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metal control cavity covers

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by stevetx19, Mar 10, 2009.


  1. stevetx19

    stevetx19

    Sep 28, 2006
    Denton, Texas
    The trend around here seems to be making control cavity covers out of wood. I can't stand the look or feel of plastic covers, so my next option is wood. However, it seems like a black aluminum cover would be really hot. :p I don't know why, but it really appeals to me. For me, i can imagine the feel of it being superior to wood or plastic. Does anyone do this?
    I played around in emachineshop, and was able to come up with a simple design that included a black satin finish in .100" aluminum for around $21 a piece when ordering 24. At 50, they are around $10 a piece. I don't want more than maybe 5...anyone interested?! :D

    seriously though, any experience with these? pros/cons you can think of?
     
  2. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    ...I anodize my own parts for ~$2.
     
  3. Tdog

    Tdog

    May 18, 2004
    Aluminum is easy enough to work with....Why not head down to the scrapyard and get some 1/8 in sheet and have a go at it? You can anodize it yourself or get any one of a dozen "ready to use" metal patinas that will do the job. Make the part yourself out of whatever material that may be available to you...It is all a learning process.
     
  4. stevetx19

    stevetx19

    Sep 28, 2006
    Denton, Texas
    that is a good idea. My plan at the moment is to ninja my way into the plasma cutter line at my university. I might have to date an architecture student...
     
  5. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    ....that would be a great way to plan an erection :eek:


    Is this thing on?

    Take my wife - Please!


    Seriously, aluminum is easy to work and a plasma cutter would be a cannon at a fist fight.
     
  6. stevetx19

    stevetx19

    Sep 28, 2006
    Denton, Texas
    350729-mrburns.
     
  7. stevetx19

    stevetx19

    Sep 28, 2006
    Denton, Texas
    i will try working it myself though. I know there have been a few threads around here about what tools to use, so i think i will spend some time reading up on that.
     
  8. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    1. Jigsaw.
    2. Fine flat file.
    3. Steel wool.
    4. Done.
     
  9. tdogg

    tdogg

    Jan 17, 2001
    Brooklyn Park, MN
    maybe this is a dumb question, but how do you anodize your own parts?
     
  10. ljzimmer

    ljzimmer

    Oct 24, 2007

    Genius....Absolutely Genius.:D

    This coming from mikeyswood....hmm is that ironic or what?
     
  11. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
  12. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    :D:D:D

    Not much makes me LOL any more, but this sure did - thanks!
     
  13. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments

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