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by nkforster
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: HVLP set up
Replies: 5
Views: 549

Re: HVLP set up

Ta chaps.

Now I've started reading up on this, I've ended up with more questions than answers - anyone out there tried LVLP guns?
by nkforster
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: HVLP set up
Replies: 5
Views: 549

HVLP set up

Well, my stuff from the UK finally arrived last week - including my Fuji HVLP setup - except I seem not to have packed the gun. Bah. Looking at the price of a new gun here I could probably start from scratch for less. I'm spraying waterborne top coats over brushed epoxy. Waterbourne lacquer tends to...
by nkforster
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: AAAH! The internet....luthierie on a budget
Replies: 8
Views: 976

Re: AAAH! The internet....luthierie on a budget

It only costs Stewmac if you click on the ad. Otherwise, it costs nothing. The ad shows because you've looked at the site in the past, or because you came up in a data list for people similar to other Stewmac customers. If you use remarketing you can choose between remarketing to people who have loo...
by nkforster
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: AAAH! The internet....luthierie on a budget
Replies: 8
Views: 976

Re: AAAH! The internet....luthierie on a budget

It is something called "remarketing" Google have been selling it for some time. You look at a site, Google makes a note of this, then sells this info by allowing advertisers to advertise to people who have already looked at their site. Its good for advertisers as the click-through rates are very hig...
by nkforster
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: American Lutherie 118
Replies: 2
Views: 715

American Lutherie 118

Anyone got a copy of American Lutherie #118, Summer 2014? It's out of print and I'd quite like to read the John Greven article.
by nkforster
Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Compensated nut WIP
Replies: 19
Views: 1675

Re: Compensated nut WIP

Welcome Donny. Something is awry with your calculations, as 5mm forward on the bottom E is way too much. But the overall shape of the curve looks close. You can make the calculations with an accurate tuner and a new set of strings. But the rest of the setup needs to be right first - the nut/zero fre...
by nkforster
Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go-bar rods
Replies: 13
Views: 1343

Go-bar rods

Where do you feller s get your fibre glass go-bar rods from?
by nkforster
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Lathe neck carving
Replies: 2
Views: 541

Re: Lathe neck carving

Yep, the first few hundred are fun! This is a batch of ukes - I'm making them whilst I wait for more of the stuff to arrive. One of the ways I keep myself interested in the job is to keep trying out different ways of doing the same tasks. Doing necks on the lathe is a bit of fun, but yes, it is supe...
by nkforster
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Lathe neck carving
Replies: 2
Views: 541

Lathe neck carving

I tried this idea out yesterday and it worked a treat - http://www.nkforsterguitars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/necks-on-lathe-3.jpg A pair of necks done in about 5 minutes flat. It took me longer to make the jig. Now, the jig size, or rather thickness, dictates the end result. I worked it out wi...
by nkforster
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Maple or Sycamore for purfling
Replies: 9
Views: 1109

Re: Maple or Sycamore for purfling

If you can find maple or sycamore veneer here, I'd be interested to how from where. But to be honest, I never use either for purflings any more. They can look nice if it goes well, but they are both more prone to getting dark dust in them and bits pulling out during scraping than fibre. "Simple and ...
by nkforster
Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Question re strength of different mahoganys
Replies: 16
Views: 1529

Re: Question re strength of different mahoganys

Thirty years ago I wouldn't have considered any African mahogany. Now they are a little more appealing. Khaya is very nice stuff to work with, it resembles South American stuff (more so than sapele) and it comes in substantial sections. If you buy it from Spain or the UK, it's pretty cheap. I use it...
by nkforster
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: uke rope binding
Replies: 4
Views: 997

uke rope binding

Anyone out there know of a supplier for traditional uke rope binding?
by nkforster
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bobbin sanders
Replies: 11
Views: 1922

Re: bobbin sanders

Found another - looks like a step up from the plastic bodied ones...Any users out there?

https://www.gasweld.com.au/535815-toolex
by nkforster
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bobbin sanders
Replies: 11
Views: 1922

