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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Colt W. Knight, Jan 17, 2021.
Lot's of ways to do it.
Hey Colt, glad to see you back. Just a thought - a simple router setup could get your fretboard close enough to sand.
edit: oops, I should read more before I post. Carry on.
Got the bugs figured out working with these raw fretboards. These boards don't have a single straight line.
The Safe T Planer fulfills a need, but I don't think it is the end-all, be-all. That is for sure.
That's my complaint of the import cheap rods....the hotrod is worth the extra 10 bucks or so to avoid the hassle of making the cheapies fit.
Regarding your router bit radius thing. I'd have a squared up and heavy block of wood the same width as the fretboard as the "fixture" to hold the fretboard. That way I could leave it on there with more tape and just flip it over.... I like the idea of it though. Did you get any tearout?
I was going to make a board just like you suggested, but I didn't have any lumber suitable for that project in my stash. I plan to do that eventually. I also think this would work for 1-piece necks too, you just have to have a bigger block of wood and get your center line just right.
No tear-out, there were some chatter lines on one side, but they look like they'll sand out when I do the inlays.
This truss rod is stupid, and it's only like 1/16" shallower than the hotrod.
I know its not a video, but I didn't want to drag the equipment out tonight.
Looking good so far, I think.
I like this new setup, but still need to play with it some to work out all the kinks. I'm not sure about the Safe T planer. I'd rather have a drum sander, but those are expensive.
I have been toying with the idea of using either my Shopsmith or my big lathe as a base for a drum sander. The big lathe does have really good HP and variable speed that can go very slow. And a drum sander is nothing more than a cylinder with sand paper coiled on it.
I have seen some really cool homemade drum sanders repair guys and acoustic builders use to shape bridges. I would really like one that could also thin tops, sides, and backs to build acoustic guitars.
Shop Notes had a set of plans for a drum sander that mounted on top of a table saw. My Dad's next door neighbor in Florida had built it, and it worked great. The one I am drawn to is bases off the Shop Smith with a drum (either disks of MDF or Schedule 80 PVC with caps), and a leveling plate below. Then a dust cover over the op with vacuum hook up port.
Notice the Binford tool behind him.
My Delta 18-36 drum sander just crapped out this week. It is obsolete and parts are not available. This is my 3rd commercial sander and (4th, if you count the first one I built myself) I guess I'm going to start looking for one. Jet or similar could be in the cards. Grizzly sounds iffy.
This is the one my Dad's neighbor built:
Somebody here tried that one and it didn't work out so well if I recall correctly, maybe the conveyor part... anyway some have had success with it. The conveyor is an important part to avoid dips from the speed change of hand feeding.
Yea, my Dad's neighbor installed a heavy clock motor on the feed belt conveyor to regulate the feed rate.
Way back in 2013, GuitarNut did a roller sander for his Shop Smith -
Shop-Built Thickness Sander
A lot more complicated than I would do, but some really neat features. Most of his pictures aren't showing now.