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About TerryMcK

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    Ellesmere Pk, England, UK
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    Stringed instrument making
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    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. 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.
  2. 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.
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    Make a larger hole

    Instead of welding a vertical joint turn the ship on its side to weld horizontally.
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    New model Jet 16/32 drum sander

    There is a also a latch to open the dust shroud making it quick. The abrasive locks in with a spring clip at either end. Also the spring clips are mounted onto another spring loaded mechanism that automatically tensions the belt (within limits of course) so no loose abrasive turns. The Jet supplied abrasive is shown on the drum below There is another manufacturer of sanding belts I can buy locally and that is made by Hermes and is called J-Flex. It is more expensive than the equivalent Mirka - roughly twice as expensive for the same length rolls. Obviously I haven't tried that one but I know it is not an open mesh structure and is a more traditional cloth backed abrasive. Any comments on Hermes is also welcome.
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    New model Jet 16/32 drum sander

    I know that all cantilever type drum sanders have some sort of parallel adjustment and I might not have been as clear as I meant to be. This Jet and the Powermatic share a similar one knob tool-less method of adjustment that other manufacturers don't currently have (AFAIK). This makes it super easy to adjust. I'm not fond of chasing my tail by adjusting a machine with wrenches, testing, readjusting, tightening and locking off etc. I get enough grief from adjusting my planer when I change the blades. This one knob simple adjustment of the conveyor bed is a revelation for me. Ken I'm not sure of the dollar conversion rate as there are probably other factors involved before it gets a final price in US stores - at the moment its around $1700 for the basic machine without extension tables or casters. But I'm sure the new Jet will arrive over in the US (if it is not over there already) soon. I did already mark my cutting template with "Grit side up" as I did read an article of a woman who bought a drum sander. She also bought a roll of Abranet to make her own belts. She then made the mistake of cutting a bunch, using the entire roll, but placed the new abrasive strips grit to grit with the original one. Then she cut the ends to suit. The resultant new strips were unfortunately mirror images of the original and did not fit the drum roller. She made a real expensive mistake but was big enough to admit it to the internet so others didn't make the same mistake. She probably reused the abrasive on a hand sanding pad as Mirka stuff is too expensive to throw away - who knows. Incidently the Abranet I bought is Mirka Abranet Max which doesn't stretch as much as regular Abranet. Anybody else have any experience of Abranet Max?
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    New model Jet 16/32 drum sander

    Good point. We can’t get the Supermax range over in the UK but as far as I am aware the Supermax’s don’t have the parallel bed adjustment that this new Jet and the Powermatic machine has, so for that reason alone a Supermax wouldn’t be on my radar.
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    New model Jet 16/32 drum sander

    Yes Chet I have a few acoustic guitar parts (sides and soundboards) that I want to thickness. I have previously done these by hand and it is very easy to pull lumps out of thin boards (1/8” thick soundboards and even thinner sides and backs) with a hand plane. The drum sander will make it so much easier and less of my expensive sitka spruce going into the burn pile! I have already used the sander to resurface a chopping board that had become bowed on the back and had a butchers block type of hollow on the face (caused by years of knives). My wife is now very happy that it doesn’t wobble around on the counter top anymore. It took about 5 minutes to level and resurface. I used that as an example to justify the cost LOL!
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    New model Jet 16/32 drum sander

