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by kiwigeo
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: fretboard radiusing router bits
Replies: 11
Views: 201

Re: fretboard radiusing router bits

For me it would simply be a time thing....but at my current build rate over all time saving would be minimal. I'd also miss the joys of getting covered in ebony dust and building up the shoulder muscles on my right arm :mrgreen: Out of interest: What's the motivation, or what are you attempting to f...
by kiwigeo
Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic Bridge Types ...
Replies: 8
Views: 212

Re: Acoustic Bridge Types ...

Arguments for a tailpiece.....shallower break angle over saddle, removes risk of bridge shearing off...less loading of lower bout (no bridge mass). But I don't think these factors really apply for a uke. My ten cents worth anyway.
by kiwigeo
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Flamenco blanca - lutz & leyland cypress
Replies: 18
Views: 1076

Re: Flamenco blanca - lutz & leyland cypress

Wow...that's one beautiful guitar Trent. Glad to hear that lutz was to your liking.
by kiwigeo
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Cool machines
Replies: 3
Views: 193

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Cool machines

Time ya got a bandsaw mate. Even with a 14" bandie you can do a surprising amount of re-sawing.
by kiwigeo
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!
Replies: 13
Views: 942

Re: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!

Nice work Richard and thanks for posting progress pics of this build.
by kiwigeo
Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: closing the box, plates to rims, jointing back+top to sides ect
Replies: 3
Views: 356

Re: closing the box, plates to rims, jointing back+top to sides ect

Suggest you start with a search of the forum....you'll find plenty of threads and photos of members various jigs and methods for accomplishing these tasks :)
by kiwigeo
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Paulownia fas bridge material?
Replies: 5
Views: 317

Re: Paulownia fas bridge material?

I'd be happy with 23 grams.
by kiwigeo
Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Elmer Guitar
Replies: 4
Views: 506

Re: Elmer Guitar

I generally don't deal with companies who only allow contact via email or a message lodged via their website. I prefer a phone number so I can physically talk to someone. The site is Chinese so add in possible language difficulties while resolving any disputes. My opinion only of course.
by kiwigeo
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Veneer softener
Replies: 2
Views: 414

Re: Veneer softener

As far as I know glycerin is often an ingredient in veneer softeners. I think Diggers make the stuff. Hi everyone I was given a recipe today for a Veneer Softener. Obviously I have not had a chance to try this out yet but according to the source it is used in their veneer shop. 1ltr of water, 400mls...
by kiwigeo
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Posting photos
Replies: 16
Views: 5963

Re: Posting photos

Sorry sent a PM to myself :( Email address re-sent

seeaxe wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:51 pm
Thanks Martin but no PM yet...have you sent it??
by kiwigeo
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Posting photos
Replies: 16
Views: 5963

Re: Posting photos

Richard..see my PM I was hoping this thread would have a how to fix it for wonky photos. I tried rotating the original but that didn't work, still showed it sideways. Pictures taken on an android phone, show the right way up in Explorer or whatever its called these days but sideways on the forum pag...
by kiwigeo
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Classical Bridges using CF
Replies: 16
Views: 807

Re: Classical Bridges using CF

Ive never had any issues cutting saddle slots in my CF laminated bridges. The cutter might wear a little bit quicker but no major issues so far. I machine the bridge blanks on a small micromill. The CF presented no problems. I wear a dust mask. I use 3K 5.7 oz plain weave fabric. (Sorry about the im...
by kiwigeo
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Classical Bridges using CF
Replies: 16
Views: 807

Re: Classical Bridges using CF

I'm a rank amateur at luthiery but you talking about bone, bridge weights and CF got me wondering if you could use CF as a saddle instead of bone. Bring the wood up to a peak at the saddle position and lay some CF along the top. Or laminate a vertical strip of CF at the saddle position -from the st...
by kiwigeo
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 00 Acoustic build thread.
Replies: 26
Views: 1566

Re: 00 Acoustic build thread.

Mark McLean wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:47 pm
When you really get into this you will want the gospel according to Gore and Gilet .
Buy The Books now...resistance is futile! :mrgreen:
by kiwigeo
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 00 Acoustic build thread.
Replies: 26
Views: 1566

Re: 00 Acoustic build thread.

My comments:

1) go with Titebond I AR glue
2) Ebony makes for a rather heavy bridge....I prefer rosewood or if using CF I use blackwood or walnut to keep weight down with the CF adding stiffness.
by kiwigeo
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Ukulele workshop manual
Replies: 14
Views: 1115

Re: The Ukulele workshop manual

Right Ive just ordered my copy...time for the rest of your tightwads to let the moths out of ya wallets and buy a copy of Graham's excellent book. :D
by kiwigeo
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Knobs / buttons coming off tuners
Replies: 5
Views: 730

Re: Knobs / buttons coming off tuners

The first question.....are these tuners sold as uke tuners or steel string tuners? Ive used these tuners..but only on ukes.
by kiwigeo
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: RIP Graham Caldersmith
Replies: 3
Views: 673

Re: RIP Graham Caldersmith

This is indeed sad news. Graham was definitely an envelope pushing pioneer in the field of luthiery. RIP Mr Modern Australian Luthiery.
by kiwigeo
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: shed insulation
Replies: 8
Views: 1491

Re: shed insulation

Condensation will only be an issue with batts if you don't have at least a 25mm air gap between outside surface of batts and outer wall cladding.
by kiwigeo
Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Opinions wanted on use of this Sitka top...
Replies: 7
Views: 884

Re: Opinions wanted on use of this Sitka top...

Well I think the consensus is...go for it! :)
by kiwigeo
Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Opinions wanted on use of this Sitka top...
Replies: 7
Views: 884

Re: Opinions wanted on use of this Sitka top...

I've got some red spruce that looks a lot like that top. Looks a bit scary but sounds ok.
by kiwigeo
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tutes to pass the time away
Replies: 5
Views: 890

Re: Tutes to pass the time away

Thanks Steve. Love that warning sticker stuck in the truss rod adjuster....should be mandatory on all guitars.
by kiwigeo
Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Likely Scam
Replies: 7
Views: 1121

Re: Likely Scam

Make her daughter one of these....
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by kiwigeo
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Likely Scam
Replies: 7
Views: 1121

Re: Likely Scam

"I as well need a contact name, phone number and the full address of your store so i can forward them to my party planner to locate your store when they are coming for the pick up"

Party planner?????
by kiwigeo
Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Likely Scam
Replies: 7
Views: 1121

Re: Likely Scam

I think she wants you to be her love slave Pete :D

It's got scam city written all over it. Send her my contact details....I'll make a 5 necked fan fretted Franken guitar for her daughter.