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by nkforster
Wed Dec 09, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Great sharpening set up
Replies: 7
Views: 1392

Re: Great sharpening set up

Do you mean "would this make the blades edge curved?" No, it doesn't. They come out flat.
by nkforster
Sun Dec 06, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What Veneer for body
Replies: 6
Views: 934

Re: What Veneer for body

This thread might help too:

http://www.anzlf.com/viewtopic.php?t=7883

Basically, the more complex the shape, the more issues you will have. So an arched cutaway with a deep recurve is harder to do than a cylinder.
by nkforster
Sat Dec 05, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What Veneer for body
Replies: 6
Views: 934

Re: What Veneer for body

Please post some photos of the veneer if you can. Let's see what you got@ Laminating tops and backs from scratch is no simple task. Most o the European firms who do this start with a spruce core, with show veneers on the outside of maple or good quality spuce. There is a video of an American chap wh...
by nkforster
Sat Dec 05, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Dulcimers and Weissenborns
Replies: 9
Views: 877

Re: Dulcimers and Weissenborns

Nothing ususual, I mask off, cut with a knife and peel it off. I polish the bridge to satin, apply a little epoxy, rub off and wax. Then I cover the think in frog tape and glue on. Remove the frog tape and clean up any scuffs, rewax. Done.
by nkforster
Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Dulcimers and Weissenborns
Replies: 9
Views: 877

Re: Dulcimers and Weissenborns

Superb.

Are you spraying the bridges too? Are the fixed bridges sprayed on or off the body?
by nkforster
Tue Dec 01, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Dulcimers and Weissenborns
Replies: 9
Views: 877

Re: Dulcimers and Weissenborns

Really nice dulcimer design Paul. Did you laminate the bwb to the plastic tortoise binding yourself?
by nkforster
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Lay flat fire hose
Replies: 11
Views: 1697

Re: Lay flat fire hose

The advantage is even pressure, and quicker. So less variation when I take the clamps off. I clamp the fretboard on using 6mm locating pins, and the neck and fretboard match in size (cut off the same template) so clean up won't be an issue. For glueing on head veneers it will a lot less like wrestli...
by nkforster
Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Lay flat fire hose
Replies: 11
Views: 1697

Re: Lay flat fire hose

No luck at the fire station, but found this firm online: http://www.southernhose.com.au/ They sell lay flat hose by the metre, which is ideal. A couple of metres' is about $60 inc postage. In case you're wondering, the hose is to make a bladder press - ski makers use them to laminate skis. I plan to...
by nkforster
Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Luthier to luthier podcast
Replies: 2
Views: 851

Luthier to luthier podcast

American luthier Michael Bashkin interviewed me the other week for his Luthier on Luthier podcast which is hosted by Fretboard Journal.

Here is the link:

https://www.fretboardjournal.com/podcas ... l-forster/
by nkforster
Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Great sharpening set up
Replies: 7
Views: 1392

Great sharpening set up

I've been using a variation on this set up for years - which I first saw on Youtube in another Japanese video.


youtu.be/_Gl4Y--5C88

Worth watching the whole thing - its the best solution I've found for narrow chisels and plane blades. And no, the jig does not make your blades curved.
by nkforster
Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Lay flat fire hose
Replies: 11
Views: 1697

Re: Lay flat fire hose

No, I laminate my sides in a press. That's sorted. This is for glueing fretboards and head veneers.
by nkforster
Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Lay flat fire hose
Replies: 11
Views: 1697

Re: Lay flat fire hose

Google "fire hose ski press."
by nkforster
Fri Nov 13, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Lay flat fire hose
Replies: 11
Views: 1697

Re: Lay flat fire hose

Never thought of that!
by nkforster
Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Lay flat fire hose
Replies: 11
Views: 1697

Lay flat fire hose

Anyone have any offcuts of lay flat fire hose? 75mm wide+, 50cm long +? I'd like to make a clamp using one but don't really want to buy 30m of the stuff to do so.
by nkforster
Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Carving necks on the spindle moulder
Replies: 19
Views: 3552

Re: Carving necks on the spindle moulder

More spindle moulder fun - neck tenon in one pass:


youtu.be/FWuHAYrThYE
by nkforster
Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Carving necks on the spindle moulder
Replies: 19
Views: 3552

Re: Carving necks on the spindle moulder

No slots at all Steve? However you do it, you wouldn't want to raise the axis of the jigs' rotating part. It would take the neck too high over the cutter. You could run it like a big bench hook - that is how I cut the tenon on the spindle. But if you did that you'd need a different set up for the st...
by nkforster
Thu Nov 05, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Carving necks on the spindle moulder
Replies: 19
Views: 3552

Re: Carving necks on the spindle moulder

The latest version of the jig - working well. Fingers out of harms way and the jig is easily adjustable.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrlpEYE1728
by nkforster
Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guitar sides
Replies: 6
Views: 1484

Re: Guitar sides

I'm actually in the process of making a long video about this process. There are many benefits, approaches and options. The video should be for sale in the new year. I've been building guitars with laminated sides for years.
by nkforster
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Carving necks on the spindle moulder
Replies: 19
Views: 3552

Re: Carving necks on the spindle moulder

simso wrote:
Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:31 am
Looks good, the issue for me has always been lack of work and personal time to actually make one.

When you make one available for sale, I will be at front of the que :D

Steve
Anyone else fancies a spindle moulder neck jig? Send me a PM if you do.
by nkforster
Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Carving necks on the spindle moulder
Replies: 19
Views: 3552

Re: Carving necks on the spindle moulder

Only got a Facebook link, I'll post a proper video when I've remade the jig. But it works! Stick around to the end, you'll see the neck, straight off the machine with about 5 seconds of sanding with 180 grit.

https://www.facebook.com/nigel.forster. ... 5459890088
by nkforster
Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: custom cases
Replies: 9
Views: 1437

Re: custom cases

Yes, please do pass his number on. Can you post a pic of the case he made?
by nkforster
Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: custom cases
Replies: 9
Views: 1437

Re: custom cases

Yes, the Hiscox case fits my A model but is too small for my Celtic one...
by nkforster
Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: custom cases
Replies: 9
Views: 1437

Re: custom cases

Actually Pete, I typed "custom case maker QLD" into Google rather than searching the whole country. Spoke to a feller who sells these:

http://www.qldcase.com.au/wp-content/up ... n/1700.pdf

Its a gun case. With custom cut foam we're be looking around the $600 mark.
by nkforster
Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: custom cases
Replies: 9
Views: 1437

Re: custom cases

If I had the space to make them, I would! I know Jack Clark who used to make Stefan Sobells cases said the real pain was lining them. Making shells is messy work but not so difficult. Now with laser cutting of foam, it should be a bit quicker than it used to be. Very frustrating that the firms who a...
by nkforster
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: custom cases
Replies: 9
Views: 1437

custom cases

Been trying to get a reply from 4 different custom case makers in Australia, and none of them have answered - either email or phone. Caseman, GigGear, Athol and Aerolyte. Its a bit frustrating. Anyone know anyone who makes custom fitted cases? Are Presto still in business? I'm after cases for my Cel...