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by limehills
Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:02 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Yet another bracing issue...
Replies: 6
Views: 1301

Re: Yet another bracing issue...

Hi been a while since I logged on sorry! No sound hole patch, just those two small braces. And yeah I should've used more robust braces either side of the soundhole. The top is just under 3mm. yes there is some radius! not sure how much though considering I mostly eyeballed the radius dish... I gues...
by limehills
Sat Jan 09, 2021 4:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Yet another bracing issue...
Replies: 6
Views: 1301

Re: Yet another bracing issue...

Here are some photos of the top, it’s Adirondack spruce if that’s helpful.
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by limehills
Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Yet another bracing issue...
Replies: 6
Views: 1301

Yet another bracing issue...

Ok so just finished this beast, super stoked with the sound! 46266032-85C0-4E19-BEEB-6474AC250F85.jpeg I have nearly perfected all of my bracing weak spots. Nearly... There is still one which I hope to fix on future guitars. It is just between the X brace and the structural brace under the fretboard...
by limehills
Fri Nov 06, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bridge plate
Replies: 3
Views: 1600

Bridge plate

Ok so I just noticed that I have somewhat messed up this bridge plate position in this dreadnought. As you can see in the attached photo the line is where it ends, and the front is where I placed the bridge on the top, so only about 2/3 of the bridge itself is over the bridge plate which isn't exact...
by limehills
Mon Oct 19, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Drum sander
Replies: 4
Views: 3183

Re: Drum sander

Hey guys forgot to update but thought it would be helpful to let you all know that a car windscreen wiper motor works a charm :D
by limehills
Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bellied up top
Replies: 28
Views: 10381

Re: Bellied up top

Thought I'd post a long overdue update! replacing the tone bars actually fixed the issue quite well. It decreased the bellying enough to make the guitar structurally sound. Unfortunately I cracked the top while taking the bridge plate off.... so a re-top is needed now anyway. Any bridge plate remova...
by limehills
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bellied up top
Replies: 28
Views: 10381

Re: Bellied up top

I am using small cedar go bars to clamp the bracing inside. As for the curvature it seems to have retained it quite well. I'm only planning on replacing the tone bars and bridge plate, I'll see how it is after that, if it's still playing up I'll do a re-top but I thought I'd take my chances. Ill pos...
by limehills
Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bellied up top
Replies: 28
Views: 10381

Re: Bellied up top

Nope I decided not to take the top off, I spent many hours french polishing this one so I wanted to try preserve the finish. I used a finger plane and Carved the bracing off from the inside. I did this by putting an old phone inside the guitar and live streaming it to my laptop! IMG_20200327_1654455...
by limehills
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bellied up top
Replies: 28
Views: 10381

Re: Bellied up top

yes I thought for my No.10 build I wouldn't run into trouble like that, guess i just proved myself wrong!

Ill post updates, just started removing the bracing, bridge plate next.
by limehills
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bellied up top
Replies: 28
Views: 10381

Re: Bellied up top

thanks for the responses. Ive decided to replace the tone bars and see how that goes. I also discovered this morning after another look that my bridge plate is too small, the back end of the bridge is on the very edge/hanging over the plate itself, so I'll replace that too. On the plus side I now ha...
by limehills
Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bellied up top
Replies: 28
Views: 10381

Re: Bellied up top

Any ideas on how I can fix it? Or should I just leave it and see what happens.
by limehills
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bellied up top
Replies: 28
Views: 10381

Re: Bellied up top

Yes I moved everything towards the sound hole 13mm, Except the popsicle brace etc. Here is a photo when the top was off: IMG_20200205_113904740.jpg IMG_20200205_113913579.jpg IMG_20200205_113922881.jpg there is about 10/15mm of extra material around the edges of course that got cut off after the top...
by limehills
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bellied up top
Replies: 28
Views: 10381

Re: Bellied up top

Top thickness was originally 2.90mm. not sure what it was after final sanding. I was pretty careful so I didn't take too much off it.

Here is some bracing:
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by limehills
Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bellied up top
Replies: 28
Views: 10381

Bellied up top

So I just put strings on this beast, and it sounds excellent. But unfortunately it has bellied up, I am thinking it's either under braced or my top is too thin. It's not too bad at the moment but I think it will worsen. Any thoughts/Advice will be appreciated! P.S. It has forward shifted Scalloped A...
by limehills
Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Drum sander
Replies: 4
Views: 3183

Drum sander

IMG_20200321_115955639.jpg IMG_20200321_120117723.jpg So my drum sander decided to give up the ghost and the gearbox driving the conveyer belt is Completely in the boondocks. My somewhat "DIY" sacrilegious fix is not cutting it... Anyone know where I can find a replacement motor? Was thinking of co...
by limehills
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Truss rod Installation
Replies: 6
Views: 4341

Re: Truss rod Installation

Cool thank you very much, I appreciate it :)
by limehills
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Truss rod Installation
Replies: 6
Views: 4341

Re: Truss rod Installation

Thanks for the responses. Im using a dovetail joint, and 4mm Hotrod Truss rods from stewmac. So do I leave the truss rod just sticking out of the end of the dovetail and use a long allen key?, how do I extend it out so its flush top brace??
by limehills
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Truss rod Installation
Replies: 6
Views: 4341

Truss rod Installation

Ok so i've always installed truss rods with the opening on the peghead, but I would prefer to flip them around so they can be adjusted through the sound hole. The only problem is I have no idea how to do this.... I've looked online to see if i can find any pictures, tutorials or plans for reference ...
by limehills
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Neck wood
Replies: 3
Views: 2674

Neck wood

Alright so I've been on the look out for new neck woods, so far I've only been using black walnut, but I'm starting to run out.... I've got some oak here and was wondering if this would make a decent neck, some Rata too. What's everyone's go to neck timber?? I was also wondering what NZ native timbe...
by limehills
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Indian Rosewood Sanding issue
Replies: 11
Views: 5303

Re: Indian Rosewood Sanding issue

sweet I'll try running it through on an angle, Hopefully that works, And yes I've been cleaning the sandpaper regularly and only just be taking stock off, glad doing something right :P
by limehills
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Indian Rosewood Sanding issue
Replies: 11
Views: 5303

Indian Rosewood Sanding issue

Aright so I'm having trouble thickening Indian rosewood, the resins in the timber keep on gumming up the sandpaper on my drum sander and burning the wood. Is there a solution for this?
by limehills
Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ivoroid
Replies: 6
Views: 4051

Re: Ivoroid

awesome thanks for the replies, that archtop looks marvelous! And I love the colour of amber shellac so I'm not to worried about that. your polishing looks great by the way. also how do you go about putting a wash coat on?
by limehills
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ivoroid
Replies: 6
Views: 4051

Ivoroid

Alright so I've never really used plastic binding before, and I'm wondering how it behaves with a french polish finish, does the shellac stick to it ok? i just don't want it flaking off after a while.
by limehills
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: French polishing
Replies: 19
Views: 9153

Re: French polishing

Thanks Pete I appreciate it. And I haven't been spiriting it off just sanding it back to get rid of ridges. I also haven't been using oil mainly because the thought of putting oil on doesn't seem right to me, maybe that's why it isn't as smooth as it should be? I've also been using a 1 pound cut tha...
by limehills
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: French polishing
Replies: 19
Views: 9153

French polishing

Alright so a while ago I posted about having problems with cupping on this mahogany dread. It has stabilised quite nicely and I've had no more problems since. I've started french polishing it and it's had around 40 coats of shellac so its coming up nicely. But I was wondering if anyone had some advi...