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by Steve.Toscano
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood article
Replies: 13
Views: 349

Re: Rosewood article

blackalex1952 wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:47 pm
If you are growing it in your workshop it won't get big enough for B&S sets unless your workshop is as big as they say Noah's was! :mrgreen: -R
160sq m, 6-7m high ceilings. 8)

But it will be in a pot, im sticking to headstock veneers :lol:

Nah seriously it's just decoration.
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Australian Guitar Making School - Students blog
Replies: 4
Views: 318

Re: Australian Guitar Making School - Students blog

yeah, i build my steel string guitars on a solera - but NOT spanish heel. Only use the mold for gluing linnings to sides. Then the sides are glued to the soundboard (which already has the blocks attached). Bit of a different way to how most would build, but i find this method much easier for student...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood article
Replies: 13
Views: 349

Re: Rosewood article

It would be nice to begin a movement in Australia regarding the planting of musical instrument timbers ..... I've started the process. Been growing these Acacia Melanoxylon (Tas Blackwood) in my workshop since January. I'll update this thread in about 30yrs when she's big enough for a headstock ven...
by Steve.Toscano
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fingerboard Finish
Replies: 7
Views: 401

Re: Fingerboard Finish

I use this stuff: http://www.ubeaut.com.au/aussie.htm Not sure if it's a drying or non-drying one, but i've put it on 50+ fretboards of numerous species now and seems to do what is required. Here it is on a Brazilian Bloodwood board: Bloodwood Fretboard Oiled.jpg I wouldn't normally oil a fingerboar...
by Steve.Toscano
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Australian Guitar Making School - Students blog
Replies: 4
Views: 318

Re: Australian Guitar Making School - Students blog

Trent, I notice the truss rod hole in the UTB is drilled after the brace is glued in rather than before brace is fitted as in Trevor's books. I usually forget to drill the hole and end up drilling it post brace glue in. Is there a reason you do it this way? David :lol: :lol: :lol: No real reason, e...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Australian Guitar Making School - Students blog
Replies: 4
Views: 318

Australian Guitar Making School - Students blog

Hi all. Crazy few months here, over the xmas break I relocated my workshop from Newcastle to Sydney (Hornsby) and opened up a branch of the Australian Guitar Making School where i teach and guide students to make their own guitar/s in self paced weekly 4hr classes. For those interested in how we bui...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Soundboard gluing failure
Replies: 19
Views: 814

Re: Soundboard gluing failure

Personally i'd scrap it, OR cut down the join and reglue. May have to install a new rosette.
You are not too far into the build, so wouldnt take too much to redo it.
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Finishing
Replies: 12
Views: 992

Re: Finishing

For an easy to apply nitro finish ive had good success with both the Wurth and Mohawk rattle cans. Not exactly non toxic, still need the usual respirator protection. I do mine outside. With some practise you can get a very professional finis with these. Sorry i dont have any experience with water ba...
by Steve.Toscano
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Spot the mistake
Replies: 6
Views: 603

Re: Spot the mistake

or is it the orientation of the short tertiary brace across the lower bout centre seam? Bingo! Put the template on upside down when marking that one out. :oops: Got me thinking, is that brace purely a centre seam reinforcement or is it doing something more? If it is primarily reinforcement i can't ...
by Steve.Toscano
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Spot the mistake
Replies: 6
Views: 603

Spot the mistake

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So i made a simple error. Can be fixed rather easily. Lets see if anyone can spot it? No it has nothing to do with CF - or the lack of.
Once spotted I'd like to know the thoughts on whether or not this matters - might be one for Trevor to chime in on.
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Enlarging the kerf in Linings
Replies: 4
Views: 639

Re: Enlarging the kerf in Linings

Interesting.
For tight bends i make the kerfs closer together. Never thought to make them wider, will give it a shot.
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Where is the best place to buy bandsaw blades in Australia?
Replies: 36
Views: 9047

Re: Where is the best place to buy bandsaw blades in Australia?

