Search found 348 matches

by Steve.Toscano
Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: fretboard radiusing router bits
Replies: 8
Views: 154

Re: fretboard radiusing router bits

Fair enough, each to their own. Although i struggle to see the time saving using such a method, unless you are mass making fretboards, which i doubt anyone on this forum is doing. Feels like another over engineered, messy, and noisey, process for the small time builder. Takes me ~15mins to radius my...
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Student build - Spruce, Ebony, Falcate OM
Replies: 1
Views: 22

Student build - Spruce, Ebony, Falcate OM

Thought I'd show off another one of many recent student build completions. A Falcate braced OM made by Daniel in 26x 4hour classes. Dan hadn't done any prior woodworking before coming along to the school and he doesn't play the guitar, he made this instrument as a surprise gift for his younger broth...
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: fretboard radiusing router bits
Replies: 8
Views: 154

Re: fretboard radiusing router bits

Out of interest: What's the motivation, or what are you attempting to fix, by using such a method for radiusing fretboards? Versus using more 'traditional' methods?

Is it an accuracy thing? A time thing?
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Student build - Spruce Padauk Flamenco Negra
Replies: 1
Views: 19

Student build - Spruce Padauk Flamenco Negra

Since there's been a few Flamenco builds lately, I thought I'd show off a recent build from one of my Students at the Australian Guitar Making School - Sydney. A Flamenco Negra (or Rojo "red") :lol: , built by Bernard in 32 classes, including making all of his own jigs used to make this guitar. Spru...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How do I fix this wavy side..
Replies: 7
Views: 775

Re: How do I fix this wavy side..

Scrape / sand and a few extra low & flat side braces is the way to go. If you end up at 1.8mm that's fine.
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Flamenco blanca - lutz & leyland cypress
Replies: 18
Views: 1026

Re: Flamenco blanca - lutz & leyland cypress

Hi Trent,
That looks really good. Good weight too.
Well done.
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Glue choice for lattice
Replies: 4
Views: 347

Re: Glue choice for lattice

How i approach a non CF lattice: 1) Glue up the lattice off the soundboard as a single unit with titebond. Glue it between 2x flat boards (i used perspex) clamped onto a flat bench. 2) Shape the bottom of the lattice in solera with sandpaper. 3) Glue the lattice as 1 structure onto the soundboard us...
by Steve.Toscano
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Musical Instrument Auction Melbourne.
Replies: 7
Views: 1089

Re: Musical Instrument Auction Melbourne.

There's some gems in there, some of those instruments went for a bargain. For those who weren't aware this was the personal collection of John Hurlston or "Hurlo". I had the pleasure of meeting Hurlo a few times, great bloke, loved a yarn, amazing guitar and car collection. He passed away in 2015(?)...
by Steve.Toscano
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Elmer Guitar
Replies: 4
Views: 497

Re: Elmer Guitar

While i don't know of this company in particular. I've had students rock up to my workshop with their own various Chinese jigs etc. When comparing the likes of the dremel base & circle/rosette cutter, the binding channel system, the fret slotting mitre box, and crowning files, we generally cannot de...
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Knobs / buttons coming off tuners
Replies: 5
Views: 723

Re: Knobs / buttons coming off tuners

Ive repaired knobs coming off with both Epoxy and CA successfully.
I went through a period of using Rubners that kept doing this.
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Opinions wanted on use of this Sitka top...
Replies: 7
Views: 877

Re: Opinions wanted on use of this Sitka top...

