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Table saw for fretting, blades, and power

Started this discussion. Last reply by hthavana 5 hours ago. 15 Replies

I've fallen down a bit of a rabbit hole!I've been thinking of ways to get a powered fret-slot cutting system going, both for speed and consistency of depth. I'm not quite ready to invest in the…Continue

Tung oil vs Danish Oil?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Jan 19. 24 Replies

I've got some lovely wood I'm using for some CBG necks and I'm looking at what to use as a finish. I've been using Tung oil on my past builds and have really liked the deep, hard finish it creates -…Continue

Strings for double-course canjo?

Started this discussion. Last reply by JP Lace Master Jan 8. 3 Replies

I've been thinking about doing a double-course canjo; any suggestions on what strings I should use? Most obvious would be a regular guitar's low- and high-E, but I'm wondering if the can will hold up…Continue

Band saw woes

Started this discussion. Last reply by KOOL DOG HOOCH Aug 11, 2019. 3 Replies

I picked up a band saw a while ago - an entry-level SKIL 3386-01. I read good reviews but I've had almost no luck with this thing - I can't get a clean or straight cut to save my life. I've watched…Continue

 

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hthavana replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"I really like the idea of a dedicated saw for fretting, but I have to admit, a small jig will do just a good a job, perhaps better.  I'm still working on my mini-table saw configuration but will probably fashion a jig as well, I like…"
5 hours ago
KOOL DOG HOOCH replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"My buddy Richard uses a copingsaw for fretting because of the kerf thickness.  So with that, I've kicking around the idea of using my latest garage sale find, a Jigsaw. Working out the details for a sliding fixture with a stop( Will have…"
6 hours ago
Moritz Voegeli replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"For a workshop with poor infrastructure, I prepared a dozen of cbg kits, ready for assembly and setup, with various workplaces to practice the skills needed, with the possibility of making mistakes. For the 4 x 2.5 cm necks I had to build a special…"
7 hours ago
ChickenboneJohn replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"You say that you want to go for a powered fretslotting setup for speed and consistency of depth. You may not  like what I have to say, but here's my take on this. I've build several rigs for fret slotting by hand, two with no depth…"
12 hours ago
Gregmw liked Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
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KOOL DOG HOOCH replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"I cancelled my order for several reasons. Based  on what I've been reading in the reviews, I don't need it! Its tiny, under powered(according to some), can't adjust height, have to order an appropriate blade for fretting on top…"
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KOOL DOG HOOCH replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"Interesting concept, don't know if I could pull that off though!"
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Taffy Evans replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"Hi I was interested in the comments and ideas of other builders.  I would not take this idea too seriously, its Saturday and I've got time on my hands. It seemed that a popular idea was to use small slitting saws. This idea is designed for…"
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KOOL DOG HOOCH replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"What is your opinion of the saw!"
Saturday
hthavana replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"I saw Del's post with his saw too and I got a different saw on Amazon that I'm in the process of setting up now just for the purpose of fretting.   Here's the…"
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doggylv . replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"Something u can find these blades on EBay."
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KOOL DOG HOOCH replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"Click here fore blade"
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KOOL DOG HOOCH liked Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
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KOOL DOG HOOCH replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"I see bits on FB marketplace a lot for $25-50 in my area! I have a table top tile saw that runs a 7 1/2" blade and I have used circular sawblades on it a couple of times. If you look at some of the specialized wood tool companies you can find…"
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Myron Joe Hickel replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"So I guess I'll meet you at the rabbit hole.  On part number one: It is clear to see that Dels fret saw is doing the job from his YT channel. By the way you need to get the blade .020 or .023 kerf thickness. The blade that comes with it is…"
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Taffy Evans replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"Hi Sean, here is a photo of my fretting table saw, purpose built and dedicated to one job only, fret slots. I use the Stewmac slotting saw blade. The table is from a tile cutter sitting on a box I built to suit. Driving the saw is a high quality…"
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I discovered canjoes recently and realized that it would be easy to make one; I have two at work (the one I bought and the one I made) and have been delighted by how many people walk by and pick them up and noodle around on them. In the course of research on building canjoes I found a lot of CBG sites and realized that's the next step on home-built instrument making for me. Bought two cigar boxes yesterday and am going to take a stab at one today!

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Fretboard wood - what to do, what to do?

Posted on July 31, 2019 at 6:40pm 7 Comments

I am close to finishing my latest build, but need to do my fretboard still. I have a lovely piece of bocote (middle), a really interesting strip of zebrawood (right), and I though about using poplar to tone with the label on the box. Neck is black walnut.



I like the poplar most, from the color-theory perspective - but the zebrawood is amazing too.



(also, too: I'm seriously flirting with trying a bound fretboard on this one - trying to talk myself out of it, but I want to…

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Getting ready for next build

Posted on July 17, 2019 at 12:54pm 8 Comments

Parts assembled for next build. I'd thought about using another piece of bocote for the fretboard but I think a nice piece of poplar might make a nicer color complement. 

What wood is this?

Posted on July 16, 2019 at 10:48am 7 Comments

Got a nice piece of wood from my dad this past weekend, but neither he nor I know what it is. It's definitely mostly grey-ish.

The piece on top is mahogany - trying to ID the wider piece.

Any thoughts?

Overpriced cigar box in antique store?

Posted on July 14, 2019 at 8:36pm 7 Comments

I visited an antique store this past weekend in search of goodies that might make for a good CBG project, and noticed a cabinet that had seven or eight cigar boxes. In checking them out, I noticed a lovely Don Diego "Playboy" box, a bit worn, 25 "Churchill" cigars.

I considered picking it up until I noticed that the shop had the box priced at $165.95!!!!

A quick search on the internet shows similar boxes for around twenty bucks.

Is there any conceivable reason one of…

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