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by demonx
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fret bending?
Replies: 12
Views: 639

Re: Fret bending?

For years I bought fretwire in tubes and straightened the old school way with a pair of pliers either end gripping the tang. My first fifty or eighty fretjobs would have been done this way before I finally bought a fret roller/bender. These days I buy by the roll and I don’t even use the roller. Sur...
by demonx
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Flatbed jointer opinion
Replies: 15
Views: 887

Re: Flatbed jointer opinion

With that said though, in guitar building I never use this up to the 6” capacity, so I’d never need an 8” for guitar building. What's your method for correcting warp on boards wider than 6" -- I'd imagine this is pretty common for a typical two-piece electric blank? Avoiding warped boards being the...
by demonx
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Flatbed jointer opinion
Replies: 15
Views: 887

Re: Flatbed jointer opinion

Congrats!

You’ll notice the spiral heads are much quieter as well, and give a better finish!
by demonx
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Flatbed jointer opinion
Replies: 15
Views: 887

Re: Flatbed jointer opinion

My 10 cents worth. I'd be looking at a 6" machine but spending the extra dollars an 8" machine would cost me on a 6" machine with helical cutters. The spiral head is definitely worth it. It does cost a lot more, however it’s much better. Less timber wastage due to tear out boo boos. It makes me wis...
by demonx
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Flatbed jointer opinion
Replies: 15
Views: 887

Re: Flatbed jointer opinion

Looking on their website my 6” isn’t there, but the 8” is the basically the same:

https://www.ledamachinery.com.au/leda_p ... ce-planer/

I’d go with whichever has the closest dealer to you or best freight etc.
by demonx
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Flatbed jointer opinion
Replies: 15
Views: 887

Re: Flatbed jointer opinion

Looks like a rebadged version of my 6” Ledacraft, if so I highly recommend.

I had a non spiral version which I sold, bought another machine and realised I’d made a mistake and rebought another Ledacraft, however this time with the spiral head. It makes the world of difference.
by demonx
Sun May 27, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Graveyard II - build video
Replies: 9
Views: 690

Re: Graveyard II - build video

Your work really is amazing Alan, I haven't seen anything of yours I don't like, I don't think you could make anything better. Col Thanks Col. I appreciate the kind words. As anyone here would know, when you build a guitar, or build anything for that matter, as the builder you know every tiny littl...
by demonx
Sat May 26, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Graveyard II - build video
Replies: 9
Views: 690

Re: Graveyard II - build video

Enjoyed the clip Allan, the cnc work was quite interesting to watch. and a great end result. I think I have read in past posts that you use PPG 2 pack, Is this still the case? I use the D800 range here myself on a few projects. Cheers Mark Hi Mark. On my guitars there are many varied products, it d...
by demonx
Sat May 26, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Graveyard II - build video
Replies: 9
Views: 690

Re: Graveyard II - build video

A few images from the build video in the first post:

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by demonx
Thu May 24, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Graveyard II - build video
Replies: 9
Views: 690

Re: Graveyard II - build video

kiwigeo wrote:
Thu May 24, 2018 4:02 pm
I enjoyed watching that clip. Thanks Allan. The orange coloured cutter on your CNC machine..is that a bull nose cutter of some sort?
Thanks.

It’s this one:
https://www.carbatec.com.au/routing-and ... mm-1-2-cmt
by demonx
Thu May 24, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Graveyard II - build video
Replies: 9
Views: 690

Re: Graveyard II - build video

You’re welcome Bruce, thanks for watching!
by demonx
Thu May 24, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Graveyard II - build video
Replies: 9
Views: 690

Graveyard II - build video

This video is a detailed compilation of mobile phone footage showing the Graveyard II guitar evolve from timber blanks to a completed guitar, including the pickup making and final setup!