I'd be more concerned about the bearclaw then the wide grain....
In my experience tops with heavy bearclaw tend to be less stiff along the grain then those without.
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guitar Making Summer Camp - January 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 719

Guitar Making Summer Camp - January 2020

Hey all. So i'm running a Guitar Making Summer Camp at my workshop (Sydney) in January where students will make their choice of a traditional style Classical or Flamenco guitar. See all the details here: https://toscanoguitars.com.au/guitar-making-summer-camp/ This is suited for the beginner guitar ...
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Glueing the scarf joint
Replies: 5
Views: 1197

Re: Glueing the scarf joint

I just place a clamp at either end of the pieces to stop them sliding back. Ie the side of the neck down to the bench and a clamp tight on the bench at the heel end, another at the end of the headstock. The neck and headstock will jam up against these clamps and cant go any further. When im over thi...
by Steve.Toscano
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Neck wood
Replies: 3
Views: 930

Re: Neck wood

I use 3 species of neck timber:
Qld maple
Fijian mahogany
&
Toona (classical / flamenco only)


I have in the past used new guinea rosewood, but i dont like the way it carves.

Cant help you with nz natives, sorry.
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bending Mulga Bindings
Replies: 5
Views: 919

Re: Bending Mulga Bindings

Snap from its own weight??? Whats the grain configuration in the bindings?
Im assuming theres heaps of run out.
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Back brace/linings jigs
Replies: 8
Views: 2095

Re: Back brace/linings jigs

In all seriousness, i do remember seeing someone who had made a router jig (they made a video about the jig, and demonstration of use on Youtube). I've tryed to find it just now with no luck.
I thought it was Beau Hannam....
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Back brace/linings jigs
Replies: 8
Views: 2095

Re: Back brace/linings jigs

Hi Nigel,
Sure, here's my jig -
tools37.jpg
.
Works a treat, takes about 5mins to do 6 notches.
:toi :toi :toi :toi :toi :toi :toi
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First Classical Build
Replies: 18
Views: 2636

Re: First Classical Build

Apologies Alan, missed your response. I don't have a close up handy, but you can just see the carving with the soundboard pic at the bottom of this thread - viewtopic.php?f=25&t=8447
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First Flamenco Guitar.
Replies: 4
Views: 1589

Re: First Flamenco Guitar.

Well done on the build John.
Looks and sounds great!
by Steve.Toscano
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Radius dishes
Replies: 6
Views: 1748

Re: Radius dishes

Not qld based.
But i get all my cnc'd stuff from john at Labels extreme.
He couriers to me in sydney, and very good prices to.
He makes a lot of luthiers stuff, so he'll know what you're talking about :) .
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mahogany wanted
Replies: 20
Views: 2969

Re: Mahogany wanted

I dont have mahogany suitable for necks that im willing to sell.
However i have heaps of flamed quartered qld maple neck blanks and can courier some to WA. Send me a PM if interested.
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First Classical Build
Replies: 18
Views: 2636

Re: First Classical Build

I thought maybe 8 mm x 16 mm for the second transverse and leave the first one a 9 mm x 19 mm. That will work fine. Dont be scared to shape these right up to a point. After some research I found that a three ladder torres brace design for the back should be about B1 at the neck end 7 mm x 20 mm, B2...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First Classical Build
Replies: 18
Views: 2636

Re: First Classical Build

Hi Steve, Thank you very much for your reply. You have shed light on a few things I was unsure of. The tops are still nice and stiff and weigh 150 gram with the rosette in and soundhole cut out. I will avoid gluing the struts against the transverse brace thanks for that tip. In Neals plan he has 9 ...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First Classical Build
Replies: 18
Views: 2636

Re: First Classical Build

HI Alan, I'll break up my reply based on your questions The tops are thicknessed down to about 2.7 mm and the rosette's are fitted. Firstly, 2.7mm is quite a thick soundboard for a 7 fan classical. For good quality stiff engelmann I typically end up around 2.3 - 2.2 in the middle down to 1.9 - 2.0 a...
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Veritas scraper plane in lieu of high angle plane
Replies: 13
Views: 2262

Re: Veritas scraper plane in lieu of high angle plane

My question is what angle should the micro bevel be? I was thinking about increasing it to 45 or 50 degrees or is it better to stick to 35? As you are talking about a bevel down plane here the angle of the micro bevel will make no difference to the performance of the plane, it will however to the l...