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by kiwigeo
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: French polishing
Replies: 19
Views: 1684

Re: French polishing

Whoops....misread "W&D" as WD40. Time to head off to Specsavers :?
matthew wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:29 am
oil and kerosene i think not naphtha.

some use wd40 but i want to avoid oil residue
by kiwigeo
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: French polishing
Replies: 19
Views: 1684

Re: French polishing

matthew wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:40 pm
Then I cut back with 600 W&D and kerosene.
WD40 is largely napthalene isn't it?
by kiwigeo
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Luthier Congress in Bathurst end July
Replies: 1
Views: 67

Re: Luthier Congress in Bathurst end July

Thanks for the heads up Matthew.
by kiwigeo
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guitar top and back radius position
Replies: 10
Views: 326

Re: Guitar top and back radius position

Sanding the radius into the sides by "driving the porcelain bus" is an absolute pain in the arse job. There was one builder in the US who had rigged up his sanding dish on a potters wheel. He got the wheel turning and then just held the sides down on the dish and hey presto. It's something I plan to...
by kiwigeo
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guitar top and back radius position
Replies: 10
Views: 326

Re: Guitar top and back radius position

I don't have any strict rule on this one....generally on my instruments the widest point of the side is slightly aft of the bridge area.
by kiwigeo
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guitar top and back radius position
Replies: 10
Views: 326

Re: Guitar top and back radius position

Hi Martin,

The dish is the same radius regardless of where the top sits....just position it so the entire back/top is within the edges of the dish and you should be fine.
by kiwigeo
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Gore method/Tap tune/Siminoff...help!
Replies: 13
Views: 511

Re: Gore method/Tap tune/Siminoff...help!

VA will run fine on a Mac running a virtual Windows OS but I found moving the data files around a pain in the proverbial. Theres also the issues of the Mac's line input (they dont really have a mic input as such). I ended up running into the Mic via a pre-amp to boost up the signal from a Shure micr...
by kiwigeo
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Listing of Preferred Vendors
Topic: Listing of Preferred Vendors
Replies: 7
Views: 15859

Re: Listing of Preferred Vendors

Hi Oliver, Bob is no longer running this forum. In answer to your question no we have never had the company in question on our list of preferred vendors.....and if what you say is true they never will be on our list. Cheers Martin Dear Bob, Do you or have you ever had Artesan (artesan.com.au) or Fin...
by kiwigeo
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Shell 'toxicity'
Replies: 3
Views: 235

Re: Shell 'toxicity'

Most molluscan shells consist of three layers - an outer proteinaceous periosteum (uncalcified), a prismatic layer (calcified) and an inner pearly layer of nacre (calcified). The prismatic layer is aragonite..a form of calcium carbonate. Nacre (=mother of pearl) is interlayered arragonite and elasti...
by kiwigeo
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: travelling with several guitars?
Replies: 7
Views: 332

Re: travelling with several guitars?

Buy your own airline :mrgreen:
by kiwigeo
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Replacing an acoustic back
Replies: 6
Views: 391

Re: Replacing an acoustic back

Perhaps one day a book?
simso wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:59 pm
Thanks, have been deliberately slowing down the repairs and associated tutes, have plenty of photos of jobs, just time to sit down and type something up amongst other stuff

Steve
by kiwigeo
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Gore method/Tap tune/Siminoff...help!
Replies: 13
Views: 511

Re: Gore method/Tap tune/Siminoff...help!

Here are my questions if anyone has the time to help out it would be great and thanks in advance 1 Has anyone tried the Gore method and found it too technical and returned to tap tuning? 2 Is there a simple version of the process available anywhere for technical dummies like me? Or videos?? 3 I was...
by kiwigeo
Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Replacing an acoustic back
Replies: 6
Views: 391

Re: Replacing an acoustic back

We've missed your invaluable Tutes Steve. Good to see you back and thanks for the latest tute.
by kiwigeo
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Head stock inlay - Photos
Replies: 7
Views: 482

Re: Head stock inlay - Photos

Nice work Allen. Many years ago I saw some great examples of scrimshaw done by whalers who worked the coast of New Zealand back in the 1800's...amazingly intricate work.
by kiwigeo
Wed May 29, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Flamenco guitar
Replies: 12
Views: 996

Re: Flamenco guitar

Great looking guitar. Does it have an owner?
by kiwigeo
Wed May 29, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Back in Business
Replies: 12
Views: 1313

Re: Back in Business

Nice to see you back Leigh.
by kiwigeo
Wed May 29, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Builder Just Joined The Forum
Replies: 11
Views: 650

Re: Builder Just Joined The Forum

Welcome to the forum Andy and thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself. Make yourself at home and I'm sure a few other members will chime in with a welcome message.
by kiwigeo
Tue May 28, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: RATS
Replies: 4
Views: 474

Re: RATS

Yes best you fix this problem..otherwise you're going to end up with a "ratty" sounding guitar :mrgreen:
by kiwigeo
Sat May 25, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: RIP Kym Bell (scripsit)
Replies: 4
Views: 629

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: 600

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: 565

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: 894

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: 5
Views: 466

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: 15
Views: 758

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: