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    Building a Spector NS2 Bass Replica/Clone/Tribute - Can it be done?

    Hey There Mad Bassist.... Sorry it took a while to get back to you. I'd be really interested in where you got the bridge.... As to the source, I have a few but the tuners can be sourced from Philadelphia Luthier Supply, who have both the GB707 and GB350 tuners...
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    My CNC Building Adventure

    Congratulations on finishing the design phase! That's a huge accomplishment! As for the belt vs. direct drive, my training and experience (which is minimal. LOL) is to follow the axiom K.I.S.S. for those who don't know, that means to Keep It Simple Stupid. Direct drive is simpler, hence it...
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    My CNC Building Adventure

    Jayne, You are far too kind! First those renders of the Spectre (we spell it differently than the original so there are no issues, as it's not an exact replica) are completely out of this world amazing! Just beautiful. It's so nice to hear that I inspired you to build a CNC. You have taken so...
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    Oh no! Now I'm building a CNC?

    Thank you for all of your support and encouragement along the way. Believe me, we'd love to visit the city our daughter is basically named after!
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    Oh no! Now I'm building a CNC?

    Thank you Dave!
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    Oh no! Now I'm building a CNC?

    Finally got to work a bit on the CNC. Purchased a 4’ x 8’ 3/4” sheet of MDF for the base spoil board. It was cut to width at Home Depot and I had to route a couple of small insets so it fit onto the frame. Still quite a bit of work to do on this front… I have to say that drilling and...
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    Good Soldering Iron? - NOOB HERE! - Tips welcome!

    Picking a soldering iron is a very personal experience. I have used a couple of different Wellers, Radio Shack and a couple of cheapie soldering irons. They all did a passable job of soldering, it's more about the proper temperature, technique, the proper flux, and solder. The techniques folks...
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    My CNC Building Adventure

    YEAH!! You started working on Carlos!! Is that a manual or automated mill at your brothers shop? Congratulations!! This is going to be epic!
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    Buying 0.023" saw blade for fret slotting from McMaster-Carr and shipping it to Canada

    If after hearing all the warnings not to, I have one of those blades and will gladly send you the one I bought and never used. Just send a DM.
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    Oh no! Now I'm building a CNC?

    Thank you for all of your help and support both on the forum and directly. I deeply appreciate it! I'm so sure you will get your design set and begin building when you are ready!
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    Oh no! Now I'm building a CNC?

    You know it’s been a long time since your last post when multiple people contact you to see if you are alright! While I’ve been healthy, my body has been tired and fatigued so everything takes longer and very little time can be put in to work on this project. Believe me, no one wants this done...
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    My CNC Building Adventure

    Jayne, I prefer the second design for a number of reasons, but the most important is moving the ball screw away from debris caused by the Spindle. You are doing all the correct steps in ensuring that you design fits into what you want. I wish I had a tenth of your skill in using CAD. Me? I...
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    Oh no! Now I'm building a CNC?

    For those who are unaware, without Helmut, this build would not be where it is now. He encouraged me at every step along the way. Warning me of pitfalls and making sure everything went smoothly. All that clean professional wiring? Helmut walked me through all the tough spots, drawing up wiring...
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    Oh no! Now I'm building a CNC?

    Thank you Nick. I really appreciate your compliments.
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    My CNC Building Adventure

    This is going to be epic! After watching your Purple 4 string build, this project looks to be evn more interesting. Your attention to detail will be inspirational when following along with your CNC build! I'm here to cheer you on along the way!! :)




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