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by Francis
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Falcate braced Parlour
Replies: 11
Views: 321

Re: Falcate braced Parlour

Thanks Mark. I use an A4 flatbed scanner to copy typical spruce / cedar soundboards which I can drop into the mock-up as a base layer. Then overlay things like bridge, rosette, fretboard etc. I tend also to work images at full scale 300 dpi. It means file sizes get quite large but I can go into the ...
by Francis
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce Concert
Replies: 3
Views: 385

Re: Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce Concert

Superb build. Great choice of materials :)
by Francis
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Converting the 14 fret J45 drawings for 12 fret?
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Re: Converting the 14 fret J45 drawings for 12 fret?

Thanks Trevor.

That looks an easy enough solution - I'll do some drawing to see how the X-brace sits under the bridge. Probably need too look at the bridge plate too.
by Francis
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Falcate braced Parlour
Replies: 11
Views: 321

Re: Falcate braced Parlour

Thanks Wayne - the customer wanted something 'different' with an art-deco flavour. Other than that the parlour size body and thirteen frets (doesn't do the dusty end) the rest was up to me. We exchanged emails where I proposed different ideas on design and materials. I normally do predesigns in phot...
by Francis
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Falcate braced Parlour
Replies: 11
Views: 321

Re: Falcate braced Parlour

Thanks Guys.

First time working with Bocote. Bends easily but this sample suffered from a few worm holes. Given the nature of the grain patterns they were easily disguised with coarse sanding dust and CA glue.
by Francis
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Falcate braced Parlour
Replies: 11
Views: 321

Re: Falcate braced Parlour

Thanks for the comments Dave :)
by Francis
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Falcate braced Parlour
Replies: 11
Views: 321

Re: Falcate braced Parlour

Hi Dave,
No I quite often change the back reinforcement. I try to make it smpathetic to the guitars design/theme.
by Francis
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Maple side crack, any suggestion ?
Replies: 15
Views: 975

Re: Maple side crack, any suggestion ?

Really great solution to that problem.

I've had a couple of sides crack and I've put it down to not allowing the side to heat through enough and applying pressure too far from the point of bending - probably a combination of both!
by Francis
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Falcate braced Parlour
Replies: 11
Views: 321

Falcate braced Parlour

Parlour guitar, twelve frets to the body built in Bocote (B&Sides), Sitka spruce soundboard, Bog Oak fret board and bridge, mahogany neck. A few images of the finished guitar: http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a587/francisfmilsom/JB%20parlour_02_zpsu81aitkv.jpg http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/...
by Francis
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Converting the 14 fret J45 drawings for 12 fret?
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Converting the 14 fret J45 drawings for 12 fret?

I'm looking at building the J45 from the drawings in 'The Books'. However I would like to build it as a twelve fret to body version rather than the 14 fret drawings. I think I will need to lengthen the body by circa 15 - 20 mm and maintain the bout widths as drawn? I've built a few falcate braced gu...
by Francis
Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The responsive guitar
Replies: 6
Views: 1506

Re: The responsive guitar

Gore/Gilet for me too - Trevor will send to the UK from Aus without any trouble. Had mine a couple of months now, my other books will soon be for the car boot sales...
by Francis
Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: ES 175 plans
Replies: 4
Views: 1443

Re: ES 175 plans

Got mine from: Australian Luthiers Supplies www dot luthiersupplies dot com dot au
Mine is fine for dims and shape... :)
by Francis
Sun Jan 01, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Year
Replies: 14
Views: 3254

Re: New Year

Happy New Year ALL - still about 7 hours to go here :gui
by Francis
Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Back arch and body depth
Replies: 0
Views: 796

Back arch and body depth

Looking for some general (or specific) info on the vertex position of the back arch with respect to the central axis, Plus some comments on the effects of making a deeper body. The guitar in question approximates an OM/OOO with a Falcate braced top and live brace pattern for the back.

Many thanks
by Francis
Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin
Replies: 48
Views: 16619

Re: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin

Thought about that Rod, but it's not just a single coat and the drying/hardening times involved plus the quantities of catalysed lacquer that would sit around until the next build was ready....

The price difference will not be that great.
by Francis
Tue Dec 13, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin
Replies: 48
Views: 16619

Re: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin

Is that Carbon Fibre in the neck? If so, is the CF shaped to follow the neck angle? The line you see at the back of the neck is paduak, the image earlier showing the neck minus fretboard reveals a CF bar each side of the truss rod 8.5 x 4 mm cross section. These bars continue straight into the head...
by Francis
Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin
Replies: 48
Views: 16619

Re: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin

Finally got some strings on this one - finish is bare wood at the moment. Workshop is too cold for me to sparay finish at the moment so I might look to get this professionally done...
Hope you like

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by Francis
Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:32 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin
Replies: 48
Views: 16619

Re: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin

Thanks Martin, Few more progress images: http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a587/francisfmilsom/Body%20preps-07_zps2rhafwkn.jpg http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a587/francisfmilsom/Body%20preps-06_zps3p41nru0.jpg http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a587/francisfmilsom/Body%20preps-03_zpsr1u5tam3...
by Francis
Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:27 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin
Replies: 48
Views: 16619

Re: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin

Final neck shaping before bonding to the body:
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by Francis
Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:16 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin
Replies: 48
Views: 16619

Re: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin

Working on neck parts today, initial shaping of the neck, head facings added and machinhead trial fit. Started on the fretboard and milled a 16 inch radius to it. Next will be marking out fret positions and slot cutting... http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a587/francisfmilsom/Head%20area-01_zpsut0...
by Francis
Sun Nov 27, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin
Replies: 48
Views: 16619

Re: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin

Started trial fitting the neck yesterday to confirm alignments before starting the profiling work:

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by Francis
Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin
Replies: 48
Views: 16619

Re: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin

Bindings and purflings are now fitted and I've started the clean-up process...

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by Francis
Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin
Replies: 48
Views: 16619

Re: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin

Thanks - I hope you mean the guitar body not my expanding waist line.... :)
by Francis
Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin
Replies: 48
Views: 16619

Re: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin

Thanks Martin, Now closed the box. I'm replacing my binding router arrangement at the moment before taking the box any further. I'm using a system of different diameter bearing guides to control the depth of cut for the rebates. Previously I have used a set of brass rings but they've proved to be to...
by Francis
Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:02 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin
Replies: 48
Views: 16619

Re: 17 inch carved archtop build about to begin

Had a break from this build while finishing a small parlour but started today gluing on the front linings. http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a587/francisfmilsom/Front%20linings_zpsf2yrkztv.jpg The front linings are laminated tulipwood as three layers. Each pre-bent. The laminations were bonded tog...