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by Dave M
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Removing Lacquer
Replies: 0
Views: 1

Removing Lacquer

I had to remove a bridge and made a bit of a mess so decided to refinish the top. (I wasn't too happy with the finish anyway) And Gosh it's hard work isn't it! The nitro had been on for a while so was fully hardened and it's tough stuff. Welcome I suppose in terms of wear. It has also demonstrated t...
by Dave M
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Fingernail issues
Replies: 3
Views: 204

Re: Fingernail issues

Thanks ka_who it's nice that my speculation turns out correct. I will have to pursue that.


Dave
by Dave M
Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!
Replies: 94
Views: 20119

Re: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!

That is very nice looking.
A small point, if it is the third and fourth string paths that are a problem you could try winding them towards the outer side of the headstock rather than the inside. Dave
by Dave M
Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Fingernail issues
Replies: 3
Views: 204

Fingernail issues

I have always had problems with weak nails. The problem with conventional fixes is the use of CA glue which makes the nail even weaker. I had to go to the dentist the other day and I noted the use of UV catalysed resin for fillings. I wonder if this is being used for nail reinforcement at all. Anybo...
by Dave M
Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:53 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Paint Booth
Replies: 4
Views: 427

Re: Paint Booth

I spray just outside my workshop door. No near neighbours to annoy. Lots of drawbacks like insects and high humidity. It goes straight into my RH controlled workshop so blooming hasn't been a problem. Then again I'm only an amateur with low production numbers.

Dave
by Dave M
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:14 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Trevor’s video by Robbie
Replies: 10
Views: 2334

Re: Trevor’s video by Robbie

Simon I was pleasantly surprised when I followed Trevor's suggestion of putting the mic on a stand. There had been more noise than I had realised. It is also easier to point it in the right direction.

At least with the 50 Hz one you know what it is!

Dave
by Dave M
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:08 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Violin Luthery
Replies: 4
Views: 1242

Re: Violin Luthery

That is indeed stunning. The level of skill makes me feel like I am just painting by numbers in my guitar making.

Mind I also know that if I was wafting those sharp knives around like that I would not still have all fingers and thumbs!

Dave
by Dave M
Fri May 29, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Moving to the Desert
Replies: 10
Views: 1400

Re: Moving to the Desert

Sounds an exciting move. I guess the rather boring thing is as ever relative humidity control. You are presumably going to be hot and dry. Shading from the sun will be important. - double roof for the shed. Not too many windows. Trees could help if you have the room. Rather than a dehumidifier that ...
by Dave M
Fri May 29, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The order of things ...
Replies: 14
Views: 1816

Re: The order of things ...

I use a bolt on neck joint and glue the fretboard to the neck, then put the frets in. ie before attaching to the box and before finishing. This avoids damage to the finish and the top but as ever with guitar building there are compromises. It means that you can't finalise the fretboard surface to ge...
by Dave M
Fri May 29, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Designation
Replies: 1
Views: 774

Designation

This is an idle query, but I have often wondered what our labels tell about us. I seem to be a Blackwood, there are Kauris and assorted other names. Do they have any significance or are simply assigned at random...?

Is this a game that our admins play with us?

Just wondering Dave M
by Dave M
Fri May 29, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Attention all Lurkers
Replies: 52
Views: 39258

Re: Attention all Lurkers

Well Bern let me be the first to welcome you back. I'm a bit of a stranger here being in the UK but as a user of the G squared books this is my natural home. I know well the way that life get's in the way of building. It was really only when I was able to give up the day job that I found the time to...
by Dave M
Thu May 21, 2020 5:01 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Bouchet Bracing Resonances
Replies: 2
Views: 923

Re: Bouchet Bracing Resonances

Thanks North. Let us know how you get on with this design. Dave
by Dave M
Thu May 21, 2020 4:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: It's not all bad news....
Replies: 12
Views: 1925

Re: It's not all bad news....

