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by nkforster
Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: glues for plastic binding in Oz
Replies: 4
Views: 564

glues for plastic binding in Oz

Happy new year to you.

I've got some plastic binding to do - what's available here that's decent? Is this stuff any good?

https://www.gemworld.com.au/products/mo ... arge_110ml
by nkforster
Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fibre Sheet for side lamination
Replies: 3
Views: 640

Re: Fibre Sheet for side lamination

LMI sell it - its called Fish paper in the US, and gasket paper in the UK. The gasket paper I bought in Oz has a more rubbery feel and is a bit different. If you're trying to laminate the top and back purfling into the sides you're best off buying from the UK or USA. If you just want to laminate sid...
by nkforster
Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: shed insulation
Replies: 8
Views: 2279

Re: shed insulation

Thanks lads. Getting roofers in to lift the sheets and put foil/wool down. And stick a pair of whirlybirds on at the same time.

I’d like to do the walls with batts and ply. How would you go about getting that 25mm gap between the batts and the colourbond?

Nigel
by nkforster
Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: shed insulation
Replies: 8
Views: 2279

shed insulation

Well lads, Mrs F and I have bought a nice little house with a nice big shed. Its an old colourbond shed in decent nick. I'd like to insulate the roof and walls prior to panelling them with ply - any advice? I'd much rather not take the roof off to do so, and I've also heard that condensation can be ...
by nkforster
Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Selmac Grand Bouche
Replies: 7
Views: 1649

Re: Selmac Grand Bouche

My Grandfather had a Selmer. You can read about it here:

https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/blog/i ... er-guitar/

The top varied slightly in thickness, but most of it was around 1.4mm thick.

It is a spectacular sounding guitar.
by nkforster
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bote-cote epoxy
Replies: 11
Views: 2376

Re: Bote-cote epoxy

I've been using Bote Cote since I arrived here. I get the crystal + non yellowing version. Whilst the smell isn't terrible, I would advise a mask and gloves. As one feller told me - when working with epoxy, there are two types of people. The ones who are allergic, and the ones who aren't...yet.
by nkforster
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Back brace/linings jigs
Replies: 8
Views: 2636

Re: Back brace/linings jigs

One more: 2:04


youtu.be/Yi4Ee2a-WsE
by nkforster
Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Back brace/linings jigs
Replies: 8
Views: 2636

Re: Back brace/linings jigs

And another (this one for the top) at 0.27


youtu.be/ZjOI-jQmgdM
by nkforster
Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Back brace/linings jigs
Replies: 8
Views: 2636

Re: Back brace/linings jigs


youtu.be/kJogy9pANEU

Found one at 1.32
by nkforster
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Back brace/linings jigs
Replies: 8
Views: 2636

Back brace/linings jigs

Anyone out there got a good jig for notching linings for fitting braces? I'm set up so my braces are in the same spot each time but I've never made the next step - a jig for routing the linings to fit each time.

Anyone out there made one?
by nkforster
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Brisbane Luthiers Meet-up (25th August)
Replies: 3
Views: 2182

Re: Brisbane Luthiers Meet-up (25th August)

Count me in!
by nkforster
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Now more difficult to export
Replies: 12
Views: 3208

Re: Now more difficult to export

Who do you insure your instruments with when you ship Peter?
by nkforster
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Veneer Softener
Replies: 5
Views: 1831

Re: Veneer Softener

There is always the cheapskate version - fabric softener. Pick a white one.
by nkforster
Thu May 30, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: relic lecky
Replies: 3
Views: 1549

Re: relic lecky

I didn't finish it. There is an old feller where I hail from who spent the last 40 years or so making "replicas." So he's pretty good at making them look old. He did it. But as far as I can gather, the tools of the trade are a freezer, a sandblaster and a bottle of bitumen. You'd have to look on the...
by nkforster
Fri May 24, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: relic lecky
Replies: 3
Views: 1549

relic lecky

Every now and again I make an electric. This one was made right at the end of our spell in Germany - I made it in late 2017. Pine body, maple neck, Bare Knuckle P90s.


youtu.be/Dn6yXpk8NUk

Sadly, it was one of the ones nicked from the workshop about a year ago. Oh well.

Nice guitar though.
by nkforster
Thu May 23, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Alternative to a Stewmac buffer
Replies: 9
Views: 2515

Re: Alternative to a Stewmac buffer

Make the time - it'll save you time. I just wheel this outside when I'm using it so the crap doesn't go all over the place. A feller on Gumtree made the rod for me - its a 1" hardened steel rod, just over 1000mm long. I had him turn a RH M20 on one end and a LH M20 thread on the other. M20 Nuts - RH...
by nkforster
Wed May 22, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Alternative to a Stewmac buffer
Replies: 9
Views: 2515

Re: Alternative to a Stewmac buffer

https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IyAhTzf65iM/XOTjYYP6KWI/AAAAAAAAGA8/n4nVtBDJX5gmeFBzurJTIGYZeltiVk9EgCLcBGAs/s400/guitar%2Bbuffing%2Bmachine.jpeg Done! For about $400 including the buffs and menzerna. Its cheaper buying them from England and shipping it over...I bought a cheap drill press from Bunnings,...
by nkforster
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustical effect of back woods
Replies: 25
Views: 5345

Re: Acoustical effect of back woods

Yep, Nigel you are right. Rosewood guitars sell, other woods are harder to sell. Hopefully this study and the publicity it has received might start to shift that, but it is like shifting the Titanic with a tinny. I have not had the same problem with mandolins. Australian natives sell just as well a...
by nkforster
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustical effect of back woods
Replies: 25
Views: 5345

Re: Acoustical effect of back woods

A more useful study might be to see how easy it is to sell a guitar for decent money if it isn't made from traditional woods. And then to see how easy it is to sell 20 or more guitars a year made with non traditional woods for decent money. Spoiler alert: It's not easy. This experiment, flawed or ot...
by nkforster
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side bend question...
Replies: 18
Views: 3421

Re: Side bend question...

If you've never bent sides before, or haven't bent many, you do need to practice first. Practice on any pieces of wood you can get your hands on.
by nkforster
Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side bend question...
Replies: 18
Views: 3421

Re: Side bend question...

Here are a few videos I made on the subject:



youtu.be/9jf8J6rt6ng

youtu.be/1NMxMO93v8s

youtu.be/nm420mtesnU
by nkforster
Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: shipping overseas
Replies: 6
Views: 2042

Re: shipping overseas

www.interparcel.com.au

They will give you a variety of options, and you can pay for additional insurance.
by nkforster
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Alternative to a Stewmac buffer
Replies: 9
Views: 2515

Re: Alternative to a Stewmac buffer

The local Brisbane distributor of 0.55 Kw motor $173 Sourced a 4110 hardened 1" shaft 36" lg, ends threaded, for $120 Bearing supplies $34 for P205 Buff wheels out of Melbourne $50 - $75 ea depending on cloth grade were to much for my hip pocket. So purchased buff wheels & flanges from Stew mac for...
by nkforster
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Alternative to a Stewmac buffer
Replies: 9
Views: 2515

Alternative to a Stewmac buffer

Hiya fellers. Anyone out there got a homemade buffer? I'm looking for an alternative to spending $1000 on a Stewmac one.
by nkforster
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic cases
Replies: 5
Views: 1502

Re: Acoustic cases

Hiscox it is then..

Ta lads.