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by kiwigeo
Sun May 27, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Reducing x-brace angle?
Replies: 1
Views: 24

Re: Reducing x-brace angle?

I don't usually pay too much attention to the actual angle the braces intersect at....my main driver is making sure the braces pass under the end of the bridge wings.
by kiwigeo
Thu May 24, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Reliable Hygrometer Calibration for the Luthier
Replies: 23
Views: 5678

Re: Reliable Hygrometer Calibration for the Luthier

If you do a search on hygrometer calibration Potassium Carbonate seems to the compound used. I know this is an old post, but has anyway clarified whether or not the potassium BI-CARBONATE (KHCO3)- (the link that Mike Thomas posted) can be used with any success instead of potassium Carbonate (K2CO3)?...
by kiwigeo
Thu May 24, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Room dehumidifiers
Replies: 11
Views: 399

Re: Room dehumidifiers

There's one warning indicator missing from that iphone control panel..."Wife in Workshop!".
by kiwigeo
Thu May 24, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Graveyard II - build video
Replies: 7
Views: 146

Re: Graveyard II - build video

I enjoyed watching that clip. Thanks Allan. The orange coloured cutter on your CNC machine..is that a bull nose cutter of some sort?
by kiwigeo
Tue May 22, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Maple side crack, any suggestion ?
Replies: 8
Views: 211

Re: Maple side crack, any suggestion ?

Fisherman wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 12:55 pm
Could be repurposed as ukulele sides? Probably 2 sets...?
If the crack is towards the end of the side then yes it can be used for a uke or chopped up for use as bridge patches, soundhole reinforcement patches etc.
by kiwigeo
Tue May 22, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Room dehumidifiers
Replies: 11
Views: 399

Re: Room dehumidifiers

Luke72 wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 9:22 pm
I got my desiccant dehumidifier today, ran it for a few hours and was absolutely amazed at how quickly it bought my 3.5m x 3.0m room down from 60% RH to 45% RH, and took around 650ml water out of the air. Very happy.
Sounds like Melbourne :mrgreen:
by kiwigeo
Mon May 21, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea
Replies: 10
Views: 199

Re: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea

I wouldn't use 5 minute epoxy...Ive found the quality of the Selly's and other quick epoxies not that great and if you need to do any unplanned adjustments you might find yourself in a bind. The 5 minute stuff also doesn't gap fill as well as the Techniglue. Carbatec stock Techniglue. I was planning...
by kiwigeo
Mon May 21, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea
Replies: 10
Views: 199

Re: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea

Not sure if hide glue would be the best glue. Looking at the photo and the number of layers...you can see quite a few sizeable gaps. I use epoxy for the 3 layered solid linings and falcate bracing on my builds...epoxy is usually my choice where there's a high risk of gaps. Something else I've just n...
by kiwigeo
Mon May 21, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea
Replies: 10
Views: 199

Re: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea

What sort of glue do you plan to use? I'd probably be using epoxy resin (eg Techniglue) as it will fill in any gaps.
by kiwigeo
Mon May 21, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Maple side crack, any suggestion ?
Replies: 8
Views: 211

Re: Maple side crack, any suggestion ?

Others may have ideas but generally when I get to this stage the side gets chucked back on the shelf or in the fire. Are you bending with a blanket and form or free hand on an iron? I always have fun bending the cutaway horn on my Gore style steel strings. Im bending Rosewood and do it freehand on a...
by kiwigeo
Wed May 16, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New to the group and guitar building
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Re: New to the group and guitar building

Welcome to the forum Cal and thanks for putting up the pics of your build and the workshop.
by kiwigeo
Tue May 15, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Room dehumidifiers
Replies: 11
Views: 399

Re: Room dehumidifiers

Covered in this thread Rod. I got my unit from the mob that Allen mentions...viewtopic.php?f=1&t=7583&p=83069&hilit= ... ier#p83069
by kiwigeo
Mon May 14, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Donations drive to help cover forum running costs
Replies: 19
Views: 1118

Re: Donations drive to help cover forum running costs

A huge thank you to everyone who tipped in money to our Paypal account to help fund the running of the forum. As well as donations from long serving members there were also quite a few donations from many who have either recently joined the forum or have been members for some time but keep a low pro...
by kiwigeo
Mon May 14, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Huon pine in a laminated neck?
Replies: 10
Views: 414

Re: Huon pine in a laminated neck?

