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by J.F. Custom
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Carbatec 400 mm Drum Sander Issues
Replies: 10
Views: 4532

Re: Carbatec 400 mm Drum Sander Issues

Just for the benefit of everyone that might have read this; I reached out to Alan directly to ask a few more questions as what he had been informed by Carbatec did not sound right, but I thought I knew what might have caused the wrong information. The short of that is this - The Carbatec machine has...
by J.F. Custom
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Musical Instrument Auction Melbourne.
Replies: 7
Views: 2652

Re: Musical Instrument Auction Melbourne.

Yep, I watched the auction too. Geez there were some nice and interesting instruments in that collection - and some eye watering prices! Thanks for the original link Mike 8) I was seriously considering bidding on this one - martin_style20_1929.jpg An old Martin from 1929, Style 20. Very elegant IMO....
by J.F. Custom
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Indian Rosewood Sanding issue
Replies: 11
Views: 3351

Re: Indian Rosewood Sanding issue

In addition to everything already mentioned; Yes, adequate dust extraction is a must on wide drum sanders. Cleaning the belt every pass may be required on some timber as resin content varies greatly, even within the same species. Finally, what grit are you attempting to use? The finer the grit, the ...
by J.F. Custom
Thu May 23, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Alternative to a Stewmac buffer
Replies: 9
Views: 3294

Re: Alternative to a Stewmac buffer

Nice job Nigel - that works! Some questions if you don't mind. Where did you get your arbor made and of what material? It looks roughly 900 to 1000mm wide, so am guessing it is a hardened steel, not mild - but it's also been threaded on each end. Likewise the bearing pillow blocks? eBay? Any specifi...
by J.F. Custom
Wed May 15, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Drum sanding service in Brisbane
Replies: 4
Views: 1925

Re: Drum sanding service in Brisbane

Hi Oliver. Clubs and men's sheds are an option as you alluded to, or perhaps some of the newer maker space type options such as "The Edge" or others, but you'd have to do some digging to see what equipment they have and the terms of use. Otherwise you could also try: www.woodnyou.com They are based ...
by J.F. Custom
Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: RIP Gillian
Replies: 4
Views: 2352

Re: RIP Gillian

Sad news Peter. Thanks for passing it on. I only met Gillian the once, but she and her instruments were well known and respected in Australia. One of only a handful of Hammered Dulcimer (and related Cymbalom family) makers in this country, as far as I know. RIP Gillian. Sorry for the loss. Regards, ...
by J.F. Custom
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bobbin sanders
Replies: 11
Views: 5311

Re: bobbin sanders

Another Brisbane machine supplier is Gregory's at Richlands. Talk to Cameron. They don't try to compete with Hare & Forbes or Carbatec so carry better quality gear. Yep, costs a little more. Hmm. I don't usually comment or weigh in on this type of statement, but in the interest of fairness and accu...
by J.F. Custom
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Router Table and Router
Replies: 18
Views: 6039

Re: Router Table and Router

kiwigeo wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:14 pm
Fisherman wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:32 pm
That said... i really could use some new socks
Sock aren't much use...unless your workshop is really cold :mrgreen:
Oh I don't know... Maybe he's referring to these socks?

https://www.carbatec.com.au/search?Prod ... ane%20sock

:D
by J.F. Custom
Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GST rules
Replies: 25
Views: 9862

Re: New GST rules

Being early days, it depends where you buy from. It is actually the responsibility of the company you buy through to charge GST, as far as I can tell. It also applies to all purchases now - not just those over $1000 AUD anymore. I've been charged GST on the last several international purchases, for ...
by J.F. Custom
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Shaping rasp
Replies: 7
Views: 3264

Re: Shaping rasp

Hi Jesse. I use a mix of spokeshave, chisels, rasp and general files - all depending on the size of instrument and to some extent, the timber I'm working with. That's not to mention sandpaper as well! The chisels are used to rough shape the heel, while the spokeshave to facet the neck from square. I...
by J.F. Custom
Fri May 11, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to UV Finish
Replies: 13
Views: 4844

Re: How to UV Finish

Thanks Allen.

That's great info and I appreciate you taking the time to answer.

May give it a go some time down the track.

Cheers,

Jeremy.
by J.F. Custom
Fri May 11, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mirocat 3220 opinions
Replies: 3
Views: 1764

Re: Mirocat 3220 opinions

Mirotone Mirocat is a quality lacquer. It depends on many factors as to time frame for buffing out - humidity and temperature, coat thickness, number of coats etc, but you can certainly count on more than the 48hrs you mentioned! Allen now uses a different Mirotone product he mentioned in another th...
by J.F. Custom
Fri May 11, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bandsaw opinions
Replies: 20
Views: 9931

Re: bandsaw opinions

I nearly bought a Carbatec as in pictures they look similar... For the sake of clarity here on behalf of the OP; The Carbatec machine Allan (demonx) is referring to is not the units I mentioned and linked above. Those I linked are only new and were not available when Allan bought his Laguna. The SU...
by J.F. Custom
Thu May 10, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Huon pine in a laminated neck?
Replies: 10
Views: 5183

Re: Huon pine in a laminated neck?

