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by Fisherman
Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side bend question...
Replies: 18
Views: 863

Re: Side bend question...

Any mahogany I have used (mainly Khaya) has bent very easily. I would advise you to make a bunch of sides from any kind of mahogany you can get your hands on. Thickness to between 1.8 and 2.2 mm and bent a bunch of sides. Thinnner is easier. In Europe one seller gets rid of reject wood this way. So...
by Fisherman
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bad Router Day
Replies: 5
Views: 607

Re: Bad Router Day

top or bottom of the guitar? if the top perhaps install an armrest ..

Bottom, i would probably start on a new top - sorry. If there is a good invisible repair i would love to learn it too!
by Fisherman
Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rope bindings advice please
Replies: 17
Views: 839

Re: Rope bindings advice please

i suspect u are after bindings and not purflings... but if purflings, u should be able to get them on ebay. if u type or copy:

25Strip Luthier purfling Binding Marquetry Inlay Wood inlaid 880x1.5x1.5mm #91

into google then it should pop up.
by Fisherman
Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Best Concert Ukulele
Replies: 2
Views: 301

Re: Best Concert Ukulele

Hard to go wrong with an all koa ukulele from any of the K brands and HMS is a good business to deal with. Be aware, you will need to pay duties if over AUD$1000 including shipping (or they used to be the rules... they may have changed more recently) - this can add up if it is charged - another 20 p...
by Fisherman
Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Help needed to discover the maker
Replies: 5
Views: 1014

Re: Help needed to discover the maker

Easiest way is to stick your phone in the soundhole and take a bunch of photos with the flash on...
by Fisherman
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fret seating problem
Replies: 27
Views: 3109

Re: Fret seating problem

I had some trouble with an ebony board on the last guitar. I cut the slots a couple of days before hammering in frets and they wouldnt go in when I got to the job. I had to recut again just before hammering them in (but they stayed ok after that). So perhaps the precut board u bought closed up a bit...
by Fisherman
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: My first 4 flamenco guitars
Replies: 8
Views: 1242

Re: My first 4 flamenco guitars

Beautiful guitars! That negra is stunning in particular, but all are great. I like the colours of the red cedar neck against the cypress.... the shape of that first headstock .. very nice!
by Fisherman
Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Figured Maple
Replies: 8
Views: 1463

Re: Figured Maple

Noting your obvious building skill, I suspect another reason it turned out well is the Engelmann - it is super stuff for classicals!

I have a few different spruces in the stash but keep reaching for the Engelmann....
by Fisherman
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Figured Maple
Replies: 8
Views: 1463

Re: Figured Maple

Two lovely looking guitars, Dave. I built my last classical using maple and loved using it. These are very classy looking instruments - the bindings and purflings match nicely with the maple. Im glad you are enjoying the tone. If you dont mind me asking, did you edge thin on this one? With my Torres...
by Fisherman
Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Selling my Luthiery wood and tools - retired
Replies: 17
Views: 2721

Re: Selling my Luthiery wood and tools - retired

Cheers Robert. I actually have the bending machine already but dont have the hauser form that fits the machine... so thats the part im interested in. Also interested in other tools and timber that may be on the list.... Yep, me too. How much are u asking for the Hauser bending form? Cheers, Peter He...
by Fisherman
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Selling my Luthiery wood and tools - retired
Replies: 17
Views: 2721

Re: Selling my Luthiery wood and tools - retired

Yep, me too. How much are u asking for the Hauser bending form?
Cheers, Peter
by Fisherman
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Bunya/Sheaok - best AU woods Classical
Replies: 6
Views: 1366

Re: Bunya/Sheaok - best AU woods Classical

Congratulations - thats a beautiful looking guitar! I love the look of that Bunya soundboard. If it sounds as good as euro spruce.... well... thats very interesting and i’d be keen to give it a go on an upcoming build...
by Fisherman
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Removing old shellac?
Replies: 8
Views: 1328

Re: Removing old shellac?

