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by Steve.Toscano
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Sydney get together
Replies: 3
Views: 250

Re: Sydney get together

Not much interest. Im not that bad to hang out with..... am i? :shock:

I'll probably end up arranging something with my students as heaps of them are keen and host in my workshop on a Friday evening.
Mark, and Martin (and anyone else) are welcome to join us.
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Cutting notches in braces
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Re: Cutting notches in braces

I realised that we already use a depth stop on our fret saw to cut specific depths and this could be used to do a series of cuts in a brace to be followed by a chisel. It worked well for me. Great idea!! I have a small fine Japanese saw which turns out the teeth are cut exactly 2mm into the blade. ...
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Using Abalone
Replies: 8
Views: 174

Re: Using Abalone

So do we have to get the shell inlay to exactly match the final surface of the top? Or is there a way of thinning it down, maybe with fine abrasives? I dont use it much myself, but a lot of my students do. I get them to cut the channel so the shell is just proud of the top. Talking less then a quar...
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Broken drill bit in tie block
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Re: Broken drill bit in tie block

Does the hole go through to the otherside? If so as Martin mentioned push it through with some wire or a nail from the saddle side. Otherwise maybe you could drill a temporary hole from the saddle side at an angle over the top of the saddle slot to meet up with the end of your drill bit then push it...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon May 28, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Sydney get together
Replies: 3
Views: 250

Sydney get together

Anyone local (or willing to travel) interested in a casual Sydney based catch up / get together, possibly on a monthly basis to talk shop, guitars, the weather etc over a few beers and a bite to eat??

If there's enough interest we can start looking at dates that will work for the majority.
by Steve.Toscano
Tue May 08, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bandsaw opinions
Replies: 20
Views: 777

Re: bandsaw opinions

I have the Hare and Forbes BP-310. 1HP 305mm machine. I bought it not knowing where my guitar making journey would take me - thinking if i got more serious i'd just replace it. Well i did get more serious, and this saw is still cuttin the mustard - see what i did there? :lol: The last 12months it's ...
by Steve.Toscano
Wed May 02, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: alternative fingerboard woods
Replies: 7
Views: 542

Re: alternative fingerboard woods

Jarrah, QLD Walnut, Cooktown ironwood, and Mulga are some others that come to mind that i've used successfully.
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side splints
Replies: 4
Views: 431

Re: Side splints

I like this idea. Simple, gets the job done. For my classicals i laminate 2x ~4mm thick strips of Indian Rosewood (usually side offcuts), cut them up and glue on so the glue line of the lamination is perpendicular to the sides. Depending on the size of the side blanks I can usually slice these down ...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood article
Replies: 13
Views: 704

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: 513

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: 704

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: 666

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: 513

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: 513

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: 1172

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: 1249

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: 778

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: 778

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: 893

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: 9798

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: 665

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: 784

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: 611

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: 2671

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: 937

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