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by Andos
Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Building a Baritone Uke
Replies: 12
Views: 238

Re: Building a Baritone Uke

Sorry Lillian, the manager looks incorruptible.

Forgive my ignorance if I have this wrong, I thought balalikas only had 3 strings and what you built is a hybrid.
A balalele maybe
It looks good though - deserves it own thread.
by Andos
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Building a Baritone Uke
Replies: 12
Views: 238

Re: Building a Baritone Uke

Nice
A balalika next?
by Andos
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: StewMac fret blade arbor size
Replies: 7
Views: 189

Re: StewMac fret blade arbor size

You could set it up in the drill press. Block of wood underneath it, clamp it down and drill it out to 20mm. The local engineering store should stock drill bits. Ask for a 1/2 inch parallel shanked, 20mm drill bit.
by Andos
Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bellied up top
Replies: 25
Views: 550

Re: Bellied up top

You want to stiffen up the top without removing it and Martin has mentioned a few challenges you will have to overcome. How about leaving the braces as they are, glue a strip of CF on the top beside the brace and another over the peaks of the brace. A bit unconventional, but at least it keeps the to...
by Andos
Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:01 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Twisting deflection
Replies: 3
Views: 1176

Re: Twisting deflection

The calcs shown in the book are for beam deflections where the length is substansually longer than the width. Deflecting the front panel by the corners doesn't give you the correct profile to use. You'll need to cut a strip off that is on the angle you want to check. Dissclaimer: I have never used t...
by Andos
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Carbon fibre splinters
Replies: 2
Views: 1272

Re: Carbon fibre splinters

Ahhhhh yes. The blood trail. How to wipe off your freshly sanded soundboard before it soaks in!
by Andos
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Western Hemlock as brace wood
Replies: 0
Views: 2406

Western Hemlock as brace wood

I ordered some sitka tops from Alaska but (stupidly) didn't order any brace timber. The old piano sound board i was going to use is not very well quartered, so Ive been hunting around for an alternative and came across western hemlock. From the Wood Database its not to far off sitka. Density 465 kg/...
by Andos
Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: DIY plane blade query
Replies: 4
Views: 1548

Re: DIY plane blade query

If you want to design your own blade you'll need to use a better quality carbon steel than mild steel for reasons already mentioned. Bisalloy or gauge plate are 2 that come to mind.
by Andos
Sun Nov 24, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Ukulele workshop manual
Replies: 23
Views: 6449

Re: The Ukulele workshop manual

Cheers for the tip Murray.
I've just ordered the uke manual and the mandolin project off them

Ando
by Andos
Tue Nov 12, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: fretboard radiusing router bits
Replies: 18
Views: 3173

Re: fretboard radiusing router bits

Count me in Steve.
by Andos
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Flamenco blanca - lutz & leyland cypress
Replies: 18
Views: 5043

Re: Flamenco blanca - lutz & leyland cypress

Love the head design
+1 for the 18 hole bridge
by Andos
Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Classical Bridges using CF
Replies: 16
Views: 3633

Re: Classical Bridges using CF

The answer to the bridge thickness is on page 20-8, second to last paragraph. "Sand material off the bottom laminate to get the required curve and thickness" but not quite put in those words. Searching old threads is not my idea of fun, bit there is a wealth of info buried in them, so it's worth the...
by Andos
Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Classical Bridges using CF
Replies: 16
Views: 3633

Re: Classical Bridges using CF

Cheers Martin, those are all good practical reasons, but if a CF saddle can act as well as bone it's worth a try. (My opinion only). First though, I need more experience. (I've yet to work with CF) Once I can build a 1/2 way decent guitar Ill revisit this. To get back to original topic, Richard was ...
by Andos
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Classical Bridges using CF
Replies: 16
Views: 3633

Re: Classical Bridges using CF

The next one is a steel string parlour. The 1st one was meant to be a parlour but we won't go there. After this one I'm thinking of a falcate. If I'm feeling brave enough!! I'm a rank amateur at luthiery but you talking about bone, bridge weights and CF got me wondering if you could use CF as a sadd...
by Andos
Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Classical Bridges using CF
Replies: 16
Views: 3633