Ive used these guys to source CF tow and matting for my builds. Good service and reasonable pricing. Do you know of any Australian suppliers of CF neck rods? Try: http://carbonfiber.com.au/ Though their sizes are limited. I've purchased from them before and had good service. Cheers, Jeremy.
by kiwigeo
Mon May 14, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: #013 "3 Planks" guitar build - "Lucky"
Replies: 5
Views: 231

Re: #013 "3 Planks" guitar build - "Lucky"

Nice to hear from you Pete. Opinions on your latest builds? Um..."rustic" for want of a better word :)
by kiwigeo
Sat May 12, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: End of the week how to, how to fret skim
Replies: 12
Views: 450

Re: End of the week how to, how to fret skim

Thanks mate
simso wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 10:02 pm
It’s a katana.
by kiwigeo
Sat May 12, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: End of the week how to, how to fret skim
Replies: 12
Views: 450

Re: End of the week how to, how to fret skim

Steve, what make is the Japanese beam in the video? Dictum are marketing a beam for 300 Euros
simso wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 11:35 am
I have one which I made, the one in the tute is a commercially available version ex japan

Steve
by kiwigeo
Sat May 12, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bandsaw opinions
Replies: 20
Views: 631

Re: bandsaw opinions

Ive had a few blades sharpened and a few made up at Norwood Sawworks. Not sure if they do carbide tipped blades. Most of the high end blades are probably imported from the US. A lot of people seem to rave about the Woodslicer blades. These days I generally just buy the generic blades from Carbatec.....
by kiwigeo
Mon May 07, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bandsaw opinions
Replies: 20
Views: 631

Re: bandsaw opinions

Perhaps others would like to offer comments on their experiences with band saws....they're pretty much a part of a luthiers "basic arsenal" of power tools. My Carbatec 14" bandie is only used for basic cutting out jobs so it's served me well. It cost me $600 brand new when I bought it around 12 year...
by kiwigeo
Mon May 07, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Donations drive to help cover forum running costs
Replies: 19
Views: 1118

Re: Donations drive to help cover forum running costs

Thanks Rocket,

The response to the request for donations has been great and will mean we can meet running costs for some time to come.
rocket wrote:
Sun May 06, 2018 9:49 pm
Well done Martin and Jeremy, and thanks again to Bob for getting this all started

Cheers

Rod.
by kiwigeo
Mon May 07, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bandsaw opinions
Replies: 20
Views: 631

Re: bandsaw opinions

I've got a Carbatec 14" bandie that has seen good service over the years. Since you're in Adelaide I assume there'll be freight costs involved with the models you're looking at.
by kiwigeo
Fri May 04, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to UV Finish
Replies: 13
Views: 434

Re: How to UV Finish

Thanks Steve.....out of my price range. Think I'll stick with the French Polishing :mrgreen:
by kiwigeo
Fri May 04, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to UV Finish
Replies: 13
Views: 434

Re: How to UV Finish

Thanks Steve.......

A question - what was approximate cost of the curing equipment?
by kiwigeo
Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: RIP Jim Williams
Replies: 4
Views: 422

Re: RIP Jim Williams

I am sure many of you will know or at least know of Jim Williams whose book, A Guitar Makers Manual, has helped many a beginning guitar maker. Sad to report that Jim died last week near Murwillumbah on the north coast. Funeral early next week. That's a sad loss. Jim's book was constantly sitting op...