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by Dave M
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mitred Purflings
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Re: Mitred Purflings

Thanks Mark and Allen. I feel really stupid but thought throwing the pics up might help other starters like myself to get it right. Your suggestions are all correct and I thought I had absorbed those lessons, but that quick rush to the head betrayed me. I think this is a general lesson for we amateu...
by Dave M
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mitred Purflings
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Mitred Purflings

I was reasonably pleased with my latest classical. First time not using Maple for back and sides so I had to think about the purfling scheme. However I was reminded by what Robbie Obrien said in in a recent video - and Trevor has said - that if you are going to do mitered joints then they have to be...
by Dave M
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stew Mac shipping - warning
Replies: 26
Views: 1320

Re: Stew Mac shipping - warning

Just to add to this story from the UK. I had an order - as it happens - with Stew Mac which was delivered in good time to our local postal service which asked me for the import duty. I paid this then waited. And waited. Turns out they had lost the package. As in completely lost it! They managed a re...
by Dave M
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Gore method/Tap tune/Siminoff...help!
Replies: 13
Views: 804

Re: Gore method/Tap tune/Siminoff...help!

There are much better qualified people who could answer - but here goes. I have no experience with that tuner so don't know, but see Martin's comment above. I was talking about testing the finished, strung up guitar so how you put it together doesn't matter. (Trevor does justify his method in the re...
by Dave M
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Gore method/Tap tune/Siminoff...help!
Replies: 13
Views: 804

Re: Gore method/Tap tune/Siminoff...help!

For checking after the build is complete you need to be able to examine the spectrum so as to identify the first three resomances as Jeff says. Trevor describes how in detail. Many of us here use VA software for this. It is free and runs on Windows. It is not trivial to learn how to drive but there ...
by Dave M
Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Flamenco guitar
Replies: 12
Views: 1320

Re: Flamenco guitar

You guy are seriously luck to have that blackwood available. I keep seeing pics of it from Trevor to a half dozen other makers and I love it.

And that is one seriously nice looking giutar.
by Dave M
Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: dB levels question?
Replies: 8
Views: 791

Re: dB levels question?

Great sounding guitar - and great playing. As you say hearing one of your instruments played properly by someone is a great feeling.
by Dave M
Wed May 22, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fly in Nitro Finish
Replies: 4
Views: 652

Re: Fly in Nitro Finish

Jim thanks but it is that removal that is a bit tricky. It is a small insect and has been pretty embedded in the finish. I ended up sanding it out but that leaves a fairly big area with finish removed. And OK that's alright I can respray. I felt that trying to use a sharp implememt would likely leav...
by Dave M
Tue May 21, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fly in Nitro Finish
Replies: 4
Views: 652

Fly in Nitro Finish

I spray just outside my workshop door since I don't have a booth. As it is warming up here the insect population is growing so I do tend to pick up the odd small insect as I did today.

Is there a good way of dealing with this?
by Dave M
Thu May 16, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Introduction & 1st Build
Replies: 6
Views: 669

Re: Introduction & 1st Build

Stuart that looks really neat.

I keep facing this issue of the rosette. I would prefer to not use a commercial one but I also don't want to spend what would probably be weeks doing a traditional one. That one looks good.

What are you using for the bridge and saddle?
by Dave M
Sat May 11, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Slow neck carving
Replies: 21
Views: 2071

Re: Slow neck carving

Those David Fletcher videos are very good. He clearly knows his stuff and explains well. Much is only relevant to the electric neck but there are definitely a few ideas that are useful. What I'd never heard of is anyone making there own marker dots... never heard of polymer clay. It struck me that i...
by Dave M
Tue May 07, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Slow neck carving
Replies: 21
Views: 2071

Re: Slow neck carving

Thanks Richard, yes I do get there eventually. Also I have stopped using a router on the headstock after blowing one up really badly.

