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Setup for cutting the neck back angle on a hand miter box

Started Jul 6 0 Replies

For my last few ukuleles, I used a bolt on neck. The neck had a threaded insert and a 1/4-20 screw passed through a reinforcing block in the box and into the neck. I needed to cut the back angle on…Continue

The Doctor method for applying a neat, even layer of glue to small parts

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Jul 23. 5 Replies

Call%20the%20Doctor%21.pdfI use this method to apply glue to small parts…Continue

CGB Building workshop for kids?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Holladay May 2. 8 Replies

Down here in SW Florida, we have an annual music festival to raise money to buy musical instruments for the local schools. It's a great event with lots of really good bands, and we raised $35,000…Continue

From an old dresser on the side of the road

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Mar 1, 2018. 3 Replies

I saw an old dresser on the side of the road with a "FREE" sign on it. I had to stop and bring it home. I broke it apart and stacked the various pieces of wood with the idea to make a few instruments…Continue

 

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Taffy Evans replied to Mark Bowen's discussion The Doctor method for applying a neat, even layer of glue to small parts
"Hi, this maybe an idea to glue parts like a bridge, as that just one opporation and clamp it up an move on. But even then it would mean scraping up the unused glue and putting it back in the bottle, or letting what's left on the surface go to…"
Jul 23
MadGomer replied to Mark Bowen's discussion The Doctor method for applying a neat, even layer of glue to small parts
"Another wonderful little gem of knowledge to tuck away in your bag of tricks to simplify life in the shop!"
Jul 14
Don Craig replied to Mark Bowen's discussion The Doctor method for applying a neat, even layer of glue to small parts
"Great idea!  I'd use one of those credit cards we always get in the mail."
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Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner replied to Mark Bowen's discussion The Doctor method for applying a neat, even layer of glue to small parts
"Not to be critical, but what kind of sick person not want glue dripping and running allover the place? LOL it's dening you of your inner child, when coloring inside the lines wasn't an option or the ice cream cone/ sloppy sandwich running…"
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Daniel Walter replied to Mark Bowen's discussion The Doctor method for applying a neat, even layer of glue to small parts
"i like it."
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Steve Holladay replied to Mark Bowen's discussion CGB Building workshop for kids?
"Couple of years ago I agreed to be a demonstrator at a folklife festival. I set up and put a bunch of my instruments on display. I had precut a bunch of sticks and cut the tops out of a bunch of soda cans and washed them. As kids came up I would…"
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Taffy Evans replied to Mark Bowen's discussion CGB Building workshop for kids?
"Last paragraph the word go should of course be grow. Taff"
Apr 30
Taffy Evans replied to Mark Bowen's discussion CGB Building workshop for kids?
"Hi Mark, I have had kids building instruments in my workshop, and also when working with people with a disability in my day job. My thoughts on working with the young or a person with a disability is to give them as much of the work to do themselves…"
Apr 30
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BrianQ. replied to Mark Bowen's discussion CGB Building workshop for kids?
"I’ve done this twice , I notched the neck & headstock of each stick to cut down time, which worked out really good? It also cut out any safety hazards as kids aren’t as aware of tool safety as we are? Dado cuts on a table saw is a…"
Apr 29
Mark Bowen replied to Mark Bowen's discussion CGB Building workshop for kids?
"Good idea - I'll see if I can get in touch with Mr. Watt. I've seen a lot of his videos and his 'keep it simple' style is right in line with what I have in mind."
Apr 29
Mark Bowen replied to Mark Bowen's discussion CGB Building workshop for kids?
"Thanks, Tom. I hadn't thought of the Canjo approach, but I have some months to consider it and try prototypes."
Apr 29
Tom T replied to Mark Bowen's discussion CGB Building workshop for kids?
"Sounds like a great project for the kids and the finished product could be a lot of fun for them to play. I guess my advice is to "think simple" with the minimal number of building steps and any precision steps taken care of (by you) ahead…"
Apr 29

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15 or so
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I like the ability to change direction on the fly, start with an idea, meet a challenge in material or hardware, come up with a solution, end up with something that's a lot of fun to play.

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String retractor

Posted on March 10, 2019 at 10:56pm 1 Comment

I was doing some fret repair work on a uke and didn't want to have to take the strings off. I came up with this retractor made of a few bicycle spokes...String%20retractor.pdf

Some tips for cuting fret slots with the CB Gitty miter box

Posted on March 10, 2019 at 10:54pm 2 Comments

After making a few necks with the CB Gitty miter box, I've come up with a few improvements that make my life easier. Hope these thoughts help!

Miter%20box%20tips.pdf

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