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  1. Sure am. I'm in Valley Township west of Coatesville. Where are you located?
  2. Knightro is correct. I use it and get great results. I'm not sure what "tolerance" means in the context of the saw blade, but I can say with certainty that I get solid, consistent results. Its not cheap, but the time it saves me by not having to slot fretboards manually is worth more to me than the money I spent on it. @MiKroIve slotted a half-dozen ebony boards as well. No warping. Its not in the wood for long enough to get hot.
  3. Actually yes. I know of three commonly used approaches for ram-air parachutes. Flat packing, pro packing, and psycho packing. Dont be mis-lead by the term "psycho", its not really that crazy
  4. Honestly, and I say this wholly without rancor, I'd love to hear some substantiation of these statements. To be clear, I'm not defending him, however I've never seen any indication that he has provided information that plain wrong. Theres more than one way to do almost every part of guitar building. In truth, my own methods are an amalgamation of a lot of different approaches that I arrived at by watching a lot of videos and reading a lot of threads, absorbing all that information, and then using the methods that make the most sense to me. I dont follow a single persons approach at any point in a build. I dont subscribe to any theory that postulates that theres a single "right" way of doing things. I've seen Ben Crowe do things in the course of a build that make me scratch my head and think "Theres no way I'm going to do it that way" or "That seems like a silly approach" Obviously you feel the same way However, if the end result is a quality instrument that performs the way it should, well then I'm not willing to state that his way was wrong. Only that it was wrong for me. If other folks defend his approach in a pissy way and take it as a personal insult when you challenge something they learned watching Ben Crowe, then in that case shouldn't your rancor be more properly directed at the clown thats getting insulted? They are the ones lacking the imagination and insight to understand that there's more than one way of doing things. At the moment, the only negative thing I'm prepared to say is that calling himself a "master" luthier comes across as somewhat pompous and arrogant, but then perhaps a touch of bravado is a requirement to build a successful boutique guitar building business. theres no denying that he has been doing rather well in growing his business and I have to think that is at least partially because of his guitars. Again, I'm not standing in defense of Ben Crowe. It just seems your comments sound unduly harsh, but if there are circumstances that I'm not aware of I stand prepared to be educated
  5. I can see that. He's labeled himself a "master" Luthier which takes some pretty big stones considering I don't believe that he makes acoustic instruments. I may be wrong but personally I consider that to be a requirement if you're going to call yourself a Luthier of any stripe let alone a master. I could be wrong because I know that he worked with a violin maker before he was building guitars but I've never seen an acoustic guitar on any of his videos. Anyway that's why I call myself a guitar builder and not a Luthier. Acoustic guitar's someday but not yet :-) Anyway, there are things that can be learned from almost everyone. theres a guy on another forum I frequent that's the biggest arrogant douche-nozzle you could ever meet. I wouldn't piss on him to put him out if he was on fire, but I've learned a few things from him :-)
  6. Double oops I forgot to answer your question about the truss rod cover, Shay. I make a veneer out of ebony and inlay the logo with white mother-of-pearl. Sand it down smooth and then cut it out to the shape I want. on my 22 special build that I entered in the December guitar of the month contest I used blue paua abalone instead of mother of pearl
  7. Sounds like you aren't a big fan of Ben Crowe ;-) But how do you know that I don't have head tattoos even worse than his? ;-) I picked up some useful information from his videos. I could wish he didn't ramble on quite so much though ;-). The things that I found to be of the most value are more along the lines of the tips and tricks stuff as opposed to general guitar building techniques The masking tape and CA glue trick instead of double stick tape in particular was probably the most awesome thing I've learned from his videos. That trick alone was worth all of the time I've spent watching his videos ?
  8. Oops forgot about the frets. I actually use both methods. If the fretboard has the same radius end to end I use a caul in my drill press. If it's a compound radius like I've done two or three times I used a hammer because I won't have cauls exactly right for every fret I only use stainless steel fret wire so I have no concerns about the hammer denting the frets ?
  9. Hi shay, thanks for for your comments. Makes me feel good if someone either enjoys or gets something out of my posts ? Motorcycle enthusiast here myself. I think my Fat Boy is partially visible in a couple of the pix. Used to hang on a lot, but the luthier forums are more gratifying. yep, YouTube and forums rock. I literally taught myself everything I know about guitar building from those two sources, and a book or two as well. congrats on your own 10 years. No small feat when one knows what it's like to not be able to go one single day ? AnyWho, thanks for checking in. Probably got a finish on this thing in late March or early April so check back ? Chris
  10. lol. you do indeed have a big one. I feel very inadequate
  11. Yeah. The first one looks like you are using an Evinrude outboard boat engine to carve the wood
  12. and holy cow! I just looked at your 7-string 2013 GOTM/GOTY winner. Thats one absolutely gorgeous guitar
  13. I hear ya. In this case all I need to do to avoid an issue like that is plan ahead The string spacing is predetermined at each end by the locking nut and the Floyd Rose bridge itself since those are not adjustable. As long as my neck template is the right width, (and I dont have some kind of seizure while sanding), its almost impossible to mess it up. Its a bit different when I cut my own nut like with my 22 Specials. With those I have to be a lot more careful
  14. I guess this is pretty much a personal preference thing. This is exactly as I planned it. I allow 1/8" on either side. there are no issues with the string falling off the edge of the fret Bear in mind that a closeup like some of these will cause perspective distortion that will make the strings appear closer to the edge than they really are since the POV is essentially a single eye centered on the body and thus you are looking outward from that point. If I took a photo this close up directly over the bass E it would look just fine while the treble E would appear to be off the edge of the fretboard, and vice versa Heres a different this case the POV is slightly above dead center on the board so it looks like theres room on the bass side, but the treble side appears closer to the edge