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by Tom West
Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Trimming wood binding height
Replies: 21
Views: 8959

Re: Trimming wood binding height

3/4" MDF 3" by length of binding making sure sides are parallel. A rebate in the top face same size as rough binding. 6 or 7 screw hold downs. Trim away on table saw. The edge is backed up by the MDF and comes out clean. Hope you can follow.
Tom
by Tom West
Mon Oct 26, 2015 11:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cutting CF Truss Rod
Replies: 15
Views: 5538

Re: Cutting CF Truss Rod

I use a hacksaw, but it's harder on the blade then cutting metal. Quite noticeable dulling of the blade.
Tom
by Tom West
Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:49 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Power feed for a bandsaw
Replies: 20
Views: 6851

Re: Power feed for a bandsaw

If one is to eliminate drift the band must track in the same location on both wheels. This requires both wheels to be co-planar. The band tracking on the front portion of one wheel and the back portion of the other puts a slight twist in the blade and thus drift. At first glance one might conclude d...
by Tom West
Fri Nov 07, 2014 8:48 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Look what I scored
Replies: 3
Views: 2297

Re: Look what I scored

jjh: Looks good to me. It seems to have audible frequency range so likely a super score. Except.............does it work?
Tom
by Tom West
Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:39 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Heads up cheap pin hole reamers
Replies: 4
Views: 2781

Re: Heads up cheap pin hole reamers

It looks like more then 5 degrees to me but I have not done the math. Some figures on site as long as they are accurate.
Tom
by Tom West
Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:37 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: and the other way to fix a lifting bridge
Replies: 14
Views: 6278

Re: and the other way to fix a lifting bridge

No more complaints you guys...................it could have been rivets.
Tom
by Tom West
Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:33 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Coloured Purflering and Binding
Replies: 11
Views: 4391

Re: Coloured Purflering and Binding

Also wood will tend to have more open gaps that need to be addressed. John: Have to disagree with you on this point. Have never used plastic so am speaking from the aspect of wood only. Given that, the only time I have had problems with wood purfling binding in reference to gaps was because of my w...
by Tom West
Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Australia misses out on Mario's wood
Replies: 55
Views: 16163

Re: Australia misses out on Mario's wood

At those prices I don't think your missing out on anything. Just recently I got a dozen tops from Shane for about the same price. Nice wood.
Tom
by Tom West
Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:12 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: just noticed PRS guitar prices...
Replies: 3
Views: 1992

Re: just noticed PRS guitar prices...

If it's that expensive it must really be good........................................ :roll:
by Tom West
Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:31 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Question on stiffness and density
Replies: 4
Views: 3052

Re: Question on stiffness and density

Generally, low density material will produce a lower mass top panel than high stiffness material, because to get the low density panel stiffness up, you increase the thickness. Stiffness moves with the cube of thickness whereas mass moves in simple proportion. So the material that will produce the ...
by Tom West
Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:00 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Wood Rasp
Replies: 15
Views: 7820

Re: Wood Rasp

Dragon rasps here also..........!!
Tom
by Tom West
Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:25 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: new fretwire
Replies: 6
Views: 3044

Re: new fretwire

Concure with woodrat re: the EVO wire. My wire of choice, wears better and works better in my opinion.
Tom
by Tom West
Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:06 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Completing setup before or after finishing?
Replies: 13
Views: 4321

Re: Completing setup before or after finishing?

Check for loose frets, especially at the ends. After tapping frets in I clamp with a caul and run thin CA glue along the edge with a pipette. If frets are not down on board you may be pushing them down when leveling and they pop up again to cause problems.
Tom
by Tom West
Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:36 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gold frets
Replies: 3
Views: 2088

Re: Gold frets

Taffy: Looking good...! I really like the EVO so much better then regular wire. I find it works nicer, wears longer and I like the look. Use the longer wearing factor as a selling point to your refret customers.
Tom
by Tom West
Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Opinions on my small jumbo
Replies: 15
Views: 6653

Re: Opinions on my small jumbo

BBK: If it was me doing this, the bridge would grab more of the X brace with a smaller bridge plate. But that is just me.
Tom
by Tom West
Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:27 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bracing
Replies: 25
Views: 9026

Re: bracing

I don't think grain count matters as much as stiffness. For bracing stock I make it to a standard size,.625" by .280". Then put it in a jig with fixed points 18" apart. I then hang a pipe wrench in the center and measure the deflection in the same place. I then write the deflection on a pair and put...
by Tom West
Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:17 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rubber Banding for holding Binding
Replies: 11
Views: 4734

Re: Rubber Banding for holding Binding

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Still doing it the old way.......!!
Tom
by Tom West
Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:48 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Do your ears lie...............?
Replies: 5
Views: 2068

Re: Do your ears lie...............?

Markus: That's interesting, It just occurred to me that maybe folks who have a native language other then English may not be affected. Also folks with different accents from the chap in the video may not be affected. I was very much blown away myself. Thanks for the comment.
Tom
by Tom West
Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Do your ears lie...............?
Replies: 5
Views: 2068

Re: Do your ears lie...............?

Steve: I could hardly believe what was happening when I watched the video for the first time. Had to watch it a couple more times. I am now convinced that folks have their self conceived ideas and feelings about certain guitar brands realized when they play them. Not that that is bad.............it ...
by Tom West
Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Do your ears lie...............?
Replies: 5
Views: 2068

Do your ears lie...............?

And we wonder why it is so hard to discuss tone in terms of our various guitars.........!!!
Tom
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by Tom West
Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:02 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Top Deflection rig
Replies: 37
Views: 22957

Re: Top Deflection rig

Craig: I was just explaining that I thought the arm would bend. This was the reason for my first post. Then I realized the force was directly through the dial on it's spindle. I don't think there would be any problem with any type of side loading.
Tom
by Tom West
Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:16 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Top Deflection rig
Replies: 37
Views: 22957

Re: Top Deflection rig

Some times my old brain takes a while to engage. Have been a machinist years ago and one had to be sure your dial was on a ridged support. I looked at your picture and seen the weight but said to myself" the weight is going to bend the arm the dial is mounted on". DAH :oops: One does have to keep on...
by Tom West
Sun Jun 09, 2013 11:25 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Testing good examples
Replies: 26
Views: 14222

Re: Testing good examples

My point was that someone other then themselves would be doing the data collection and handling their guitars. Tons of folks pass out data on these type of forums and we are all the better for it. Also not sure where the belittling is coming from.......???
Tom
by Tom West
Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:56 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Top Deflection rig
Replies: 37
Views: 22957

Re: Top Deflection rig

OK............The light bulb finally came on..........!! Thanks anyway.
Tom
by Tom West
Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:50 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Top Deflection rig
Replies: 37
Views: 22957

Re: Top Deflection rig

Trevor: I'm not getting how the load is applied to the top. Looks like it's sitting on the dial indicator..????
Tom