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@  Mario DaCosta : (31 October 2014 - 01:08 PM) Pigfish I say to u
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@  Nelson Guitars : (31 October 2014 - 10:18 AM) Your Fat Finger Syndrome is legendary.
@  Mario DaCosta : (31 October 2014 - 07:39 AM) Pronounced Inga
@  Mario DaCosta : (31 October 2014 - 07:38 AM) Inge not Unge
@  Mario DaCosta : (31 October 2014 - 07:38 AM) getting my self back to work makes time pass better as I love my work. Unge is traveling with me on the road trips. She is on Strong lady.
@  Mario DaCosta : (31 October 2014 - 07:36 AM) Also have new cats Spruce coming in from Alberta
@  Mario DaCosta : (31 October 2014 - 07:36 AM) Sprucetonewood has just got access to unlimited supply of new wood, Although this will be pricey no one else can have access to this wood from Alaska and the yukon.
@  Mario DaCosta : (31 October 2014 - 07:34 AM) dear friends yahooo
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@  Nelson Guitars : (30 October 2014 - 07:06 PM) Home sick today. First time in years. 101.9 this afternoon. No ebola jokes please. Get your flu shots.
@  Dean : (30 October 2014 - 12:57 PM) well I didn't want to exclude anyone...
@  Nelson Guitars : (30 October 2014 - 12:09 PM) Are there any girls in the archtop build along?
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@  Dean : (30 October 2014 - 08:39 AM) I enjoy watching the progress on all the archtop builds! Nice work you guys.

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Salt as a building tool

24 Oct 2014

Posted by TexasUke in The Wood Shop

No I'm not talking about salt on fries or slices of fresh tomatoes that you eat for lunch while building.  I'm not even talking about any salt that serves to enhance your favorite beverage at the end of the day after you turn off the power to the shop tools.  I'm talking about actually using salt in the building process.


I saw this on PBS about a week ago on a show about craftspeople and their legacy.  Sorry, I can't remember the name of the show or the host.  But this episode was about a wood worker named John Wilson, I think.  He's been building for decades and has taught wood working and written a lot of books about the topic.  I had never heard of him though I'm sure there are many of you who are familiar with his work.


John was demonstrating how to build your own plane by gluing up a wood sandwich with the pieces that go north and south of the mouth pre-cut.  He told the host that a good way to avoid that problem of having glued pieces slide around is to sprinkle a little salt in the glue.  He said that the salt has a rough surface with lots of points and it helps keep the pieces from moving relative to each other.  He also stated that sugar would not work as it doesn't have the same rough surface.


I gave it a try on a glue-up I did today.  I put glue on both mating surfaces and sprinkled a little (very little) salt on one side.  When I put the pieces together I tested the resistance and was pleasantly surprised.  With hand pressure the pieces held firm and didn't slide around.  Even with considerable clamping pressure they stayed put.  So it really works.  With a little effort you can get the pieces to slide but you don't have to put extra clamps on the glue-up to prevent it.


I do have one question.  Is there any chemical reason not to use salt mixed in with Tite-Bond glue?  There's very little salt used but even so I don't want to accidentally make plastic explosive or some gummy acid.




P.S.  BTW, I haven't tried sugar yet to see if it is a poor substitute.


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Green Spiker OM

17 Oct 2014

Posted by JasonMoe in Official Moonlight Guitars

IMG_1455.JPG IMG_1456.JPG IMG_1454.JPG I am making an OM shaped guitar using Green Spike DaCosta Hybrid Spruce . It has tons of bearclaw and flame. I am using Curly Ambrosia Maple for the back and sides. Here is the top. I installed a herringbone rosette. 

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17 Oct 2014

Posted by mandomaniac in Tonewood for Sale

I know....long time no see.....but I am still kicking!
So happens I have some absolutely beautiful cocobolo I came into a bit back.
Resawing perfectly quarter sawn billets of extremely dense old growth

Dimensions: (approx)
Backs: 7 1/2 x 24 3/8 x 3/16
Sides: 5 1/8 x 36 3/8 x 1/8


I need to turn some tonewood into green...so I thought I would post here and see
what happens. Posted on fleabay as well. We got to move some of these

Hopefully I can figure out how to post pics. Although as you might recall.....I
am a crappy photographer.




Anyway, asking $200 (that is starting bid on fleabay)
Give me a shout if you are interested. I will have a number of these
available......some of these billets are really incredible.

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