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by nkforster
Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: thickness sanding Gold Coast
Replies: 0
Views: 108

thickness sanding Gold Coast

Lads, I normally thickness my tops and backs at the Mens Shed, but due to the current situation, the sheds are all closed.

Anyone in the Gold Coast got a thickness sander I can come and hire for an hour?
by nkforster
Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Big sheets of sandpaper
Replies: 8
Views: 2172

Re: Big sheets of sandpaper

Looks like I may well be getting some from China. But I'll be buying quite a bit. 450mm wide. 60 grit. Any use to anyone?
by nkforster
Sat Mar 07, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Big sheets of sandpaper
Replies: 8
Views: 2172

Re: Big sheets of sandpaper

Thanks fellers. From what I can see, neither of those firms have what I'm after. Nothing bigger than A4.

Those of you who use spherical formers for "driving the bus" where do you get your paper from?
by nkforster
Sat Mar 07, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Big sheets of sandpaper
Replies: 8
Views: 2172

Big sheets of sandpaper

I'm after big sheets of abrasive, minimum 420mm wide. In Europe, I used to buy the sanding belts for wide belt sanders and cut them up. I'm a bit stumped here. Any suggestions?
by nkforster
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Why a neck volute?
Replies: 7
Views: 2229

Re: Why a neck volute?

Image

There are alternatives...
by nkforster
Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 'Milling' with a drill press
Replies: 7
Views: 2173

Re: 'Milling' with a drill press

You can "mill" on a drill press with a Saftey planer. Stewmac sell a version of it. Though it has to be said, the results from this are not great, neither is is all that safe. I've used one for thicknessing heads but I have to say its a faff to set up and the results were not as clean as I'd hoped. ...
by nkforster
Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: glues for plastic binding in Oz
Replies: 4
Views: 2223

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: 1570

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: 2905

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: 2905

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: 2004

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: 3091

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: 3069

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: 3069

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: 3069

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: 3069

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: 3524

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: 3788

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: 2136

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: 2844

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: 2844

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: 2945

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: 2945

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: 6361

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: 6361

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...