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by matthew
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 50% Tonewood Sale in Bathurst
Replies: 0
Views: 1416

50% Tonewood Sale in Bathurst

Ondrej Simanski has a palette of good Carpathian spruce, poplar and maple tonewood at the conclusion of the Bow Makers and Luthiers conference at Bathurst. See the attached PDF. Cello tops and backs can be re-sawn for guitar top etc. If he doesn't sell by Friday evening, he's taking it back to Slova...
by matthew
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: My dust collection system
Replies: 4
Views: 1953

Re: My dust collection system

i might add that the engine behind the system is the cheap ozito shop vac with power take off under $100. In a sturdy box to reduce noise. i have a power board running off it and any tool turned on will power the dust collector up.
by matthew
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: My dust collection system
Replies: 4
Views: 1953

My dust collection system

You know one of the things i’m most proud of in my workshop is my humble dust collection system. This has now been in operation for three years and we have very little dust problem in the workspace which adjoins the showroom. I don’t remember if i posted this already but the system has had a few ref...
by matthew
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New acquisition. Southern Silky Oak.
Replies: 8
Views: 2445

Re: New acquisition. Southern Silky Oak.

I can do a lot with 9 inches and above
by matthew
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: French polishing
Replies: 19
Views: 3765

Re: French polishing

oil and kerosene i think not naphtha.

some use wd40 but i want to avoid oil residue
by matthew
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: French polishing
Replies: 19
Views: 3765

Re: French polishing

This thread is a little old but i just read through and want to add that the main lubricant we use in the workshop here for cutting back and for French Polishing with hard shellac ... is kerosene. It behaves like a very light oil and evaporates slower than the alcohol so it is a good lubricant. But,...
by matthew
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New acquisition. Southern Silky Oak.
Replies: 8
Views: 2445

Re: New acquisition. Southern Silky Oak.

I’m sure it would work as a neck wood. The only thing that would stop me using it is the look. Too much of a good thing on a instrument that’s already has a lot of figure. I would use a more plain wood and finish with a veneer headstock or grafted scroll if I was doing it. I’ve made three basses wit...
by matthew
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Double bass back bracing
Replies: 0
Views: 1142

Double bass back bracing

Also, to prove that i'm still here and working, here's a pic of some "responsive" back bracing I did recently for a flatback double bass. There's a lot of interest in this style of bracing to combat shrinkage cracks in the large flat backs of basses. It performs a different function to Trevor's falc...
by matthew
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Luthier Congress in Bathurst end July
Replies: 1
Views: 1167

Luthier Congress in Bathurst end July

I'm posting this here in case anyone is interested. There are some internationally respected violinmakers on faculty. https://alacongress.com/ Onrej Sima from Tonewood.sk will be attending and he is bringing a few pallets of maple, polpar and spruce for violin/viola/cello/bass etc. A lot of it is al...
by matthew
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Double Bass Build
Replies: 14
Views: 5311

Re: Double Bass Build

you are probably well advanced by now but i’ll offer a few tips for next time We commonly use a slot cutter router bit to establish an even edge thickness by registering the router base at the back of the plate. purfling usually goes in after the arching is carved and the outline finalized on the ri...
by matthew
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GST rules
Replies: 25
Views: 7067

Re: New GST rules

well the prob with that is you cannot claim the tax unless you have a tax invoice from them...
by matthew
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GST rules
Replies: 25
Views: 7067

Re: New GST rules

My experience of late. I had a few imports shipped through DHL. Both over AUD $1000 but not much. None of my suppliers (USA,Germany, India) charged GST. On each shipment, I was hit with GST, duty (on ebony and some tools) and an $83 customs fee, all to be paid up front for the shipment to be release...
by matthew
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 18896

Re: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

Well how about that.

Thank Jeremy. Nice and blue!!
by matthew
Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: cheap shopvac with power takeoff
Replies: 7
Views: 3911

Re: cheap shopvac with power takeoff

also I figure in MY shop the sanding machines get perhaps 5-10 minutes total running time per day max, and the Bandsaw maybe 2-5 minutes max. so there's not a lot of wear and tear on the vacs. if I was doing a lot of machining or. thickness sanding, it'd be a different matter. we don't use any Power...
by matthew
Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: cheap shopvac with power takeoff
Replies: 7
Views: 3911

Re: cheap shopvac with power takeoff

well Martin ideally I'd have a dust deputy on all my vacs but I don't. And a DD takes up precious room. for now I keep the dust deputy for the sanding machines and at the moment I'm just using a straight vac on the Bandsaw. sure, the Ozeto won't compare with any festool performance wise but at that ...
by matthew
Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: cheap shopvac with power takeoff
Replies: 7
Views: 3911

cheap shopvac with power takeoff

Bunnings now have an Ozito wetndry shopvac with power takeoff for $79. Hard to go past that - getting a few for the shop and to go with my dust deputy.

Bit noisy but they work fine.
by matthew
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 18896

Re: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

the pattern makers vise can hold a double bass by the neck ... horizontal!!

not something I want to do every day but sometimes ...
by matthew
Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 18896

Re: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

if an american retailer can import them from china or taiwan and sell for USD$130 and still make a 200% profit, then surely an aussie retailer can do the same :-/
by matthew
Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 18896

Re: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

Carbatec and the other importers already have containers full of ironwork coming regularly. all they need to do is put in a bunch of these with their next shipment!
by matthew
Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 18896

Re: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

well that's why I just think Carbatec should carry it. they have Taiwanese suppliers I'm sure. they could just put a hundred or so in their next shipment of heavy steel things. And I'm sure they'd sell. how many instrument makers are there here? must be hundreds. I made one, it was ok, but nothing n...
by matthew
Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 18896

pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

No sorry it hasn't happened yet. but wouldn't it be good if they did carry it? I've been sending requests for them to add it to their stock lines. I'm suggesting that you guys hop onto their facebook page or website and do likewise. I just put a lot of money on one from Stewmac. Postage to Oz costs ...
by matthew
Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: ebonising wood
Replies: 11
Views: 4949

Re: ebonising wood

black hair dye, the two part mix like Clairol and so on, works wonders on pale ebony and many other woods to get a long lasting deep black that doesn't wear off. yes some chemical reaction that seems to bond very well with the fibre of the wood. I've tried all of the usual stains including tannin/ir...
by matthew
Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Falcate bracing - bass back
Replies: 7
Views: 4233

Re: Falcate bracing - bass back

It was not possible to really control RH when I installed it. However, I kept the unbraced back in plastic with a pound of silica gel crystals before I glued it all up.
by matthew
Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Falcate bracing - bass back
Replies: 7
Views: 4233

Falcate bracing - bass back

Faced with the carnage wrought on large instruments in the New York winter by the dryness from a combination of subzero temps and central heating, I recently had to come up with a new bracing system for my silver medal double bass that would allow the wood to move while providing stiffness and suppo...
by matthew
Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: help me iD this wood please?
Replies: 9
Views: 5045

Re: help me iD this wood please?

... however, in the space of five minutes I've decided instead that it must be Narra/NG rosewood, as the furniture i rescued it from was distinctly asian. Bubinga is african.

Apparently the infusion of the wood is fluorescent! I'll have to check this property ...