    I had been promising myself a drum sander for quite a while and I had a visit to an Axminster Tools store (Warrington UK) to have a look at what was available. There were quite a few in my price range: Jet 10-20 Plus Drum Sander £941.30 Axminster Trade ST-480 Drum/Brush Sander £1,739.50 Powermatic PM2244 Drum Sander £2,269.50 Jet JWDS 1632 Drum Sander £1,310.98 However I dismissed the more expensive Axminster and Powermatic sanders as they were much too big for my modest 410 square feet shop. This left the two Jet machines as contenders. Most of the work I do needs the larger capacity of up to 32" and some guitars I make are less than 16" width so can be run straight the the sander in one pass. I dismissed the older and smaller Jet 10-20. This left the excellent JWDS 1632 which has been recently redesigned. New features Tool-less abrasive replacement Sandsmart™ monitoring Parallelism adjustment by one simple knob Conveyor drive now pulls the workpiece The new features are the easy tool-less abrasive retaining clips. This make changing belts an absolute breeze. The other new features are the conveyor drive motor now pulls the workpiece through the machine, rather than the previous push method. This is supposed to give a much better finish. Sandsmart™ control continuously monitors the sanding load and automatically reduces the speed of the conveyor if the load becomes too high. Conveyor bed parallelism is adjusted by turning a simple dial exactly like the much praised Powermatic PM2244. This alone is well worth the outlay to buy this excellent machine. So I ordered one and added the extra infeed/outfeed tables and the casters. As my shop is relatively small I need to have the ability to move every machine around. Basic photo showing bare machine without extension tables nor casters The sander arrived the morning after I ordered it with free shipping from Axminster Tools overnight - astonishing! The shipment comprised 3 boxes on a pallet one of them very heavy. Stand Assembly The first thing to do was to unpack the box containing the stand. This is a very substantial folded steel structure which is made from 0.1" (2.54mm) thick heavy gauge steel. This has been powder coated with a white finish. The nuts and coach bolts are made from high tensile steel. All very promising so far. Stand components The instructions in the manual are very easy to understand and assembly of the stand on my assembly table took about 30 minutes. The only thing to watch was to make sure the stand has a few components which require holes lining up with each other making up the top of the stand. I used a couple of 3/8" drill shanks to ensure the machine would mount properly. Aligning holes using drill shanks Assembly of the stand was then relatively straight forward. Stand assembled in sub assemblies The nuts were only finger tightened at first and then the stand stood on its feet to settle. Then the nuts were fulled tightened with a 12mm socket. I'm not sure what size bolt would be supplied to the USA. The casters were then installed. It is not necessary to have a thin wrench to hold the fixed portion of the caster shaft as you can get enough grip with your fingers on the circular cup part of the caster. 4 expensive high quality casters came in the box Tighten the caster with a ring wrench while holding the cupped part of the shaft. The finished stand Mounting the machine to the stand. Cardboard packaging removed from the machine The plywood sheets are secured to the underside of the machine with cap head screws. The machine is very heavy and can't really be lifted by one person so either get a helper or use and engine lifting hoist to lift it out of the box. I got a helper to assist me and we lifted the machine onto the stand temporarily at 90 degrees to its fixed position. This is so the plywood boards can be removed from the bottom of the machine along with the plastic bag the machine is wrapped in. Then the machine was turned through 90 degrees to its final position. There are 4 holes with welded captive nuts on the underside of the machine which align with the holes in the stand. The 4 cap head screws that held the plywood on are inserted, tightened and the assembly is complete. All that is left to do is mount the winding handle onto the vertical shaft protruding from the top of the machine. The handle is secured to the shaft with an integral socket grub screw. Finished initial assembly The handle was then wound to open the mouth and there was a small transportation spacer to discard. Mounting the infeed/outfeed tables I had purchased the extra infeed/outfeed tables which effectively double the support area of the machine. These are mounted to the machine using 4 brackets and some more cap head allen screws. It is essential that the tables are mounted slightly below the level of the conveyor. I use a 1 metre long steel rule on the conveyor surface. This is gently clamped to the conveyor simply by winding the stationary sanding drum onto the rule. Then I used a thin steel rule as a spacer to adjust the infeed table (on its slotted holes) to give the desired clearance. This procedure is repeated for the other side of the infeed table. Then the same procedure is repeated on the outfeed table. Adjusting the outfeed table Control panel After plugging the power cord into a UK 13 Amp 230 volts socket I tested the machine for power. There are a pair of push buttons one green and the other red which are self explanatory. The green turns on power and the red turns it off. The other controls are a rocker switch which turns on the power to the sanding roller. The remaining rotary control is used to set the speed of the conveyor and is marked in percent 0-100 All worked fine. UK Specification Abrasive Roll Width 76 mm (3") Dust Extraction Outlet 100 mm (4") Feed Speed 0 to 3 m/min continuously variable (0 to 9.8 feet/min) Model JDS 1632 Nett Weight 71 kg (156 pounds) Overall L x W x H 1,007 mm x 508 mm x 1,269 mm (39.6" x 20" x 50") Power 1.1 kW Rating Trade Sanding Drum Diameter 127 mm (5") Sanding Thickness Min\Max 0.8 mm to 75 mm (0.031" to 3") Sanding Width Double Pass 812 mm (32") Sanding Width Single Pass 406 mm (16") Table Size 456 mm x 420 mm (18" x 16.5") Voltage 230 V Initial testing and adjustments. The first thing to do was connect a 4" flexible hose connected to my dust extractor to the top mounted 4" port. I started with a planed 12" length of oak that still had planer ripple marks in. While the machine was stationery I wound the depth handle until the sanding roller just touched the board then I backed the sanding roller off a hair. Then I removed the board and started up the machine. As I hadn't used it before I set the conveyor speed at 50 and switched on the drum motor. Then the oak board was placed onto the conveyor and it pulled the board through the machine. All worked OK but as the drum was retracted slightly no sanding took place. I wound the handle down a quarter turn and fed the board through again. One full turn of the handle moves the roller 1.6mm or 1/16" so it is very easy to make small adjustments as there is a scale on the handle surround. Sanding took place and I was surprised just how quiet the machine is. No ear defenders needed. Another quarter turn and another pass resulted in total removal of planing ripple. The machine is supplied with 80 grit paper. I then turned the board over and did the same on the other side. The finish obtained was suitable for running an orbital sander over. Sanded board You can of coarse buy different grits and the quick change spring clips facilitate quick grit changeover. I had bought a couple of rolls of Abranet 3" x 25metre long abrasive, 1 roll in 80 grit the other in 120 grit. Removal of the original abrasive was super quick. The length of the original Jet supplied abrasive is roughly 2.3 metres which is just less than 8 feet. I decided to make up a template to cut my own abrasive. I used a sheet of 8 x 4 ply and cut off a 5 " width 8 feet long. I then placed the original abrasive onto the board and held it down with spring clamps. Then using a Sharpie I marked the cut length and the end shapes onto the plywood. Then it was a simple matter of laying the new abrasive onto the plywood and using a box cutter cutting it to length and the end shaping. Installation onto the machine is really easy using the integral spring clips on the roller winding the abrasive in a tight spiral ensuring that there is no overlap anywhere. The only thing I found was that the abrasive wore out my box cutter very quickly! It is abrasive after all. Results I ran through a board wider than the 16" width to test drum parallelism and found that out of the factory is was spot on. There was no discernible ridge when the board was rotated through 180 degrees and run through again on the same thickness setting. If there was any adjustment needed then there is an adjuster on the open cantilever end and it looks super simple to adjust. Conveyor parallelism adjuster Dust collection was excellent and left only a tiny amount of dust on the conveyor. You do need an extractor with decent extraction flow rate though. Conclusion. This is an excellent addition to a small workshop and as the machine is trade rated should be able to run long hours every day without issue. The addition of the parallelism adjustment was a deal winner for me. There are no other machines at this price point with this excellent adjuster currently on sale in the UK. The nearest thing is the Powermatic PM2244 which is a considerable larger machine with a hefty price tag. The machine is extremely well made out of substantial materials and comes with Jet's 3 year warranty. It should last me a long time. Now I'm off to the shop to play with it.
  9. I've just had mine delivered so will do a review of it once I get it set up. Note this is the newly designed 2018 model with SandSmart and tool-less parallel drive conveyor belt bed adjustment (like the Powermatic PM2244). It arrived in 3 boxes - one of them really heavy - and I have them on my pallet truck in the main part of the shop at the moment. Just going to a wine tasting (hic!) so I might not be in a fit state to assemble it tomorrow morning . Voluntary redundancy paid off (hence the purchase) and the good news is I start the new job some time mid November so plenty of time to play.
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    refinishing a dining table top

