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Recycling wood

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 5:30pm 2 Comments

Reading someone else's post inspired me to do a little recycling.  I had an old sawhorse that I wanted to get rid of.  The wood was so beat up, it was not worth selling.  So, I recycled it.  I am thinking of making a dulcimer and a dog bowl resonator.  We shall see.

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Fret-slotting jig

Posted on June 26, 2015 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

I am using a new fret-slotting jig I built based on a design from http://sixgunguitars.com/fret_slotting_jig.html

It uses a razor blade for a slot locator.  It works great!

I decided to build it after doing my first fretboard for a dulcimer stick.  It was hard to get the slots perfectly straight.  This little jig will be a real time saver.  And the quality of my fretting just went up!…

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mike mccaw commented on Alan Garrett's blog post Recycling wood
"Recycling. Keeps the cost down as well,can't. Wait to see what you end up making."
Jun 4, 2016
Alan Garrett left a comment for Ted Crocker
"Thanks for the lo-ccal cake!"
Oct 17, 2015
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Playing a CBG at the Strum Shop in Roseville, CA.
Jul 13, 2015
Alan Garrett commented on Tim LaFave's photo
Jul 5, 2015
Alan Garrett commented on Alan Garrett's photo
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"I will try that.  Thanks."
Jul 3, 2015
Cynthia Davidson commented on Alan Garrett's photo
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"After the surfaces are smoothed, I do an x-acto cross cut. Some guy in England showed this with a box cutter. Seemed anti-to achieve flat surface; but provided just enough "bite" without raising the surface to be glued. Obviously dont go…"
Jul 3, 2015
Tom Temple commented on Alan Garrett's photo
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"The tape idea actually makes a lot of sense. It should provide enough resistance to sliding while the clamps put pressure on the joint. Nice idea."
Jul 2, 2015
Alan Garrett commented on Alan Garrett's photo
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"I like those smaller clamps.  I have used bigger clamps.  If I put to much pressure on the joint it can slide."
Jul 2, 2015
Alan Garrett commented on Alan Garrett's photo
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"I like it!"
Jul 2, 2015
Mark Lillo commented on Alan Garrett's photo
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"I use a piece of tape to hold it in place. One of the clamps is just holding the tape down so it doesn't lift. It works very well and it is easy. "
Jul 2, 2015
Tom Temple commented on Alan Garrett's photo
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"I watched the video. Seems to have made a tough process even tougher. I don't think it has to be that complicated. Just prevent the initial sliding and it will work out fine."
Jul 2, 2015
Alan Garrett commented on Alan Garrett's photo
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"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKGj0kpRqU0 This guy has some ideas.  I am not sure how the screws would work with what we do.  Most of the guys on Youtube just use clamps.  I think using a thinner layer of glue and letting it pre-dry…"
Jul 2, 2015
Tom Temple commented on Alan Garrett's photo
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"Thanks for the information. I'm always looking for better ways to hold scarf joints while the glue dries. I've tried salt, clamping the pieces to a board to hold them, putting a cut off staple between pieces and many others. I still wish I…"
Jul 2, 2015
Alan Garrett commented on Alan Garrett's photo
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"Good question Tom.  I just used clamps.  I put a shake of salt in the glue before I clamped it to help prevent it from sliding.  That helped a little.  It still slid a little. Next time I will try clamping each board in place…"
Jul 2, 2015
Tom Temple commented on Alan Garrett's photo
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"Nice way to cut an accurate scarf joint. How do you hold the pieces while gluing?"
Jul 2, 2015
Alan Garrett commented on Alan Garrett's photo
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"This jig is set to cut at a 15 degree angle."
Jul 1, 2015

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Welcome to the Clubhouse! How did you hear about us?
The Internet.
What instruments are you building or playing?
Checkerboard guitars, CBGs, Banjos, and dulcimers.

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At 10:39am on October 17, 2016, Ted Crocker said…

At 2:00pm on October 17, 2015, Ted Crocker said…

At 12:11pm on June 2, 2015, Ted Crocker said…

Hi Alan, welcome to the Handmade Music Clubhouse - Cigar Box Guitar Headquarters (CBG HQ)!

The focus here is on all types of handmade instruments and music. There are lots of helpful builders and players here and lots of Groups to teach and learn. We welcome participation so don't be shy.

Have a look around, introduce yourself in My Name Is... and add yourself to the Member Map. There's an active Chat Room where you can ask questions, offer help or just talk about anything with some great folks.

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