Bob Webster
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Luthier Jokes?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Donald A. Fortune Oct 23, 2009.

Making a laminated back
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Webster May 7, 2009.

A warning re denatured alcohol in French polishing
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Ned Knepp Mar 16, 2009.


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My Mortice and Spline Neck Joint

I French polish my classical guitars and I had always been frustrated with the difficulties of finishing at the neck joint and the fingerboard/top interface when building in the traditional Spanish method. Also, handling a complete guitar during French polishing is awkward, and the job of pore filling the body and the neck with different methods is made more complicated than I thought it ought to be.

For these reasons, I now build and finish the bodies, necks+fingerboard, and the… Continue

Posted on June 19, 2009 at 10:14pm — 5 Comments

My method for gluing the top and back of my classical guitars

I use an outside mold and the labelled back is shown propped up in the sides and ready for the back brace pillars (offcuts of the kerfed lining).

Here's the back ready to be glued to the garland of sides using Titebond glue and my go-bar deck. I pad on the glue with a sponge.

Back being clamped using gobars. Pressure is applied right over the linings. Putting the back on… Continue

Posted on June 18, 2009 at 7:03pm — 7 Comments

Comment Wall (76 comments)

At 10:24pm on November 30, 2008, sgodbe said…

Thanks for the inquiry re: my use of the Safe T Planer. I still haven't pulled the trigger yet, but am getting close to giving it the go then I'll let you know. Curious, do you fix the depth then feed, or do you draw the drill press down then feed?
At 8:53am on December 1, 2008, sgodbe said…
Yank the lanyard?
At 9:29am on December 4, 2008, sgodbe said…
Yeah, that's how I was introduced. It's a guy (small g) named O'Brien. The DVD is a collection of still pictures with voice over, so you don't actually don't see the "action".
At 8:03pm on December 17, 2008, Jay Gordon said…
noticed your notes re. Safe T Planer. I've been using one for 10 years. I always set the depth, then feed the wood. About 1/16 max removal at any one pass. I use it to thin the back of my pegheads. works well, I've also used it a few time to plane the angle of the neck shaft. Small shim under the nut end and then plane the back. it's pretty slick.
At 2:14pm on January 15, 2009, Andrew Krzywonski said…
Bob, he agrees that I should have it cleaned up by a professional that knows how to do it. He gave me some of the same ideas that you had.

Bob, it is barely in the finish and I think I will sell it as is, great sound, great neck and it is a Marin, will leave it up to the new owner.

You were great with all your information, and I might add I now have a few more cleaners that I did not have last week, my work bench has a few more weapons/cleaners so to speak!!
At 1:58pm on January 16, 2009, Rob said…
Hi Bob -Just Rob from Ontario, the old "nanccinut"!
Was trying to see if Icould find any U-tube links of you playing one of your classical guitars but never found one. Did see your web site!Ever thought of adding a clip of you playing one of your beauties Bob. Would love to hear you give it play. Maybe add a clip link on the Frets- Net site also as sure gang there would love to also
At 9:53am on January 21, 2009, Rob said…
Hi Bob - With no package in todays mail with luck tomorrow being one week it will arrive then or if not Friday. Got a mechanic at work to cut me a 12 inch piece of hollow aluminum 11/2" wide stock. Saw a luthier using one 11 inches to sand frets . He seemed to be fighting sandpaper slipping a bit taking away his strict consentration from the job at hand. Made a modification to my model inserting a nice feel wooden handle which will also holds the sandpaper in place. The extra inch length will give me room to stick down both bottom edges with slippery shiny one side sticky tape to help prevent the leading edge from catching the frets. Also put a slight rounded bevel on both bottom ends. Heck Bob I should patten the sander.
Going to attack my old EL'DAGAS before touching my Guild to get the feel of the fret file again and my sanding technique with my new invention Bob.
At 10:20am on January 23, 2009, Robert Filippi said…
I spend half my time doing repairs and the other half building.

Right now, I'm building an Overholtzer style braced classical with a cut away. Bubinga back and sides. Salvaged redwood top, nitro.

I'm also building a traditional Torres style classical (Honduran rosewood - beautiful stuff and sitka top (will be FP)

Also auditorium size steelstring- salvaged indian rosewood (3 piece back) , bearclaw sitka, nitro.

And two J-45s --Honduran mahogany, red spruce 1959 thin style bracing but with low mass bridges.

This is a pretty big plate for me; I usually do only 3 a year.
The auditorium and one of the J45s is sold.

What do you got cooking?
At 3:57pm on January 23, 2009, Rob said…
Hi Bob -Saw you on line ! No luck with the mail yet but with luck early next week! On the other hand did real good getting a matching drill bit and proper 1/4" tap bit to drill the proper holes for my aluminum sand bar!Also found out where Ican get some super fine wet/dry sandpaper here in town so all should go well on my advanced model sanding bar. Also got the proper size bolts for the thread holes. -Rob
At 1:06pm on January 24, 2009, Rob said…
Yes Bob they probably think its a scaled down version of a A-K 47 !
Tapping the aluminum bar for the treads to hold down sand bar handle went perfect and have a piece of 320 wet/dry locked and taped in place. Already to give it a try on my old beater once my friends son returns it to me. With luck will get to give the new sander a practice tomorrow while Iawait customs to release the package containing the bomb should they be lurking into our conversations! Will let you know how that goes after a bit of practice. Is it best to sand frets away or towards sound hole Bob? Have a tempate made to protect my Guild but not yet for the practice guitar but have the thin cardboard on hand.
ps Hope this gets through as my Norton expired and installed free AVG but lost my log in and had to re-new againbut seem to be logged in again now.

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