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Forum topic by Gavs posted 02-04-2010 12:23 PM 2868 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-04-2010 12:23 PM

Hi Everyone, I am new to guitar building. I was watching Kent Everret’s dvd “Voicing a steel string guitar” and he uses a sanding disk chucked in a drill press to sand down his bracing. Does anyone know where one can buy these? I cant seem to find them.

Thanks, G

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#1 posted 02-04-2010 12:28 PM

might try, guitars are one of their specialty things, wouldn’t be surprised if they have specialty equipment for it

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#3 posted 02-04-2010 06:01 PM

Greetings Gavs:..... When I built guitars (actually resohhonic guitars, called Dobros) years ago, I just used a pocket knife and a set of small rasps to shape the braces, along with a 1/4” sharp chizel. Then took a small sanding block I made and cleaned up the final shape and smoothed them out slick… worked for me… Doing tone bars for a mandolin is a little different, but actually the same shaping takes place….But doing regular guitar braces and dobro braces are different shapes…. more arch in a guitar braces such as a Martin guitars….later.

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#4 posted 02-04-2010 07:27 PM

I’d listen to Rick

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#5 posted 02-04-2010 10:18 PM

Thanks, Jim…... It’s just like tasteing really good food…... the pallet remembers. There are just some things you don’t forget….. you might mis-place them from time to time, but you find them….hid somewhere….lol.

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#6 posted 02-05-2010 03:09 AM

I’ve done some guitar building and a lot of woodwork and model building. Personally I would be a little leery about tackling soundboard braces with a sanding disk chucked in a drill. Things like that can get away from you, and especially the inexperienced, and make a quick mess of a project. I would suggest Rick’s method or use a small spokeshave like I do. These are the spokeshaves I have and they work beautifully if properly sharpened.

If you haven’t done much sharpening use a diamond lap ( working from course to the finest to sharpen, then use a spiral-sewn cotton buff ( charged with black emery polishing compound ( on a small electric grinder or an electric drill to buff the blade edge to razor sharpness. ALWAYS run the buff direction away from the sharp edge or the edge will catch and knock the blade from your hands. You can quickly prepare a razor sharp edge using this method. Test the blade by shaving the hair on your arm. The cotton buff and polishing compound can usually be bought inexpensively at a good local hardware store.


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