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Cutting sound holes in pressboard

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ducati Scotty Sep 7. 15 Replies

I bought a bunch of boxes the other day and it was only when I was using a spade bit to cut a sound hole in the top of one that I realized it was pressboard and not the plywood I expected.  The hole…Continue

Fret press anyone?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Walter Feb 1. 22 Replies

In my reading, I've seen that many luthiers prefer to install their frets with a press instead of a hammer.  They go in more evenly, seat better, and are less prone to coming loose later.I've seen a…Continue

Bonding metal to the wood headstock, how would you do it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by BrianQ. Sep 7, 2018. 22 Replies

I'm building a ukulele for a friend.  I found this great little souvenir teaspoon.  I want to cut off and discard the bowl of the spoon, flatten what's left, and stick it to the middle of the…Continue

Cigar box ukulele question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kigar Jul 29, 2018. 19 Replies

I'm building a ukulele for a friend out of a Johnny Walker box.  It originally held 10 mini bottle of liquor but it's basically a cigar box.So I see two ways to go about the build:1) Get the Gitty…Continue

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Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"Yes, good work habits make all outcomes better.  "
Sep 7
Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"Very true my friend.  I guess this somewhat speaks to my bias here: I bought the boxes to have some quicker, easier builds than the last few where I built the boxes myself. As with many things in life, patience and persistence can always yield…"
Sep 7
robert jones replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"Plywood tops can splinter too so the methods described by others are a good habit to get into using. I use painters tape and templates sized to fit each lid on both sides and score each design before cutting, leaving  virtually no tear out…"
Sep 7
Paul Craig replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"Great idea Taff."
Sep 7
Taffy Evans replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"Hi again, it all depends on the reasons different folks take up this creative pastime. Some to make money, some to have something cheap to play or as a gift for somebody, and some (like me) it's all of the above. Its a chance for me to keep the…"
Sep 5
Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"Way too much work.  Next time I’ll just buy better boxes!"
Sep 5
Taffy Evans replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
" Hi, I cut mine as described in this thread. Draw the outline rom a template of the desired hole shape, scribe with an exacto knife, drill suitable size holes at the junction of any two lines where they intersect [aids in turning the blade…"
Sep 4
Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"Then what was the point of buying the box? ;)  I build the boxes for many of my guitars but it's way easier and quicker to have a box to start with.  Also, I like the tops of a few of these boxes so I want that to be part of the…"
Sep 4
Paul Craig replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"Sharp Xacto knife. My preferred way to cut a soundhole in a pressed board top of a Cigar Box is to use the knife to cut the paper holding the pressed board on the box and use it as a template to cut out a new plywood top, drill a soundhole, screw it…"
Sep 4
Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"You may also want to use an exacto knife to score as deep as possible before routing. Just take your time with it. I also on paper lids found that after scoring, a thined down glue or clear coat of some kind will penetrate into the fibers and help…"
Aug 31
Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"I’ve been looking at some forstner bits. Might be fine to step up. I have a very fine tooth blade for the coping saw. Since you say it should work I’ll give it a whirl. Might use some blue painters tape for a little extra surface…"
Aug 30
Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"I did have a bit with the tines on the edges and wood backing it, but no clamps and I was using a hand drill, so it moved :("
Aug 30
Myron Joe Hickel replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"Although I have not ben making cbg's for very long. I was a carpenter most of my life and have worked with mdf or pressboard quite a bit. I hate to say it but your paddle bits don't have enough bulk to make a hole in PB cleanly. You could…"
Aug 30
Taffy Evans replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Cutting sound holes in pressboard
"Hi Ducati, what would try, and what I do, is to use the type of spade bit (in a drill press preferably ) that has the cutting or scribing "wings" on the outer edge. This scribes the hole before the actual cutting face contacts the material…"
Aug 30
Ducati Scotty replied to Robbie's discussion How do you shave your neck to proper /comfortable thickness?
"I have a spoke shave that I use to shape the back of the neck whether I add fret board or not.  A router is a good way to remove a lot of material quickly and easily, but the resulting shape feels a bit chunky.  A spoke shave is a hand…"
Aug 30
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Cutting sound holes in pressboard

I bought a bunch of boxes the other day and it was only when I was using a spade bit to cut a sound hole in the top of one that I realized it was pressboard and not the plywood I expected.  The hole came out a little wonky but no matter, the guitar plays just fine.I went to inspect a few of the other boxes and discovered many of them have pressboard tops too.  I was planning to make a few acoustics with fancy cut f-holes using a hand coping saw and my Dremel router bit.  That an be challenging…See More
Aug 30

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