Well I am really pleased to hear you are doing well at selling instruments. We amateurs are also doing OK. I have produced most of a classical in probably the shortest time ever. Only problem is having to break off to cut grass, chainsaw up small trees felled by the wind etc since we are in spring a...
by Dave M
Tue May 19, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Nozzle Size HVLP
Replies: 9
Views: 2108

Re: Nozzle Size HVLP

Martin you are so right. And I haven’t even started on that can of worms!

Dave
by Dave M
Tue May 19, 2020 3:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Nozzle Size HVLP
Replies: 9
Views: 2108

Re: Nozzle Size HVLP

Appreciate that Steve.
by Dave M
Mon May 18, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Reducing BOBO neck weight
Replies: 9
Views: 1377

Re: Reducing BOBO neck weight

Just out of interest as I was fitting a two way truss rod today I noted that it weighed 98 g. I haven't weighed the wood removed but it's not going to be much in 'cedrella'.

This was a truss rod bought from Tonetech in the UK.

Dave
by Dave M
Mon May 18, 2020 2:08 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Nozzle Size HVLP
Replies: 9
Views: 2108

Re: Nozzle Size HVLP

OK thanks people. It rather confirms my hunch that this really is not a subject that lends itself to hard and fast rules. Everyone has their own way of working and their own particular kit.

I'll keep working at it.

Dave
by Dave M
Sun May 17, 2020 2:24 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A new classical mandolin
Replies: 9
Views: 1023

Re: A new classical mandolin

Graham that looks great.

I keep looking through your books and trying to decide if the next one will a mandolin but get seduced into another guitar!

Is this one a commission?

Cheers Dave
by Dave M
Tue May 12, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Reducing BOBO neck weight
Replies: 9
Views: 1377

Re: Reducing BOBO neck weight

So not much response, but I have often wondered about this pegs versus machine heads. What actually is the weight difference? Classical machine heads don't feel that heavy to me...? D
by Dave M
Tue May 12, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Bouchet Bracing Resonances
Replies: 2
Views: 923

Bouchet Bracing Resonances

I was looking at Courtnall's drawing of one of Bouchet's bracing patterns and was very surprised at the height of the transverse brace under the bridge. It is stated as 14 mm high at the centre, though he doesn't say if it tapers much towards the edges. This is pretty substantial and I was wondering...
by Dave M
Sun May 10, 2020 5:46 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Reducing BOBO neck weight
Replies: 9
Views: 1377

Re: Reducing BOBO neck weight

Cutaways small.jpg Joss I was going to suggest exactly that. The BOBO design needs that large chunk of timber on the head block, and indeed two more bolts. As Martin says one has to alow for the bolt bar but the other thing is that when doing a cutaway it looks a bit silly to have a Spanish type he...
by Dave M
Wed May 06, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bridge minimum gluing area
Replies: 3
Views: 1305

Re: Bridge minimum gluing area

Nah don’t listen to him!

Trevor Gore in the book suggests that a SS bridge should have a minimum footprint of 3750 mm squared but that doesn’t leave much room for intonation. Thus roughly 160 by 28 is about right.

I’m sure he knows what he’s talking about.

Cheers Dave
by Dave M
Wed May 06, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Trevor’s video by Robbie
Replies: 10
Views: 2334

Re: Trevor’s video by Robbie

Mm don’t think so Richard. If you go to his site and look at his list of online courses Trevor’s stuff is there. Something like guitar analysis etc. Seemed like quite a bit of money but I really learned a lot so am quite happy. It’s a great shame that nobody in the UK has been able to set up a sessi...
by Dave M
Wed May 06, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Very slow weissenborn wip
Replies: 22
Views: 6662

Re: Very slow weissenborn wip

Well done Steve. There is no better feeling than playing an instrument you have built entirely yourself is there?

Since you re obviously getting a grip on this stuff the next one will be much quicker...

Cheers Dave