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by TallDad71
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fret bending?
Replies: 12
Views: 336

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: 1352

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: 1352

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: 1352

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: 1352

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: 1352

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: 536

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: 1432

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: 2715

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.
by TallDad71
Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:37 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The 5 minute fretboard
Replies: 13
Views: 1496

Re: The 5 minute fretboard

Genius again Steve.

I always radius and flatten my fretboards when they are glued in place. Your method would still allow this to happen.

Ta.
by TallDad71
Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to top swap
Replies: 17
Views: 1884

Re: How to top swap

The neck block is only 35mm deep so cutting at 14th fret would be tricky. What if I were to beef up the neck block with an extension piece to mirror the missing fret board? I reckon I could glue it together with a decent enough dovetail joint to give it the stability it required.
by TallDad71
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to top swap
Replies: 17
Views: 1884

Re: How to top swap

I’m in need of replacing a top on a sassafras OM that plays like a Banjo. This has really helped, and as always it’s the little suggestions. In my case the cutting of the fretboard at 14th fret is something I never would have thought about.

Thanks Steve.
by TallDad71
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Quality Guitar Tuner
Replies: 5
Views: 745

Re: Quality Guitar Tuner

2nd vote for Peterson’s strobe tuner for iPhone.

Also does some very limited frequency analysis for looking at fundamentals and overtones.
by TallDad71
Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Accident!!!Don't drop one of these!
Replies: 11
Views: 1615

Re: Accident!!!Don't drop one of these!

I had a bolt fail only StewMac jig, the guys were happy to send out two new bolts to the U.K. free of charge.

The free bit was fantastic as customs in the U.K. takes a week to process anything of value.
by TallDad71
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sheoak based Guitar build for a Mate
Replies: 16
Views: 2664

Re: Sheoak based Guitar build for a Mate

I love the idea of Braille sized bumps running underneath the lower edge of the fret board. Perhaps alternating too. One bump at 3rd, two at 5th, one at 7th etc etc If Sheoak has great tonal properties I would definitely use Gore to design a live back. The only other thought I had was the finish you...
by TallDad71
Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:07 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Skill sets.
Replies: 15
Views: 2528

Re: Skill sets.

Agreed with Nigel, marketing, might even buy his book as it’s the one thing I’m simply not motivated to consider, hence clients come thin and slow. Other than that, meditation, being mindful of the whole experience, relaxing into every cut as if it was the finishing touch, being connected and consci...
by TallDad71
Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Great video and centre line finder
Replies: 2
Views: 714

Re: Great video and centre line finder

That was gorgeous. Thank Nigel.
by TallDad71
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Matching Nut files to string gauge when making a nut - how critical is the match?
Replies: 9
Views: 1965

Re: Matching Nut files to string gauge when making a nut - how critical is the match?

Have you thought of using a cheap set of engineering drills? They come in loads of sizes and are great to use as a rasp to smooth the bed of the nut slot. I admin that the top E drill is a bit flimsy but the others leave a great groove. http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-20Pcs-Mini-HSS-High-Speed-Steel-Twi...
by TallDad71
Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Plane manufacturers
Replies: 30
Views: 6014

Re: Plane manufacturers

All my planes are Veritas. I can't vouch that they are better than cheaper models but overtime I pick one up I feel inspired to make it do excellent work. There is something immensely satisfying about using quality tools.
by TallDad71
Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Serious Problem for ASW
Replies: 4
Views: 1240

Re: Serious Problem for ASW

Works just fine here Alaska. Panic Over?
by TallDad71
Wed May 31, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Weissenborn
Replies: 3
Views: 1219

Re: Weissenborn

Assuming that you know how to make the rope binding the only advice I would give is to glue a thin strip 0.4mm of mahogany/Kia on the top and the bottom of the binding strip. When you start to bend the strip around the weissenborn it naturally wants to break into pieces and you end up attaching it 2...
by TallDad71
Thu May 25, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Picking a Drum Sander
Replies: 18
Views: 4458

Re: Picking a Drum Sander

I have a Jet 16-32 In the main it is great but Jet don't make precision tools. You will have to spend a fair bit of time getting everything aligned. Then repeat the process every three months. My biggest issue was the sandpaper belt, it would wear out quickly and then start to rip. Eventually I went...
by TallDad71
Sun May 07, 2017 2:57 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Finish before finish
Replies: 2
Views: 725

Finish before finish

I learnt to build guitars through books. One of the last steps they all detail was to glue on the bridge and set up the strings. I recently ignored that advice and decided to finish the whole guitar before I polished it all up. The reason I did this was to leave the guitar in place for a month to st...
by TallDad71
Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:38 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cocobolo
Replies: 9
Views: 1771

Re: Cocobolo

"Honey! I'm off to work, but I can't find my keys and my condoms!"

"What!"