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Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-09-2018, 10:38 AM
When I first heard Chuck talk about this method, I thought he was crazy...then i tried it :)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXx8tsA4n9k&t=11s

saltytri
08-09-2018, 11:53 AM
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1794/42145316900_693297688d_m.jpg

Pete Howlett
08-09-2018, 12:03 PM
This assumes a totally even finish don't it?

Pegasus Guitars
08-09-2018, 12:07 PM
Easiest, and I think the best way to remove the finish from the bridge footprint and the fretboard extension.To make it easier to see the edge, I lay my tape out so the the edge is just a hair inside the score line. That way I can easily see the edge when the router bit just curls the edge of the tape. I've done lots of these and not needed to chisel the whole perimeter. Just maybe the corners. It's really a no brainer method. I use a Dremel with an 1/8" carbide spiral bit, but I've seen it done with laminate trimmers and 1/4" bits too. Just have to trust your tool skills.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-09-2018, 01:03 PM
This assumes a totally even finish don't it?

Yes- but the thickness variance on the instrument is so little is a mute point-
I didn't mention that I usually tweak the dremel depth with every instrument- but this is a 30 second job as the finish thickness is usually very close to the others.

resoman
08-09-2018, 03:47 PM
Ever since I saw/heard about Chuck's router method I sucked it up and tried it out. Works great but I get the brass "marbles" thing. I tried it out on something else first.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-09-2018, 05:12 PM
Ever since I saw/heard about Chuck's router method I sucked it up and tried it out. Works great but I get the brass "marbles" thing. I tried it out on something else first.

A few years ago, I did this job one handed while filming it with the other hand!- not the best idea but I have a tripod now :)

resoman
08-10-2018, 04:11 AM
Well, that took some brass marbles for sure, LOL

Timbuck
08-10-2018, 04:48 AM
I just use a Stanly knife blade point.. it dont take very long co's FP scrapes off easier than laquer and the soprano footprint is small...but i have to wear the Optivisor so I don't cock up.:old:

Michael Smith
08-10-2018, 06:12 AM
I admit to taking off the finish with a 2mm wide chisel but kick myself for not positioning the bridge first and masking the footprint with tape prior to finish.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-10-2018, 08:01 AM
The dremel is actually very stable- full control