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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Fairbanks Imperial dowel brace mystery


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mhickler - Posted - 11/03/2019:  06:33:14


I have a Fairbanks Imperial banjo in the shop with a mysterious dowel brace configuration. There is a chiseled area that I assume accommodates a dowel brace, but there are no screw holes. Nor are there holes in the side of the dowel.



Was the brace was held in place by the mechanical force of the screw?



The picture on the left is the one I’m working on. The picture on the right is from a google search.


Edited by - mhickler on 11/03/2019 06:33:46


HerbMeister - Posted - 11/03/2019:  07:52:23


The picture on the right shows the piece you need. There's also a small flat piece of steel that butts up against the inside of the banjo shell to keep the screw tip from digging into the wooden shell. The brace actually works well.

Action adjustment was usually accomplished with a small hardwood shim.

Buckbee did something similar for a brief time. At the time, I think they were purchasing necks from Fairbanks.

Joel Hooks - Posted - 11/03/2019:  09:17:23


quote:

Originally posted by mhickler

I have a Fairbanks Imperial banjo in the shop with a mysterious dowel brace configuration. There is a chiseled area that I assume accommodates a dowel brace, but there are no screw holes. Nor are there holes in the side of the dowel.



Was the brace was held in place by the mechanical force of the screw?



The picture on the left is the one I’m working on. The picture on the right is from a google search.






That is correct.



I recently bought a Stewart banjo that was missing that part.  It was pretty easy to fabricate one.  Attached is a little more info about the piece.



 


mhickler - Posted - 11/08/2019:  06:36:34


The first one I made was a failure. It was an L shape that stopped at the edge of the rim.
The thing I didn’t understand is that part of the dowel brace slips under the rim. That creates the mechanical stabilizing force. It’s obvious once you see how it works.




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