I get mine from these guys: http://www.sawcity.com.au
They were local to me before i moved, but will courier out blades.
They make them up, so can get practically any length/tpi/width/kerf etc.

Im yet to have one of their blades fail on me - even when i've hit a nail (cut right through it)
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Taylor "V Class"
Replies: 2
Views: 547

Taylor "V Class"

Because falcate bracing is too hard to do in a factory..... :P


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by Steve.Toscano
Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Future build
Replies: 5
Views: 653

Re: Future build

Hi Tod. I myself haven't used it for B&S, but i have had a student use it. It's a prick of a thing to bend. Get it to <2mm. If doing a cutaway get the cutaway area down to ~1.6mm. You'll want to soak it in cold water for a good 24hrs+ prior to bending. Once bent let it sit for a few days preferrably...
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Is this spruce?
Replies: 4
Views: 503

Re: Is this spruce?

As others have said - yep Spruce.

Looks exactly like some very, very old german spruce I have.
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding The only way out?
Replies: 21
Views: 2287

Re: Binding The only way out?

Might be time for a scalloped fretboard acoustic! :lol:
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Thermochromatic paint
Replies: 7
Views: 852

Re: Thermochromatic paint

Mark McLean wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:46 am
Very interesting - but I am not sure what to do with this information!
Bring back the Hypercolour Tshirt !!! :lol: :gui
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Electric guitar I made & airbrished
Replies: 3
Views: 618

Re: Electric guitar I made & airbrished

Looking great Alan. Thanks for the video, interesting to see your process.
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cedrela faults
Replies: 4
Views: 681

Re: Cedrela faults

For what its worth, pretty much all the cedrela i've used has these marks in it somewhere and to some extent. The first neck i made with the stuff has one right down the edge on the treble side going from headstock to heel, this guitar was made in 2011 and is still going strong - no neck warpage tha...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Dehumidifiers - large(er) workshop
Replies: 4
Views: 655

Re: Dehumidifiers - large(er) workshop

Thanks gents, as above I strongly prefer not to build a dry room. Up until now I've gotten away without such as I just store all my timber in my current workshop, the dehumidifier kicks in at 60% to bring down the extremes. When i know im going to do any cross grain glue ups i set the dehumidifier d...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Dehumidifiers - large(er) workshop
Replies: 4
Views: 655

Dehumidifiers - large(er) workshop

So im about to get the keys to my new workshop and im thinking about dehumidifiers. Before i talk to the suppliers and possibly get sold a unit too big (expensive) for my requirements i thought i'd ask here to see what you guys who have a larger space are useing? And how your units are copeing? The ...
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: All seven continents covered
Replies: 4
Views: 610

Re: All seven continents covered

Hope the books didnt crack in the low humidity.
by Steve.Toscano
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bending qld maple
Replies: 5
Views: 853

Re: bending qld maple

All the qld maple ive built with bends very easily. I soak for 15mins in hot water first.
In saying this ive never used really highly figured qld maple, only what id call medium figure.
by Steve.Toscano
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: DRILL PRESS
Replies: 8
Views: 2108

Re: DRILL PRESS

Not doubting Alans experience, but i feel a drill press is one of the few tools you can scimp on if need be in a dedicated (acoustic) guitar making workshop. I have an el cheapo bunnings (ozito) drill press. In my workshop the only time it gets used as a drill is in bridge making and tuner holes, i ...
by Steve.Toscano
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Matching Nut files to string gauge when making a nut - how critical is the match?
Replies: 9
Views: 1776

Re: Matching Nut files to string gauge when making a nut - how critical is the match?

My rule is to use the file wider (but closest) then the string. So in this case the 40.
I make my slots shallower then most seem to, about 1 3rd of the string sits in the slot.
I start my slots with a jewellers saw which tends to limit the wiggle martin mentioned.