Author Topic: Reelfoot reeds/reed presses  (Read 6513 times)

Offline FDR

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Re: Reelfoot reeds/reed presses
« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2013, 03:25:05 PM »
I have also been told recently that "hot glue" will work. Just use a heat gun to separate the pieces after you turn the insert. I have not tried it yet.  Does anyone else have any experience with the hot glue method?

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Re: Reelfoot reeds/reed presses
« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2013, 11:20:54 PM »
Fred - have you made one of these with stabilized wood... I'm wondering how the metal reed sounds on a stabilized toneboard.  Would be ideal for eliminating the water swelling concern.

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Re: Reelfoot reeds/reed presses
« Reply #17 on: April 17, 2013, 10:25:38 AM »
Yes I have used both stabilized wood and the laminated types like Spectraply.  They all work fine and help with the moisture absorption problem.  Both the stabilized wood and the laminates require a finish dip/soak for best  performance. I just run them through a teak oil dip the same as regular wood. The only problem I have had is with the laminated material which will separate along the glue line if you don't get a good piece.  A lot of the small pieces available are from the end or edges of the laminate sheet or rod and this type of blank is almost guaranteed to split at the glue line. 
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