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by kiwigeo
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Complete guitar - frequency testing technique
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: Complete guitar - frequency testing technique

The way I do it: 1. If strings on I damp them with a piece of foam. 2. Hold the guitar in a normal playing position while sitting 3. Tap around bridge area 4. Mic about 300mm away from sound hole. Hi all Been a while but I've been building away and I'm almost finished my falcate braced OM. I'm just ...
by kiwigeo
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Back brace/linings jigs
Replies: 8
Views: 1174

Re: Back brace/linings jigs

Thought about making up a jig on a few occasions but by the time I'd finished thinking about it I had the slots all cut by hand :)

Maybe it's just me but cutting brace slots is a job I prefer doing by hand with a saw and a chisel...
by kiwigeo
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First Flamenco Guitar.
Replies: 3
Views: 636

Re: First Flamenco Guitar.

Nice work John..very impressive. What's the finish? French Polish?
by kiwigeo
Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Makore and Lutz Tenor with Scrimshaw Inlay
Replies: 9
Views: 1185

Re: Makore and Lutz Tenor with Scrimshaw Inlay

Nice work Allen..as always. Where did you source the Lutz? It's got to be one of my favourite top woods.
by kiwigeo
Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mahogany wanted
Replies: 20
Views: 1598

Re: Mahogany wanted

I've got mahogany sitting on my shelves but my go to neck wood is Queensland Maple.
Steve.Toscano wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:30 pm
I dont have mahogany suitable for necks that im willing to sell.
However i have heaps of flamed quartered qld maple neck blanks and can courier some to WA. Send me a PM if interested.
by kiwigeo
Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sale on nut files
Replies: 1
Views: 773

Re: Sale on nut files

Thanks for the intro and heads up on the nut file sale.
by kiwigeo
Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Veritas scraper plane in lieu of high angle plane
Replies: 13
Views: 1641

Re: Veritas scraper plane in lieu of high angle plane

I'm away at work but that sounds right. Haven't had my hands on the honing guide for over a year now :? I usually use the second stop. I also use the convex roller on my guide which allows me to put in a slight curve on the sharp end of the blade....reduces the dig in you sometimes get with a straig...
by kiwigeo
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Veritas scraper plane in lieu of high angle plane
Replies: 13
Views: 1641

Re: Veritas scraper plane in lieu of high angle plane

If you're using the Veritas roller style honing guide the angle of the microbevel is preset at 1-2deg. The primary bevel is ground and then the roller is elevated slightly by turning the adjusting screw....the screw only has two stops from memory..primary and micro-bevel. If working in a microbevel ...
by kiwigeo
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Fire and Rain Guitars
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: Fire and Rain Guitars

Tried to buy a ticket.....site tells me the raffle is not available to punters outside Queensland.
by kiwigeo
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Fire and Rain Guitars
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: Fire and Rain Guitars

Nice work.

I'm buying a ticket.....all of you other tightwads let the moths out of your wallets as well :)
by kiwigeo
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Finish (shellac?) repair suggestions on Spanish classical
Replies: 8
Views: 1098

Re: Finish (shellac?) repair suggestions on Spanish classical

I recently had a friend with a church pew that had had a hot plate put on the french polished finish. I went over it with a munec lightly loadd with meths it came good. The cloudy patch in the background top in your photos is classic FP after its had something hot in contact with it.The patch you're...
by kiwigeo
Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: A new book on building ukuleles
Replies: 8
Views: 1387

Re: A new book on building ukuleles

Looks a good excuse for trip to Australia Lillian :D Lillian, I would be delighted to sign a copy for you, the only difficulty being that the copies ordered through Kickstarter for backers outside Australia will be mailed out from a mailing house in the US, probably in Los Angeles. That said, I am h...
by kiwigeo
Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Now more difficult to export
Replies: 12
Views: 1508

