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by Dave M
Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Figured Maple
Replies: 8
Views: 436

Re: Figured Maple

Thanks Martin. I will be keeping the classical to do my terrible playing on since I have got rid of most of my others.
The SS I'll have to see if anyone is interested.
by Dave M
Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Neck angle
Replies: 11
Views: 526

Re: Neck angle

And one might add that getting this geometry right is a pretty subtle process and remains one of the more difficult tasks for we beginners.
by Dave M
Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Figured Maple
Replies: 8
Views: 436

Re: Figured Maple

Thanks Fisherman. I didn't show them but my mitred purflings at the tail strip are gradually improving! And that is a good question. I keep thinking I should be doing some thinning but on this build I felt it was really such a light weight top that I didn't. It is Engelmann, taken to around 2.1 to 2...
by Dave M
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:14 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Figured Maple
Replies: 8
Views: 436

Figured Maple

Drawing 1 small.jpg I haven't been too productive this year but have managed to finish these two which I am very pleased with. Fronts small.jpg One is a standard Trevor Falcate steel string. A design I keep going back to since it works so well. and the other is my Torres influenced classical. Yes I...
by Dave M
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Starting out on J45
Replies: 29
Views: 2924

Re: Starting out on J45

I think there is a thing going on here which we toilers in our sheds all tend to suffer from. You really don’t have to own all the machines stroke tools that are needed. There is almost certainly another woodworker near you who actually has a morticing macihine and would happily let you use it for t...
by Dave M
Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Disharmony in SS Guitars
Replies: 3
Views: 222

Re: Disharmony in SS Guitars

This is it Trent:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO__iHHQyC0

It has a rather odd intro and outro but the playing is good
by Dave M
Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Measuring and marking frets
Replies: 5
Views: 322

Re: Measuring and marking frets

Not quite what you asked but when marking out clamp your ruler to the board so you only zero it once, and use a magnifying glass of some sort (I have an illuminated magnifier) to help read the ruler. And don't get too worked up about it. The small errors here are probably not going to matter too much.
by Dave M
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Donations drive to help cover forum running costs
Replies: 21
Views: 4803

Re: Donations drive to help cover forum running costs

Martin how are we doing on the funding front? Need a topup? Dave M
by Dave M
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Disharmony in SS Guitars
Replies: 3
Views: 222

Disharmony in SS Guitars

This may seem a slightly odd place to put this query but bear with me. I am quite at ease with musicians playing classical style music on steel string guitars but I came across a really disturbing video tonight. I have huge respect for Michael Chapdelaine as a player but I listened to him playing Co...
by Dave M
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Removing old shellac?
Replies: 8
Views: 523

Re: Removing old shellac?

Pics Ross...?
by Dave M
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 8 String bocote falcate braced nylon string crossover guitar
Replies: 17
Views: 1947

Re: 8 String bocote falcate braced nylon string crossover guitar

John that does look great. Your description of the ret top is also very timely. I have a falcate braced classical I completed a while ago that is seriously dull sounding. At some point I intend to re top with far less bracing - in fact the opposite of your job and I shall certainly try your technique.
by Dave M
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Maple or Sycamore for purfling
Replies: 9
Views: 597

Re: Maple or Sycamore for purfling

Thanks people. And Nigel I hadn't heard of gasket paper. I will have to get hold of some and try it out.
by Dave M
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Maple or Sycamore for purfling
Replies: 9
Views: 597

Maple or Sycamore for purfling

I am using (a quite dark brown) walnut for the first time for the body of a classical and want to use a simple white purfling that segments the back into two halves and continues under the binding which will be the same walnut as the back/sides. I had hoped to use some holly that I have in the rafte...
by Dave M
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Question re strength of different mahoganys
Replies: 16
Views: 885

Re: Question re strength of different mahoganys

There are certainly big differences in density between pieces of what is described as mahogany. If it follows the general rule that stiffness correlates with density then you may well have an issue with your repair. I have worked some reclaimed mahogany from old furniture and it bears little relatio...
by Dave M
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Multiscale bridges
Replies: 5
Views: 500

Re: Multiscale bridges

Mark I agree that the Lowden looks huge. As a builder I would also be concerned about the large mass. I think the point about the cutaway is also important since we have already broken the symmetry and that can be used to suggest a bridge shape. Martin's point about the headstock is also right in th...
by Dave M
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Multiscale bridges
Replies: 5
Views: 500

Multiscale bridges

I was watching a couple of players on multiscale guitars recently (one of whom was Tony Mcmanus - great player if you don't know him) and the builders had just tilted a standard bridge round. I thought this really didn't look very good. And of course once you've seen it you can't help looking at it....
by Dave M
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:13 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Louro Faia for binding .. a complete failure
Replies: 25
Views: 1746

Re: Louro Faia for binding .. a complete failure

And of course it isn't just the bindings it's the side as well. But we persist because we like the shape and because we love the cutaway, even - actually - especially on classicals. I haven't been quite as sharp on this one but I do like it.
by Dave M
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Louro Faia for binding .. a complete failure
Replies: 25
Views: 1746

Re: Louro Faia for binding .. a complete failure

Yes Trevor has caused a fair bit of grief pretty much round the world with that cutaway!
by Dave M
Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New to the group and guitar building
Replies: 73
Views: 6437

Re: New to the group and guitar building

Sorry Greg I was trying to be funny!

The early ones all hanging from the ceiling, later ones OK. I'm on MS explorer and Windows 8.
by Dave M
Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: New Build Southern Cross Banjo Uke
Replies: 4
Views: 560

Re: New Build Southern Cross Banjo Uke

I know nothing about the instrument but that is stunning looking.
by Dave M
Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Lutz/Blackheart Sass Hybrid Nylon, venetian cutawy & arm bevel
Replies: 16
Views: 1910

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

Trent great detailing. I imagine that scooping of the heel is to further improve access to the upper frets...?

I'm looking with envy at that armrest. I left my last classical with too sharp a corner and end up with a great crease in my forearm!
by Dave M
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How big a drumsander?
Replies: 17
Views: 1184

Re: How big a drumsander?

I have the Jet as with Martin.I seem to have been luckier than him (and some other builders) because it has worked well with no real problems in several years. The width is a bit limited, it will only just cope with Trevor's steel string design. Haven't tried doing a pass with part of the timber sti...
by Dave M
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Pore fill Bindings
Replies: 2
Views: 389

Pore fill Bindings

Do people pore fill bindings? I have a maple back & sides steel string on the bench and am pore filling the mahogany neck, the rosewood headstock veneer and the relatively broad rosewood tail graft, all of which have pretty obvious pores. The bindings are the usual around 6 mm deep by 2 mm width and...
by Dave M
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Rosette Router Jig
Replies: 5
Views: 873

Re: Rosette Router Jig

Thanks for that Trevor. It is maybe time to step up from the simple version you described in the book.

I have to say how much better I found the DeWalt trimmer compared to the well known UK make that I have been using.
by Dave M
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Japanese woodwork and lots of planes
Replies: 3
Views: 1089

Re: Japanese woodwork and lots of planes

Thanks that was fascinating. It speaks of many years of acquiring the skills. I can barely believe that a single stroke with a plane could produce those thin veneers of marquetry intact.