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by vandenboom
Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acacia dread build thread
Replies: 133
Views: 26947

Re: Acacia dread build thread

Hi Allan, only just read this thread for 1st time. I have never tried a hardwood top and have never explored it. I was struck by the 3.5mm target top thickness given in your nov 7 post. Most spruce tops are around 3.0mm. Why would a presumably q/sawn hardwood top be more than that? Curious.
Frank
by vandenboom
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: A few minutes with Alaska Specialty Woods crew
Replies: 4
Views: 1063

Re: A few minutes with Alaska Specialty Woods crew

Well i enjoyed watching that.
by vandenboom
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Homemade fret/fingerboard leveller
Replies: 5
Views: 1361

Re: Homemade fret/fingerboard leveller

Thnx Geoff. What is its length?
I looked at getting a longer (12") fine mill file once for fret levelling but struggled to get one that was truly flat. I went to a reputable engineering tool supplier in melb , checked 8 of his stock sgainst my precision straight edge but couldn't find a good one.
by vandenboom
Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.
Replies: 17
Views: 2198

Re: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.

No comment on specs but rather the choice of Bubinga for back & sides. I've been told it's a bugger to work with, particularly sanding but maybe I'm confusing it with something else. Rod (rocket) and I got a lovely 250 x 50 qsawn slab a couple of yrs ago which we r now just using for fingerboards. F...
by vandenboom
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Homemade fret/fingerboard leveller
Replies: 5
Views: 1361

Homemade fret/fingerboard leveller

I have puddled on up to now without one of these... https://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/Tools_by_Job/Tools_for_Fretting/Fret_Fingerboard_Levelers.html To flatten a handplane base, we can use wet/dry on a sheet of plate glass so i wondered about doing the same with 16" length of 50mm x 25mm gal box...
by vandenboom
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fret seating problem
Replies: 27
Views: 4504

Re: Fret seating problem

Tajima pull saw is available from total tools and ebay for abour $35. Blades are replaceable and come in several thicknesees. Saw comes with 265 blade and i use it for most of my hand saw jobs. The 230 is .023" so good for fretting. I cut my slots with stewmac blade in a single pass but find they ca...
by vandenboom
Fri May 11, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mirocat 3220 opinions
Replies: 3
Views: 1143

Re: Mirocat 3220 opinions

If u check the tutorials u will find an excellent detailed outline of Allen McFarlen's finishing process using Mirocat. In short he recomends leaving it about 2 weeks before final cut & polish. But there is likely to be a few stages prior to that.
by vandenboom
Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Under Saddle Pickup Question
Replies: 7
Views: 2327

Re: Under Saddle Pickup Question

Wayne. I know this doesn't answer yr question but if yr looking at acoustic pickup options , have u checked at K&K's - yr problem then goes away.
Frank
by vandenboom
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: I stuffed up putting frets in a new neck I made - Is it salvageable?
Replies: 11
Views: 3074

Re: I stuffed up putting frets in a new neck I made - Is it salvageable?

In putting another possible approach, fully support Allan & Martins detailed response for quality results. But depending on degree of consistency of fb radius the following may offer an acceptable result. Make a pretty thick radiused caul long enough to sit just over 1st two frets. Use hardwood. San...
by vandenboom
Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding The only way out?
Replies: 21
Views: 7245

Re: Binding The only way out?

I would have the same question/concern given the fix location. Would epoxy be better than CA?
by vandenboom
Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding The only way out?
Replies: 21
Views: 7245

Re: Binding The only way out?

I don't have a tang nipper. I use this little jig to hold fretwire upside down and file tang off. Takes 30 mins to make. Every now & then i have to cut a a new 'trench' in the ply. Works gine for me. Frank
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by vandenboom
Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding The only way out?
Replies: 21
Views: 7245

Re: Binding The only way out?

You could bind fb with something very close in colour to fb and don't bother wirh hstock.
by vandenboom
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 18009

Re: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

Yeah! Santa just got the last one in melb store! A bit surprised at the weight.
by vandenboom
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tru Oil alternatives
Replies: 16
Views: 7487

Re: Tru Oil alternatives

Graham. Re feast & watson products do u find u need to reapply one or both products periodically depending on level of use?? Frank
by vandenboom
Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tru Oil alternatives
Replies: 16
Views: 7487

Re: Tru Oil alternatives

I got tru-oil from gun shop. I wasn't bothered by $13 for small bottle due to short shelf life. I like and have used the Whittles wax product Mark discussed above. But again once the tin is open, i think it's buggered after 6-12 months. Can someone confirm that? Furthermore i went to buy 1 litre rec...
by vandenboom
Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The 5 minute fretboard
Replies: 13
Views: 3882

Re: The 5 minute fretboard

Ok - so u and others shape neck before gluing fingerboard. The books i learned from attach fb first then carve neck. So now i have to consider benefits of change of approach!!
Thnx.
by vandenboom
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The 5 minute fretboard
Replies: 13
Views: 3882

Re: The 5 minute fretboard

Apologies - by taper I mean, 1-11/16" at nut end and 2-1/8" at the 12th fret.
by vandenboom
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The 5 minute fretboard
Replies: 13
Views: 3882

Re: The 5 minute fretboard

Thnx Steve. How do u do the final taper?
I use my saw bench and keep nudging till i get to my pencil line!! Accurate enough but terribly inefficient and not the approach of a craftsman!
by vandenboom
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Small Handheld polisher
Replies: 7
Views: 2843

Re: Small Handheld polisher

I don;'t want to risk the GRAB possibility until I get a feel for it with smaller gear.
I'm going to try 3" 3M pads in a variable speed drill.
Thanks everyone for your help.
Frank
by vandenboom
Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Small Handheld polisher
Replies: 7
Views: 2843

Re: Small Handheld polisher

Thnx Wayne. Hadn't come across the term "skin" before.
I have a drill press but nervous about using it. Would prefer hand held approach.
Will see if there are other suggestions else may resort to hand drill attachments.
Frank
by vandenboom
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Small Handheld polisher
Replies: 7
Views: 2843

Small Handheld polisher

With xmas approaching I'm putting in a request for a small hand held polisher. Would like to keep cost under $200. I like allen's 3" snapon pistol buff but would prefer power to air driven plus it's a bit over my budget. Here is a very old post with lots of good info on the subject of polishing tool...
by vandenboom
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to top swap
Replies: 17
Views: 5206

Re: How to top swap

Thnx again Steve. Couple of comments & question . Initially i expected u to just break the old top out. To then see the many benefits of a non-destructive approach was enlightening. To even use the old braces !!! I suppose u re-used old bridge as well. I noticed u cut the binding rebate with hand he...
by vandenboom
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to make a rosette
Replies: 7
Views: 3357

Re: How to make a rosette

I love that Martin.
I took mine one more step today but not as intricate as yours yet. Still quite time consuming.
Frank
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by vandenboom
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mirocat finishing query
Replies: 8
Views: 3007

Re: Mirocat finishing query

Thnx Trevor. I will try this approach to sanding blocks. The main thing I have got out of all this, because of your comments yesterday, is that I need to adapt the approach better to what is happening and not be so formulaic/rigid. Today I changed the technique - much wetter, lighter touch and more ...
by vandenboom
Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mirocat finishing query
Replies: 8
Views: 3007

Re: Mirocat finishing query

Thnx Trevor for all the possibilities. The frustrating thing about 'teach yourself finishing " using the written words of others is that i can never be too sure about too soft/too hard, too wet/too dry etc. However I haven't experienced this before on about 12 guitars - technique & sanding block are...