Torres heel slots?

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vesa
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Torres heel slots?

Post by vesa » Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:38 am

Torres made his sides ca. 1 mm - 1.3 mm thick (thin).
Were his heel slots that wide or did he leave the ends of the sides thicker
so they could fit wider(e.g. 2 mm) slots?
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Michael.N.
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Re: Torres heel slots?

Post by Michael.N. » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:36 am

He probably just cut a slot to match the side thickness. There are some that do have an added veneer to take up the space though. . . . I always thought that was a sign of less than stellar craftsmanship but then again many people hammer in a much thicker wedge shaped veneer. Veneer or not I guess that if it's all executed well it matters not.
Just be careful of going that thin. It leaves nothing left to minimise any corrugation and it's an increased risk, at least in commercial terms. For Torres I bend at 1.7/1.8 mm. After scraping and finishing they end up around 1.6.
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vesa
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Re: Torres heel slots?

Post by vesa » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:49 am

Thanks Michael.
Actually I ask after making mine.
I left the ends 2 mm thick and tapered them down to ca. 1.2 mm in 2 cm after slots.
After very light scraping and sanding they end up 1.1 ish.
It has had ht strings on 3 weeks now and seems to be rigid enough.
Michael.N. wrote:
people hammer in a much thicker wedge shaped veneer
Yes it is a little bit the same thing, but more controlled. Haven't thought it that way before.
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