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by Steve.Toscano
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Neck wood
Replies: 2
Views: 90

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: 161

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: 1192

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: 1192

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: 13
Views: 1301

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: 3
Views: 650

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: 1032

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: 1615

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: 13
Views: 1301

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: 13
Views: 1301

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: 13
Views: 1301

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: 1653

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...
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Student build -
Replies: 6
Views: 512

Re: Student build -

Well done Trent! Your first of many students no doubt.
The smile on his face says it all.
by Steve.Toscano
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Back joint prep
Replies: 15
Views: 1650

Re: Back joint prep

Like Trevor said, a straight sole plane is important. And as others mentioned, don't join at 20mm, get your stock down to ~4mm. Here's my edge shooting setup: edge joining 2.jpg The plane is a veritas Low angle jack. I tried many methods to get to this point, mostly: - I started out doing Strato's m...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Lefty Build
Replies: 5
Views: 1412

Re: Lefty Build

Make sure you use a left handed chisel.. :lol:

Seriously : Only other things that i can think of are fret markers, saddle slot in bridge (compensation), and electronics if applicable...
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: StewMax Membership and Free Shipping
Replies: 6
Views: 1740

Re: StewMax Membership and Free Shipping

i got the same. although already a stewmax member, so the only change is free (slow) shipping.
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stew Mac shipping - warning
Replies: 26
Views: 3761

Re: Stew Mac shipping - warning

I feel your pain Peter..... Definitely agree; Stewmac should be chasing this (or if lost refunding you). I had a large package appear to go missing from them some time back. After a couple weeks of no movement on the tracking (sent express), i got a phone call from someone at the sorting centre, tur...
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber Tools and Artisan Show Sydney
Replies: 0
Views: 939

Timber Tools and Artisan Show Sydney

Those in and around Sydney should come visit Martin Taylor and Myself at the Timber, Tools, and Artisan (formally working with wood show) show this weekend... We have just a couple of guitars on display!! :) :) Not only will you see our faces, there's also plenty of great timber and tools available....
by Steve.Toscano
Sat May 25, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Listing of Preferred Vendors
Topic: Listing of Preferred Vendors
Replies: 7
Views: 17032

Re: Listing of Preferred Vendors

For the record i too have had simular experiences with finetools.com.au as oliver, i did however eventually get an email back from them and a refund.
by Steve.Toscano
Sat May 18, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What difference lacquer makes to sound
Replies: 7
Views: 1082

Re: What difference lacquer makes to sound

This is why i only put a very thin satin nitro OR french polish on my own guitars.
By the way, the sound will start to improve somewhat while the lacquer hardens.
by Steve.Toscano
Tue May 14, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Drum sanding service in Brisbane
Replies: 4
Views: 1074

Re: Drum sanding service in Brisbane

Hi Oliver, you could try Andrew at the Brisbane Guitar Making School. His offsider (Trent) is a member on the forums. Alternatively, give it a go with your handplanes, it doesnt take very long at all and you will learn a lot throughout the process. I have a drum sander and still do most of my back/s...
by Steve.Toscano
Sat May 11, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Humidity issue!
Replies: 8
Views: 1347

Re: The Humidity issue!

My question are... Does this Humidity problem apply to hardwood soprano ukulele tops and backs? Short answer: Yes! I cannot work to 40 as the hygrometers never get down that low. An options for you might be to run a dehumidifier in a small room (or cupboard) of your house, have all the parts and ti...
by Steve.Toscano
Thu May 02, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Slow neck carving
Replies: 21
Views: 2696

Re: Slow neck carving

For neck shapeing (not heel shaping) typically takes me between 1 - 2hrs depending on the timber, thats from a rectangle blank to a sanded up to 600grit finished product. I shape all necks with the fretboard on and the neck attached to the body. All the bulk work with spokeshave and chisels, finer w...
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Luthier Sessions #2 - Hand Planing for Luthiers, by Trevor Gore
Replies: 3
Views: 921

Luthier Sessions #2 - Hand Planing for Luthiers, by Trevor Gore

Hand Planing for Luthiers presented by Trevor Gore Hand Planes.png When: Thursday May 16th 2019, 6pm – 10pm Where: Toscano Guitars Workshop – 11/37a King Rd. Hornsby (Sydney) NSW 2077 Price: $77 Instructor: Trevor Gore Learn how to use planes from a luthier who uses them for almost every guitar mak...
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Student build - Spruce/Blackwood OM
Replies: 4
Views: 1193

Student build - Spruce/Blackwood OM

Thought i'd show off a recent build from one of my students at the Australian Guitar Making School - Sydney, guitar number 748 for the AGMS. This guitar was built by Tony throughout 2018 and sprayed throughout March/April this year. This is Tony's first acoustic guitar build, and his first significa...