the large droplets caused the color to run. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks.
by Ron Belanger
Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:02 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Problem sealing sunburst with shellac
Replies: 9
Views: 4852

Problem sealing sunburst with shellac

I have a problem sealing my latest sunburst with shellac. I use the waterborne KTM - SV and I normally seal the surface and fill the pores with System 3 epoxy. However this Irish Bouzouki build is maple with a sitka spruce top and doesn't need to be pore filled, and the epoxy, if applied directly ov...
by Ron Belanger
Sat Dec 15, 2012 1:52 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Computer Assisted Router
Replies: 7
Views: 4651

Re: Computer Assisted Router

Rube Goldberg, where are you when we need you? ;) ;)
by Ron Belanger
Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:57 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Season's Greetings
Replies: 6
Views: 3919

Re: Season's Greetings

:lol:
by Ron Belanger
Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:37 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Season's Greetings
Replies: 6
Views: 3919

Season's Greetings

I would like to extend best wishes for Christmas or other holiday you celebrate this time of year. This forum is a wonderful source of information, ideas and an unselfish willingness to help others in any way. I am proud to be part of this community. Thank you. :D
by Ron Belanger
Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:22 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Let's design and build a better hygrometer, once and for all..!
Replies: 95
Views: 185062

Re: Let's design and build a better hygrometer, once and for all..!

I really like Mario's approach, not only to this question but to all of his lutherie. Simple, accurate and not over-thought. Thanks for sharing your ideas and insights. 8-) 8-) :D
by Ron Belanger
Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:03 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Let's design and build a better hygrometer, once and for all..!
Replies: 95
Views: 185062

Re: Let's design and build a better hygrometer, once and for all..!

I have a digital IR temperature gun. Picked it up from Canadian Tire. It has a laser pointer and gives an accurate instant reading. I think it's around $25. Goes on sale from time to time.
by Ron Belanger
Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:55 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: String tension
Replies: 5
Views: 2511

Re: String tension

A 27 in scale length D to D with Med Strings should work fine.
by Ron Belanger
Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:55 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Truss Rod Question?? Does size matter?
Replies: 2
Views: 1466

Re: Truss Rod Question?? Does size matter?

Thanks Bob.
OK time to clarify. The rods I am using are from Allied and I see that Mark makes his own hand made version of that rod. Allied want a minimum order of 200 to get anything other than their standard sizes. Too rich for me. I will email Mark and see if he will do one or two for me.
by Ron Belanger
Tue Nov 06, 2012 4:42 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Truss Rod Question?? Does size matter?
Replies: 2
Views: 1466

Truss Rod Question?? Does size matter?

I am building an irish bouzouki with a shorter scale than I normally use. I had been using the Blanchard double action 12 fret rod, but it is one inch too long. It is about 14 inches over all 13 inches collar to collar. Would leaving about 1 inch of the rod buried in the heel block stress the FB ext...