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by TallDad71
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Attention all Lurkers
Replies: 19
Views: 513

Re: Attention all Lurkers

Just to clarify. If you delete a lurkers account will that delete any posts they may have made? If so that could be an awful loss to the forum as there is some high technical resources in the archives by people no longer active. We have the option of deleting the users posts or retaining them. Note...
by TallDad71
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Starting a start up
Replies: 15
Views: 672

Re: Starting a start up

Hi Alan, I went full time into the guitar making and teaching realm 18months ago (from a 16yr corporate IT career). I own the Sydney workshop of the Australian Guitar Making School, i find teaching to be fun, enjoyable, most rewarding, and certainly helps pay the bills and put food on the table. Th...
by TallDad71
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Starting a start up
Replies: 15
Views: 672

Re: Starting a start up

I know Andrew's school which he started 4 years ago was really boosted by a television interest story and a radio story on local public radio http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-22/music-lovers-taught-to-build-guitars-in-brisbane/7771654 when he was starting out. If you can give a reporter an angle ...
by TallDad71
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Attention all Lurkers
Replies: 19
Views: 513

Re: Attention all Lurkers

Just to clarify. If you delete a lurkers account will that delete any posts they may have made?

If so that could be an awful loss to the forum as there is some high technical resources in the archives by people no longer active.
by TallDad71
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Mitered purflings
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Mitered purflings

Nice one Robbie. Enviable mirror finish on the back of the chisel. Now can I request a tute on how to polish your chisels like that? Cheers Mark from Australia Robbie is old school. For example, did you know he only uses two chisels to shave every day? A 25mm for the cut and 35mm for the reflection...
by TallDad71
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Starting a start up
Replies: 15
Views: 672

Re: Starting a start up

You could also raise your profile in here by telling us your real name :mrgreen: Aha, signatures! Martin my name is ........... LOL..ya got me there. Missed it when it was staring right at me. No, you were right first time! The "Aha signatures!" was me discovering I could add a signature. I did and...
by TallDad71
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Starting a start up
Replies: 15
Views: 672

Re: Starting a start up

I will take a leaf out of your book and start posting regularly to social media in a bid to raise my profile. Then hit it hard with a little raw cash on Google AdWords. You could also raise your profile in here by telling us your real name :mrgreen: Aha, signatures! Martin my name is ...........
by TallDad71
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Starting a start up
Replies: 15
Views: 672

Re: Starting a start up

Steve, thanks very much for your good advice. I think you have probably hit the nail on the head. The problem with most self employed is that they love the technical side of their business but not necessarily the 'business' side of their venture. By that I mean I love teaching and sticking bits of w...
by TallDad71
Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Starting a start up
Replies: 15
Views: 672

Starting a start up

So I can build guitars and I want to start teaching guitar building locally. Ive done my research and I know there is nothing in a radius of 80 miles that runs courses. Thats 20,000 sq miles of potential customers. I have my website, my Twitter, my Youtube and Facebook all set up and ready. My last ...
by TallDad71
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Router Table and Router
Replies: 18
Views: 674

Re: Router Table and Router

Are you using that machine for doing truss rod slots? That table looks a bit on the short side. For what it’s worth I bought this router table. It’s very small and quite useful. https://www.axminster.co.uk/ujk-technology-otoro-compact-palm-router-table-ax978206 This is all U.K. based but I would be...
by TallDad71
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Router Table and Router
Replies: 18
Views: 674

Re: Router Table and Router

For what it’s worth I bought this router table. It’s very small and quite useful.

https://www.axminster.co.uk/ujk-technol ... e-ax978206

This is all U.K. based but I would be surprised if it weren’t available worldwide.

Perfect for a small workshop.
by TallDad71
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Well, here we are, what now?!
Replies: 20
Views: 1253

Re: Well, here we are, what now?!

From the North of England to the Gold Coast! Nowhere in your excellent book did it discuss how to factor in the costs of all that suncream you’ll need. Or even how to charge for those minutes where you’ll have to change your sweaty underwear after a hard morning planing. Best wishes for your new ven...
by TallDad71
Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea
Replies: 25
Views: 2156

Re: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea

That guitar is lush. Well done.