Luke72 wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 7:43 pm
Do you know of any Australian suppliers of CF neck rods?
Try: http://carbonfiber.com.au/

Though their sizes are limited. I've purchased from them before and had good service.

Cheers,

Jeremy.
by J.F. Custom
Mon May 07, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to UV Finish
Replies: 13
Views: 4844

Re: How to UV Finish

...Since then I've swithced to a catalysed polyurethane ... Hey Allen. Curious as to what brand/product you are referring to here? What pore fill method are you combining with this one and how long have you been using/testing it? Does it apply much like the pre-cat lacquer? Same multi coat approach...
by J.F. Custom
Mon May 07, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bandsaw opinions
Replies: 20
Views: 9931

Re: bandsaw opinions

Hey Joel. **Disclosure** I currently work for Carbatec. Those who know me however, know that my opinions are my own and as unbiased as possible, not pushing any particular brand loyalty, but sharing my experience with many brands of machinery over many years in the industry. Apologies, but there is ...
by J.F. Custom
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: RIP Jim Williams
Replies: 4
Views: 3339

Re: RIP Jim Williams

Oh, sad indeed.

Jim's book was one of the first two I owned over 20 years ago and I still have it. Some of my very first jigs built were based on Jim's suggestions and it certainly played it's part in getting me hooked in this craft.

Thanks for the post Graham.

R.I.P. Jim.

Jeremy.
by J.F. Custom
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood article
Replies: 13
Views: 5163

Re: Rosewood article

...As far as use of rosewood in guitars is concerned, it is really a matter of supply and demand. The customers want rosewood, and the guitar companies cater to that demand, and also stimulate that demand in their advertising because rosewood guitars sell. I know from my experience that I can make ...
by J.F. Custom
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fingerboard Finish
Replies: 7
Views: 3498

Re: Fingerboard Finish

I have used Organoil's Hard Burnishing oil very sparingly with success for years. Various suppliers. To the best of my knowledge, it is a drying oil - though possibly not as much as others as I don't think it uses any synthetic catalysts or hardeners. Oil wise, it is a blend of tung, citrus and euca...
by J.F. Custom
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Importing from CINNA MON in Indo
Replies: 4
Views: 2633

Re: Importing from CINNA MON in Indo

In short to answer your question, no, I haven't personally. Martin is right in that you may run into trouble, but also may not, as others have found. It is a risk as customs are within their right to check and demand the correct paperwork, but likely don't check every parcel still. With so many vali...
by J.F. Custom
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood article
Replies: 13
Views: 5163

Re: Rosewood article

Honestly, the writing was on the wall for this so many years ago that major companies had the opportunity to transition to other species in time. Instead, they bought up and stockpiled sensing a future shortage, without considering the other implications that might come with it. Then came the jump f...
by J.F. Custom
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 23310

Re: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

Thanks for the feedback Frank! You are very much mostly correct. StewMac used to sell this same vise, but "upgraded" it to their current version some time ago, hence it is a slightly more expensive vise with custom modifications. I tried to get some of these features added, but they are currently un...
by J.F. Custom
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 23310

Re: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

matthew wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:51 am
Well how about that.

Thank Jeremy. Nice and blue!!
:D 8)
56nortondomy wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:27 pm
About a month too late for me, I got the stewmac one, had it for about a week. Shit happens I suppose. Wayne
:oops: Sorry Wayne. :cry: I trust you're enjoying your purchase all the same.

Jeremy
by J.F. Custom
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tru Oil alternatives
Replies: 16
Views: 10620

Re: Tru Oil alternatives

Danish oil, or the Cabots variety at least, contains polyurethane (among other driers etc) - hence why you can 'build' a finish of higher gloss with it than other oils. Like applying multiple thin coats of polyurethane. It does "yellow" somewhat. Polyurethane itself is generally frowned upon and not...
by J.F. Custom
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 23310

Re: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

Well... Hey presto! 8) https://www.carbatec.com.au/clamping-vices-and-workholding/vices-and-accessories/vices/pattern-makers-vise-guitar-luthiers-vise In stock now. Merry Christmas. :wink: *Disclaimer: (or is that spoiler alert?!) For those that don't know, I am working for Carbatec again and in a p...