I am thinking about doing an eight string Cigar box mandolin (CBM) and had a (few) question(s). I was wondering, do I need to do a truss rod in order to counter act the force of all those strings on…Continue
"Hi, these are the type of drills you don't want to use, not only 'cos they are wood bits, but because I could cut them shorter with a hacksaw. I needed shorter drill bits to work inside a guitar.
"Some battery operated power tools are better than others(Makita, Dewalt), but the batteries are always the weak point and the replacements cost as much as a new tool.
My corded tools last for years. Might be inconvenient with the extension cord, but…"
"When I drill stainless steel I use a new bit made for drilling in metal, and use tap and die oil as a lubricant. I also try to drill at lower speeds with even pressure. It should start shaving out the hole. When I first attempted to drill…"
"You need good drill bits. I use the Titanium bits. Not Titanium coated bits, but solid Titanium bits made by Dewalt. They cost more, but when it comes to tools, you get what you paid for.
Hopefully your drill is up for the challenge. 3/8" drill…"
"You should be able to drill holes if you don't try to drill too fast or without lubrication. But, if you are having trouble in spite of the above, you might try annealing the section of the shovel you are trying to drill through.
To anneal it…"
"I built one without reinforcement a while ago and it worked. The neck is fairly chunky, laminated from two pieces of mahogany and a piece of oak, and it has a thick oak fret board. No bowing whatsoever. So it is possible. But if I built another one,…"
I am thinking about doing an eight string Cigar box mandolin (CBM) and had a (few) question(s). I was wondering, do I need to do a truss rod in order to counter act the force of all those strings on the neck? I'm going to be doing a red oak, through box neck. Any help will be appreciated.See More
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
The fact that I get to build something that's beautiful, that works, and that I and others can use for years to come. And that I essentially get to be part of history as a member of a community that's been around for about 150 years.
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