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  1. John Nicholas

    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...
  2. John Nicholas

    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...
  3. John Nicholas

    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...
  4. John Nicholas

    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...
  7. John Nicholas

    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...
  8. John Nicholas

    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!
  9. John Nicholas

    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.
  10. John Nicholas

    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...
  12. John Nicholas

    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...
  13. John Nicholas

    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...
  14. John Nicholas

    Oh no! Now I'm building a CNC?

    Thank you Nick. I really appreciate your compliments.
  15. John Nicholas

    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!! :)
  16. John Nicholas

    Stepped Drill Bit for Vintage Tuner Holes

    You know StewMac has these kinds of bits.... https://www.stewmac.com/luthier-tools-and-supplies/tools-by-job/tools-for-tuner-installation/1-step-peghole-drill-bit Or you can do what I did, get one of these busing reamers.... much cheaper too...
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    Oh no! Now I'm building a CNC?

    Thank you for the compliment. It's a huge commitment, requires a huge investment in time to learn, build, test, then learn all the software required to run everything. I'm going to say that you need to be sure if you are willing to do all of this. Otherwise you could end up with a ton of junk...
  18. John Nicholas

    Oh no! Now I'm building a CNC?

    Thank you so much Dave. It was very, very exciting!!
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    Oh no! Now I'm building a CNC?

    Hey thanks Dave. As for keeping a log of the time I spent on the build. Particularly because with my health and all the drugs I'd been taking, I move really, really slow. When cutting the Aluminum on the table saw, I really went super slow and careful. There is no need to get injured building...
  20. John Nicholas

    Oh no! Now I'm building a CNC?

    Yeah the big bucket on the floor didn't appeal to me in any way. I've been searching for the correct chiller for a while, there were many choices. Some very expensive and others really cheap, this one seems just right for my purposes.
  21. John Nicholas

    Oh no! Now I'm building a CNC?

    It was so exciting to actually see the machine move under its own power. The fact that I'm feeling better is a huge win for me! I hope it continues in this direction.
  22. John Nicholas

    Oh no! Now I'm building a CNC?

    Thank you so much Jim!
  23. John Nicholas

    Oh no! Now I'm building a CNC?

    Finally got to hang the controller box and connect all the cables, including the monitor and pendant. Then the water cooler arrived! So of course I had to open it to check what was inside. It looks much better than the other ones I was looking at and the price of was really good. Under...
  24. John Nicholas

    Oh no! Now I'm building a CNC?

    A part of setting up the proximity switches requires a trigger that is made of steel, so some small triggers were made and installed. Yes I polished them!! Then started wiring up the proximity switches to the aviation connectors and the control box connectors. Then ran all the...
  25. John Nicholas

    Oh no! Now I'm building a CNC?

    It’s been quite some time since my last update. It’s been a very rough month or so dealing with many health issues. Just an FYI, cancer sucks. I’m beginning to feel better and finally got to do a bit of work on my CNC project. Also haven’t updated the work I did many weeks ago. Built all the...




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