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by blackalex1952
Tue May 15, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bandsaw opinions
Replies: 20
Views: 595

Re: bandsaw opinions

An 18" on eBaY...might be worth researching at that price and a few others on ebay as well... https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Band-Saw-Wood-Cutting-18-Toolex-SundayMarket/173308516343?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D20140106155344%26meid%3Dc2adb1be064c4d439fe05f71540bb853%26pid%...
by blackalex1952
Mon May 14, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: End of the week how to, how to fret skim
Replies: 12
Views: 417

Re: End of the week how to, how to fret skim

Thanks, Steve. I have developed a lot of respect for your skills and business through the posts that you have on this forum. It's a tough gig mate! You must be very passionate about what you do. All the best! - Ross
by blackalex1952
Mon May 14, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: End of the week how to, how to fret skim
Replies: 12
Views: 417

Re: End of the week how to, how to fret skim

Here is a link to the Katana website. Pricey! It would be nice to see the one Steve made himself, and some comments re how it compares to the bought one. http://rectifymaster.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=84&Itemid=98 https://www.ebay.com/itm/KATANA-FRET-LEVEL-for-guitar-/22207033...
by blackalex1952
Sat May 05, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to UV Finish
Replies: 13
Views: 384

Re: How to UV Finish

And my finish ends up being 1/2 the thickness of what I had using lacquer. So does this imply that it is in fact a thinner lighter finish than shellac and nitrocellulose? Also how about finish repairs eg drop filling and levelling, also colour matching with both dyes and pigments? How does it react...
by blackalex1952
Fri May 04, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to UV Finish
Replies: 13
Views: 384

Re: How to UV Finish

Thanks Steve.....out of my price range. Think I'll stick with the French Polishing :mrgreen:
Shellac is non toxic and doesn't support the oil, plastic and chemical industries. Its also a much finer lighter finish for soundboards, as we all know and easily repaired to boot. -Ross
by blackalex1952
Tue May 01, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Electric scratch plate blanks
Replies: 1
Views: 174

Electric scratch plate blanks

Would some of the electric guitar builders point me in the right direction for 3ply parchment pickguard blanks suitable for Fender style guitars? Parchment is rare it seems...Ross
by blackalex1952
Tue May 01, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: alternative fingerboard woods
Replies: 7
Views: 404

alternative fingerboard woods

I'm interested in anyone's experience and comments re the use of alternative Aussie woods for fingerboards and bridges. I have some bulloak which seems suitable, but has poor cross grain strength and splits easily. I have listed some data gleaned from the internet re a few possibilities along with r...
by blackalex1952
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Laminating sides
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Laminating sides

I have tried all sorts of laminating methods and glues. The water based glues, eg Hot Hide Glue, do not set in a vacuum. So that means that laminated sides need to be male and female molds, or using an air inflated fire hose to press the laminations into a single mold. I like the idea of HHG over ep...
by blackalex1952
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood article
Replies: 13
Views: 577

Re: Rosewood article

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 veneer. If you are growing it in your workshop it won't get big enough for B&S sets unless your workshop is as b...
by blackalex1952
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood article
Replies: 13
Views: 577

Re: Rosewood article

It would be nice to begin a movement in Australia regarding the planting of musical instrument timbers and cabinet timbers in order to change the consciousness of the general population to value and respect these timbers for the future. The article I posted caught my eye because it was in the mainst...
by blackalex1952
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood article
Replies: 13
Views: 577

Re: Rosewood article

I wonder how long plantation rosewood would take to grow and if it would be suitable for Australian conditions?-Ross
by blackalex1952
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood article
Replies: 13
Views: 577

Re: Rosewood article

I guess we have to live with that as a consequence of previous greed. I call it trickle down greed! Inevitable under the current mentality where short term politics, the share market and large organisations abdicate individual responsibility for anything except "the game" and not our finite mother ...
by blackalex1952
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stewmac Rosette soundhole cutter jig
Replies: 16
Views: 933

