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by kiwigeo
Sat May 25, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: RIP Kym Bell (scripsit)
Replies: 2
Views: 63

RIP Kym Bell (scripsit)

It is with great sadness that I have to inform members of the passing of Kym Bell (scripsit) here in Adelaide. Kym was a long serving member of the forum and although he hasn't posted much of late he was a valuable supporter of the forum. Kym also had a special place in my life...he commissioned me ...
by kiwigeo
Fri May 24, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Truss Rod Channel
Replies: 6
Views: 201

Re: Truss Rod Channel

I've done necks both with an without a channel fillet. If you go for a fillet on top of the truss rod then you have to allow for the fillet thickness with rod channel depth. If you dont have much meat on your neck then this can be an issue. AR glue is probably not a huge issue if a few drops get on ...
by kiwigeo
Tue May 21, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fly in Nitro Finish
Replies: 4
Views: 221

Re: Fly in Nitro Finish

Treat it as any other boo boo.......turn into a decoration. :mrgreen:
by kiwigeo
Sun May 19, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Humidity issue!
Replies: 8
Views: 517

Re: The Humidity issue!

If you're looking at humidity control in your shop the first thing to look at is beefing up insulation and reducing drafts. When I built my shop I stuck R2.7 batts in the walls and ceiling. I ran a dehumidifier for a couple of years but found that when the thing was off for a few days the temperatur...
by kiwigeo
Fri May 17, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: First Uke
Replies: 4
Views: 213

Re: First Uke

Nice work on that uke. Current maximum allowable file size is around 30Meg...you shouldn't be having problems uploading. If files are less than 30Meg in size then it's more likely they are corrupt.
by kiwigeo
Thu May 16, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Build #2: Steel String
Replies: 14
Views: 322

Re: Build #2: Steel String

I keep telling my (Japanese) wife I employed wabi sabi when I chose her.....and she suddenly gets really mad at me :mrgreen:
by kiwigeo
Thu May 16, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Introduction & 1st Build
Replies: 6
Views: 261

Re: Introduction & 1st Build

Thanks for taking the time with an intro and some nice looking work in those photos.
by kiwigeo
Wed May 15, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Slow neck carving
Replies: 21
Views: 1161

Re: Slow neck carving

demonx wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 10:22 pm
Reading some of the posts here it’s safe to say most people here are taking WAY too long.

I wonder if many people would be interested if I offered a once off private neck carving workshop?
I'm all for that...as long as the fee includes beer and a barbeque :mrgreen:
by kiwigeo
Wed May 15, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Attention all Lurkers
Replies: 38
Views: 9401

Re: Attention all Lurkers

Thanks for the update Jon, put up some pics of that new shop when it's finished.
Duct Tape wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 8:12 am
I’m still here too, but have been building a new shop for the past year. Also been collecting some nice anz tonewood, including some gidgee I’m terrified to bend.

Jon
by kiwigeo
Mon May 13, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Cutting The Neck Tenon With a Table Saw
Replies: 5
Views: 466

Re: Cutting The Neck Tenon With a Table Saw

Yes blade will usually only tilt in one direction. I just flip the blank and run it through....you just have to make sure distance from side of neck block to cut is same. Martin, Thanks for the reply. Presumably you set the blade angle to plus and then minus 5 degrees - I see this OK, but how do you...
by kiwigeo
Fri May 10, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fine Tools Australia
Replies: 3
Views: 402

Re: Fine Tools Australia

Trevor, Their Facebook page says FB page is unattended but people can email via orders@finetools.com.au The email address above is different from the one on their website...this may be the problem. Does anyone have a phone number for these guys (Melbourne based)? https://www.finetools.com.au/ They d...
by kiwigeo
Thu May 09, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Cutting The Neck Tenon With a Table Saw
Replies: 5
Views: 466

Re: Cutting The Neck Tenon With a Table Saw

Mitch, Cut the tenon cheeks square and then fine tune tenon width to get a good fit in the mortise first. Once you're happy with the fit you can work on the neck pitch angle by shaving meat off the cheeks. I use a chisel mortising plane (Veritas), block plane and finish off with a sanding block cut ...
by kiwigeo
Wed May 08, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Cutting The Neck Tenon With a Table Saw
Replies: 5
Views: 466

