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by kiwigeo
Tue May 24, 2022 3:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Two ukuleles
Replies: 8
Views: 178

Re: Two ukuleles

I fit K and K pad style passive pickups on all my guitars and I've done one uke fitted with same. The main reason I use them...theyre reliable, easy to fit and they dont sound "quacky" like many under saddle piezos.

https://www.kksound.com/pure-pickup
by kiwigeo
Tue May 24, 2022 9:04 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Violin vice.
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: Violin vice.

See here for how Churchill secures the violin vice: https://stephenchurchill.ca/page/3/
by kiwigeo
Mon May 23, 2022 5:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Two ukuleles
Replies: 8
Views: 178

Re: Two ukuleles

I can sneak a second soprano sound board out of the same piece of bunya pine (not that I need it at the moment, but good to know for in the future) but it's getting mighty close to that knot. Would I be setting myself up to fail if I used this piece? Should be ok but if there's any part of the knot...
by kiwigeo
Mon May 23, 2022 4:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Two ukuleles
Replies: 8
Views: 178

Re: Two ukuleles

For some reason pics loaded straight off an iPhone won't load up. I think photos on modern iPhones are saved in HEIC format not jpeg.
by kiwigeo
Thu May 19, 2022 7:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Saddle issue.
Replies: 2
Views: 107

Re: Saddle issue.

If it was me I'd get the saddle out and get a fresh saddle blank in. If the thing is glued in then it can be routed out. You'll need a suitable jig to guide the router such as the Stewmac saddle routing jig. There are home made alternatives to the latter. A string breaking over the back of a saddle ...
by kiwigeo
Thu May 19, 2022 8:12 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Violin vice.
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: Violin vice.

Looks cool Simon....nice work.
by kiwigeo
Tue May 17, 2022 7:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gluing help please.
Replies: 18
Views: 763

Re: Gluing help please.

David Herring wrote:
Tue May 17, 2022 12:03 pm
How do you pick a nitro finish. With my limited skills they all just look 'shiny'?
http://www.frets.com/FretsPages/Luthier ... etest.html
by kiwigeo
Tue May 17, 2022 12:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gluing help please.
Replies: 18
Views: 763

Re: Gluing help please.

David Herring wrote:
Tue May 17, 2022 11:56 am
Any suggestions on a cleaner that wont cost me an arm and a leg.
Any contact/pot cleaner should do the job. Whatever you do don't use WD40 or other "cleaners" high in distillate and other nasty solvents.
by kiwigeo
Sun May 15, 2022 2:27 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Removing mineral deposits
Replies: 1
Views: 235

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Removing mineral deposits

Thanks Robbie!

Here's the MSDS sheet for CLR. The active ingredients are lactic acid and gluconic acid.

https://clrclean.com.au/wp-content/uplo ... 0-2025.pdf
by kiwigeo
Fri May 13, 2022 8:53 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gluing help please.
Replies: 18
Views: 763

Re: Gluing help please.

What's the sheer strength of CA compared to epoxy?
by kiwigeo
Thu May 12, 2022 5:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gluing help please.
Replies: 18
Views: 763

Re: Gluing help please.

David Herring wrote:
Wed May 11, 2022 10:13 pm
Thanks Kiwigeo. What do you suggest?
If the top gluing surface is plastic then epoxy is probably your best bet. Not ideal for wooden tops as when there's a bridge failure it rips half the top in the process. A plastic top is a different scenario.
by kiwigeo
Wed May 11, 2022 7:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gluing help please.
Replies: 18
Views: 763

Re: Gluing help please.