Re: Stewmac Rosette soundhole cutter jig

This one too if you need one? One use that comes to mind would be for a back slanted saddle pocket. In fact on further inspection of the link that is exactly what they demonstrate on the "learn" tab on the page. http://www.stewmac.com/SiteSearch/?sear ... ter%20base
Ross
by blackalex1952
Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood article
Replies: 13
Views: 577

Rosewood article

In the Sunday Age this morning-https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-a ... 4z9ak.html
Ross
by blackalex1952
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fingerboard Finish
Replies: 7
Views: 555

Re: Fingerboard Finish

Robbie O'Brien of O'Brien Guitars Colorado USA makes a "Luthiers Wax" that he uses on bridges, not sure about the fingerboards.-Ross.
by blackalex1952
Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New member 1st build research
Replies: 3
Views: 349

Re: New member 1st build research

I have been watching the Goodall Guitars vids since my last post. There are some great jigs and methods there. These guys reckon they churn out two guitars per week as a father and son team. The dad has been making since the 1970's . So I feel to make the points that there is more than one way to sk...
by blackalex1952
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New member 1st build research
Replies: 3
Views: 349

Re: New member 1st build research

Here is a good run thru from a professional builder...some interesting methodology here:https://youtu.be/gS78naDiB4k
For example I have never seen the back braces routed to cover the marriage strip rather than the strip being cut to but up to the braces. -Ross
by blackalex1952
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cutting 1mm slots / rings for rosettes
Replies: 15
Views: 915

Re: Cutting 1mm slots / rings for rosettes

As regards to the use of superglue on raw spruce, I have found occasionally that the superglue stains the wood a greenish tint. Does anybody else experience this and what would the reason be for it only happening on some spruce samples and not others?
Ross
by blackalex1952
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cutting 1mm slots / rings for rosettes
Replies: 15
Views: 915

Re: Cutting 1mm slots / rings for rosettes

Moonshala wrote As one gets down in thickness to 0.3mm - or even 1.0mm, for that matter - the cutting parts seem impossibly thin compared to their length. I keep wanting to say "just make the flippin' thing shorter, so that it won't snap as soon as you apply any sideways force to the tip"! I can see...
by blackalex1952
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stewmac Rosette soundhole cutter jig
Replies: 16
Views: 933

Re: Stewmac Rosette soundhole cutter jig

Trevor Gore...Where do you get the precision aftermarket collets and bits? Ross
by blackalex1952
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: tone
Replies: 5
Views: 461

Re: tone

Measure the scale length on the first string then calculate, look up an online calculator or use a phone app like the one I use (an iphone one called "fret calc"). You can then measure the fret spacings and the first fret to the nut distance on that string. All of the previous tips re nut and bridge...
by blackalex1952
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Airbrush advice
Replies: 10
Views: 844

Re: Airbrush advice

I have an airbrush set up that I bought from ebay for $30. It came from a hairdresser who was using it for spray tanning or something. A very good compressor with double pistons, always a reserve when spraying. Two guns also included plus I bought two more. The trick I use is to find the right balan...
by blackalex1952
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Counter sinking bolts BO/BO fretboard extension
Replies: 13
Views: 1429

Re: Counter sinking bolts BO/BO fretboard extension

There's more than one way to skin a cat!- Ross
by blackalex1952
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pigments
Replies: 1
Views: 374

pigments

I have questions re mixing my own pigments. All advice welcome. I want to make up a pigment mix to match an old Gibson, pre world war one! Nitrocellulose lacquer is what I intend to use as the base. I'm wondering if anyone has used Langridge or other artists pigments for this purpose and if there is...
by blackalex1952
Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cutting a curved truss rod channel
Replies: 1
Views: 333

Cutting a curved truss rod channel

Here is a link from good 'ol Dan re cutting a Gibson style truss rod channel on a table saw. Could be done on a router table as well.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Okx5YLePPs
Ross