What are your thoughts on the effects on tonal character when you install a bevel? The reduced surface area must make a negative difference but the increased mass in the sides must make a positive difference. Would you say they balance each other out?
by TallDad71
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: J45 headstock design
Replies: 12
Views: 728

Re: J45 headstock design

That is simply stunning. Please please please tell me you used a cnc to do all that cut out! I could never even hope to get cuts that neat and tidy.
by TallDad71
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First commission
Replies: 36
Views: 1831

Re: First commission

Way more money in repairing guitars than making them, that is a definite. Steve Lets not be coy about this Steve, your skillset as a repairer of guitars is well in advance of that building them from scratch, we've all seen your excellent How To's. It's reasonable to expect that the reward should be...
by TallDad71
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First commission
Replies: 36
Views: 1831

Re: First commission

I would suggest that you keep a log of every hour you spend working on this new build, include everything such as shopping, consultations, tidying up workshop, sharpening, researching new designs, lunch hours when working full days as well as the cutting, bending, hitting and sticking. When you divi...
by TallDad71
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fret bending?
Replies: 12
Views: 1104

Re: Fret bending?

Jigs a great idea but..... if this is a serious hobby why not just buy it in bulk, 5m, 10m +++++ rolls? Already curved a treat. Since it’s in a roll you can decide to store it as 30cm 12” diameter or 50cm 16” diameter.
by TallDad71
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bowed Back board
Replies: 13
Views: 1845

Re: Bowed Back board

Cracked the issue. It was a humidity problem! Not the back board itself but the bracing, I had mistakenly used spruce kept in the workshop overnight rather than fresh from the house. Once removed the board sprang back to shape the the bracings turned to bananas.

Thanks for all you help guys.
by TallDad71
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bowed Back board
Replies: 13
Views: 1845

Re: Bowed Back board

I don’t think that the RH is the issue. Or at least if it is I suspect it is the difference between here and Spain. My dehumidifier is always pumping out water from the workshop and the reading between house and shop are similar. I suspect the issue is more to do with the curvature of the wooden bra...
by TallDad71
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bowed Back board
Replies: 13
Views: 1845

Re: Bowed Back board

Unfortunately RH was constant throughout as braces and backs were moved from house to workshop and back again in 2 hours. RH was about 2° different to house around 55% here in U.K.
by TallDad71
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bowed Back board
Replies: 13
Views: 1845

Re: Bowed Back board

Humidity is definitely relevant. The boards came from Spain, dry and arrid and arrived in England, home of the raindrop! They’d had three months in the house to acclimatise and were very flat afterwards. Sanding down to 2.5mm showed up slight curvature, I braced against it with pattern as above. The...
by TallDad71
Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bowed Back board
Replies: 13
Views: 1845

Bowed Back board

I was attempting to make a 'Live Back' All going well fully thicknessed according to guidelines and braced. One week later the 9m radius has inverted as the boards have bowed (concave rather than convex), it still sounds lovely but looks ridiculous. What am I to do to get the curve on the outside of...
by TallDad71
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 2mm thick backboard gore/gillet
Replies: 2
Views: 719

2mm thick backboard gore/gillet

So I bought the books, read them, rubbed my head hard, read them again and decided to embark on a live Walnut back for my guitars. I wanted to use Trevor’s equation 4.5-7 to predict the final thickness of each board. So I cut, thicknessed, weighed, tapped and measured my frequencies and entered them...
by TallDad71
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cutting fret slots
Replies: 10
Views: 2071

Re: Cutting fret slots

I have made all manner of contraptions for cutting fret slots in the past all with varying degrees of success, the most successful seem to be a faff to use. Since I only make 6 guitars a year I have resorted to using two blocks of 25mm MDF, the first gets clamped on the cut line, the second gets cla...
by TallDad71
Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding The only way out?
Replies: 21
Views: 3741

Re: Binding The only way out?

Got to say I love bound fretboards, especially when the fret ends have been hidden.

They take for ever to fret up but the result is worth it. Whilst I am there I try to round off the fret ends rather than bevel. Looks great but it’s a day you’ll never get back.