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by J.F. Custom
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood article
Replies: 13
Views: 320

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: 386

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: 245

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: 320

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: 8417

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: 8417

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: 2251

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: 8417

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...
by J.F. Custom
Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tru Oil alternatives
Replies: 16
Views: 2251

Re: Tru Oil alternatives

Has anyone tried Organoil Hard Burnishing Oil on a guitar? I've used it on furniture (seems OK, dries hard fairly quickly) but not on a guitar. A light first coat will likely prevent too much penetration. Yes Trevor, I have several times and I'm not the only luthier I know of that has. I've used it...
by J.F. Custom
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber supply - WA
Replies: 39
Views: 3393

Re: Timber supply - WA

So much involved in pickups, Here's me making a pickup, hope its informative. Steve Hey Steve. Where did you get that "electro magnet" ? Do you have a brand or source for these ? I have not been able to find one like that. Cheers in advance and apologies to the OP for the diversion from topic...
by J.F. Custom
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Is it worth the trouble?
Replies: 17
Views: 1926

Re: Is it worth the trouble?

Ah the things we do for friends :)

Geez though, wish I'd thought of that lining technique. To think I spend time carefully bending it to shape when all I had to do was break it every couple of centimeters :shock: What have I been thinking?

Good luck Rod.
by J.F. Custom
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Skill sets.
Replies: 15
Views: 2182

Re: Skill sets.

Patience. 8)
by J.F. Custom
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: LMII's rosette channel cutter
Replies: 11
Views: 2076

Re: LMII's rosette channel cutter

I may be wrong, but I thought it was Micheal Connor's rosette cutter you speak of, not Allen's?? Or at the very least, some sort of collaboration between them. Micheal (user Localele) used to participate on here, but has not for a long time. All the same, he has a business - Micheal Connor Woodwork ...
by J.F. Custom
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What wood is this??
Replies: 9
Views: 1916

Re: What wood is this??

What does it smell like if you sand a little? There are several Dalbegia's (true Rosewood's) that could look like that, as Martin suggested, Indian being one, Brazilian another potential. 100% ID will be difficult, but smell will help. Weight would too but may be difficult with the shape and any pot...
by J.F. Custom
Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Pau Ferro fingerboards
Replies: 17
Views: 4098

Re: Pau Ferro fingerboards

Am I being paranoid not wanting to use Gigdee, & Mulga In short? Yes. :D They are certainly more dense and hard than most, but many luthiers use them very successfully, including several on here. You need to match your fret slot to your fret wire, knowing the hardness can affect the seating of the ...
by J.F. Custom
Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Posting photos and the Photobucket scam
Replies: 9
Views: 2135

Re: Posting photos and the Photobucket scam

Trevor Gore wrote:
Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:43 am
What I am now curious about is whether that is a picture from your workshop or of your workshop Trevor! :D

Either way I'm jealous. :wink:
by J.F. Custom
Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Same small body shape, very different guitars
Replies: 11
Views: 3714

Re: Same small body shape, very different guitars

Classic guitars Trevor, even the Steel String :wink: 8) That Bloodwood trim is certainly flashy against a black setting as you've done, looks great - is there any vivid hue those forests have not produced?! The combo reminds me of an old guitar Hesh had done. Just got to love the materials we work ...
by J.F. Custom
Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: I'm retiring
Replies: 45
Views: 9826

Re: I'm retiring

Hey Bob, I'm sorry to hear it. Both because you are hanging up the tools and there'll be no more C&M Mando's in production, but also being forced to by circumstance somewhat. That said, 10 years is a very decent innings for all your work here with your team to make this place what it is. Personally,...
by J.F. Custom
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Col Finley special guitar
Replies: 9
Views: 2920

Re: Col Finley special guitar

Cool. Nice prize for someone.

For what it's worth, it looks like Blackwood to me. I've handled plenty of material I know to be Blackwood that has looked just like that.

It is a highly variable timber.

Cheers,

Jeremy.
by J.F. Custom
Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Emails are now working again
Replies: 3
Views: 1144

Re: Emails are now working again

Wow! Nice hacking Bob 8) I've not been able to log in for well over six months due to a forgotten password... Tried every darn thing I could think of. But password reset requests were never coming through despite several attempts. Nor seemingly were emails getting to "admin" with a problem requestin...
by J.F. Custom
Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Titebond
Replies: 27
Views: 6262

Re: Titebond

There is an exclusive distributor in Australia for Titebond. Hence, all stock comes from them irrespective of where you buy it. It's age therefore depends on the volume kept at the store local to you, turn over of said stock and ultimately when the exclusive supplier replenishes. The only exception ...
by J.F. Custom
Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:36 pm
Forum: Australian Tonewoods.com
Topic: Black heart Sassafras Back and Sides Forum Offer
Replies: 1
Views: 8844

Re: Black heart Sassafras Back and Sides Forum Offer

G'day Tim. Just a heads up - sent you a PM about a week and a half ago. Still sitting in my 'OUT' box, suggesting you have not seen it yet... Perhaps like me, you are no longer receiving notifications from ANZLF, or perhaps you are away. Who knows. Thought I'd try another avenue to reach you. In any...
by J.F. Custom
Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:04 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: fretless bass "cereal"
Replies: 8
Views: 2357

Re: fretless bass "cereal"

Wow, flash! 8)

Always nice to see where the timber ends up. You did it justice and I'm exceptionally glad you did NOT opaque paint it :shock:

Looks great :wink:

Oh and good effort for going the extra mile and winding your own pickups too.

Cheers,

Jeremy.
by J.F. Custom
Tue Jun 07, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Finishing a four-string ukulele as an 8-string instrument.
Replies: 7
Views: 2916

Re: Finishing a four-string ukulele as an 8-string instrument.

There are too many variables to suggest whether you would be successful in changing to a 6 or 8 string at this stage. But I would suggest you proceed with some caution as the string tension does jump more than you might imagine. I'll quote myself from an old thread on a six string tenor I built year...
by J.F. Custom
Thu May 26, 2016 8:21 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Happy Birthday Allen
Replies: 3
Views: 1044

Re: Happy Birthday Allen

Happy birthday Allen 8)

Here's to another productive orbit completed and many more ahead!

:gui

Jeremy.