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by Steve.Toscano
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber Tools and Artisan Show Sydney
Replies: 0
Views: 232

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: 15778

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: 556

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: 680

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: 856

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: 1684

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: 646

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: 579

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...
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Fresh off the bench Blackwood/spruce classical (PIC HEAVY)
Replies: 6
Views: 864

Re: Fresh off the bench Blackwood/spruce classical (PIC HEAVY)

I do 3 transverse back braces and 4 star braces as per Trevor Gore. All my classicals are done this way. For flamencos i leave the star braces out and space the trans braces equally. I did do one non live back classical with 4 trans braces which turned out great. It was indian rosewood and was done ...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Fresh off the bench Blackwood/spruce classical (PIC HEAVY)
Replies: 6
Views: 864

Re: Fresh off the bench Blackwood/spruce classical (PIC HEAVY)

Nice crisp work Steve. The blackwood is indeed lovely. I particularly like your heel shape. That is the style that I used to aim for but unfortunately since I now always do cutaways I'm stuck with a rather formless round shape. But I love the access to the upper frets. What bracing are you using? A...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Fresh off the bench Blackwood/spruce classical (PIC HEAVY)
Replies: 6
Views: 864

Fresh off the bench Blackwood/spruce classical (PIC HEAVY)

Recently completed Zenith model Classical for 'stock'. Soundboard: Spruce B&S: Tasmanian Blackwood Neck: Australian Cedar FB: Ebony Bridge: Brazilian Rosewood Rosette: Tassie blackwood Tuners: Schaller Grandtune Finish: Thin Semi gloss nitro Has my typical sound - huge and very responsive. ....... i...
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Wood for Falcate Braces in UK
Replies: 12
Views: 1216

Re: Wood for Falcate Braces in UK

I use engelmann (and at times also use King Billy Pine). 3x 1.9mm laminates. I've had pretty good success with finding engelmann that bends well, the trick is to dunk it in water that is straight off the boil - very hot, then straight onto the iron. Below is my 'bondage' :lol: clamp for the primarie...
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side bend question...
Replies: 18
Views: 1812

Re: Side bend question...

I try to do most of my sides at 2.2 / 2.3 - depending on the timber, down to 2 for difficult stuff.
2mm should be fine for mahogany and with a first timers hands.
If doing a cutaway you might want to go down to 1.8mm in the cutaway area.
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: shipping overseas
Replies: 6
Views: 1272

Re: shipping overseas

As per Allan, i use Pack and Send. Make sure you use a good quality flight case with the guitar packed tightly within. I use hiscox cases.
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Luthier Sessions #1 - sharpening for Luthiers, by Trevor Gore
Replies: 0
Views: 605

Luthier Sessions #1 - sharpening for Luthiers, by Trevor Gore

Introducing something that's kicking off in my workshop (Sydney).... : LUTHIER SESSIONS. To be run every month (or 2, depending how organised all involved are :) ), Luthier Sessions will be a regular 4 hour hands on and class room discussion/demonstration/training on all things guitar making. The fi...
by Steve.Toscano
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Which is the best Guitar?
Replies: 3
Views: 893

Re: Which is the best Guitar?

That main top peak on the green (153hz) is very low. I notice that there is also a peak on the purple at same spot, could this be something in the environment ??? Because of the very low freq of the green I'm going to say the blue is the better guitar. Unless the main top frequency of the green is t...
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.
Replies: 17
Views: 1853

Re: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.

Why complicate things on your first build by using flatsawn and/or difficult to bend timbers.
Just buy a set ready to go from stewmac or lmi, or even better one of the local tonewood suppliers.
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.
Replies: 17
Views: 1853

Re: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.

Nothing wrong with those measurements.
The dimensions for the upper & lower bouts, and the depth are rather close to my OM size which i get great results with.
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Golpeador material/options
Replies: 3
Views: 786

Re: Golpeador material/options

I was using an unknown thick clear material that i was given by a player from Spain many moons ago, but ran out recently. So started useing this stuff: https://luthiersupplies.com.au/acoustic-guitar-pickguard-blank-with-adhesive-clear-mylar Have this on a few recent builds which are in the hands of ...
by Steve.Toscano
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Year
Replies: 9
Views: 3891

Re: New Year

kiwigeo wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:00 pm
You keep a record of the number of frets you hammer in??? You need to get that OCD treated :mrgreen:
Nope, but I do keep a record of every instrument including the number of frets it has :)
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Year
Replies: 9
Views: 3891

Re: New Year

Happy new year everyone. As someone said last night - "Do what you did in 2018, but do it better in 2019" Hope you all have a great time making more beautiful instruments throughout 2019. Also, huge thank you to the admins who kindly donate their time and expertise to keep the forum running - your w...
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: AAAH! The internet....luthierie on a budget
Replies: 14
Views: 2741

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

nkforster wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:04 pm
It only costs Stewmac if you click on the ad. Otherwise, it costs nothing.
Depends if they are doing "pay per click" or "pay per impression".
Crafty Fox wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:31 pm
I use AdBlock, it seems to work ok.
I second AdBlock.
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: AAAH! The internet....luthierie on a budget
Replies: 14
Views: 2741

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

Keep in mind this (ads) was Google's only source of income for many years, and nowadays is about 99% of its income. So without ads google wouldn't exist, without google the internet would be very different to what it is today (in my opinion for the worse). By the way - google nor stewmac dont care t...
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber identification
Replies: 14
Views: 2498

Re: Timber identification

everything about it looks like typical QLD Maple to me.
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood Spruce Classical
Replies: 3
Views: 1468

Blackwood Spruce Classical

Recently completed a Blackwood and spruce classical to go down to Matt Withers' school in Canberra. Some pretty short time restraints on this one too, 2months from start to finish, to arrive in time for his end of year student concert last weekend. Soundboard: Spruce Back and Sides: Tasmanian Blackw...