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by Dennis Leahy
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Koi Pond Themed Tenor Ukulele
Replies: 8
Views: 2070

Re: Koi Pond Themed Tenor Ukulele

Allen, your work has to be among (or atop) the list of the finest ukuleles made anywhere in the world. Stunningly beautiful!

Have any of your ukuleles been "anointed by" Jake Shimabukuro, yet?
by Dennis Leahy
Thu May 09, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Light Bridges
Replies: 20
Views: 4065

Re: Light Bridges

Another option is to use Quebracho bark powder as the "tea" to add tannin to wood. Quebracho bark is very high in tannins. That powder is used in leather tanning, so check leather/tanning suppliers, or of course ebay. The ferrous acetate will often make the wood a dark charcoal gray, maybe with a hi...
by Dennis Leahy
Wed Nov 21, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Harden Up (your chisels)
Replies: 12
Views: 8170

Re: Harden Up (your chisels)

Trevor, thanks for this info. Very useful! Two propane torches full bore! ... I wonder about MAPP gas?

asgilbert, can you elaborate on a tempering schedule, and will it work with chisels that have handles (and could not be oven roasted)?
by Dennis Leahy
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Aluminium Ladders
Replies: 2
Views: 2145

Re: Aluminium Ladders

So you can hit the high notes?
by Dennis Leahy
Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Honduran Rosewood Baritone
Replies: 5
Views: 2856

Re: Honduran Rosewood Baritone

Allen, your work is always amazing, and this beauty is no exception.
by Dennis Leahy
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:35 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tru Oil alternatives
Replies: 16
Views: 9493

Re: Tru Oil alternatives

How about "Liberon Finishing Oil?" ( http://www.liberon.co.uk/product/finishing-oil/ ) And, you can make your polymerizing oils (and probably just about any liquid finishing products) last longer if you eliminate the air in the bottle/can. Kim Hickey mentioned adding marbles to the can, displacing t...
by Dennis Leahy
Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Spherical fret ends
Replies: 13
Views: 6549

Re: Spherical fret ends

Somewhere in a corner of the ANZLF vault you might find a hemispherical-end fret tutorial by Kim Hickey. (But, yes, the more the merrier.) {edit, to add:} OK, I went searching: Here's Kim's: http://www.anzlf.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=793 and one by Rod True: http://www.anzlf.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=2861
by Dennis Leahy
Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Titebond
Replies: 27
Views: 13728

Re: Titebond

I have mentioned this before here, but if you get the chance, see if you can find "Elmer's Carpenter's Glue" and try it out. It does everything that Titebond I does, and does it better - and it dries harder.
by Dennis Leahy
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: I'm retiring
Replies: 45
Views: 22772

Re: I'm retiring

Bob, Sorry to hear about the physical issues that were part of your decision to retire, but you're very intelligent and I'm sure you have thought this over carefully, and evidently it must be time. Besides providing the platform and the forum nuts-and-bolts, you've always given freely of your expert...
by Dennis Leahy
Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Emails are now working again
Replies: 3
Views: 2678

Re: Emails are now working again

Way to go, Bob! Thanks for all your expertise behind the curtain!
by Dennis Leahy
Mon Sep 21, 2015 8:51 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Curly Jarrah L-00
Replies: 8
Views: 5877

Re: Curly Jarrah L-00

Beautiful job, Martin!

I would never have thought of Blackwood as bindings against that curly Jarrah, but it really works. :cl
by Dennis Leahy
Sat Sep 19, 2015 5:31 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Is it better to screw and glue on a bridge?
Replies: 19
Views: 9993

Re: Is it better to screw and glue on a bridge?

I would add some more screws - but add them on the other side of the bridge.

Also, I hope that is hot hide glue - because as we all know, that makes everything OK.
by Dennis Leahy
Fri Sep 18, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Gidgee Classical
Replies: 14
Views: 10778

Re: Gidgee Classical

Wow, that is beautiful, Trevor. What a set of wood, and you did it proud.
by Dennis Leahy
Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:08 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood and King Billy Taropatch Uke
Replies: 9
Views: 5252

Re: Blackwood and King Billy Taropatch Uke

Allen, that is an incredibly gorgeous instrument. I look forward to sound samples.
by Dennis Leahy
Fri Aug 28, 2015 6:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Can you spot what is bugging me?
Replies: 23
Views: 10342

Re: Can you spot what is bugging me?

"Large fret markers for Baby Boomer eyes. No extra charge!"
by Dennis Leahy
Wed May 20, 2015 10:11 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Your mission, should you choose...thoughts on fossilised Red
Replies: 13
Views: 6425

Re: Your mission, should you choose...thoughts on fossilised

My first thought is " kintsugi ." Not necessarily gold, but something striking - like maybe copper or bronze powder, maybe even silver. I definitely would not try to hide the cracks in any way. I think your technique of laminating a veneer to the inside surface is perfect: stabilizer, epoxy dam, and...
by Dennis Leahy
Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How Veritas custom handplanes are made
Replies: 7
Views: 3701

Re: How Veritas custom handplanes are made

Thanks, Markus. Stolen, and posted on the Luthiercom.org forum.
by Dennis Leahy
Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Nut Compensation Calculation?
Replies: 3
Views: 2752

Re: Nut Compensation Calculation?

OK, thanks. Just thought I'd ask.
by Dennis Leahy
Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:00 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Strings
Replies: 18
Views: 7576

Re: Strings

I played D'Addario phosphor bronze lights (12-53) for many years - nothing else I tried sounded as sweet and pure and articulate. Another luthier suggested I try John Pearse phosphor bronze strings, and I did. For the first time, I tried a string that sounded almost exactly the same as my favorite D...
by Dennis Leahy
Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:36 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Nut Compensation Calculation?
Replies: 3
Views: 2752

Nut Compensation Calculation?

I heard a rumor that there is a formula (spreadsheet?) for "guesstimating" the amount of nut compensation (and I assume also to determine the final compensation at the saddle, after nut compensation.) I suppose a test-jig would get pretty close, but with formulas, you could *start* with the nut and ...
by Dennis Leahy
Thu Dec 25, 2014 3:06 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Merry Christmas Everyone
Replies: 6
Views: 3398

Re: Merry Christmas Everyone

Have a great Christmas, my ANZLF friends!

Dennis
by Dennis Leahy
Sat Dec 20, 2014 8:17 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bridge Pin reamer (3 Degree) - Where to buy cheap?
Replies: 11
Views: 5698

Re: Bridge Pin reamer (3 Degree) - Where to buy cheap?

Cheap: Supposedly, the tang of a typical file is usable as a pin hole reamer. May need to sharpen the edges a bit... with another file.

Dennis
by Dennis Leahy
Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:44 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: This one goes out to Kim. (cover of Comfortably Numb solo)
Replies: 2
Views: 2650

This one goes out to Kim. (cover of Comfortably Numb solo)

Kim, I thought of you when I heard this kid rip through this solo with passion. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_P-t0idgqI Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_P-t0idgqI Fifteen year old Tina S plays her rendition of David Gilmour's solo from Pink Floyd's " Comfortably Numb " Goosebumps? Dennis
by Dennis Leahy
Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Accelerating break in
Replies: 27
Views: 12569

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Accelerating break in

Thanks for that anecdote Rob. :lmao Poor girl! OK, Jeff, thanks. The study (the link in the previous discussion) says vibration is not the variable in "opening up." Maybe it is time (aging, even short-term "aging"?)... or hardening of glue?... or hardening of finish (less damping?) Hard to believe ...
by Dennis Leahy
Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:08 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Accelerating break in
Replies: 27
Views: 12569

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Accelerating break in

Thanks for that anecdote Rob. :lmao Poor girl! OK, Jeff, thanks. The study (the link in the previous discussion) says vibration is not the variable in "opening up." Maybe it is time (aging, even short-term "aging"?)... or hardening of glue?... or hardening of finish (less damping?) Hard to believe t...