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by kiwigeo
Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 20 Years on
Replies: 1
Views: 284

Re: 20 Years on

Thanks for dropping by Jason. Some nice looking guitar porn there.
by kiwigeo
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: White purfling strip
Replies: 9
Views: 165

Re: White purfling strip

Veneer wont cause you any issues. AQIS usually only get interested if your wood has bark and/or bugs on it. I buy white and black fibre veneer sheets from RC tonewood it's pricey with post but lasts for years. Wayne Thanks for that tip. To date I've only used domestically sourced timbers. What, if a...
by kiwigeo
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bridge gluing
Replies: 19
Views: 936

Re: Bridge gluing

Not quite sure what you mean by counter drilling the pin heads. Are there any string slots cut in the bridge holes? If not you could try cutting string slots and using a set of non slotted pins. I use non slotted pins and hole slots on all of my builds. This was actually a repair job: the owner of t...
by kiwigeo
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bridge gluing
Replies: 19
Views: 936

Re: Bridge gluing

Don't do anything until you've strung up the guitar and fitted the string ends and pins. Are you using slotted or unslotted pins? If using unslotted pins have you cut bridge pin hole slots yet? If you cut the string slots on the shallow side you might still get a tight fit once the string and pin ar...
by kiwigeo
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 595

Re: Disaster?

For me it's the best way to ensure that saddle to nut measurement is as accurate as possible. Installing a bridge with slot already cut introduces possible inaccuracies if the bridge moves just a fraction during glue up. To be sure I never did see the point of cutting a slot after fitting to the top...
by kiwigeo
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 595

Re: Disaster?

Most of my small cutters I think came from Stewmac or LMI. I think a few I got from Carbitool here in Australia - their service is pretty good. I'm a little concerned re the power of the Dremel for the right size bits, which are also hard to find. At least where I live. I do have one Dremel router b...
by kiwigeo
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 595

Re: Disaster?

Cutting a saddle slot is probably a perfect job for Dremel...it's about the only job I use my Dremel for. The Stewmac jig is overpriced of course but it does allow you to set the slot angle and then "creep up" with the cutter position. Half my trouble is caused by my home made jig which is a bit tri...
by kiwigeo
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 595

Re: Disaster?

A plane landing is a "controlled stall"..........making a guitar is a "controlled disaster" :mrgreen:
by kiwigeo
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 595

Re: Disaster?

I always use a cutter of smaller diameter than the final slot width. I use the Stewmac slot cutting jig and adjust the width by fractions until I reach the correct width for the saddle. Plenty of 3 degree reamers on Ebay but quality probably varies. I got mine from a European supplier. Thanks, guys,...
by kiwigeo
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: White purfling strip
Replies: 9
Views: 165

Re: White purfling strip

I've used strips of maple wood veneer as well as fibre veneers..I usually get them from LMI: https://www.lmii.com/150-fiber-veneers

You could also get some W/B purfling and carefully scrape off the outside black layer leaving the white.
by kiwigeo
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bridge gluing
Replies: 19
Views: 936

Re: Bridge gluing

First photo showing the top and bridge. There's an extra hole through the soundboard aft of the bridge pin holes
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Joseph Jones wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:41 pm
Don’t quite follow you there Martin.

Joseph
by kiwigeo
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bridge gluing
Replies: 19
Views: 936

Re: Bridge gluing

What's the go with that extra hole aft of the six pin holes??
by kiwigeo
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Attention all Lurkers
Replies: 24
Views: 2216

Re: Attention all Lurkers

Thanks for the intro Lou and welcome to the forum. Looking forward to a few pics of your builds in the near future :) Hello everyone I signed up some time ago (Tim Spittle put me onto this forum), but haven't yet posted. I thought it was about time I introduce myself... I worked at Curtin University...
by kiwigeo
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber storage and humidity
Replies: 14
Views: 703

Re: Timber storage and humidity

Hi Joseph A little bit off topic but I notice that you make reference to the Albany climate so I assume that you live nearby. Were you aware that there is an active group of luthiers in Albany and they are members of this forum? Perhaps the Administrators could put you in touch with them. Peter You...
by kiwigeo
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Predicted Panel Thickness
Replies: 7
Views: 2152

Re: Predicted Panel Thickness

Excel can be a challenge. One year on and Im still trying to get a spreadsheet up and running to model nut and saddle compensation. I think Excel is like me when confronted with numbers to a large number of decimal places....it shits it'self :( Thank YOU! The threads really helped...still not sure w...
by kiwigeo
Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber storage and humidity
Replies: 14
Views: 703

Re: Timber storage and humidity

At least when they're sitting sandwiched between guitar tops you don't have to worry about cleaning the bldi things! :mrgreen: I have found the white plastic slats from venetian blinds excellent for stickers. About 50 x 3.3 mm. I cut them into 400,200 and 100 mm lengths. Mine came from blinds we jun...
by kiwigeo
Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber storage and humidity
Replies: 14
Views: 703

Re: Timber storage and humidity

...that works unless you have problem telling the difference between a pair of pants and a Sitka Spruce top in the dark :mrgreen:

56nortondomy wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:53 pm
LOl Joseph I didn't know. I keep my b/s and tops in the walk in robe.
Wayne
by kiwigeo
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Figured Maple
Replies: 8
Views: 362

Re: Figured Maple

Nice work Dave...are both guitars going to the same owner? Would be a shame to split them up.
by kiwigeo
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Nice bit of Gidgee
Replies: 8
Views: 566

Re: Nice bit of Gidgee

Pure Guitar Porn!!! :cl
by kiwigeo
Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber storage and humidity
Replies: 14
Views: 703

Re: Timber storage and humidity

I'm in The Adelaide Hills where humidity can range from 30% to 90% through the year. I used to keep a dehumidifier going 24/7 in my workshop set at around 40% RH but the thing was using a fair bit of power so I stopped using it. I then went to active humidity control during the summer months and a s...
by kiwigeo
Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Prototype Gore Guitar Freq Request
Replies: 21
Views: 2276

Re: Prototype Gore Guitar Freq Request

Very observant Martin! 8-) I guess indecision got in the way... I was planning on putting that fret in, but then started thinking about trimming the fretboard down, and ended up in no-man's land... What would you do with it? Thanks, Ron On most of my Gore builds I finish off the end of the fretboar...
by kiwigeo
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Neck angle
Replies: 4
Views: 321

Re: Neck angle

Trevor Gore...the Neck Angel :mrgreen:
by kiwigeo
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Prototype Gore Guitar Freq Request
Replies: 21
Views: 2276

Re: Prototype Gore Guitar Freq Request

Wow! That's a nice looking guitar Ron. Nice clean lines and not too much bling.

Just one question...what's going with the missing 19th fret? Have you yet to do the final shaping of the fretboard end?
by kiwigeo
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Neck angle
Replies: 4
Views: 321

Re: Neck angle

1 Steel string acoustics have a back-leaning angle to counteract string tension; 2 Steel string acoustics have a truss rod to create an up-bow to allow for string vibration; 3 Classical guitars don't need a truss rod or any type of reinforcing; 4 Classical guitars are built with an up-leaning angle...
by kiwigeo
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acacia dread build thread
Replies: 93
Views: 3540

Re: Acacia dread build thread

That pencil line looks a bit rough....and the teeth on your rasp look very disorderly :mrgreen: