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Tung oil vs Danish Oil?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Jan 19. 24 Replies

I've got some lovely wood I'm using for some CBG necks and I'm looking at what to use as a finish. I've been using Tung oil on my past builds and have really liked the deep, hard finish it creates -…Continue

Strings for double-course canjo?

Started this discussion. Last reply by JP Lace Master Jan 8. 3 Replies

I've been thinking about doing a double-course canjo; any suggestions on what strings I should use? Most obvious would be a regular guitar's low- and high-E, but I'm wondering if the can will hold up…Continue

Band saw woes

Started this discussion. Last reply by KOOL DOG HOOCH Aug 11, 2019. 3 Replies

I picked up a band saw a while ago - an entry-level SKIL 3386-01. I read good reviews but I've had almost no luck with this thing - I can't get a clean or straight cut to save my life. I've watched…Continue

Proper order for shaping/attaching headstock?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom T Jul 28, 2019. 6 Replies

I've only done a couple of shaped headstocks, specifically with additional "wings" to allow a wider shape than just the width of the neck.I'm wrestling with the right order to shape the headstock and…Continue

 

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Taffy Evans replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Tung oil vs Danish Oil?
"Hi, here is a bunch of wood finishes, wax's and oils that I have also used, work really well. http://ubeaut.com.au/ubhome.htm Taff"
Jan 19
Gus K replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Tung oil vs Danish Oil?
"You got any of that gray wet/dry sandpaper?  Flip it over and use the paper side like you would the paper bag.  The poor man's micro-fine sandpaper."
Jan 18
Gus K replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Tung oil vs Danish Oil?
Jan 18
Sean Murphy replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Tung oil vs Danish Oil?
"So having used the Danish Oil on my latest build (though I need to read the can and see, apparently, what it REALLY is...) I have to say that I like how it dries faster, but the finish isn't as nice as the Tung Oil. Also - is it usual that it…"
Jan 17
Sean Murphy replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Tung oil vs Danish Oil?
"I've been curious about the tru oil and will probably pick some up, give it a shot."
Jan 17
Gus K replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Tung oil vs Danish Oil?
"No polyurethane in Watco Danish Oil."
Jan 17
Taffy Evans replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Tung oil vs Danish Oil?
"Hi Stew, yes true oil gives a nice finish, I use it on electric guitar necks to give a smooth soft feel to the neck, after removing the lacquer if refinishing on a customers guitar.  I was going to mention that I feel it is too expensive to do…"
Jan 16
Stew replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Tung oil vs Danish Oil?
"Tru oil. It is a mix of tung and linseed oil. Apply with fingers 3 coats 3 hours apart. Scuff with 000 steel wool and run fridge magnet over it to remove any steel wool dust. Do another 3 coats and scuff again then do 1 light coat and leave over…"
Jan 16
Stew replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Tung oil vs Danish Oil?
"I use Tru oil. It's a mix of tung and linseed oil. Apply with fingers, do another coat 3 hours later then a 3rd after 3 hours more. Scuff with steel wool, wipe clean and run a fridge magnet over it to get any small steel wool dust particles. Do…"
Jan 16
Vern Hallett replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Tung oil vs Danish Oil?
"Nice but I'll stick with my method. Vern"
Jan 16
Taffy Evans replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Tung oil vs Danish Oil?
"Hi Vern, as I explain in the first post on this thread. Taff"
Jan 16
Vern Hallett replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Tung oil vs Danish Oil?
"Looks good. There's no finish under the wax? "
Jan 16
Taffy Evans replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Tung oil vs Danish Oil?
"Hi Vern, this method is for the impatient builder. See the photos, I applied a coat of Danish Wax finish and was playing this lap slide reso within half an hour. ...and now the full job. Taff"
Jan 16
Vern Hallett replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Tung oil vs Danish Oil?
"Yeah I'm kind of impatient when it comes to finish also. This method works for me and it only takes a couple days. Different woods will have different results. Poplar soaks it in and gives a nice soft shine so you may need more coats depending…"
Jan 16
Sean Murphy replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Tung oil vs Danish Oil?
"Nice! Having tried both I'm a bit more fond of the tung oil finish but it's been a big time commitment. I'll have to try your process!"
Jan 16
Vern Hallett replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Tung oil vs Danish Oil?
"It acts as a super fine sandpaper to even and smooth the tung oil out. I don't wait until it's completely dry after the first coat. I apply the first coat let it dry overnight then rub it out to smooth the finish. The second and third coat…"
Jan 16

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I discovered canjoes recently and realized that it would be easy to make one; I have two at work (the one I bought and the one I made) and have been delighted by how many people walk by and pick them up and noodle around on them. In the course of research on building canjoes I found a lot of CBG sites and realized that's the next step on home-built instrument making for me. Bought two cigar boxes yesterday and am going to take a stab at one today!

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Fretboard wood - what to do, what to do?

Posted on July 31, 2019 at 6:40pm 7 Comments

I am close to finishing my latest build, but need to do my fretboard still. I have a lovely piece of bocote (middle), a really interesting strip of zebrawood (right), and I though about using poplar to tone with the label on the box. Neck is black walnut.



I like the poplar most, from the color-theory perspective - but the zebrawood is amazing too.



(also, too: I'm seriously flirting with trying a bound fretboard on this one - trying to talk myself out of it, but I want to…

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Getting ready for next build

Posted on July 17, 2019 at 12:54pm 8 Comments

Parts assembled for next build. I'd thought about using another piece of bocote for the fretboard but I think a nice piece of poplar might make a nicer color complement. 

What wood is this?

Posted on July 16, 2019 at 10:48am 7 Comments

Got a nice piece of wood from my dad this past weekend, but neither he nor I know what it is. It's definitely mostly grey-ish.

The piece on top is mahogany - trying to ID the wider piece.

Any thoughts?

Overpriced cigar box in antique store?

Posted on July 14, 2019 at 8:36pm 7 Comments

I visited an antique store this past weekend in search of goodies that might make for a good CBG project, and noticed a cabinet that had seven or eight cigar boxes. In checking them out, I noticed a lovely Don Diego "Playboy" box, a bit worn, 25 "Churchill" cigars.

I considered picking it up until I noticed that the shop had the box priced at $165.95!!!!

A quick search on the internet shows similar boxes for around twenty bucks.

Is there any conceivable reason one of…

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