Remove as much as you can with 100% alcohol first...
by Fisherman
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: B/wood parlour
Replies: 13
Views: 2100

Re: B/wood parlour

Wow that is a beautiful looking guitar! Nice curves ... beautiful timbers
by Fisherman
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Router Table and Router
Replies: 18
Views: 2289

Re: Router Table and Router

Christmas is soon.... Thanks for reminding me to start making noises about quality products that should stand the test of time and may in fact be safer to use!

That said... i really could use some new socks
by Fisherman
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Well, here we are, what now?!
Replies: 20
Views: 2943

Re: Well, here we are, what now?!

Underwear, visas... we are way off track now! Now my brain has gone back to a joke I heard years ago on the radio... Two Africans in the visa line are looking to enter Australia. When they get to the desk the clerk asks the first what skills he has, because Australia has a policy to only bring in sk...
by Fisherman
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Lutz/Blackheart Sass Hybrid Nylon, venetian cutawy & arm bevel
Replies: 16
Views: 3236

Re: Lutz/Blackheart Sass Hybrid Nylon, venetian cutawy & arm bevel

Fantastic looking guitar. I hope there will be more classicals like this in future that depart from the norm! I love all the design elements, beautiful work.

How does it sound? I have some lutz so am very interested to hear your thoughts....
by Fisherman
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Well, here we are, what now?!
Replies: 20
Views: 2943

Re: Well, here we are, what now?!

Forgot to mention. Australian red cedar - Toona ciliata var. australis - is almost identical to spanish cedar (and both mahoganies... go figure!). side by side very hard to tell apart. Only thing is to be careful with the dust. Pretty easy to track down qrtr sawn boards at lumber yards or timber sho...
by Fisherman
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Well, here we are, what now?!
Replies: 20
Views: 2943

Re: Well, here we are, what now?!

Welcome! Wonderful news and it sounds like everything is falling into place nicely. For neck wood i would highly recomment qld maple - lovely stuff and grows in qld... if u find a good source for it id be keen to know as i am looking to get some blanks. Silkwood may be another good local option. I u...
by Fisherman
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Spruce/maple 1864 Torres 'inspired' classical
Replies: 10
Views: 2029

Re: Spruce/maple 1864 Torres 'inspired' classical

Hi Alan - I didnt get it so have emailed you instead.
Cheers, Peter
by Fisherman
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Spruce/maple 1864 Torres 'inspired' classical
Replies: 10
Views: 2029

Re: Spruce/maple 1864 Torres 'inspired' classical

Torres bracing. I’ve had good results with this bracing layout and the smaller body shape.

I am not a fan of epoxy - the main reason i have steered clear of CF and falcate bracing so far...
by Fisherman
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Spruce/maple 1864 Torres 'inspired' classical
Replies: 10
Views: 2029

Re: Spruce/maple 1864 Torres 'inspired' classical

Thanks! Yes, as is the bracewood - from Graham Hein at Kootenay Tonewoods. A while back when I bought a bulk lot of tops I accidentally ordered a bunch of bracewood by adding 20 pounds to the order rather than 20 dollars, but the upside is I am set for great bracewood for a long while! While it cant...
by Fisherman
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Spruce/maple 1864 Torres 'inspired' classical
Replies: 10
Views: 2029

Re: Spruce/maple 1864 Torres 'inspired' classical

Thanks Alan, sure - happy to answer any questions.
by Fisherman
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Spruce/maple 1864 Torres 'inspired' classical
Replies: 10
Views: 2029

Spruce/maple 1864 Torres 'inspired' classical

Strung up my latest build tonight.... Maple/spruce 1864 Torres “inspired" classical guitar, including a mini tornavoz. I really like maple. Slightly shorter scale length - 636mm rather than the standard 650 and a 12 hole tie bridge. Bloodwood bindings, stripey blackwood bolt on neck with a truss rod...
by Fisherman
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Routing bindings/purflings
Replies: 24
Views: 3361

Re: Routing bindings/purflings

I use the stewmac system and have had pretty good results. One of the bearings on the router carriage failed recently and they sent a replacement free of charge express... even though i purchased it second hand ages ago! they are really super from an after sales perspective (although im a pretty fre...