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Shovel woes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Dec 3, 2018. 11 Replies

I'm trying to build a shovel guitar, and I'm having trouble. Does anyone on here have any tips or tricks on how to drill through the blade of the shovel? It's just dulling my bits.Continue

Tags: gravedigger, tool, drilling, drill, metal

Cigar box mandolin

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hans Oct 23, 2018. 2 Replies

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

Tags: eight, rod, truss, CBM, Mandolin

 

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Paul Craig replied to Brian M Wilson's discussion Shovel woes
"I've been called one of those most of my life. Haha You always give us good info Taffy."
Dec 3, 2018
Taffy Evans replied to Brian M Wilson's discussion Shovel woes
"ok smart arse, I knew that would get a comment and not the issue of good drills. Anyway I wanted to in the photo too. Haha Taff"
Dec 3, 2018
Paul Craig replied to Brian M Wilson's discussion Shovel woes
"And don't wear sandles in the workshop. ;) Hahaha"
Dec 3, 2018
Taffy Evans replied to Brian M Wilson's discussion Shovel woes
"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. Taff"
Dec 2, 2018
Paul Craig replied to Brian M Wilson's discussion Shovel woes
"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…"
Dec 1, 2018
Jerry Jordan replied to Brian M Wilson's discussion Shovel woes
"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…"
Dec 1, 2018
BrianQ. replied to Brian M Wilson's discussion Shovel woes
"Good advice Paul,you really need that 120volt for hardened metals like shovels? "
Dec 1, 2018
Paul Craig replied to Brian M Wilson's discussion Shovel woes
"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…"
Dec 1, 2018
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Nov 25, 2018
Taffy Evans replied to Brian M Wilson's discussion Shovel woes
"Also start with a smallest drill bit as possible and work up the final size. I have found also that not all drill bits are created equal. Taff"
Nov 22, 2018
BrianQ. replied to Brian M Wilson's discussion Shovel woes
"When drilling through metal, always start with a sharp bit, I would try a new bit of good quality, cheers"
Nov 22, 2018
Tom T replied to Brian M Wilson's discussion Shovel woes
"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…"
Nov 22, 2018
Brian M Wilson posted a discussion

Shovel woes

I'm trying to build a shovel guitar, and I'm having trouble. Does anyone on here have any tips or tricks on how to drill through the blade of the shovel? It's just dulling my bits.See More
Nov 22, 2018
Hans replied to Brian M Wilson's discussion Cigar box mandolin
"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,…"
Oct 23, 2018
Taffy Evans replied to Brian M Wilson's discussion Cigar box mandolin
"Even if the neck is 1/4 sawn and has a substantial fingerboard, if it was me (and I've built many mandolins) I would reinforce the neck. Also consider the extra downward force on the top too. Taff"
Oct 22, 2018
Brian M Wilson posted a discussion

Cigar box mandolin

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
Oct 22, 2018

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