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A simple set up for applying a brush on Finish
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Ken Cierp

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This set up allows you to flip the guitar body with one hand if you grab it in the sound hole with your thumb on the FB extension masked area. I found that using the corner of a bench increases the open space around the guitar. The measurements for the clamping details will be available in the on-line KMG "Success Kit" manual.

Ken








Dec 05, 08 | 5:24 am
FredB

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Ken
I'm still waiting to apply finish but am not satisfied with my practice. This is a solution to the very thing I wanted in place before I started applying finish. Thanks

FredB

Dec 05, 08 | 6:05 pm
jeremy3220

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What do you use to adhere the threaded inserts? Epoxy, or is the outside threaded too?

Dec 05, 08 | 7:52 pm
Ken Cierp

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The inserts are threaded inside and out.

Ken

Dec 08, 08 | 7:57 am
nehsgolfer

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Ken, or anyone else for that matter, can you give me device/method for holding the neck while working on it?
Harold

Jan 05, 10 | 5:48 am
Ken Cierp

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The KMG necks all have brass inserts in the tenon --- any comfortable shaped handle can be fabbed and bolted to the neck with a 1/4-20 bolt. If you buy one of the EBay, Martin rejects the hole should be there to install a the brass insert --- use the course thread type, the fine thread inserts are too large and will surely split the tenon.

Ken


Jan 05, 10 | 6:28 am
Dennis Weatherly

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Nice idea, Ken! My 000 has a dovetail neck joint and I wanted to do something similar for brushing on the finish. I came up with a rotisserie sort of arrangement using 1/4-20 threaded rod. I drilled a 1/4" hole thorugh the heel block and a 1/2" hole through the end block (it will get a pickup jack when the guitar is finished). The rod has a washer and nut on each side of the heel block. The end at the end block was built up with masking tape to make a snug fit in the hole. I can easily rotate it any which way while applying the finish.

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_yztB6FBDMu_2aNAM4aFFg?authkey=Gv1sRgCOSZxePOjdaBOg&feat=directlink

Jan 05, 10 | 10:01 pm
nehsgolfer

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Dennis, I really like the color of the top of your guitar. How did you get it ?
Harold

Jan 06, 10 | 5:07 am
Ken Cierp

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Dennis,

Very clever! Do you have stops on the rod to hold the body is a fixed postion?

Harold,
Here's the Martin factory neck fixture


Ken

Kenneth Michael Guitars est. 1978

Jan 06, 10 | 5:15 am
Dennis Weatherly

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I didn't put any stops in this version, and I wish I had. The next version will probably have a 1/4" hole in one of the uprights rather than the V-notch, and a 1/4-20 knob or wing nut on the rod. Then I can quickly snug that down to hold the body in any position.

For now, I use the built in stops on my left hand to carefully hold the body in position as I brush :-)

Jan 06, 10 | 6:23 am
Dennis Weatherly

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The top is Sitka Spruce and the color comes from 3 coats of Target UltraSeal amber shellac. There is no toner or other coloration - just the amber shellac itself. I applied it carefully using a DaVinci #50 brush to keep the coloration even. Over the UltraSeal I am brushing Target EM6000 lacquer, which is water clear. There are four coats on it in that picture.

Jan 06, 10 | 6:26 am



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