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    Michael— you asked in another sub forum for...

    Michael—

    you asked in another sub forum for input from guitar builders. As one of those, let me say that we probably can’t offer any useful advice. That’s because the wood we bend (whatever...
  2. I sent a PM.

    I sent a PM.
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    If the purpose of buying the alcohol is to make...

    If the purpose of buying the alcohol is to make shellac with flakes or buttons of dry shellac, then I will say the following: working with Everclear, as opposed to any sort of denatured alcohol, is...
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    Phil— I could send a photo, but it easier to...

    Phil—

    I could send a photo, but it easier to just describe it. I use a 60” x 30” x 1 3/4” laminated maple benchtop (available any number of places) on top of a set of Lee Valley cast iron legs. ...
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    If your mother is that sensitive to odors, how...

    If your mother is that sensitive to odors, how about going with just shellac, mixed yourself, using dewaxed shellac flakes and Everclear instead of denatured alcohol? that is as nontoxic as you are...
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    A few thoughts: 1. Think about vertical...

    A few thoughts:

    1. Think about vertical clearance. You need to be able to fit some sort of dust bin under the cyclone’s funnel, and the impeller motor needs clearance at the top.

    2. You can...
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    Does the break always happen in the same place? If so, where? Nut or saddle? Either way, the problem can easily be fixed.
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    + 1 for the Habitat ReStore idea. You are...

    + 1 for the Habitat ReStore idea. You are outfitting a workshop; a large second hand sink that does not leak should do fine, it will save you a lot of money, and the money you do spend will go...
  9. Here are some wood suppliers that can sell you...

    Here are some wood suppliers that can sell you decent guitar wood:

    RC Tonewoods
    West Penn Hardwoods
    Luthiers Mercantile International
    Hibdon Hardwood
    Aaron Hix Guitars
    Allied Lutherie
    Old...
  10. Is is not that uncommon to see 4 piece tops. ...

    Is is not that uncommon to see 4 piece tops. Feel free to experiment with the pine. If nothing else, it is great practice for creating a good center seam later on in your spruce top, which can be a...
  11. Let me suggest you also read the...

    Let me suggest you also read the Cumpiano/Natelson book before you start building. It is my favorite book for a first build from scratch. Also, for wood, look at a few more places than just...
  12. Sapele is offered as a guitar making alternative...

    Sapele is offered as a guitar making alternative to Honduran Mahogany, so as a species, it should work fine for backs, sides and necks. Taylor uses it a lot these days.

    However, understand that...
  13. I have to work in a tight space. I deal with it...

    I have to work in a tight space. I deal with it by only keeping a short (but very accurate) fence on my hybrid table saw, and cutting sheet goods with a track saw. The track saw is a slower way to...
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    I think Bryan is right about the fire codes. I...

    I think Bryan is right about the fire codes. I think I have read that the solution is to include a layer of drywall. So, either plywood behind drywall, or drywall behind plywood. But it is...
  15. Another tip: I can’t imagine trying to make a...

    Another tip: I can’t imagine trying to make a cut without using the two clamps that slide into a channel underneath the track. So, make sure to buy the saw, as much track as you think you need (you...
  16. No worries. In case you do decide to do this...

    No worries. In case you do decide to do this yourself, let me share the most precise way to get a compound radius without routing or sanding jigs or fixtures, if the hand plane method is not a good...
  17. Actually, I think LMII would want to sell you the...

    Actually, I think LMII would want to sell you the wood. But, you can ask . . .

    The router methods of radiusing fingerboards all need to work with absolutely no slop, or else the fingerboard turns...
  18. If you are just building one guitar, and if you...

    If you are just building one guitar, and if you are decent with hand tools, the far easiest and least error-prone way to do it is with a hand plane.

    The jigs for just cutting a constant radius...
  19. I have the corded version. It cuts great. The...

    I have the corded version. It cuts great. The dust (more like small chip) collection is pretty good. Not 100%, but way better than not using it at all.

    Here in the winter months, I notice some...
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    You're going to make me cry if you cover that...

    You're going to make me cry if you cover that wood floor with anything other than real wood plank flooring. I wish I had a wood floor in my shop.
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    I'm a very happy ClearVue owner. Yes, it is loud,...

    I'm a very happy ClearVue owner. Yes, it is loud, but all of the ones that actually work are loud.
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    I gave the list earlier. Another thing to...

    I gave the list earlier. Another thing to mention: An acoustic guitar turns out better if most of the pieces of wood that are used to make it are quartersawn. The more vertical the grain is, the...
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    Luthiers Mercantile International Old World...

    Luthiers Mercantile International
    Old World Tonewood
    RC Tonewoods
    West Penn Hardwoods
    Hibdon Hardwood
    A. Hix Tonewood
    Colonial Tonewoods
  24. I want to offer a perspective. Not the only...

    I want to offer a perspective. Not the only perspective, but one that comes from dealing with insurance policies pretty much every day.

    Every insurance policy has exclusions; things that the...
  25. What follows is not legal advice, and I am not...

    What follows is not legal advice, and I am not representing anyone on this forum (it is important that I make that clear, because I am a lawyer):

    1. Yes, on the insurance, shop around. An...
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