Re: Now more difficult to export

Why am I not surprised......:/
peter.coombe wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:36 pm
It gets worse. Apparently the local Border Force office in Eden cannot accept the Export Declaration form.
by kiwigeo
Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bandsaw Blades
Replies: 3
Views: 1036

Re: Bandsaw Blades

+1 for Henry Brothers. If youre in Adelaide then Norwood Saws do a fairly good job sharpening and supplying new blades.
by kiwigeo
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Back joint prep
Replies: 15
Views: 1629

Re: Back joint prep

I use a jointing plane and a shooting board. If I'm having trouble getting a good joint I'll cheat by flossing the edges with sandpaper covered builders level. Are you shooting both halves of the side at the same time and with the sides face to face? When running the plane along the edge be aware of...
by kiwigeo
Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Black marks/stain in grain
Replies: 7
Views: 1627

Re: Black marks/stain in grain

That looks like staining due to a mix of iron and carbonate ions in your water reacting with the tannins in the wood (i.e. hard water plus iron plus tannins). A certain fix for that is to wash it down with a mild solution of oxalic acid in pure (de-ionised) water. Oxalic acid is available in crysta...
by kiwigeo
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Black marks/stain in grain
Replies: 7
Views: 1627

Re: Black marks/stain in grain

Can you put up a photo? Sounds like either something in the water or something water soluble on the wood that the dousing has spread around.
by kiwigeo
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: RIP Kym Bell (scripsit)
Replies: 6
Views: 2559

Re: RIP Kym Bell (scripsit)

Kym helped a lot of people...he was a teacher by trade.
Francis wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:44 pm
Only had a few electric conversations with Kim but came across as an extremely helpfull guy. RIP Sir.
by kiwigeo
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Excel spreadsheet and summary page
Replies: 2
Views: 548

Re: Excel spreadsheet and summary page

Coding up a spreadsheet is the best way to get familiar with what Trevor is trying to teach in his books. I managed to code up a spreadsheet to calculate target top thickness and Im no maths wizard. Give it a go and then if you hit major problems start asking questions and someone will give you a ha...
by kiwigeo
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Semihollow fifteen inch
Replies: 10
Views: 2432

Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Looks great, Rod. I notice you have the best plunge router on the market in my opinion, as I use the same. The plunge router base is excellent and opens up lots of other possibilities, is stable too. Great for template routing and more stable for dovetail joints with template followers, which are c...
by kiwigeo
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Lefty Build
Replies: 5
Views: 1404

Re: Lefty Build

Bracing may have to be rejigged if not symmetrical.....eg tone bars over lower bout if you're using conventional X brace design.
by kiwigeo
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What wiring for Trevor Gore style side bender?
Replies: 7
Views: 1493

Re: What wiring for Trevor Gore style side bender?

Thank you very much for the replies. I have the sockets already and they should stand up to heat. Tried heat blankets in the past and didn't like them, so the bulb idea sounds better. I will re-wire the box to take the wiring outside as soon as it exits the bulb sockets, add some more shielding and...
by kiwigeo
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What wiring for Trevor Gore style side bender?
Replies: 7
Views: 1493

Re: What wiring for Trevor Gore style side bender?

Reptile equipment supply shops are a good source for ceramic light sockets.....it's where I got mine:

https://www.ebay.com.au/p/Leviton%2DMfg ... 6303&rt=nc
by kiwigeo
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What wiring for Trevor Gore style side bender?
Replies: 7
Views: 1493

Re: What wiring for Trevor Gore style side bender?

Light bulb powered fox style benders discussed here. Do a search and you should come up with discussions on using heat blankets.

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by kiwigeo
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What wiring for Trevor Gore style side bender?
Replies: 7
Views: 1493

Re: What wiring for Trevor Gore style side bender?

Welcome to the forum. For bending sides you're going to need temps generally in the range 176 to 204degF. If you're having issues at 200degC then your bender isn't going to work. The two main (practical) ways of supplying heat for a Fox style side bender are either incandescent light bulbs or silico...