Re: Classical Bridges using CF

Hi Richard, NZ grown Aussie Blackwood, 9mm high 13mm to the strings, under 20gms without the bone(from memory )The top is mangeao which is somewhat heavier than spruce. It was made to Josè Ramonillos design. I can't really say how good the bridge is being the only guitar I've made. I had it in at a ...
by Andos
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tutes to pass the time away
Replies: 5
Views: 1854

Re: Tutes to pass the time away

I agree with Ken. They've got me out of more than one pickle.
by Andos
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Neck wood
Replies: 3
Views: 1596

Re: Neck wood

Hi Laurance,
I use matai. Rata is a wee bit on the heavy side for a neck.
Ando
by Andos
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Veritas scraper plane in lieu of high angle plane
Replies: 13
Views: 4811

Re: Veritas scraper plane in lieu of high angle plane

WOW WHAT A DIFFERANCE I got the plane mods finished, honed & fitted my new a2 blade, put the wood I going to use for the next uke on the table. 5 minutes, no ridges, no tearout. It used to take me 1/2 the night using the old elbow grease sander to get under the tearout. I'm wrapped with the results ...
by Andos
Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Veritas scraper plane in lieu of high angle plane
Replies: 13
Views: 4811

Re: Veritas scraper plane in lieu of high angle plane

Cheers for that bluefuzz. I'll get the grinder onto a spare blade this arvo! All the veritas bits turned up. I only ordered them from Carbactec on Saturday, arrived tuesday- no complaints about their service. The blade slot is a wee bit narrower. I'll turn up another follower for the squaring lever ...
by Andos
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Selection of timber - e.g Sapele
Replies: 11
Views: 3058

Re: Selection of timber - e.g Sapele

About 2 hours up the road lol I learn by mistakes. I've learnt a lot about timber since I started building. The misses hasn't worked out the cost of this year's firewood yet!!! Here's a few other places to try NZ Native Timber Supplies Waikanae (04) 2932097 Last I heard he had some 200x50 black mair...
by Andos
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Veritas scraper plane in lieu of high angle plane
Replies: 13
Views: 4811

Re: Veritas scraper plane in lieu of high angle plane

Thank you for your replys, Luckily it is a 3.2 thick blade I ordered,. So that should take care of any chatter problem. Hopefully the honing guide will sort my abysmal sharpening skills out. It is a veritas, so any issues will lie with the operator! As for the angles, to start I'll stick to standard...
by Andos
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Veritas scraper plane in lieu of high angle plane
Replies: 13
Views: 4811

Re: Veritas scraper plane in lieu of high angle plane

Appologies all but just to move slightly off topic. I've just made a high angle Bailey No4 using Trevors method with the 12mm round bar. I'm waiting for an A2 blade and a honing guide to appear in the mail before I try it out. My question is what angle should the micro bevel be? I was thinking about...
by Andos
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Attention all Lurkers
Replies: 45
Views: 28035

Re: Attention all Lurkers

Hi Pete, Sorry for the late reply. Thanks for for compliments about the uke - It was the 1st 1/2 way decent instument I've made. I'm just glad that the camera is very forgiving!! As for the circle cutters, working metals is easy- wood though, I struggle with. I envy those that can make works of beau...
by Andos
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Selection of timber - e.g Sapele
Replies: 11
Views: 3058

Re: Selection of timber - e.g Sapele

I'm only an amatuer at this myself - and a rough one at that. The closer to the 1/4 the better BUT I work on the theory that until I can produce a well hand crafted guitar I'm not going to waste a good quality piece of wood. Having done that once already with a lovely piece of indian rosewood! If yo...
by Andos
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Selection of timber - e.g Sapele
Replies: 11
Views: 3058

Re: Selection of timber - e.g Sapele

HI Richard, Have you tried Graham from Treeworx in Matamata. He's on Trademe under the handle of paratu2. Just make sure you are specific about what you're after, otherwise you will be disappointed with what turns up. I've always found him helpful, friendly and not to expensive. Last time I looked h...