" I've tried leaving the gaps in on most of my builds...but only on the standard 'neck-thru' builds.
I've also tried the 'Uncle Crow' method of placing the entire stick on TOP of the Soundboard-but since that…"
" My absolute 'best bang for the buck' tool upgrade was a Dremel kit-microsaws, polishers, cutting wheels,drills, barrel sanders,etc, Added to my usual pocketknife, planer, micro and macro files and snips, it halved my prep time from…"
" Titebond or Elmer's, usuallt the waterproof carpenter's versions...but for ease of maintenance I often just use screws.And since I use the bottoms of the boxes in general, I don't need to de-string in order to open it up..."
" I tend to make the neck slightly canted backwards, not as extreme as a Mandolin but close, maybe 3% back or so. As a result, the bottom of my fretboard hangs out over a full inch of empty space-but I insert tiny slices of wood beneath , glue…"