Martin it hasn't happened yet but I'm sure it will sooner or later.
by Dave M
Fri May 03, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Luthier Sessions #2 - Hand Planing for Luthiers, by Trevor Gore
Replies: 3
Views: 733

Re: Luthier Sessions #2 - Hand Planing for Luthiers, by Trevor Gore

I sometimes think I'll have to follow Nigel Forster's example and head south! However for those of us stuck in the old world I thought I would mention David Charlesworth. He has written books and done DVDs etc and is the expert on tuning up planes and their use in the UK. For anyone starting out wit...
by Dave M
Fri May 03, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Slow neck carving
Replies: 21
Views: 2071

Re: Slow neck carving

Well there's clearly a diversity of views! Allen it has been said before but I still love the concept of the statue hidden in the block of stone just waiting to be discovered. Steve, not OCD (ya cheeky bugger) but continuously aware that taking too much off is going to mean starting all over again. ...
by Dave M
Thu May 02, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Slow neck carving
Replies: 21
Views: 2071

Slow neck carving

OK so who else will admit to taking ages to carve their necks? I have a cedrella neck on the bench for a cutaway classical and I have spent hours and hours on it. I keep going back to the section in G&G but I simply can't work up the confidence to take those huge facets out down to very near the fin...
by Dave M
Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GS Guitar Build Started
Replies: 20
Views: 3204

Re: New GS Guitar Build Started

I don't know about a slow build Wayne it seems to be going pretty fast to me! And jolly nice looking too.

It is probably not of any significance but Microsoft's SmartScreen filter doesn't like your photo site for some reason - had to turn it off to look at your PDF's.
by Dave M
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Just Finished Falcate braced Osage Orange\WRC classical
Replies: 4
Views: 832

Re: Just Finished Falcate braced Osage Orange\WRC classical

Thanks for the detailed reply John. I'm pretty sure, thinking through your points, that my issue has been too thick a top (and also perhaps too thick a nitro finish)

I was thinking of retopping my last one but I will try thinning the top before actually removing and see if I get anywhere.
by Dave M
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Just Finished Falcate braced Osage Orange\WRC classical
Replies: 4
Views: 832

Re: Just Finished Falcate braced Osage Orange\WRC classical

John that looks great. Photo reproduction doesn't give a very real view but the Osage looks fine. Lovely grain pattern. And As you say, over time any brashness will calm down. The overall aesthetic works well. I like the heel shape. It is a bit of a regret that since I decided to always make cutaway...
by Dave M
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Fresh off the bench Blackwood/spruce classical (PIC HEAVY)
Replies: 6
Views: 1086

Re: Fresh off the bench Blackwood/spruce classical (PIC HEAVY)

Nice crisp work Steve. The blackwood is indeed lovely. I particularly like your heel shape. That is the style that I used to aim for but unfortunately since I now always do cutaways I'm stuck with a rather formless round shape. But I love the access to the upper frets. What bracing are you using? An...
by Dave M
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustical effect of back woods
Replies: 25
Views: 3331

Re: Acoustical effect of back woods

Trevor. Quite.

Dave
by Dave M
Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side bend question...
Replies: 18
Views: 2053

Re: Side bend question...

As Steve suggests I go down to 1.8 mm for the cutaway side. If this is really your first build it is perhaps worth noting that a cutaway is significantly harder to do than a straight build. Everything from bending the sides, shaping the linings, fitting the bindings, shaping the head block etc are a...
by Dave M
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Tapering the Neck
Replies: 0
Views: 1290

Tapering the Neck

In the latest GAL mag Mark French shows some photos of Charles Fox's workshop and there is a very nifty way of supporting the neck when tapering it on the bandsaw. The problem is that you can only really mark out where the fretboard will sit on the top of the neck. But the heel and headstock means t...
by Dave M
Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Wood for Falcate Braces in UK
Replies: 12
Views: 1481

Re: Wood for Falcate Braces in UK

As with John I use spruce and could not bend thick strips so ended up with more, thinner laminations. Even then I wasn't particularly pleased and some snapped during bending but eventually got acceptable results. Hot pipe bend then the primaries clamped to an inside caul for glueing and for the seco...
by Dave M
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: 3 piece pernambuco back
Replies: 10
Views: 3025

Re: 3 piece pernambuco back

John I like that you are doing a cutaway classical. I have decided that by default I will always do a cutaway since as a player it is so much nicer to use. As an aside, as you probably know Pernambuco is/was the favoured wood for violin bows. Usually looking darker than your sample. Stlll sticking w...
by Dave M
Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Tail Strip Glueing
Replies: 1
Views: 727

Tail Strip Glueing

I saw this idea somewhere but since I can't remember where I can't attribute it.

Since I was doing this job today I thought I would try it and it seems to work really well.

A means of holding the body and resist the push of a couple of go bars.