Re: Cutting The Neck Tenon With a Table Saw

Mitch I cut my neck tenons on the table saw. I cut the straight tenon side first by running the neck end through the blade with neck end sitting on the saw table and pressed hard against the fence. I then cut the angled cheeks by adjusting blade angle appropriately and then running the neck end over...
by kiwigeo
Tue May 07, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Veritas scraper plane in lieu of high angle plane
Replies: 3
Views: 235

Re: Veritas scraper plane in lieu of high angle plane

I should have added that I have a Veritas scraper plane but I hardly use the thing.....I picked up a 1930's vintage Millers Falls scraper plane at a tool sale a few years ago and before I bought my drum sander the Millers Falls was doing most of the work thinning sides.
by kiwigeo
Mon May 06, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Slow neck carving
Replies: 21
Views: 1161

Re: Slow neck carving

I'm yet to hit a truss rod channel, nor has any student of mine. I suspect if you're hitting a channel your truss rods are massive or your necks are stupidly thin. :toi Or you're just not paying attention...happens to most of us at least once :mrgreen: OCD........in my case no, it's simply a case o...
by kiwigeo
Sun May 05, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Veritas scraper plane in lieu of high angle plane
Replies: 3
Views: 235

Re: Veritas scraper plane in lieu of high angle plane

Is the Veritas scraper plane a good substitute for a high angle smoothing plane? The scraper plane is good where you have difficult grain to deal with or youre removing minute amounts of material and you want a smooth surface straight off the plane. For working wood with grain that isn't rogue a hig...
by kiwigeo
Fri May 03, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustical effect of back woods
Replies: 25
Views: 2400

Re: Acoustical effect of back woods

From the abstract of one of the studies: "Six steel-string acoustic guitars were built for this study to the same design and material specifications except for the back/side plates which were made of woods varying widely in availability and price (Brazilian rosewood, Indian rosewood, mahogany, maple...
by kiwigeo
Thu May 02, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Slow neck carving
Replies: 21
Views: 1161

Re: Slow neck carving

One thing to always keep in mind when neck shaping is the location and depth of the ^^%%$$$ng truss rod channel. Nothing worse than getting to the end of a days worth of neck shaping and then noticing what looks like a pin hole near the headstock that starts to rapidly get larger :evil:
by kiwigeo
Thu May 02, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Luthier Sessions #2 - Hand Planing for Luthiers, by Trevor Gore
Replies: 3
Views: 471

Re: Luthier Sessions #2 - Hand Planing for Luthiers, by Trevor Gore

Does the course cover tuning of planes Gore style? :mrgreen:
by kiwigeo
Thu May 02, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Slow neck carving
Replies: 21
Views: 1161

Re: Slow neck carving

I work slow..mainly because I'm totally anal and I'm not running a business. I start with facets drawn on the neck for the initial chisel work. I start with the chisel and mallet on the heel but as soon as I can switch to a curved scraper followed by a dragon rasp. On the neck shaft I start with a V...
by kiwigeo
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sitka Spruce FLASH sale
Replies: 4
Views: 675

Re: Sitka Spruce FLASH sale

I've got a shop overflowing with wood so no room for more but for any other members after some top wood get in before it goes.
by kiwigeo
Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Light Bridges
Replies: 20
Views: 1214

Re: Light Bridges

Petecane wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:36 pm

I was just starting to get paranoid about lightness.
A perfect bridge would weigh nothing....it's there to anchor the strings and transmit string energy to the soundboard.
by kiwigeo
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Light Bridges
Replies: 20
Views: 1214

Re: Light Bridges

I avoid ebony bridges on my classicals. Rosewood is a better choice. I'm also building Gore style so the bridge is reinforced with carbon fibre which means you can use less dense woods with success. I am always reading various blogs about fitting a light bridge. Having lashed out on Koa for my Tenor...
by kiwigeo
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Queensland Maple and Queensland Maple?
Replies: 5
Views: 679

Re: Queensland Maple and Queensland Maple?

Try bending some Australian blackwood with a bit of heat and moisture....and you'll see why it's called blackwood.