I was sure hoping to get my tail graft inlayed and my binding in place this weekend......but alas, another setback.
I built a nice jig similar to the one Ken C. built a while back (I bumped it up late last week under teh Tool section if you want to take a look at Ken's neat jig). I've never used a collar before and went to buy one at Lowes and all they had was a generic set made by Milescraft. It includes a new base that has plastic collars that twist lock in place. I wondered how well the plastic would hold up but I decided to give it a try since I wanted to make progress this weekend.
Well, a piece of the plastic collar broke off while I was routing the tail graft......and of course, I routed too far on one side of the tail graft messing up my new jig and cutting roughly 1/16" too wide in the guitar body. boy that irks me......but such is life. I hate it that I didn't get anything done on the guitar.
So a few questions. First, what kind of collars do you use? I seen that you can get a set of the Milescraft collars where the sanp in ring is still plastic but the collar portion is brass. I also have found a set of brass collars at Harbor Freight but I have no idea if they are decent quality or not.
Second, do you cut the tail graft with a standard router or a laminate trimmer? I chose to use my Bosch 1613 EVS since it has the fine depth control adjustment. Can you put collars on laminate trimmers?......I've never checked.
And last, once I have evened up the cutout for the tail graft on either side of the center line, my ivaroid tail graft won't quite be wide enough to work. Where can I buy a sheet of Ivaroid? I found it at LMI but it is a $25 haz mat fee to have it shipped. I didn't see it on the Martin site.