    General Finishes Arm R Seal
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    Crevasses/gaps in my polyurethane table top

    No you have sufficient coats on the underside as it is never seen. It will be a waste of your time. Now go build something else and enjoy woodworking.
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    Dewalt 735

    Have you got the blades facing the right way? Trailing edge has the clearance chamfer.
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    Crevasses/gaps in my polyurethane table top

    Wood filler will make it look worse. If it were my table I would rip it down the joints, joint the resulting boards and glue it back together. Assuming you have a tablesaw or tracksaw and a jointer (whether motorised or hand plane) you could do the same.
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    New Jet 1632

    The Jet 1632 suits the scale of my shop and, as we can’t get some if the brands in the UK that you can get over in the US, then the Jet is the one I’m going for. I can also get the Powermatic PM2244 drum sander over here as well as the Jet Oscillating 2244 but both would take up far too much room in my shop. I was very impressed with the 16/32 when I saw it physically the other day and the way to adjust the parallelism of the conveyor platten relative to the drum was great. The new way of installing abrasive was also much improved over the original. It also had a Manufactured in Switzerland label on it so not outsourced to a Far Eastern manufacturer. I have one on order for delivery when I get back from vacation.
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    Hand stitched rasps

    As far as I am aware https://www.forge-de-saint-juery.com/ as still in business and trading even though they recently asked for extra crowdfunding. So you can still buy Auriou rasps and rifflers.