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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:19 am 
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If anybody else is interested, here's a PDF of 15', 25', and 28' radii (at least they're supposed to be). If printed 1:1 they shoud be correct. A place like Staples can do it

There are several free 2D CAD programs available for downloading -- DraftSight is one -- that you could use to draw your own.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:14 pm 
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Your jig for making the radius dishes looks just like what I did. It was tedious but worked out great after all the dust was cleaned up.
Nice little shop work area too, I like it.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:34 pm 
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It looked like a tree exploded in my back yard.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:33 pm 
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You're making good progress. It's not easy to gather and make tools at the same time that your building. Thanks for the pdf. I need to make radius dishes. I have so much on my platter, I've not had the time.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:53 pm 
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After three practice attempts I got brave and chopped the dovetail mortise in my neck block. Worked out pretty well. What I learned during my practice was that it was much easier to get good straight side walls if I made my saw cuts all the way through the width of the block. I guess this is the benefit of cutting the mortise before gluing it to the sides. Also I just couldn't imagine how I would secure the guitar after the box was closed to bang away at it with a chisel while chopping the mortise.
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On a more exciting note, I just bought a new bandsaw! My wife gets riding lessons, and I get a new toy! It is a used Steel City 50100. It has a 1 1/2hp motor in it and is way more saw than I need right now to be honest, but my little bandsaw is next to useless and I really didn't want that frustration of that any more. Plus, now someday (probably awhile from now) I can buy the riser block for it and resaw some tops and backs. I'm very excited. It does have a bit more vibration than I expected, but I think replacing the belt will help that, and it just blasts through thick hardwood very easily and straight.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:04 pm 
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Everything you are doing is looking real good. You display really good tight woodworking skill. I can hardly wait to see this guitar take shape.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 2:30 pm 
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Thanks. Lets hope it stays that way. I just finished fighting with the sides some more. I think they are as close as they're gonna get.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:17 pm 
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The link V-belts work well and (I think) run more smoothly. Rockler, among others, sells the stuff (item 61120). It's fairly expensive, but odds are you'll only need to buy it once.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:27 pm 
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My saw has a "poly v belt" which I believe means I can't use a link belt. I looked a bit closer and I think new tires might be the actual solution. The top tire seems to have fat and skinny spots. We'll see, maybe I'll do both.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:15 pm 
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I would not expect a poly-v belt to be a source of vibration. If you're getting vibration, I doubt the belt is the cause. The motor or pulleys may be out of balance, or the tires on the blade wheels may be not round. But who knows....

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