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  1. thanks andy, this gave me the confidence I needed to get to work, I'm still working on cleaning up the area but I got the rough cuts in and it worked ok,. I'd like to add that adding tape to the surface of the file that would be in contact with the fretboard end seems to be a good idea as well. I changed the tape on the fretboard out a few times as it got worn away (which happened quickly in places, and the extra layer on the file cleared up that issue.
  2. when I built my guitar a couple years ago the area where the nut rests ended up being at a slight angle, call it 10 degrees, from square, now I'm replacing the nut and I am honestly not skilled at matching this angle* (I had help from a guy I paid at the time that certainly helped this process). I am thinking if i can make the small area right behind the nut 90 degrees with the end of the fingerboard this process would be a lot easier, the only thing I have come up with is using a file as wide as the nut and slowly cutting a groove back there and put some painter's tape over the top edge of the fingerboard so I don't inadvertently shorten the scale of the guitar. does this sound like a sold plan or can you guys give me any idea how to do this and not screw up my guitar. If I have to spend a little bit on a tool that's ok too (like less than $20) I no longer have access to a table saw or router, but those sound frightening to work so close to this finished area anyway. thanks * not skilled meaning I am on my 3rd nut trying to get this right, telling me to take it slow and check often isn't enough for me apparently I just can't judge this right.
  3. I hit a spot with some 500 grit wetdry paper and it looks better anyway, I'll carry on. now to repair where I tried to skim a drip off with a chisel :S
  4. sorry no pictures the camera in my phone is the wost thing ever, I'm getting a new phone next week though maybe that'll be better. I did not sand off the oil as it's assumed it's penetrated deep in the wood grain now leaving a little bit of varnish on the top.
  5. ok my first finish job has gone HORRIBLY WRONG. I started with Danish Oil on Basswood which apparently was a bad idea since 9 coats in it was still drinking it up like crazy. So I switched to some spray hi-gloss lacquer (valspar) and after a few coats it is pretty scaley and not glossy at all. Should I keep spraying this thing or try something new that is idiot proof? (ie my speed)
  6. ordered! thanks, cool little store there!
  7. for electrics what are recomended sources for truss rods? I know about LMI (expensive), Stewmac (don't want to get into their proprietary rod) and Allparts (bought one, installed it, turned it once and it snapped). What else is out there?
  8. maybe this is not the right place for this but I bought a hand plane and found an old board in the house (this house is 101 years old) so used it for some practice, and the wood (or some coating on it) smells like iodine. The wood after being planed down a bit is kind of honey colored on the edges and darker on the faces (flat sawn) somewhere between the color of some bourbons and a lighter spanish cedar (but with more grain) any idea what the wood could be and if the iodine smell is dangerous at all and if it's an old tymey stain smell or indicative of some wood? (I don't know a lot about wood)
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