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Hi guys ... has there been something wrong with the forum? I have nothing showing since June 3rd. I have logged in on several pc's and they are the same.

I have posted since the 3rd and nothing is showing on them or the replies!

Just wondered if there is or has been something wrong!!

Jun 24, 10 | 12:04 am
Ken Hundley

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you could also try Spray Mount Adhesive

Jun 08, 10 | 10:18 am
Ken Cierp

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I am sure there are other ways -- but I apply a coat of white poster paint to the surface where the inlay goes (it sands off easily). For tiny stuff I use two of the inexpensive dental tools that can be purchase at Harbor Freight and on EBay for a few bucks. I Use one tool to hold the shell in place and the other to scratch the outline in the paint --- its much easier then trying to use a pencil or pen and the paint comes off with hardly any pressure the point leaves a fine line and follows the shell very closely. The main point is that the outline is very visable in the painted surface.

A speck of any white glue could be use to steady the shell but you run the risk of cracking it when you pry it off.

Ken Cierp

Kenneth Michael Guitars est. 1978

Jun 08, 10 | 11:43 am
Ken Hundley

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Ken, would that work with a porous wood like Wenge? I'd be afraid of getting the paint in the nooks and crannies and not being able to sand it out.

Jun 08, 10 | 1:21 pm
Ken Cierp

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I can't say for sure? Poster paint is water base so I'd guess naptha or turps would flush it out/off fairly easy. I've used the method successfully on Rosewood and Ebony. Pretty easy to make a test strip. For sure this is not my idea, one of the old inlay "how-to's" publications pointed me in this direction.

Ken Cierp

Kenneth Michael Guitars est. 1978

Jun 08, 10 | 2:07 pm
blues creek guitars Authorized Martin Repair Ctr

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There are many ways to mark out. I use a .3mm pencil. Check out this video.
enjoy the vid and keep us posted

John Hall
Blues Creek Guitars Inc.
Authorized CF Martin Repair Center

Jun 08, 10 | 3:25 pm
Ken C

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I am with John on this one. I also use a 3mm pencil. With good lighting the pencil lead almost glows. I hold my pieces in place with the tiniest drop of thin CA, trace, then use an x-acto blade or razor blade to pop off. I have done many inlays this way, including very narrow, fragile inlays this way without breaking or cracking them.


Jun 08, 10 | 6:20 pm

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I glue the inlay to the headplate with a very tiny drop of CA (I can work a razor blade under it and pop it off), then go around with an Xacto knife. Rather than scribing around it I kind of puncture the headplate - you can get very close to the edge of the inlay this way.

After popping the pearl off, I highlight the scribed line with a pencil so it stands out better. But the nice thing as you approach the scribed line with your burr you can kind of feel it - sometimes it is pretty hard to see exactly where you are cutting but with a little practice you can feel the edge.

I have often thought of laying the pearl on a scanner bed, importing it into a cad program and sending that to our laser cutter to make a 16 gauge steel template. I made a template for the sound hole and ports on the tricone and it is so nice to just run around with a flush cut bit - I thought it could be done with f-holes, inlay and other hard to cut things.

Jun 09, 10 | 11:43 am

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You might try scanning the inlay on your printer/scanner then printing the scan on the printer with no scaling. Lay the inlay on the printout to double check the printout wasn't scaled (should be the exact same size).

Cut the inlay out with scissors, spray with contact adhesive, and position on the headstock. Now rout out the inlay right through the paper using the border as the guide. Test fit and trim recess as needed till the inlay fits and glue in place.

Sanding the inlay down level with the wood should remove the paper and residual contact cement.

Andy DePaule suggested this procedure (or similar) to me in a phone conversation.

Jun 09, 10 | 12:53 pm

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Above, I meant to say "roughly cut out the inlay with scissors leaving it oversize.......this way you route to the line instead of routing to the edge of the paper.

Jun 09, 10 | 1:35 pm
Kevin Sjostrand

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The new owners of the forum have switched it to a new server, and there are a few minor problems. I'm sure they will get it figured out and all will be normal again soon.
In the mean time it seems you can post and start a new thread when you want.


Jun 24, 10 | 5:49 am

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Hi Kev ... I discovered that now ... Bill kindley emailed me and told me the issue. It is sort of funny seeing some of the replies getting mixed up though I am sure a headache trying to decipher the correct placement.

Thanks for the heads up.

Jun 24, 10 | 6:16 am

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