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by seeaxe
Sun Jul 05, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!
Replies: 80
Views: 15993

Re: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!

Well if you thought the FP spirit was bad you should read the MSDS for the Mirotone. 25 pages. First two pages told me i dont have the correct PPE or ventilation and the other 23 set consequences of using the stuff. Holy crap. Given im doing this in my garage i would be wafting clouds of this stuff ...
by seeaxe
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber supply - Auckland
Replies: 5
Views: 249

Re: Timber supply - Auckland

1 mins worth of googling will tell you the difference between quarter and flat sawn. And why quarter is better.
by seeaxe
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber supply - Auckland
Replies: 5
Views: 249

Re: Timber supply - Auckland

Hmmmm...Browns Bay? About 5 mins away from me!.. Got a trade me reference so I can have a squizzle? You will be fine with DIY and its very likely that it will turn out much better than a "practice" guitar. Plus I'm around this weekend if you would like to pop round and see if there's anything I can ...
by seeaxe
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber supply - Auckland
Replies: 5
Views: 249

Re: Timber supply - Auckland

And if all else fails, order some wood from Tim Spittle in OZ! Have a look at the other thread by the other Nick in OZ...is this some kind of parallel universe thing going on??
by seeaxe
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber supply - Auckland
Replies: 5
Views: 249

Re: Timber supply - Auckland

Hi Nick, fellow Aucklander here. This topic has come up a few times, so would be worth a search on this site when you can. Getting top quality wood in small quantities is difficult everywhere but lately harder in Auckland. There used to be timber yards that imported stuff for boatbuilders but as tha...
by seeaxe
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Another hollow electric
Replies: 11
Views: 926

Re: Another hollow electric

Very nice. Just finishing something vaguely similar but not in the same class as that. Love the blackwood,
by seeaxe
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Test post
Replies: 9
Views: 790

Re: Test post

I reckon a waka is your best option if you have enough mates. Otherwise one man rowing dinghy. Air New Zealand will keep your money also.
Kia kaha Ross
by seeaxe
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Violin Luthery
Replies: 4
Views: 735

Re: Violin Luthery

Lovely. What a great way to start a day. I admire the sharpness of his tools. He knows what he is doing.
Thanks for posting that.
by seeaxe
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Samick Baby Bass
Replies: 6
Views: 746

Re: Samick Baby Bass

I preface all this by saying I've never built or set up a bass..but the principles are the same. So I had a quick look. See if these help. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26-n2rGnKAg&feature=emb_rel_end https://youtu.be/dRzPbAiR-mk Annoyingly no one says "you need 0.25mm of relief at the xxth fret. ...
by seeaxe
Sat May 23, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Baritone Ukulele Strings
Replies: 4
Views: 808

Re: Baritone Ukulele Strings

Try Lyn Macallister Music in Auckland if you havent already. They only sell to trade so you need to be a luthier in business which it sounds like you are.
by seeaxe
Sat May 23, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!
Replies: 80
Views: 15993

Re: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!

Like most things in life things are often more complicated than they seem as first. So thanks @mooshalah all useful stuff. I actually purchased some ethanol (it was pretty hard to track down) but have a big tin of this stuff whatever it actually is to use up so that's what I am doing. So far so good...
by seeaxe
Fri May 22, 2020 5:57 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!
Replies: 80
Views: 15993

Re: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!

Thanks for that.
by seeaxe
Thu May 21, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!
Replies: 80
Views: 15993

Re: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!

I believe Richard has his mike over the bridge. I think holding it over the sound hole will result in a better T(1,1)1 response. The guitar looks good. I also wonder about the consistent lack of T(1,1)1 on your plots. I just wonder in you setup something is filtering out the lower frequencies. It s...
by seeaxe
Wed May 20, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!
Replies: 80
Views: 15993

Re: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!

I mixed and store the cut in a glass jar. When using it i put some in a small plastic (PE??) bottle with a tip so i can apply it accurately to the fad. I'm using "shellac reducer" which is methanol I believe.
Its all going well at present, so I'm happy.
by seeaxe
Wed May 20, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What NZ woods are these?
Replies: 10
Views: 1152

Re: What NZ woods are these?

The dark central one might have been stained?
The one next to that might be Rewarewa (honeysuckle) very common decorative wood over here.
by seeaxe
Wed May 20, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What NZ woods are these?
Replies: 10
Views: 1152

Re: What NZ woods are these?

Well if lots of them show then your best bet will be to find a similar one and nick the veneers from that. Most NZ timbers are bland, Kauri, Rimu, Tawa, Totara etc. The darker ones in the middle might be Puriri. None of the grain patterns look like NZ timber to me. There's a place called Rarefind ti...
by seeaxe
Tue May 19, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What NZ woods are these?
Replies: 10
Views: 1152

Re: What NZ woods are these?

Do you know that they are NZ woods? They're all veneers and I would guess there's not a lot of native wood made into veneer. Common to see rimu veneer (reddish colour) and tawa (cream/white) but not many others. Nothing looks too familiar, suspect veneer has been stained or discoloured with lacquer ...
by seeaxe
Tue May 19, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: My pore filling
Replies: 12
Views: 1262

Re: My pore filling

That looks OK......just kidding that looks amazing.

FWIW the Mirotone guy told me it can be used as a seal coat and no more than 4 coats total - but whatever you did keep doing it.
by seeaxe
Tue May 19, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!
Replies: 80
Views: 15993

Re: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!

Fresh pack of ground blonde shellac.
by seeaxe
Tue May 19, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!
Replies: 80
Views: 15993

Re: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!

I'm now French polishing the top. Going Ok For anyone doubting how good an FP finish is relative to other options.... I mixed up a fresh batch, whats called a "2lb cut" which in fact was 112grams of shellac (powdered in my case) with 500mls of alchohol. I made a bit of a mess of this as I tried to d...
by seeaxe
Thu May 14, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Alternatives to Mirotone for clear hi gloss finish
Replies: 5
Views: 807

Re: Alternatives to Mirotone for clear hi gloss finish

Ordered yesterday....arrived this morning. Unexpectedly great service. And not that expensive after all. Colour me impressed.
by seeaxe
Wed May 13, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosette Log
Replies: 6
Views: 1166

Re: Rosstte Log

I recall considering making the whole thing and then cutting "slices" off for each rosette. However I'm not planning to make many more guitars and so the time investment didn't seem worth it to me. It took me a long enough time to make my "stick' of mosiac. Plus it was nice to be able to use it to m...
by seeaxe
Wed May 13, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Alternatives to Mirotone for clear hi gloss finish
Replies: 5
Views: 807

Re: Alternatives to Mirotone for clear hi gloss finish

Scratch that request Allen. Just called Mirotone nz who were super helpful and have ordered the pc3220 which should be delivered in a couple of days. Have to say that was great service. Ridiculously small delivery charge. The fact that it will keep in the can for a while is a major plus. Better get ...
by seeaxe
Wed May 13, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Alternatives to Mirotone for clear hi gloss finish
Replies: 5
Views: 807

Re: Alternatives to Mirotone for clear hi gloss finish

Ok thanks very much Allen. So assuming i dont go for the Mirothane, which particular product should i be looking for? I've read about 3220 but not sure what that actually is? Ill call them tomorrow when they should be back at work Cheers and TIA. If it ends up looking anything llike the finish on yo...
by seeaxe
Wed May 13, 2020 5:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosette Log
Replies: 6
Views: 1166

Re: Rosstte Log

I made my own rosette for my classical build. I stopped when i had got the component parts and then cut thin slices and built the rosette on the soundboard. There are pictures in my thread.