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by TallDad71
Sat May 18, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What difference lacquer makes to sound
Replies: 7
Views: 213

Re: What difference lacquer makes to sound

So given that different lacquers will have different effects on the sound how on earth do you engineer the soundboard to compensate. Experience tells us that a 1% difference in structure can separate a great guitar from a good guitar. Do you knowingly over thin the top or under build the braces in a...
by TallDad71
Sat May 18, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What difference lacquer makes to sound
Replies: 7
Views: 213

What difference lacquer makes to sound

I’ve always French polished my guitars with shellac. Recently I decided to learn how to lacquer them and have just found the 999th factor that affects sound. I knew it would but never to this degree! It worth noting before I tell my tale that I always complete my guitars before I put a finish on, I ...
by TallDad71
Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bad Router Day
Replies: 5
Views: 870

Bad Router Day

Everything was going so well until it wasn’t! I was cutting a binding channel 1.5mm around the lower bout of the top of the guitar with my router. The guide bush worked itself loose in the blink of an eye, I had two choices, quickly avert my gaze or risk a guide bush in the face. I averted and can n...
by TallDad71
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Which is the best Guitar?
Replies: 3
Views: 828

Re: Which is the best Guitar?

Been away. Sorry for delay.

Steve you are bang on the money. Just need to stiffen the top I think to try and re-adjust those frequencies. With big hands like mine that’s going to be painful.
by TallDad71
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tapping boards!
Replies: 14
Views: 1320

Re: Tapping boards!

That the board has a musical quality at this stage is enough. Some boards you pick up will thunk, they will have a low level of musicality. Use an app like FFT to record the tones that your board makes during different processes, separate boards, glued, braced, boxed, bridged, finished. You will cre...
by TallDad71
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Which is the best Guitar?
Replies: 3
Views: 828

Which is the best Guitar?

I have recorded the frequencies of two guitars, fully strung tapped with a hammer at the bridge and averages taken. One is made of Walnut and is a good guitar. The other is made of cocobolo and is the nicest sounding guitar I have ever heard/built. Cocobolo is more dense than walnut so one guitar we...
by TallDad71
Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.
Replies: 17
Views: 1691

Re: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.

You are going to spend considerably more time building templates and jigs than you will building your first guitar. Build them well and research different ways of cracking the nut thoroughly before you do. Since 70% of your first build with be spent on creating jigs, you will go on to build a 2nd an...
by TallDad71
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 2571

Re: Disaster?

To be sure I never did see the point of cutting a slot after fitting to the top, unless it is a repair, of course. Is there one?
by TallDad71
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The compact workshop challenge
Replies: 24
Views: 4302

Re: The compact workshop challenge

simso wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:57 am
TallDad71 wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:00 am

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Your shop almost looks like a catalog advertisement in sears for hunting cabins.

That is smashingly good looking

Steve
Awww thanks Steve. Its a home from home when my wife has kicked me out. Love it.
by TallDad71
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The compact workshop challenge
Replies: 24
Views: 4302

Re: The compact workshop challenge

Love this game. I’ve only got 12 square metres to play with but can do everything I need. The shop 512DB4C5-4763-4154-A81D-F4935DCC26D0.jpeg Main bench Every minute tools in front, others below. 512DB4C5-4763-4154-A81D-F4935DCC26D0.jpeg Drill bench Daylight comes through those windows sometimes here...
by TallDad71
Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Question re strength of different mahoganys
Replies: 16
Views: 2235

Re: Question re strength of different mahoganys

The scariest and most alarming thing that I’ll add is that I’ve had some newer Indonesian made guitars come through for servicing recently and they are sold as Mahogany, however it is what is called “asian Mahogany” “Malaysian Mahogany” “Chinese Mahogany” in the furniture industry. It’s actually st...
by TallDad71
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Attention all Lurkers
Replies: 38
Views: 9245

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: 3478

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: 3478

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: 38
Views: 9245

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: 807

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: 3478

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: 3478

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: 3478

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: 3478

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: 2603

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: 2603

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: 3278

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: 5770

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: 2109

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.