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by Steve.Toscano
Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Crystalac
Replies: 2
Views: 1603

Re: Crystalac

Ive used it on electrics. It applies (with a brush) quite well and somewhat self levels. Still requires a rub back and a buff of course to get to a high gloss. No where near as hard wearing as nitro or a poly. I wouldn't use it on acoustic instruments as its high solids. Not sure about applying over...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A few latest builds
Replies: 6
Views: 2030

Re: A few latest builds

All gorgeous builds Peter!! Well done.
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Searching for Carbon Fiber for a Falcate Guitar Build
Replies: 4
Views: 1334

Re: Searching for Carbon Fiber for a Falcate Guitar Build

For the bracing i use the unidirectional tape found here:
http://www.carbonfiber.com.au/category4_1.htm

And pull the strands out as i need them..

They also sell cloth suitable for bridge plates etc.
They're in Aus.
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: packaging tape for binding
Replies: 12
Views: 2291

Re: packaging tape for binding

I've tryed pretty much all of them. Everything from gaffa tape, to bunnings masking. For me i found the best is the stewmac brown paper tape, as it seems to have just the right amount of tack (lots) and the right amount of stretch (a tiny bit). In saying that filament tape like Trevor linked to is g...
by Steve.Toscano
Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Amateur mess up, do I start over or make raised fretboard...
Replies: 6
Views: 1594

Re: Amateur mess up, do I start over or make raised fretboard...

If you dont worry about the aesthetics soo much of it, an easy non surgical fix would be to make a wedge shaped fingerboard. Depending on the geometry there, you might only be looking at a difference of ~2mm across the length of the board. Otherwise, get a flush cut fine blade japanese saw and cut t...
by Steve.Toscano
Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: fretboard radiusing router bits
Replies: 18
Views: 3235

Re: fretboard radiusing router bits

No worries all.
I'll endeavour to record a video on this over the xmas break and will post back here when available.
by Steve.Toscano
Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Student build - Spruce, Ebony, Falcate OM
Replies: 4
Views: 2222

Re: Student build - Spruce, Ebony, Falcate OM

Thanks guys,
Yes 26 classes, from raw timber to a finished and setup product. This is just below my average for SS student builds in my workshop which is currently at 27.9.
About 90% of these are cutaways (12fret joins), all are falcate.
The average for nylon stringed instruments is much lower.
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: fretboard radiusing router bits
Replies: 18
Views: 3235

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: 4
Views: 2222

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: 18
Views: 3235

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: 2
Views: 1727

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: 9
Views: 4181

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: 5119

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: 1588

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: 2364

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: 1699

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: 1724

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: 2032

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: 3020

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: 3914

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: 1604

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: 1775

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: 3069

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: 3069

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: 4658

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