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by old_picker
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Who made this one?
Replies: 0
Views: 263

Who made this one?

Came in today for a setup - action pretty low, saddle pretty high out of the bridge and neck dead straight. Has a sticker under the sound hole "Instrument is Handcrafted in Queensland Australia QC" it has a small square on the sticker with a signature in it Nice work by somebody. http://www.carltong...
by old_picker
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: shipping overseas
Replies: 5
Views: 353

Re: shipping overseas

I go with Allan on this. I've sent quite a few overseas and Pack and Send are fast and efficient. Use the top service level and the best case you can buy.
by old_picker
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Weird finishing problem
Replies: 10
Views: 795

Re: Weird finishing problem

It looks like I got this one beaten with the help of forum members and in particular DaveM who nailed it with the shellac suggestion. Initial test from the nut to the 4th fret is very encouraging with no pull back evident in the shellac. It is my standard mix. whatever cut that is, I use as a seal a...
by old_picker
Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Weird finishing problem
Replies: 10
Views: 795

Re: Weird finishing problem

Thanks for the replies on this one - never thought of using shellac - I have a nice fresh batch I made up a couple of weeks ago :) Also it could be likely silicone polish was used by the owner but I don't want the cat out of the bag just yet. Some of the problem areas seem to be along the frets and ...
by old_picker
Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Weird finishing problem
Replies: 10
Views: 795

Re: Weird finishing problem

Posting to myself here except for Trevors contribution - Thanks - This is informational for any one in the future having lacquer adhesion problems. I can say definitively that Tenacious Flowmask K750 is NOT the culprit in this case. Conducted an empirical test using the tape this morning. The smooth...
by old_picker
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Weird finishing problem
Replies: 10
Views: 795

Re: Weird finishing problem

this is the tape https://www.directpaint.com.au/tenacious-tapes-k750-flowmask-yellow-tape.html The Blurb - Well defined edge with no bleed through on smooth surfaces Strips cleanly & easily without leaving a residue Ideal for two pack paints, automotive & marine applications 60 Days + Outdoors https...
by old_picker
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Weird finishing problem
Replies: 10
Views: 795

Re: Weird finishing problem

How would silicone be successfully removed?
by old_picker
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Weird finishing problem
Replies: 10
Views: 795

Weird finishing problem

Got this infuriating issue with a maple one piece neck I have just re-fretted. I used titebond liquid hide glue to help the frets stay put and as usual residue got on the board which cleaned up nicely with a wet then dry rag. Started using the hide glue several years ago with refrets. Not sure I hav...
by old_picker
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mirotone PC 3220 - what is the resin?
Replies: 3
Views: 819

Re: Mirotone PC 3220 - what is the resin?

This morning when I looked at the formulation published by the makers, the resins are not disclosed. Who knows what it might be.
by old_picker
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Blush - Yeccchhh
Replies: 11
Views: 2003

Re: Blush - Yeccchhh

I blocked it today and conditions good this arvo - so a couple more coats of black and I'll start in on the clear. BTW first job in the brand new workshop whoo hoo - builder isn't out yet but not back here again for a few days - while the cats away :)
by old_picker
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mirotone PC 3220 - what is the resin?
Replies: 3
Views: 819

Mirotone PC 3220 - what is the resin?

Been using this for a few years now with excellent results if you work within its parameters. I have often wondered exactly what resin is used.

Does anyone here know what is left on the wood after the smelly stuff is gone?
Is it a cellulose nitrate base?
by old_picker
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Blush - Yeccchhh
Replies: 11
Views: 2003

Re: Blush - Yeccchhh

give that a try and it did knock it back quite a bit but with black it's gotta be 100%.
I'll block it on Monday, shoot clear over that and see how she looks
by old_picker
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Blush - Yeccchhh
Replies: 11
Views: 2003

Blush - Yeccchhh

Never had blushing before and I've sprayed in pretty awful conditions. Yesterday afternoon and this morning however, spraying black acrylic coats has blushed like crazy. It is 79% humidity and 11degC here :( Wondering which is the most efficient way to deal with this. Will blocking it back with 600 ...
by old_picker
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Spray booth
Replies: 13
Views: 1921

Re: Spray booth

Thanks Wayne exactly what I was looking for. My version will be more low tech using 2nd hand bits etc. My stepson is building the machine shed and he is very handy with all things motor and metal. He is building the shed from used panels of 75mm steel sheet / foam sandwich as used in refrigeration p...
by old_picker
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Spray booth
Replies: 13
Views: 1921

Spray booth

Having just relocated the workshop I am now looking for a solution to capture over spray in the workspace and, as far as possible, fumes from neighbouring properties. Unlike my previous location, where I did not need to be too careful, the houses here are on smallish blocks. I am intending to locate...
by old_picker
Sun May 06, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sign of The Times
Replies: 2
Views: 1185

Re: Sign of The Times

Quite honestly I am not surprised at this. The guitars they churn out these days are of average quality. There is only so far you can go with selling a gold logo. A few points in their favour: You generally don't have to replace pickups in a Gibson to get great tone. You can guarantee the finish wil...
by old_picker
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding The only way out?
Replies: 21
Views: 6065

Re: Binding The only way out?

Just to flesh the epoxy idea out a little I have a question. I can get West Systems G/flex® 650 about 40mins from here. I 've used Titebond original made into a putty like consistency with sawdust and found it's fine for small holes and dings. Not applicable in this situation. I've also used low vis...
by old_picker
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding The only way out?
Replies: 21
Views: 6065

Re: Binding The only way out?

thanks chaps - I've found Pau Ferro binding locally Whoo Hoo - Vandenbooms suggestions are gold - Epoxy vs CA and binding with similar material - I'll try a fill first then go the binding if I have too
by old_picker
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 15644

Re: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

The Carbatec jobbie arrived this morning and it works fine - $200 in freight on top of Stewmacs price for a few minor refinements - no way jose - Surprised how quick Carbatec shipped it out at around 4 days at no charge - excellent - their shipping has improved out of sight since I used it a few yea...
by old_picker
Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding The only way out?
Replies: 21
Views: 6065

Re: Binding The only way out?

ROFL...that's think way outside the square. How about a fretboardless fretboard??? :mrgreen: as pioneered by Leo Fender in 1949? The groove jig looks like a low tech approach that is appealing so likely go that way. Having my frets cut to the perfect width with bullet ends pre shaped is out of my s...
by old_picker
Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding The only way out?
Replies: 21
Views: 6065

Re: Binding The only way out?

don't have a tang nipper and looking at the local ones [allparts] and at $175 it would need to be damn good. Apparently there is a manual sheet metal nibbler tool luthiers use in america that is good as a nipper after some slight modification. They sell for US$15.00

Any tips?
by old_picker
Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pigments for lacquer
Replies: 2
Views: 961

Re: pigments for lacquer

Most good art suppliers sell pigments. There is also a local manufacturer I believe.
by old_picker
Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding The only way out?
Replies: 21
Views: 6065

Binding The only way out?

Last post for 2017 and I'd like to say peace filled Xmas and bright and happy 2018 to one and all. Last day in the workshop produced this little "bu#@$% it" moment below. First time using Pau Ferro and found it to be brittle and definitely not liking my sharp block plane against the grain even on a ...
by old_picker
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 15644

Re: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

how can I resist?
by old_picker
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: A banjo
Replies: 4
Views: 1740

Re: A banjo

nothing wrong with banjo's - they are loud without using power :)) Japanese copy of a [if you are lucky] mastertone likely from the late 70's - they made a few different models from entry level to a mastertone clone or "masterclone" A complex instrument the way they are put together and set up is a ...