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  1. C'mon guys, let's stick to helping out the OP here.
  2. You can install a TOM straight across and have all the strings intonate properly; there's just less room for adjustment that way and you have to get the bridge placement dead on. Example
  3. I was just referring to the slicing the thing up thickness-wise into four dark-and-light pieces, with the bandsaw. Just the way I saw it done. He glued up a dark piece and a light piece, then sliced the resulting piece into four thin slices that would make up the board. I haven't done it myself, just describing how I saw it done once (and only on TV at that). Looking forward to your pics!
  4. I only know this because I saw it on TV (David Marks). It goes something like this: Joint a dark and a light piece and glue them up so you have a long piece (slightly longer than the length of the chess board)that's half dark and half light, each stripe being the width of one chess board square. Cut into four slices with a band saw, then thickness sand the four slices. Glue them up so that you have a chess board that's striped instead of checkered. Cut into strips the width of the squares, so now you have eight strips of alternating squares. Flip four of them around and reassemble to get the checkered pattern.
  5. I think you'll find you won't be able to solder aluminum.
  6. Holy crap... I'd never actually seen what the dentist was using on my teeth.
  7. +1 on the angle grinder. The $10 Harbor Freight variety works just fine. With an 80 grit flap disc.
  8. As always, there were several that I really liked and could easily have voted for. Low end fuzz's bass got my vote this time around. Very nice!
  9. You can make them out of a large variety of things... I usually use abalone. You can also use plastic rods (StewMac has them), colored epoxy, metal wire, etc. etc. I've even heard of colored pencil lead being used.
  10. Yes, that's right. Not veneer, though, but a 1/4" top.
  11. Yep, the edge toward the fretboard... the point at which the strings are free to head down toward the bridge.
  12. First you have to know your scale length. Measure from the breaking edge of the nut to the middle of the 12th fret, and double it. Then go here and enter in the appropriate information, and it'll tell you what you need to know.
  13. Rick, what kind of stuff do you brew? I'm a bit of a beer snob myself, and I have brewed several different beers with a good friend of mine. Just about everything... more IPAs, IIPAs, and APAs than anything else. I have an Irish Red ready to keg at the moment. American wheat/rye is up next. Then maybe a robust porter.
  14. I brew beer as well... as I was discussing with someone a few days ago, the luthier gene appears to be related to the brewer gene.
  15. Hard to pick just one, as usual. A lot of great stuff this month. I voted for Kenny's guitar.
  16. I have several Ridgid tools. Never a problem with any of them. (Shopvac, planer, oscillating spindle sander.)
  17. As usual, lots of great instruments to choose from, and I had a hard time choosing. But Matt's guitar really jumped out at me, so it gets my vote.
  18. There's not one in there that I don't like... but I really like the shape of The Nova, so that's my vote.
  19. I'm so bummed that I can only vote once... I like Daniel's acoustic so much that I thought nothing could sway me, but I kinda fell in love with WezV's Custom 6, looking at the final lineup of entries. I've also been following Kenny's build since the build thread started, and I think it turned out great too. There are a lot of worthy entries this month. It was tough! I voted for the Custom 6. [Edit: Oops! I typed all that and forgot to click on an entry... so it counted as a null vote. Wow, I don't feel guilty anymore. )
  20. I've used the Turtle Wax rubbing compound followed by Turtle Wax polishing compound before, and didn't have any problems. I've never heard that it would do any harm to a clear coat, and it certainly hasn't in my experience. (I do like Meguiars stuff better, however.)
  21. (This is all my opinion; others will have other opinions.) The shape of a solid body electric guitar affects the sound very little. A resin guitar will sound different than a wood guitar, but it's hard to say what the difference will actually be.
  22. Looking good. I had the same neck pocket problem with the first one I built. I glued in a piece of really thin mahogany veneer and it worked great and you can't see the repair at all.
  23. Digging up an old thread... but I just got in a nice primavera body blank and in most respects (except color) it is very, very similar to mahogany. I think it'll make a nice body. I don't have a pic of it on its own, but it's the piece under this ziricote.
  24. Yeah, likely, but I just wanted to make sure it's all purposefully figured out and stuck in his brain before any pieces of wood get involved. And there are a few different "standards" as well (as you know).
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