It'll stick...for about as long as it takes to undo the clamps :)


David Herring wrote:
Wed May 11, 2022 4:43 pm
Thats what I was thinking Wayne although others dont favour epoxy on bridges in case they have to come off again. Not sure if titebond will stick to plastic.
by kiwigeo
Sun May 08, 2022 2:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Slow progress on the neoclassical
Replies: 10
Views: 888

Re: Slow progress on the neoclassical

There's actually a full vacuum kit sitting in a box under my bench.....was part of a group buy years ago. I havent yet got around to setting it up.

lamanoditrento wrote:
Sun May 08, 2022 11:48 am
Looking good. Might be time to invest in a vacuum clamp Martin :D
by kiwigeo
Sat May 07, 2022 5:22 pm
Forum: Health and Safety
Topic: Workshop stools
Replies: 5
Views: 521

Re: Workshop stools

I'd be looking at something with good support for the lower back. I've had a long history of back issues....about the only time my back is 100% comfortable is when Im standing up...I tend to avoid sitting as much as possible.
by kiwigeo
Tue May 03, 2022 7:36 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bending Irons
Replies: 11
Views: 1005

Re: Bending Irons

LOL......so you went top shelf in the end? :mrgreen: Actually the more I look at pictures of that bl**dy iron the more I want one :? Thank you everyone for your input , I have ordered a bender from the LuthiersBench should be with me in about two weeks . Once again thank you for your input , very mu...
by kiwigeo
Sun May 01, 2022 8:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bending Irons
Replies: 11
Views: 1005

Re: Bending Irons

I do most of my bending on a couple of electric irons sourced from LMI.....pretty much identical to the units you'll get from Stewmac. You can save a few pennies and make your own gas fired iron but personally I find electric irons more convenient and the control of temperature easier than with a ga...
by kiwigeo
Sun May 01, 2022 8:40 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Peg shaver
Replies: 3
Views: 352

Re: Peg shaver

Welcome to the forum Robin. I've added the photo to your original post and removed last post.

Nice work with that peg shaver.
by kiwigeo
Thu Apr 28, 2022 5:37 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bridge marking
Replies: 6
Views: 701

Re: bridge marking

Might have been looking at a site with a similar name.
by kiwigeo
Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:51 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bridge marking
Replies: 6
Views: 701

Re: bridge marking

nkforster wrote:
Mon Apr 25, 2022 2:26 pm
The plastic jig is from Luthier Supplies in Denver, Co. USA.
The business appears to be temporarily closed at present..
by kiwigeo
Thu Apr 21, 2022 12:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Slow progress on the neoclassical
Replies: 10
Views: 888

Re: Slow progress on the neoclassical

Bridge finally glued on. The original bridge failed on this guitar and I ended up having to replace the top. I manage to jam 9 clamps through the soundhole. After the photos were taken I managed to squeeze one more clamp in to make it an even 10 :mrgreen:
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by kiwigeo
Tue Apr 19, 2022 10:19 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rick Turner
Replies: 3
Views: 747

Re: Rick Turner

That's sad news. Rick one of the pioneers of modern luthiery. LOL.....I remember a guy who could be as cranky as hell at times but he knew what he was talking about and was willing to share his knowledge. RIP Mr T.
by kiwigeo
Mon Apr 18, 2022 1:08 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: WIP Converting Meber SR 500 bandsaw for home workshop
Replies: 6
Views: 672

Re: WIP Converting Meber SR 500 bandsaw for home workshop

Looks like a good score there Steve. There's something special about some of the old machinery.
by kiwigeo
Sat Apr 16, 2022 10:05 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Slow progress on the neoclassical
Replies: 10
Views: 888

Re: Slow progress on the neoclassical

Specs: Back and sides: Indian Rosewood Top: Lutz spruce Neck: Queensland Maple Bracing: falcate Neck/body join: Bolt on bolt down. Tuning pegs: Perfection Pegs https://perfectionpegs.twofold.com.au/ That's going to look nice Martin. Indian Rosewood? BOBO? Falcate? Who did you buy your pegs from? I l...
by kiwigeo
Fri Apr 15, 2022 6:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Slow progress on the neoclassical
Replies: 10
Views: 888

Slow progress on the neoclassical

Domestic chores of late have kept me away from the workshop. During the odd hours Ive managed to assign to my building Ive managed to get the french polishing finished on the the neo classical. Once the hard shellac has fully cured the bridge will go on and planetary pegs will get installed. The hea...
by kiwigeo
Tue Apr 05, 2022 11:12 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Attention all Lurkers
Replies: 69
Views: 104025

Re: Attention all Lurkers

LOL..consider yourself not deleted. Thanks for checking in :)
David Herring wrote:
Mon Apr 04, 2022 10:39 pm
I'm still alive. Please dont delete me.