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by kiwigeo
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Shaping rasp
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: Shaping rasp

The dragon rasps sold by Stewmac are good https://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/Types_of_Tools/Files/Dragon_Hand-cut_Rasp.html If you've got a bit of loot then these babies are the bee's knees https://www.lie-nielsen.com/nodes/4094/auriou-rasps I have both the Dragon and Auriou rasps in my arsenal a...
by kiwigeo
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Need E4 string for 500 mm length.
Replies: 6
Views: 165

Re: Need E4 string for 500 mm length.

If the pitch and tension match what youre after then it should work. You can check tension and pitch using the formulas included in the pdf From that pdf, it looks like what I want is a D'Addario, Acoustic or Electric guitar, plain steel lock twist PL016 with a unit weight of .00005671 lb/in. Does t...
by kiwigeo
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Need E4 string for 500 mm length.
Replies: 6
Views: 165

Re: Need E4 string for 500 mm length.

For calculating string tensions try here: http://daddario.com/DAstringtensionguid ... 62b60b1caf

From what I know of violin strings the upper strings are plain steel so I don't see why a plain steel guitar string shouldn't work.
by kiwigeo
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Cutting notches in braces
Replies: 3
Views: 222

Re: Cutting notches in braces

Pretty much how Ive been doing mine of late....an ideal job for the Dremel and mini router base. Nice one, Dave. I've used a router recently. Do both braces together and space them apart a bit so that the router is stable. Set the depth by sitting the router base on the bridge plate + CF and drop th...
by kiwigeo
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Using Abalone
Replies: 8
Views: 179

Re: Using Abalone

I used abalone on two of my early builds. I inlaid the pieces so they were 1-2mm proud of the top and then just sanded back. Abalone isn't that hard...it's basically calcium carbonate. On the Mohs Hardness Scale it's about 3-4 which isn't that hard. It'll work easily with moderate grit sandpaper.
by kiwigeo
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Sydney get together
Replies: 3
Views: 257

Re: Sydney get together

A great idea Steve. A bit far for me to travel on a regular basis but if the meetings become a regular thing It'll be a good excuse for a trip over to Sydney Town.
by kiwigeo
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fret bending?
Replies: 12
Views: 311

Re: Fret bending?

I agree....make your own fret bender. The money you save can go towards buying one of these - https://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/Our_Newest_Tools/StewMac_Solder_Monster.html :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: yep ,,, what they said, build a simple one to do the job thats what i did 10 years ago, still...
by kiwigeo
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fret bending?
Replies: 12
Views: 311

Re: Fret bending?

A valid point and I try and buy my wire in rolls but sometimes you're stuck with straight stock...or as Trevor noted in one of his posts coiled wire that has too tight a tight radius :) Jigs a great idea but..... if this is a serious hobby why not just buy it in bulk, 5m, 10m +++++ rolls? Already cu...
by kiwigeo
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New to the group and guitar building
Replies: 33
Views: 863

Re: New to the group and guitar building

With the bracing layer added you can store them on their end.
Cal wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:43 pm
Point taken, makes a lot of sense to add another layer or two to them. I will have to sort out where to store them when not in use, ideally laying flat rather than on end. MDF has a mind of its own!
by kiwigeo
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New to the group and guitar building
Replies: 33
Views: 863

Re: New to the group and guitar building

Nice work Cal. Something I do with my dishes - I glue two dishes back to back or glue on a 20mm MDF backing plate to keep them rigid. The added weight is also handy if your using a dish to sand sides to back/top profiles.
by kiwigeo
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Broken drill bit in tie block
Replies: 6
Views: 234

Re: Broken drill bit in tie block

The only idea Ive got - get a bit of stiff fencing wire and bend over a few mm of the end. Poke the bent over end into the saddle/tie block valley and push the drill bit out the back of the tie block enough to grasp it with the pliers. You mentioned the previous bridge failing under tension. Id be i...
by kiwigeo
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 12 String design thoughts
Replies: 6
Views: 187

Re: 12 String design thoughts

I love the multiscale idea- would be so effective making sure string tension is good. Thanks so much for the thoughts and the links Mark. Martin are you a fan of the multiscale design having made and played one? Does look like a challenge to execute. A fan of multiscale? The owner of the guitar lov...
by kiwigeo
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 12 String design thoughts
Replies: 6
Views: 187

Re: 12 String design thoughts

Mark McLean wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:59 pm

Maybe use a longer scale length, or even fan fret multi-scale to keep the string tension down on the lower strings.
I'd definitely consider a fan fret....but if you haven't made one before be prepared for a few challenges :)
by kiwigeo
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Maple side crack, any suggestion ?
Replies: 14
Views: 528

Re: Maple side crack, any suggestion ?

