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About TerryMcK

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  • Birthday 07/26/1962

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    Ellesmere Pk, England, UK
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    Stringed instrument making
    Wind instruments
    Cabinet making
    Furniture design and manufacture
    Power tools
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    Shop design and layout
    Gate, Portcullis and Drawbridge design and manufacture a speciality - especially for anybody living in a castle.

    Also a licensed radio ham G8YPH since 1980 and just getting back into operating. Have a listen around on HF, VHF or UHF as I have gear for all bands.

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  1. No they went the way of the rheostat many years ago. They were called Tandy over here.
  2. A hot wire leaves no mess. Fuse wire held tight between a wooden frame, rheostat (remember them?) or simply a variable voltage/current power supply (Radio Shack). Turn on the juice and vary the voltage/current until just hot enough. Cuts like a hot knife through butter. It works well with open/closed cell foam too. A bit of overkill for what you want to do. Alternatively a bread knife does just as good and doesn't leave any residue on the bandsaw. You are also not limited by the throat of the bandsaw.
  3. I’m just a collector of woodworking magazines in pdf format. I have years of PW them all 2000 up to October 2018. Also a few pre 2000 issues. I noticed a steep drop in quality of PW since Schwarz and Megan left. So not too bothered anymore. I just thought it had gone to the wall when I couldn’t find it easily. Fine woodworking is one I do still subscribe to and have every issue from #1. That really makes my OCD woodworking magazine collection complete. “Tools and shops” is the annual issue I look forward to. Always nice seeing other peoples shops.
  4. What is the current issue date Rick?
  5. Does it still exist? I can't seem to find any information about the latest issue anywhere.
  6. I got the advice from a Paul Sellers video so make no claim to originality. It really works well and is cheap. It’s not the additive that you put in the water bottle but the ready mixed spray fluid you clean glass with. I have also tried using Shield Technology Honerite water additive and that works supremely well but a little pricey.
  7. Once I went over to diamond plates every other medium has gone by the wayside. I use EZELap 8" x 3" in grades coarse 250, fine 600 and superfine 1200 lubricated with automotive windshield cleaner. The addition of lube gives a finer finish. The secret is honing little and often. I fixed the stones into a piece of marine ply in routed out mortises (nothing holding them in other than side friction). I applied a ledger strip to the lower front edge so it can be clamped in a vice. Then this board of three diamond plates are kept on hand near my bench for immediate use. If you use a honing guide like the MK2, the Lie Niesen guide or even freehand then 8" x 3" is more than adequate. You could use a strop to get a mirror finish but be careful not to round over edges.
  8. Freecad any good Ross? As Trimble have made it more and more difficult to sustain the use of it I’m happy to turn to something else that isn’t tendIng to online only.
  9. I don’t think there is a term for that but if it is only an inch or two you could attach a pad foot to the end of the leg with a contrasting species and then blend it in with a spokeshave. Another thing that I have done is used threaded inserts in the bottom of the leg and screwed in some ornate jacking feet. Good for 2 to 3 inches and very simple to achieve.
  10. Wrong Does it refer to a different species of wood or a contrasting physical feature?
  11. Been there done that. Great video Kev. Everybody needs an assembly table and 4 foot square is a great size, indeed the size of mine with very similar construction. Mine is trimmed out in old reclaimed oak floor boards. One additional I did make to mine is a pair of handles, 4 in total, to lift the top off the base. Then it can be stacked vertically on edge when not needed in shops with less space. The other thing with mine is I deliberately made the legs so the top surface of the torsion box is just 24” off the ground. When assembling tall furniture, like a chest of drawers, it makes a difference not having to stand on a step ladder avoiding banging bald heads on ceiling trusses LOL. Smaller jobs can still be assembled whilst sat down. Keep the great content coming. BTW I must have missed your shop move from the recording studio. When did that happen?
  12. There are several versions of OSB. OSB type 3 and 4 contain phenol formaldehyde throughout, are structural and can be used outdoors in damp environs hence don't need finishing. I've use that on the walls in my shop. I left it natural so I could get on with making stuff. Leave it natural as no matter what colour you may decide to paint it then it will soon go wood coloured with all the saw dust in a wood shop. Want to hang something up? Knock a nail in. Job done.
  13. There is a fantastic 60 minute movie on Amazon Prime that makes my attempts at making string instruments look very basic IMHO. Michael Greenfield is a musician turned luthier who began tuning, repairing, restoring and making guitars in the 1970s. He has since become a seasoned luthier and makes bespoke guitars. As Michael says a guitar still thinks that it is a tree until it receives its first set of strings at which point it becomes an instrument. The documentary shows how a string string guitar is made from start to finish. I have watched this movie and it is fantastic. Michael shows the fixtures he uses to hold the parts of the guitar whilst working them. Much use of handtools, Lee Nielsen tools abound, along with Stanley planes, Porter Cable power tools, general woodworking power tools like jointers, table saws, StewMac specialist luthier tools and the all important drum sander. He also describes the use of animal hot hide glues, some use of Aliphatic resins (Titebond) and the use of epoxy for critical parts like the neck that should not move due to the presence of water (water is found in hide and Titebond for instance). He has a lifetime supply of Honduran mahogany and when he shows the massive 10/4 boards he has left it made me severely jealous! The video also shows the finishing process he employs but it was not clear whether he was using waterbourne, nitrocellulose lacquer based or oil bases finishes. If you have Amazon Prime then search for “Making A Guitar” - it is in movies. I learnt a great deal from it and it has inspired me to improve my guitar making techniques.
  14. If you have Amazon Prime there is a season of 24 minute long shows under the title "A Craftsman's Legacy" The host of the show is Eric Gorges and there are a couple of shows in Season 1 related to woodworking. There is one in particular of interest to you budding luthiers. Brian Galloup builds guitars and runs a school to teach others the craft of guitar making. Host Eric Gorges visits the school and learns what it takes to build a guitar from scratch. They discuss topics such as the tonal properties of wood, steam bending and key steps of guitar building. I've watched this and Brian shows a few of his jigs and fixtures (some made from 2x4s) that speed up the process. He also expertly hand carves a neck profile with a chisel, spokeshave and a mini flexible draw knife. Look for episode 3. The Guitar Maker on season 1. On episode 1 The Woodworker - John Wilson is a writer, a teacher and a woodworker. Host Eric Gorges visits John at his home shop and learns how to make a shoulder plane. Eric learns the history of shop made tools, how to home temper tool-steel and the importance of salt in the wood shop. (Don't ask me what that is about as I've not watched that one yet) If you have Prime the entire season is free to watch.
  15. Instead of welding a vertical joint turn the ship on its side to weld horizontally.