"Sawdust - a Forstner bit is a great way to go for a clean, flat bottomed hole. If you've never used one though, you'll want to take it easy. Keep the speed down, and if you're going to try to drill into a box with a paper…"
Hopefully many of you have a few days off around the holiday to build another git, practice your playing, or just relax. Merry Christmas to all of you folks and thanks for all of your help and advice - I'm hoping to finish one up for my son over the break, and he seems to be getting into playing it, so it should be fun. Thanks guys & gals!See More
"Jamie - I've found it really challenging to fix the intonation on my first build with high action. Seems like it's constantly changing. In my case the main culprit I believe is the amount of bow I have in the neck. My…"
"Tom, the possibilities are endless, but my personal favorite is to put the markers on the edge of the fretboard rather than the face, and I like to use a short piece of heavy gauge copper wire which I can easily file down flush with the edge of the…"
"Fear not dude - you're going to have a blast with this. I've only made 2 thus far, but when time allows, I have thoughts on many more I want to do. It's addictive, and don't get too hung up over making everything…"
"To get it flush, you just have to figure out how deep to notch the ends of the box so that when the lid is down, the top of your neck is at the same height as the top of the lid. I'm assuming you're doing a neck-thru build, and so you also…"
Question #1 - it depends (don't you hate that?) - - Seriously though, 25 - 3/4" is a pretty "normal" scale length, but there's nothing wrong with going shorter to some extent - there are pros & cons to long and to…"
"Elwood TB's StewMac link is a good picture of what I made too. I just used a little wider block of wood, but for most 3-string necks his 2X2 should be just fine. Going lengthwise on the neck & doing all the frets at once…"
"Jamie - I should have also mentioned that while my approach of filing the frets lengthwise along the neck prevents any marring of the fretboard, you do have to be careful if you're making a wide or angled headstock, as the file can nick the…"
"Jamie, if you do a little searching on this forum you'll find some suggestions on some tools to make to help with fretting. One is a side cutter with the face ground down so you can cut the fret wire almost flush to the fret board, and…"