Bldi hell....I never would have thought up that one. Bravo...well played!!
Boe Jonamassa wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:08 pm
Great solution, well done.

Col
by kiwigeo
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Flatbed jointer opinion
Replies: 11
Views: 459

Re: Flatbed jointer opinion

My 10 cents worth. I'd be looking at a 6" machine but spending the extra dollars an 8" machine would cost me on a 6" machine with helical cutters.
by kiwigeo
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: End of month tutes
Replies: 2
Views: 194

Re: End of month tutes

Much appreciated thanks Steve.. :)
by kiwigeo
Thu May 31, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New to the group and guitar building
Replies: 33
Views: 863

Re: New to the group and guitar building

Until I get a chance to re-jig Cals photos members are requested to stand on their heads while reading this thread. For those members getting sore heads we have specially manufactured head gear available on request :mrgreen:
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by kiwigeo
Thu May 31, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New to the group and guitar building
Replies: 33
Views: 863

Re: New to the group and guitar building

Thank God for that..I thought it was just me.

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The pics are upside down from this side of the West Island :P
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by kiwigeo
Tue May 29, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New to the group and guitar building
Replies: 33
Views: 863

Re: New to the group and guitar building

Ok no problem...
Cal wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 10:00 pm
Next Wednesday is out, sorry the only one that is pre booked with a dog bath! But the one after should be fine.
by kiwigeo
Tue May 29, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New to the group and guitar building
Replies: 33
Views: 863

Re: New to the group and guitar building

Dental appointment tomorrow but next Wednesday should be good. I'll drop you a PM closer to the day. Cheers
Cal wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 9:51 pm
Haha! Done a bit of that myself :lol:
Yep, for sure. It would be great to meet you. Wednesday afternoons are best as I have school pickup other days during the week.
by kiwigeo
Tue May 29, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New to the group and guitar building
Replies: 33
Views: 863

Re: New to the group and guitar building

Aha! An honourable profession. The day I moved into my house back in 1990 the Postie stuffed some letters in my mailbox, parked his bike at the bottom of my driveway and helped me lug a bed frame up to the house....that's what I call service! I've probably passed you while out on my daily walk from ...
by kiwigeo
Tue May 29, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New to the group and guitar building
Replies: 33
Views: 863

Re: New to the group and guitar building

Aldgate Pump then..unless that's where you work!!
Cal wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 9:22 pm
Easy done, I work up at Aldgate!
by kiwigeo
Tue May 29, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New to the group and guitar building
Replies: 33
Views: 863

Re: New to the group and guitar building

Is anyone else seeing the pics in Cals posts upside or is it just me?...or is everyone else just too polite to say anything? :mrgreen: Cal, you might have to pop up to Stirling and we can talk about it over a beer at The Stirling Pub :) I can but it would be on the same device as I am using to view ...
by kiwigeo
Tue May 29, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New to the group and guitar building
Replies: 33
Views: 863

Re: New to the group and guitar building

No doubts about the location of that workshop.....down under. I'll try and edit the posts and get the pics up the right way. Cal for future posts can you do a preview before you post to check pics look ok...ta :)
by kiwigeo
Tue May 29, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Reducing x-brace angle?
Replies: 11
Views: 432

Re: Reducing x-brace angle?

Love your KISS approach to jigs....I'd have never thought of using the Carbatec inclinometer I use to set uo my table saw blade angle to measure bridge rotation. Just brilliant. How long tills Stewmac get a hold of this one?? :mrgreen: I did a tute this morning showing how I measure bridge rotation,...