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Band saw woes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner Aug 11. 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. 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

Files for nut slots?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Jul 28. 9 Replies

I've been using a triangle file to create slots in my nuts for my strings, but I'd like to be able to do proper nut slots at some point.However, I'm not quite ready to drop ~$100 for a set of StewMac…Continue

Raising part of a neck for fretboard?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Jun 18. 4 Replies

As part of this ongoing problematic build, I've attached my headstock to the neck via a scarf joint, with the headstock face creating part of the flat surface of the neck where the fretboard will be…Continue

 

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Sean Murphy commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Fretboard wood - what to do, what to do?
"I did go with the zebra wood; it was challenging in a lot of ways but when I got my stubborn on, I was able to sand it down and get it to behave. I found the key was working with the finer grit sandpaper. The only thing I learned on completion…"
Aug 15
Blues Frog commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Fretboard wood - what to do, what to do?
"I have made a git with a zebrawood fretboard. It came out great. I used maple for the neck but I bet it would work great with the mahogany neck."
Aug 15
Art Prior commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Fretboard wood - what to do, what to do?
"I prefer the lighter color (poplar) on the darker neck but that's just the opinion of an old upholsterer. Art"
Aug 15
Sean Murphy commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Getting ready for next build
"Finally finished! Pretty happy with it; I definitely learned a few things over the course of the build that I'll remember going forward..."
Aug 14
Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Band saw woes
"How to fine tune your bandsaw. This is the one I was telling you about. "
Aug 11
Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Band saw woes
"First things first is your blade fine tooth? If so get a course tooth(6-9tpi) in the widest blade possible for your saw 3/8". There's a video for fine tuning bandsaw with rods as side guides.(I'll see if I can locate it) in the mean…"
Aug 11
Titch the Clown replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Band saw woes
"If you have used the Snodgrass tips with no joy,  The only extra suggestion I might make is try a new blade. "
Aug 10
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Band saw woes

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 all the videos, read all the articles about setting band saws up, followed Alex Snodgrass's advice...but I still can't get the thing to do anything but cut really general cuts that are sloppy and wander all over the place. Anyone have any advice on band saws, and this one in particular?See More
Aug 10
Sean Murphy commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Getting ready for next build
"Haha, still not done! Work, life, and Texas in August have kept me out of the workspace for a while. But I'm hoping to get it wrapped up in the next week or so."
Aug 9
Taffy Evans commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Fretboard wood - what to do, what to do?
"Hi Sean, I say Zebra wood for two reasons, visual appeal and 'cos it's properties are close to that of Indian rosewood, a timber sold for fingerboards. But as Pick says the popular would be easier to work. What's that saying?…"
Aug 2
the anonymous pick commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Fretboard wood - what to do, what to do?
"I vote zebra ,  but popular  would be easier , and  still open to color  / stain  choices .  scratch that .. flip a coin ;-)"
Aug 1
Paul Craig commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Fretboard wood - what to do, what to do?
"I think the Zebrawood would look awesome on to of the Walnut neck. I've done a lot of necks and fretboards, but haven't tackled a bound fretboard before. I love the way they look. It's a whole lot more work. Good luck to you and I…"
Aug 1
Sean Murphy commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Fretboard wood - what to do, what to do?
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Fretboard wood - what to do, what to do?

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 try one soooo…See More
Jul 31
Tom T replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Proper order for shaping/attaching headstock?
"There are probably dozens of good ways to accomplish shaping & drilling the peg-head, cutting the scarf joint and attaching it to the neck blank. Mostly it's a matter of your available tools and which techniques feel comfortable to you. To…"
Jul 28
Taffy Evans replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Proper order for shaping/attaching headstock?
"Here's what I meant about cutting and gluing the splice."
Jul 28

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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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