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by Allen
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Quick Video walk through of buffing to a high gloss
Replies: 2
Views: 35

Re: Quick Video walk through of buffing to a high gloss

Yeh, just a bit. It helps wet the surface without having too much water on it. And it's also lubricating so the paper will glide better.
by Allen
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Quick Video walk through of buffing to a high gloss
Replies: 2
Views: 35

Quick Video walk through of buffing to a high gloss

This should be pretty self explanatory. The final grit on the palm sander is 3M P3000 Trizac.


youtu.be/TFt5giZRTn4
by Allen
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood Baritone Uke - Video Gallery
Replies: 0
Views: 13

Blackwood Baritone Uke - Video Gallery

This was a commision for a fellow that asked for a Baritone that was classy but not over the top with bling. We agreed to a simple color pallet using Master Grade Australian Blackwood with Gidgee trim and Black MOP details. The bindings are cut from the sides to give a cohesive look with just black ...
by Allen
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Maple or Sycamore for purfling
Replies: 8
Views: 207

Re: Maple or Sycamore for purfling

For purflings in my opinion you are way overthinking this. Pretty common for them to be fiber (paper) based and much softer than the timber that we typically build with. If you want to firm them up if they aren't scraping well, then after you have everything glued in place you coupld also us CA glue...
by Allen
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Extreme Curl Satin Box Tenor Uke
Replies: 7
Views: 524

Re: Extreme Curl Satin Box Tenor Uke

I did this headstock on a couple of 5 string ones to make a better string path, and now am getting client requests for it. The heel cap change is because Im using a bolt on neck now instead of the Spanish Heel. Makes it impossible to do the old style.
by Allen
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Extreme Curl Satin Box Tenor Uke
Replies: 7
Views: 524

Re: Extreme Curl Satin Box Tenor Uke

Thanks Paul. I use a Nikon D90 with one of their pro 18-105 zoom lenses. I bought a 4' square light tent with 3 flouro lights in a kit online years ago Was pretty cheap (under $200 at the time). Does the job but as you said its almost impossible to show any reflections in the finish no matter how sh...
by Allen
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Soprano body with concert neck??
Replies: 2
Views: 261

Re: Soprano body with concert neck??

Theres no problem doing this. Commonly called a long neck soprano. You just have to make sure that the bridge is in the right spot so you will need to adjust the fret to body join. More than likely it will end up being a 14 to the body instead of 12. The tension on the strings will be marginally hig...
by Allen
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Extreme Curl Satin Box Tenor Uke
Replies: 7
Views: 524

Re: Extreme Curl Satin Box Tenor Uke

Cedar soundboard.

I hand bend everything no matter what timber, and then set the shape with blanket and solid form. It was pretty easy.
by Allen
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Extreme Curl Satin Box Tenor Uke
Replies: 7
Views: 524

Extreme Curl Satin Box Tenor Uke

First time I've worked with Satin Box, and was pleasantly surprised on how it works. Even with this amount of curly figure I managed to bend the sides without any trouble.....though my bum was puckered up to start with. The bindings are curly Blackwood and Ringed Gidgee for fret boards and head plat...
by Allen
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Router Table and Router
Replies: 18
Views: 914

Re: Router Table and Router

I have a mate that bought one of these as it also has the router included. Said he's pretty impressed with it for the price.

https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/W846
by Allen
Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GST rules
Replies: 25
Views: 2584

Re: New GST rules

SM order today and no GST.
by Allen
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Definition of a Ukulele
Replies: 2
Views: 292

Re: Definition of a Ukulele

A ukulele wouldn't have a tail piece and floating bridge. What you have is a hybrid instrument that is niether a uke or mando. Uke people are far mor accepting of instruments that don't fit the norm though. Whereas good luck with the mando crowd. :)
by Allen
Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Honduran Rosewood Baritone
Replies: 5
Views: 584

Re: Honduran Rosewood Baritone

Thank you.
by Allen
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mirotone PC 3220 - what is the resin?
Replies: 3
Views: 355

Re: Mirotone PC 3220 - what is the resin?

They say its a nitro cellulose base in their documentation the last time I looked several years ago.
by Allen
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bobbin sanders
Replies: 11
Views: 858

Re: bobbin sanders

I have to full size cabinet model by Jet. No comparison to the hobby bench top ones.
by Allen
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Blush - Yeccchhh
Replies: 11
Views: 1064

Re: Blush - Yeccchhh

There is absolutely no time whatsoever that you should not add 5-10% of extra slow or retarder to your mix. It helps with flow and leveling. Allows you to spray thin coats. And if you ever get blushing with that mix, then you shouldn't have been spraying then.
by Allen
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How big a drumsander?
Replies: 17
Views: 899

Re: How big a drumsander?

If you can vent outside, with open piping and just shade cloth then you are gold. It's the filter that clogs up with the fine dust that kills suction. The twin drum is good but not the be all end all. These things are still built to a price point and are reasonably good for light work. If the power ...
by Allen
Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How big a drumsander?
Replies: 17
Views: 899

Re: How big a drumsander?

I have the carbatec twin that is fixed on both sides. It replaced the jet one that I thought was next to useless. I use it everyday and couldn't live without it, but I do this full time. Keep in mind that you will need more than a hobby dust exrtractor to go along with it. These things make a lot of...
by Allen
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GST rules
Replies: 25
Views: 2584

Re: New GST rules

I've not had one order that GST has been applied to, but I haven't ordered from any of the big supply houses.
by Allen
Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Honduran Rosewood Baritone
Replies: 5
Views: 584

Honduran Rosewood Baritone

The woman who commisioned this instrument has been wanting one (and saving) for over a year. She fell in love with a couple of instruments I built years ago and her just asked for those timbers and a rosette similar to another I had done. The rest was my choice. I love those type of clients. So Hond...
by Allen
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Soprano with heaps of bling - picture set
Replies: 6
Views: 551

Re: Soprano with heaps of bling - picture set

Gazm wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:00 am
Ambrosia is a freaky piece of natural beauty, much like our Sassafras!!
Bedazzling bling box, Well crafted Allen!
What make of tuners are those?

Gaz
Gotoh UPT's 4:1 planetary.
by Allen
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Soprano with heaps of bling - picture set
Replies: 6
Views: 551

Re: Soprano with heaps of bling - picture set

This is the 6th instruemnt these clients have commisioned from me and they do have an eye for this sort of thing. Does keep me having to work out something similar but different in order to build the family of instruments they are looking for.
by Allen
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Soprano with heaps of bling - picture set
Replies: 6
Views: 551

Soprano with heaps of bling - picture set

Ambrosia Maple with lots of color and figure paired up with an Ancient Spruce soundboard. Curly Jarrah bindings. Ebony fret board with a compound radius, Gold EVO frets. Heaps of Paua shell and a K&K Aloha Twin pickup. Finished in high gloss polyurethane.
by Allen
Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Baritone Uke with Arm Rest and Sound Port
Replies: 5
Views: 437

Baritone Uke with Arm Rest and Sound Port

Australian Blackwood and Sitka Spruce with Gidgee trim. 21.5" scale length, compound radius on the fret board. Gold EVO frets and high gloss polyurethane.
by Allen
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: CA Glue?
Replies: 9
Views: 777

Re: CA Glue?

Carols Woodworking Supplies has both Starbond and Hot Stuff. Starbond is a fantastic CA glue.

https://www.cwsonline.com.au/shop/category/glues