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by kiwigeo
Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New to the group and guitar building
Replies: 55
Views: 2560

Re: New to the group and guitar building

If you can't get adequate clamping pressure on the bridge then vacuum clamping is your next option.
by kiwigeo
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: CA Glue?
Replies: 9
Views: 203

Re: CA Glue?

That stuff is great for shooting down blowies......ya freeze 'em in mid flight and they drop like rocks!! :mrgreen:
blackalex1952 wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:21 pm
The CA glue accelerator is handy too! -Ross
by kiwigeo
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: CA Glue?
Replies: 9
Views: 203

Re: CA Glue?

Carbatec normally stock the full range of Hotstuff CA glues....usually they have three different viscosities on their shelves. Ive bought online from this outlet and had good service http://www.thewoodsmith.com.au/thewoodsmith/hotstuff01.htm Does any one have a good source of CA glue in various visc...
by kiwigeo
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: J45 headstock design
Replies: 12
Views: 340

Re: J45 headstock design

One question....is there a specific reason you drill the veneer before applying it to the headstock? I've always found drilling veneer a high risk operation. Would be interested to hear your reasoning.
by kiwigeo
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Spruce/maple 1864 Torres 'inspired' classical
Replies: 10
Views: 376

Re: Spruce/maple 1864 Torres 'inspired' classical

Epoxy is certainly a pain to work with compared to AR or hide glue but a classical with falcate bracing is just such a different beast. Torres bracing. I’ve had good results with this bracing layout and the smaller body shape. I am not a fan of epoxy - the main reason i have steered clear of CF and ...
by kiwigeo
Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: String wear on bridge
Replies: 6
Views: 226

Re: String wear on bridge

1. For bridges that are off the guitar I sit the bridge in a jig and cut the slot with a Trend T5 router with a fence mounted on the base plate. I use a 2mm double flute straight cutter for the saddle slot and "valley" between the tieblock and saddle ramp and for the saddle ramp I use a 45degree bev...
by kiwigeo
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Spray booth
Replies: 13
Views: 358

Re: Spray booth

Ha!! that's nothing.......Ive just installed this baby in my new spray booth :mrgreen:
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by kiwigeo
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Spray booth
Replies: 13
Views: 358

Re: Spray booth

Jeez Wayne....that's a flash looking workshop. Double glazed windows and sound proof Batts!!
by kiwigeo
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Spruce/maple 1864 Torres 'inspired' classical
Replies: 10
Views: 376

Re: Spruce/maple 1864 Torres 'inspired' classical

Thanks! Yes, as is the bracewood - from Graham Hein at Kootenay Tonewoods. A while back when I bought a bulk lot of tops I accidentally ordered a bunch of bracewood by adding 20 pounds to the order rather than 20 dollars, but the upside is I am set for great bracewood for a long while! While it can...
by kiwigeo
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Spruce/maple 1864 Torres 'inspired' classical
Replies: 10
Views: 376

Re: Spruce/maple 1864 Torres 'inspired' classical

Really nice work. The top is Englemann?
by kiwigeo
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Silly me! Sidesplints!!!!!
Replies: 1
Views: 158

Re: Silly me! Sidesplints!!!!!

If it were me....I'd pop the back. The sides haven't been bound so this is a straightforward bit of surgery.
by kiwigeo
Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: School builds
Replies: 4
Views: 200

Re: School builds

Some very nice work going on there Martin.
by kiwigeo
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Kasha bridge lifted at rear
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Re: Kasha bridge lifted at rear

What is your opinion on using bridge pins on ukes in terms of reducing the surface area of gluing for the back area of the bridge,. In other words, it is not advisable??? Ta heaps quinny I've never had issues with bridge pins interfering with integrity of the bridge/top glue joint.....if it is of c...
by kiwigeo
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: String wear on bridge
Replies: 6
Views: 226

Re: String wear on bridge

Sounds like what I need - kiwegeo. Quick question. Does that mean I redrill the hole for the strings below the bone inserted into the rebate? It depends how far below the top of the tieblock the holes are....on a classical bridge there's normally a far bit of meat between the holes and the top of t...
by kiwigeo
Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Kasha bridge lifted at rear
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Re: Kasha bridge lifted at rear

Looks to me like the bridge pins are all that is stopping that bridge flying off the uke. If it was me I'd lift the bridge and re-glue it. Is the top flat or is there a bit of curvature? Before re-gluing the bridge check that the underside of the bridge fits snuggly against the top without any visib...
by kiwigeo
Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: String wear on bridge
Replies: 6
Views: 226

Re: String wear on bridge

On my classicals I always fit bone strips along the front and back edges of the tieblock to prevent what is happening on your uke. It shouldn't be too difficult to retrofit some strips of bone along the edges on your bridge...I certainly don't think your issue warrants removal of the bridge. Its a s...
by kiwigeo
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hard shellac touch ups - pale areas
Replies: 7
Views: 294

Re: Hard shellac touch ups - pale areas

This is something that I've always wondered about with Hard Shellac. Once the stuff has cross linked how easy is it to do repairs to the finish later on down the track. Trevor is probably the best person to consult on this one....any learned advice Trevor? :)
by kiwigeo
Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Neck Thickness
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: Neck Thickness

My only thought.....its purely asthetic until that first little pin hole appears and starts getting bigger as you interesect the truss rod channel :mrgreen: Bear in mind also that the fretboard will add to the thickness of the completed neck. I have inadvertently taken my neck down to 15.4 mm around...
by kiwigeo
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: First Guitar Finished
Replies: 6
Views: 199

Re: First Guitar Finished

Nice work for a first build Jim....I expect to see a lot more :)
by kiwigeo
Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tutes
Replies: 3
Views: 211

Re: Tutes

simso wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:26 am
Glad to be of service :)

Steve
Always appreciated
by kiwigeo
Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Further J45 questions
Replies: 12
Views: 596

Re: Further J45 questions

Hi Richard, For stiffening up the soundboard where I'm going to route the channel(s) I generally use whats lying around my shop. I had a bottle of Rushton's sanding sealer which is basically shellac which did the job. The sort of shellac really doesn't matter as its going to be sanded off during the...
by kiwigeo
Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GST rules
Replies: 12
Views: 967

Re: New GST rules

ROFL...that's sticking it up poor old Gerry Harvey :mrgreen: Stewmac just sent me this email, screenshot attached. Hats off to them for respecting Aussie customers the way they do, and circumnavigating our new GST concept! I have also had very good experience with these guys when it comes to returns...
by kiwigeo
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Further J45 questions
Replies: 12
Views: 596

Re: Further J45 questions

When I use the Stewmac bearing/rebate cutter setup I cut the purfling channel first and then do the binding. With the Luthiertools jig I more commonly use it doesnt matter as the jig registers off the side of the guitar well below bottom of the binding channel. A few things I do to reduce tear out: ...
by kiwigeo
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Routing bindings/purflings
Replies: 24
Views: 714

Re: Routing bindings/purflings

A couple of points about the job.... a laminate trimmer works fine and a router too, but a dremel is underpowered for the job IMO. Also I’ve had a few issues with the bearing that runs along the sides leaving an indent - im going to try lining with some masking tape next build. Agree 100% re using ...