April 2007

We had quite a turnout this time with 28 LINT members and were glad to see the return of Mike Imhoff after a year in California on a job. Make sure to see what he has been working on in the meeting notes……welcome back Mike!

We would like to thank the Jenkins’ for their hospitality for hosting this meeting

LINT Business items

The June meeting will be held in Rowlett at Dan Fobert’s shop and the details will be posted on the LINT site. One special event for the next meeting will be a bulk wood buy in cooperation with LMI. There will be a number of high grade sitka, englemann , cedar and possibly redwood tops for members to select from. The prices are VERY reasonable and you can see for yourself before you buy. LINT membership has its advantages!

Show & Tell:
Although Mike Imhoff has been away, he has not been idle. This fine zebrawood dreadnaught is one example of his ability. It looks great and should fill the room with sound because it is quite loud. The finish is very clear and glossy…showroom stuff.
Matt Jacobs brought his latest Indian rosewood dreadnaught with lignum vitae binding and nice sitka top. This is another in a series of high performance instruments from Matt. He has recently designed his own cut away six string and is in the process of finishing it up to unveil at a future date.
Don Drukenbrodt showed his latest OM kit which shows how good kits are now days. The fit and playability are quite good as is the overall tone. Anyone who wants to start building could not go wrong with a nice StewMac or Martin kit. Don has also been a contributor of a home made drum sander article soon to be added to the site…stay tuned.
Jim Truitt is also building an OM from a Martin kit and is getting really jazzed with the whole process. As he progresses he has set up a website for those interested in the journey. Check it out
Logan Daffron (LINT’s only legitimate juggler) has built a 17” tenor ukulele using the advanced bracing patters developed by the late Richard Schneider on the technical principles of Dr. Michael Kasha. Logan got the materials from a top Austin builder because they were not suitable for the type of instruments made at that shop. We are curious as to the acoustic results and Logan will let us know when it is strung up.
Rene Pena has started his building by using the Cumpiano book and making his own truss rod. The whole process is new for Rene so he is taking his time and learning the entire set of skills.
Chris Jenkins’ new guitar/banjo is played by Moses McKnight for all to hear. The really nice hardwood combinations which make up the rim also add a tonal quality appreciated by musicians. The 6 string configuration makes Chris’s banjos desirable for guitarists.
Bill Nugent shows some real nice rosewood on his 10th guitar. The figure and color of this one are rare.

Tech Topic: Neck design and adjustment methods

This meeting was centered on a topic or theme for all members to discuss. Each person had questions for others and some provided answers. It was an open forum with plenty of creative input. We will probably repeat this type of dialog in future meeting announcements.
Dan Fobert’s archtop neck with a universal joint allows for a hex head wrench to be inserted in the heel and convert 90 degrees to adjust a standard truss rod. The universal is actually a modified machine head which connects the hex wrench and truss rod nut.

He has measured the torque load on the geared assembly and found the design should be trouble free.
Dan also brought a 12” fretboard radius jig he made to fit in his drill press. It is simple and easy to make in the average shop. It is all about process and repeatability in Dan’s shop. This could be a topic for a great article.
Chris Jenkins’ laminated neck method gives the highest strength according to him. He has a unique neck adjustment system which allows for the neck to be one continuous moveable system while under full tension.
Kevin Walker’s first mahogany neck is up for review. He is refining his shaping technique because this is his first serious guitar project. He was asking for input on how much wood was required for appropriate strength and appearance.

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