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  • tclarkePC commented on tclarkePC's instructable Laser Cut Box Guitar7 months ago
    Laser Cut Box Guitar

    I can't get the files to download properly with Safari, but they do download okay with Chrome. Also if you are building the guitar, I need to make the neck much thinner since it is uncomfortable to play for an experienced player right now. I will probably merge the "ramps" with the neck pieces so I can make it thinner while maintaining enough (hopefully) of the strength. Hope the project goes well. I will add the updated files when I get a chance to work on the design again.Thank you.

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  • tclarkePC commented on tclarkePC's instructable Laser Cut Tenor Ukulele1 year ago
    Laser Cut Tenor Ukulele

    I have not used folding patterns. I wanted to keep the sides as solid pieces for resonance. For the second ukulele I did get slight cracking in the part that is bent in, but not enough to ruin the piece. I did test an extra piece and wasn't able to get much more bending than I have in this design without it breaking. I used birch plywood and soaked it in warm water overnight. If you are having issues with breaking, you can try steaming or putting the wood in hotter water to get it to work. Also I would guess that different plywood types will have more or less flexibility. I got my baltic birch 1/8" plywood from a company listed on Amazon. it has worked well for instrument making. Some pine wood I have tried hasn't cut or bent as well.

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  • tclarkePC commented on tclarkePC's instructable Laser Cut Tenor Ukulele1 year ago
    Laser Cut Tenor Ukulele

    Hi, if you get Inkscape and download the svg file you can get all the dimensions from the file using the ruler option. I think you need to be running Chrome (not Safari) on a mac to get the file to download properly. I'm not sure if my neck dimensions are exactly correct since I'm not a Ukulele player. I based them off dimensions I found online, but a "professionally" made fret board I ordered to try out didn't fit correctly so I stayed with the design I had. I have a colleague who plays testing this out to see how it sounds, etc. so I should know more soon about dimensions, tuning, and tone. The panels were sized to match what I could find about tenor ukuleles. If you can't get Inkscape to work, please let me know, and I can pull off some of the dimensions.Thank you.Tim...

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    Hi, if you get Inkscape and download the svg file you can get all the dimensions from the file using the ruler option. I think you need to be running Chrome (not Safari) on a mac to get the file to download properly. I'm not sure if my neck dimensions are exactly correct since I'm not a Ukulele player. I based them off dimensions I found online, but a "professionally" made fret board I ordered to try out didn't fit correctly so I stayed with the design I had. I have a colleague who plays testing this out to see how it sounds, etc. so I should know more soon about dimensions, tuning, and tone. The panels were sized to match what I could find about tenor ukuleles. If you can't get Inkscape to work, please let me know, and I can pull off some of the dimensions.Thank you.Tim Clarke

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  • tclarkePC commented on tclarkePC's instructable Laser Cut Electric Guitar1 year ago
    Laser Cut Electric Guitar

    Thank you for this too. I think I will add more truss rod action and try to get the plywood to work since my goal is to make this a student project that requires minimal woodworking experience to tackle. I think I will go with a truss rod of some sort for the classical guitar that I try to do with plywood since I will be happier with an unused truss rod than an overly curved neck if the nylon strings pull hard enough to make the plywood flex. Thanks again.

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  • tclarkePC commented on tclarkePC's instructable Laser Cut Tenor Ukulele1 year ago
    Laser Cut Tenor Ukulele

    Thanks. As a physics/engineering type this should have occurred to me, but this would explain a lot for this and the guitar. I will have to go back and check the first couple of ukuleles I did with the other laser cut pattern and see if they hold their tuning better after sitting for a little while. Those pegs are friction fit which may slip on top of the stretching. Thank you for the feedback. It will may save me a bunch of time looking for phantom problems.

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  • tclarkePC commented on tclarkePC's instructable Laser Cut Electric Guitar1 year ago
    Laser Cut Electric Guitar

    Thank you for your feedback. I have a friend who builds electric guitars who generally orders necks or guts them off old guitars. I thought the plywood might be a problem, but it flexes less than I thought due to the rod down the middle. I am going to try the plywood neck again with a better truss rod (or two) and maybe make it a little thicker. I am trying to create a design that my students can build using the laser cutter and a few smaller tools with plywood and limited sanding or carving so they can try out different design ideas and look at how the sound changes. The flex to the neck will definitely bother the more serious guitar players. Maybe I can cut the neck from hardwood panels using the laser cutter. I am working on a classical guitar idea too. The plywood will work ...

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    Thank you for your feedback. I have a friend who builds electric guitars who generally orders necks or guts them off old guitars. I thought the plywood might be a problem, but it flexes less than I thought due to the rod down the middle. I am going to try the plywood neck again with a better truss rod (or two) and maybe make it a little thicker. I am trying to create a design that my students can build using the laser cutter and a few smaller tools with plywood and limited sanding or carving so they can try out different design ideas and look at how the sound changes. The flex to the neck will definitely bother the more serious guitar players. Maybe I can cut the neck from hardwood panels using the laser cutter. I am working on a classical guitar idea too. The plywood will work better for this since there is less tension. I haven't been using a truss rod on the tenor ukulele, but I may use one on the guitar. As far as I know, classical guitar necks don't have a truss rod, but I have only taken apart a really cheap one. What do you think?

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  • tclarkePC commented on tclarkePC's instructable Laser Cut Tenor Ukulele1 year ago
    Laser Cut Tenor Ukulele

    Please let me know if there are any details I could add to help you do this project. I have been adding more pictures from my second attempt since I didn't take as many pictures the first time through as I thought because I got caught up in the building part. Having access to a good laser cutter is nice, but you could print out the files and use a scroll saw if you really want to do this and don't have access to the laser cutter. I have some nice pieces of spruce and some other non-plywood that I want to try once I have the technique working really well, but I don't want to mess up the more expensive wood yet.

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  • tclarkePC commented on tclarkePC's instructable Laser Cut Djembe1 year ago
    Laser Cut Djembe

    Thank you. I have also tried using rings to make a clarinet-like instrument which worked okay, but I have to go back and spend more time on it to get a better sound and figure out how to put in holes. Forming the bell of the instrument worked fairly well. I also just posted Instructables for a laser cut electric guitar and a laser cut tenor ukulele. I have tried making a laser cut Native American flute, but the first results weren't very satisfying so I may go a different route with that.

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