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by Keith Howell
Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Book
Replies: 10
Views: 7267

Re: Book

by Keith Howell
Thu Dec 22, 2016 4:18 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Making keystone style rosette pieces
Replies: 14
Views: 11615

Re: Making keystone style rosette pieces

2. Cut inner circle of the rosette's border strip into your top, and without changing the circle cutter's settings, also cut this circle into your glued up circle of tiles. Make your border strips to be the same thickness as this bits radius.
Shouldn't that be the bits diameter?
by Keith Howell
Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:33 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: using acetone as a glue for binding
Replies: 17
Views: 11574

Re: using acetone as a glue for binding

I have found using Clear PVC Weld for the wood/plastic interface works very well. Then acetone to bond the subsequent layers.
by Keith Howell
Tue Nov 22, 2016 6:50 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Bill Machrone
Replies: 9
Views: 7690

Re: Bill Machrone

As a software engineer and subscriber to PC Mag in the past when I was more hardware orientated I remember Bill's writing and was surprised to see him on this forum. Akin to discovering that Donald Knuth whose data structure theory we studied at University was also a contributor to Mad Magazine. He ...
by Keith Howell
Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:14 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 30
Views: 19686

Re: Chapman stick?

Here are some shots of the CAD drawing I did to get the layout defined.

I'm not sure if this thread belongs in the Acoustic forum? Perhaps one of the mods could move it somewhere appropriate?
by Keith Howell
Sat Aug 27, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Fender curved join fretboard jig....?
Replies: 20
Views: 16122

Re: Fender curved join fretboard jig....?

I've thought about sanding drums and the like but making something with a 14-1/2 inch diameter wheel would be quite an undertaking and be a big bit of kit for my small shed. The sanding drum I made does not have a 12 Inch radius It has a 3 inch radius. The curve is in the Vertical axis. Like a wood...
by Keith Howell
Fri Aug 26, 2016 4:52 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Fender curved join fretboard jig....?
Replies: 20
Views: 16122

Re: Fender curved join fretboard jig....?

What about making a sanding drum with the correct convex curve on it? I did this with a concave curve to rough in fretboards before final sanding. I first took a piece of board with the curvature I wanted and glued some 80 grit sand paper on it. Then put the sanding drum I made up of pieces of MDF i...
by Keith Howell
Tue Aug 23, 2016 11:48 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 30
Views: 19686

Re: Chapman stick?

I based my design firmly on the Chapman Stick by looking at the published photos and specifications on the Chapman website then did a bunch of cad drawings to make sure things panned out. Mike, my bassist friend, then reviewed the drawings and we came up with a final layout. Pete, the guitarist in t...
by Keith Howell
Tue Aug 23, 2016 5:17 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 30
Views: 19686

Re: Chapman stick?

I'm busy building one at the moment for friend of mine, a professional bassist and guitarist. Will post some pics shortly.
by Keith Howell
Mon Jul 18, 2016 8:27 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: String spacing for new bridge
Replies: 8
Views: 6093

Re: String spacing for new bridge

Here's a shot of my drill press
by Keith Howell
Mon Jul 18, 2016 4:37 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: String spacing for new bridge
Replies: 8
Views: 6093

Re: String spacing for new bridge

A simple mod on some drill presses which don't have a locking mechanism:

Unscrew the depth stop and add an extra nut underneath the piece of metal with the hole drilled in it that sticks out from the side of the press.

Adjusting the nut allows you to lock the press at the correct height.
by Keith Howell
Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:56 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Separate bridge pieces for 6 string
Replies: 9
Views: 5854

Re: Separate bridge pieces for 6 string

Have a look here: http://www.suntekstore.com/category-228 ... ments.html I have ordered a number of items from here. Busy building a prototype "stick" instrument.
by Keith Howell
Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:18 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Question on Wagner Safe-T-Planer
Replies: 2
Views: 3033

Re: Question on Wagner Safe-T-Planer

Use masking tape and CA glue like this:

One strip on the work piece and a corresponding strip on the sled. Run some CA onto the tape and press together.

Removes easily and the CA doesn't get onto the wood and stain it (maple and spruce in my experience being the worst)
by Keith Howell
Tue Nov 25, 2014 2:14 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Gas Can Electric Guitar?
Replies: 11
Views: 5465

Re: Gas Can Electric Guitar?

It wouldn't have to be a neck through if you build a piece through the can and make a place to bolt on a conventional neck. Yes quite true. We did look at that but found the neck through easier to implement as we could never really work out a suitable way of doing the neck joint without hacking up ...
by Keith Howell
Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:42 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Gas Can Electric Guitar?
Replies: 11
Views: 5465

Re: Gas Can Electric Guitar?

http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/tt84/kdhcpt/REM1.jpg Like this one Peter Buck of REM is playing? That's Mike Mills to his left looking like Peter is about to spear him through the chest with the head stock. :D Graham Wells the original designer of the Afri-Can Guitar in the middle and me standin...
by Keith Howell
Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:15 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: CHEAP Archtops, DIY
Replies: 30
Views: 25686

Re: CHEAP Archtops, DIY

in the software world we have a saying which I think applies here: You can have it Inexpensive, quick, high quality Pick any two.
by Keith Howell
Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:17 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Considerations for hardwood amp cabinets
Replies: 16
Views: 9627

Re: Considerations for hardwood amp cabinets

"As an example, - In some circles dealing with guitar amps, component properties are taken far beyond both technology and physics and well into voodoo land.... " I agree entirely. I too have worked with electronics and RF (Microwave) since 1975 but then went over to the dark side (software)! Some of...
by Keith Howell
Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:53 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Considerations for hardwood amp cabinets
Replies: 16
Views: 9627

Re: Considerations for hardwood amp cabinets

It is possible to talk of power gains in terms of passive components like speakers and antennae by relating them to an omni-directional equivalent. ie if you measure the power output in the omni-directional case then substitute the component with the directional component you could well read a "powe...
by Keith Howell
Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:28 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck Through Blank
Replies: 14
Views: 5005

Re: Neck Through Blank

The StewMac and the Carvin Necks appear to be the exact same neck. I would not be surprised if they were just being sold by the different retailers but coming from the same manufacturer. Same materials, scale length, radius, truss rod cover, etc. The big difference is that the Carvin neck is curren...