I hope you enjoy!


https://youtu.be/trSIZqlzkBA
by demonx
Fri May 11, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bandsaw opinions
Replies: 20
Views: 1225

Re: bandsaw opinions

I have the laguna 14SUV, same model as Steve. I’d buy it again without hesitation. I run a 1” blade on it no problems and it’s setup for straight cutting. I read above someone having issues with the Laguna and all I can say is, this is my full time job, I’ve been running the laguna for years now and...
by demonx
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Airbrush advice
Replies: 10
Views: 1079

Re: Airbrush advice

Before Searls Guitars existed, when I used to do guitar refurbs/resprays etc I used touch up (detail guns) for bursts. Then I learned how to use an airbrush. The thing is, “airbrush” is a broad term, they’re not all created equal. I’ve used some cheapies that there’s no way I’d use for a burst, and ...
by demonx
Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Airbrush advice
Replies: 10
Views: 1079

Re: Airbrush advice

Contrary to Steve’s advice, airbrush is my weapon of choice for bursts. I use an Iwata Eclipse. Any burst you see on any of my guitars has been airbrushed. When I did an airbrushing course years ago I got to use several styles, the Iwata is by far my favourite. I also would never just use a tank, I’...
by demonx
Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stunning wood
Replies: 14
Views: 1363

Re: Stunning wood

Kamusur wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:38 pm
That's insane Allan aka "please pass the sunnies".

Stev
Thanks.

It was just a mobile snap shot for the customer.
by demonx
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stunning wood
Replies: 14
Views: 1363

Re: Stunning wood

kiwigeo wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:21 am
I like it...but can you make it a bit more Glossy?? :mrgreen:
demonx wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:54 am
I don’t mind a nice piece of flame from time to time:

D0A9AE96-9E0B-408D-85F6-23AC9C82345A.jpeg
Hangs head in shame... I’ll try better next time!
by demonx
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood Concert with Cherry Blossome inlay
Replies: 8
Views: 1391

Re: Blackwood Concert with Cherry Blossome inlay

Stunning, simply stunning.

I’ve wanted do do a similar inlay themed build myself for quite a while, just haven’t had the right customer come along.

Great work!
by demonx
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stunning wood
Replies: 14
Views: 1363

Re: Stunning wood

I don’t mind a nice piece of flame from time to time:
D0A9AE96-9E0B-408D-85F6-23AC9C82345A.jpeg
by demonx
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: low E string BUZZ on compound radius fingerboard
Replies: 3
Views: 654

Re: low E string BUZZ on compound radius fingerboard

I’d have to see it in person to test how level it really is, as often when people “try” to level, the neck isn’t tensioned and supported properly and the fretwork can be turned into a banana. That aside, could simply be a bad setup. Too much relief and bridge too low? Do you own a fret rocker to tes...
by demonx
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 50's inspired Mahogany carve top
Replies: 0
Views: 548

50's inspired Mahogany carve top

This is a fair bit different from the typical build to come out of my workshop however I've been getting requests for more vintage styled models and this is a little something I came up with: http://searlsguitars.com.au/gallery/editIMG_2503.jpg http://searlsguitars.com.au/gallery/editIMG_2508.jpg ht...
by demonx
Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side bending creases
Replies: 4
Views: 699

Re: Side bending creases

I had this happenin when I first started experimenting with timber I was flat sawing for practice/test bends.

The advice I was given was to use quarter sawn. I've never had a creased/buckled bend since.
by demonx
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mask the bridge glueing area
Replies: 11
Views: 1230

Re: Mask the bridge glueing area

As a really quite poor sprayer (of nitro) I have to do a lot of sanding and I can see that having that obstruction in the middle of the soundboard is going to be annoying. Sanding around anything is annoying and with guitars there's plenty to sand around, however maybe some painting tips may be in ...
by demonx
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mask the bridge glueing area
Replies: 11
Views: 1230

Re: Mask the bridge glueing area

simso wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:31 pm
Noiiiice

Thanks, I felt like a genius when I thought that up!
by demonx
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mask the bridge glueing area
Replies: 11
Views: 1230

Re: Mask the bridge glueing area

What Steve said, however to take it a step further, rather than just mask, I have stickers I make up with two holes which help me with alignment. I position the bridge pre paint which has the two holes in it and then I drill the holes into the top ready for post paint mounting. After paint I razor b...