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by Simon Magennis
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Current classical guitar builds.
Replies: 4
Views: 4651

Re: Current classical guitar builds.

Bryan Bear wrote:Those look nice! If I had 4 in the works at the same time I would never be finished.
Who said I was ever going to get them finished. :-)
I hope to get a start on two or three more in the next few weeks but I promised myself that I would make some progress on the fp before going ahead. We'll see.
by Simon Magennis
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: De-humidor? is that a thing?
Replies: 12
Views: 6687

Re: De-humidor? is that a thing?

Randy Roberts wrote: ...
The thread that led up to that one, that had the endless discussions of why and why not, etc., would have been a great trip down memory lane though....

You asked for it, you got it. :-)

http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=1672
by Simon Magennis
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: De-humidor? is that a thing?
Replies: 12
Views: 6687

Re: De-humidor? is that a thing?

This is what your are looking for.

http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php ... 01&p=15568

The tin can thread is one of my all time favourites. Thanks Mario.
by Simon Magennis
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Current classical guitar builds.
Replies: 4
Views: 4651

Current classical guitar builds.

I can't recall the last time I posted any pictures here. There are three I started back in January or Feb and one that really got going in Aug/Sept although I joined the back and top about a year ago or maybe even longer ago. Three are basically Romanilos style and one is the first I have done on th...
by Simon Magennis
Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: classical guitar bridge fix
Replies: 4
Views: 3411

Re: classical guitar bridge fix

Thanks guys. I puts strings on last night and played it a bit. So far so good. This morning looking at it with the strings on the crack is pretty much invisible. For what it is worth the sound surprised me. I was expecting this guitar to need a bit of time to sound good especially the trebles, but i...
by Simon Magennis
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: classical guitar bridge fix
Replies: 4
Views: 3411

classical guitar bridge fix

I managed to crack the front side of the saddle slot on my current classical guitar build. It is cracked the near the bottom of the slot the whole way across. I glued it with hhg and it seems to be holding ok. I hate removing bridges but that of course is an option. My current idea is to string it u...
by Simon Magennis
Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Fret rocker? Stew mac? LMII? Other?
Replies: 4
Views: 3226

Re: Fret rocker? Stew mac? LMII? Other?

Pretty much any bit of metal with different side lengths will do just fine. I think I got my "fret rocker" from some ebay seller but I don't recall for sure - it is steel of some kind with 4 unequal sides. I initially made my own from a bit of aluminum but I didn't have any way to get the edges I sa...
by Simon Magennis
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: glueing bone to madasgar rosewood?
Replies: 5
Views: 4386

Re: glueing bone to madasgar rosewood?

In the end I went back to basics. I related each step of the prep and glued with hot animal glue. Seems to have worked fine. Bridge and bone safely on a new guitar and still holding up.
by Simon Magennis
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: glueing bone to madasgar rosewood?
Replies: 5
Views: 4386

glueing bone to madasgar rosewood?

I am makng a madagascar rosewood bridge. I want to glue a flat piece of bone on the tie block. What would you recommend? I have tried 3 times with CR and it failed. IN the first case it seem to grip well enough but I had to removed it as it was skewed. I planed the old glue off the tie block and san...
by Simon Magennis
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: How to pop the grain on walnut
Replies: 16
Views: 8469

Re: How to pop the grain on walnut

That piece is spectacular. I don't think it needs any special treatment at all to look incredible. I have no experience with an finish except shellac as I only make classicals. It would look spectular with a shellac finish so I guess plain old nitro or whatever else is used to day will make it looks...
by Simon Magennis
Sat May 05, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Builders' Supplies and Services
Topic: Trade website work for instrument?
Replies: 2
Views: 5161

Re: Trade website work for instrument?

A link to some websites you created would be interesting.
by Simon Magennis
Sat May 05, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Cutting rosettes by hand?
Replies: 11
Views: 7581

Re: Cutting rosettes by hand?

Thanks to Waddy for the new pictures. The two threads that Jim posted above have some nice stuff too. Waddy's last picture here shows something that is missing on commercial Gramil trip tools for doing bindings/purflings, namely the extra long "leg" (don't know the technical word) to keep the tool s...
by Simon Magennis
Wed May 02, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Instructions for using a chisel
Replies: 20
Views: 23366

Re: Instructions for using a chisel

I might have mentioned this at some point in another thread. Someone mentioned a workshop (general carpentry I think) which had a sign on the door which said "count your fingers" in very big writing. I I have met one guitar maker with a missing finger thanks to a momentary lapse with a bandsaw. And ...
by Simon Magennis
Wed May 02, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Cutting rosettes by hand?
Replies: 11
Views: 7581

Re: Cutting rosettes by hand?

The have been loads of threads in the past here with photos of various homemade channel cutters but for the life of me I can't find one now. Over on Delcamp I was able to find a post Waddy made there and I am 99% sure he showed the same cutter here at some point earlier on. This should bring you dir...
by Simon Magennis
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Tormek clones? Any experience?
Replies: 3
Views: 3276

Tormek clones? Any experience?

The are various lookalike systems on the market over quite a price range. The Jet models apparently being close to identical and the priciest. Then there are the much cheaper knock-offs which get reviews from "ok for the money" to "better off betting the money on horses". Anyone got some personal ex...
by Simon Magennis
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Now it's awl messed up!
Replies: 12
Views: 8938

Re: Now it's awl messed up!

For me …
First stop: steam.
Another option, but I haven't used it yet although I got a bag of it, is Lycopodium, apparently popular enough in the violin making world.
by Simon Magennis
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Thickness sander-- build or buy?
Replies: 30
Views: 25936

Re: Thickness sander-- build or buy?

Neither. Find a wood work place in a reasonable distance which is willing either to rent you time on their machine or run the stuff through for you at a reasonable price. I am thinking of the kind of machines they can run doors or bigger stuff through and electronic push button controls for the thic...
by Simon Magennis
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: another router (trimmer) question. bit speed
Replies: 9
Views: 6843

Re: another router (trimmer) question. bit speed

... One "lubricant" I would avoid putting on bearings is WD40. Thanks for that. That is something I might have grabbed. :-) A now deceased, German maker, told me he used engine oil for lubricating tuners. Another make I know use bicycle chain oil as his go to oil. I recently got a bottle of a Japan...
by Simon Magennis
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Broken router collet. Why?
Replies: 16
Views: 13367

Re: Broken router collet. Why?

Just to complete the story. My replacement collets came along with a 1/4" flush trim cutter which I haven't used yet. Once I opened up the fresh packet, I realized that the collet was much tighter in its not that what I remember the broken one to be. So it could very well be that I damaged the origi...
by Simon Magennis
Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: another router (trimmer) question. bit speed
Replies: 9
Views: 6843

Re: another router (trimmer) question. bit speed

Thanks indeed for the responses. Kind of inline with my own gut feelings. So long as the load is low it shouldn't be significant. I emailed the place I bought it from and they told me that the put the same bit into a kit with the GFK600 so they reckon it is just fine despite the printed listing. @ C...