Re: bobbin sanders

That's the one I had first, it was great, but sold it when I went to Germany. For the number of instruments I make, the light one is fine. I had one for two years in Germany and never had an issue with it. It ended up with a pal as part of a deal we did. I'm just interested to know if anyone owns th...
by nkforster
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bobbin sanders
Replies: 11
Views: 1922

bobbin sanders

The last sander I had was one of these: https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/W843 It was ok, it did the job, not as good as the bigger machine I had before that, but it did what I needed. I've just seen this one: https://www.ebay.com.au/p/Powertec-OS1400-14-Oscillating-Spindle-Sander/10017651235?iid=25...
by nkforster
Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Well, here we are, what now?!
Replies: 20
Views: 2412

Re: Well, here we are, what now?!

Welcome down under Nigel. If you are interested in second hand tools and equipment you should get onto Gumtree, which is a local version of a Craigslist-style online marketplace. Make a dehumidifier one of your first purchases. Lots of good local timbers for you to get to know. Many of us favour Qu...
by nkforster
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Well, here we are, what now?!
Replies: 20
Views: 2412

Re: Well, here we are, what now?!

Thanks fellas. What's the stuff they sell in Bunnings? I was in yesterday, and they had a dark mahogany-like board - looked like it was for decking or something, (lightly grooved one side) about 80mm x 20mm x 2000mm. This stuff looked decent and was highly figured! The display was a bit disorganised...
by nkforster
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Well, here we are, what now?!
Replies: 20
Views: 2412

Well, here we are, what now?!

Well, when I first visited Oz in 2013, I was really struck with the place. My daughter was living and working in Melbourne, and I travelled up to do Trevor Gore's course up in the Blue Mountains. I had a great time, and I've been thinking about moving here ever since. Well, the wife had the points t...
by nkforster
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Odd Ball Junior
Replies: 4
Views: 1045

Re: Odd Ball Junior

Nigel, I hope that park bench isn't home these days.... :D Nice job, BTW! This year me and the wife have lived in quite a few places Trevor - Thailand, Sri Lanka, Oz, Japan, England, Singapore, India, Germany, and we just got back to the UK from Switzerland. It's been a nice year - apart from getti...
by nkforster
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Odd Ball Junior
Replies: 4
Views: 1045

Odd Ball Junior

It's fun doing a relic from time to time. This is the latest - an Odd Ball Junior. https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-s1Ltx5neUa0/W2V4Y7rYdOI/AAAAAAAAF-Q/DrjYzwzsaYgGWfzeDDCHdhgUxSB7DbJsgCLcBGAs/s1600/Odd%2BBall%2BJunior%2Bfront.jpg https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xrW3ttE4qEw/W2V4Y1HZEeI/AAAAAAAAF-U/CeeIisGbkpIO...
by nkforster
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cutting 1mm slots / rings for rosettes
Replies: 15
Views: 3227

Re: Cutting 1mm slots / rings for rosettes

As regards to the use of superglue on raw spruce, I have found occasionally that the superglue stains the wood a greenish tint. Does anybody else experience this and what would the reason be for it only happening on some spruce samples and not others? Ross Canary yellow is the popular one. Some sup...
by nkforster
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cutting 1mm slots / rings for rosettes
Replies: 15
Views: 3227

Re: Cutting 1mm slots / rings for rosettes

I've tried loads of things over the years. The best results happened when I started adding mass to the whole setup. I bought several of these when I was in Germany: https://www.ebay.de/itm/Fraszirkel-fur-die-Oberfrase-Frasschablone-Frashilfe/322541219708?hash=item4b18f46f7c:g:7nwAAOSwo4pYI2gc There ...
by nkforster
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Curly Blackwood Long Neck Concert Uke
Replies: 6
Views: 2140

Re: Curly Blackwood Long Neck Concert Uke

Lovely instrument, lovely finish. Are you spraying the poly? How do you find working with it? Humidity must be an issue where you are?
by nkforster
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tru Oil alternatives
Replies: 16
Views: 5338

Re: Tru Oil alternatives

You might want to try Osmo oil. It's a nice finish for simple work. Two or three coats is enough for a nice satin filled finish.