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by Allen
Sat May 18, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What difference lacquer makes to sound
Replies: 7
Views: 256

Re: What difference lacquer makes to sound

I know some pro builders that can tell the difference between brands of lacquer on their instruments. Most of those fellows are US builders that had to switch and try different brands when their favourite closed up shop several years ago. I've only ever used Mirotone when I used lacquer so couldn't ...
by Allen
Mon May 13, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Humidity issue!
Replies: 8
Views: 526

Re: The Humidity issue!

I have a "Dry Room" where my dehumidifier runs 24/7. It's approximately 2m x 3m with all timber that I would be working with in the next year or so stored on racks in there as well, besides all the instrument components in various stages of completion are store. Everything lives in there unless I'm ...
by Allen
Thu May 09, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Help with Finishing
Replies: 1
Views: 283

Re: Help with Finishing

It would totally depend on the timber and the 2K clear coat. As far as being durable, shinny, impervious to water, alcohol etc. no worries there. But the flexibility is really an unknown. Metal doesn't move anywhere near what wood will. Flex agents / additives are added to most automotive finishes t...
by Allen
Thu May 02, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Slow neck carving
Replies: 21
Views: 1188

Re: Slow neck carving

22.5" scale Baritone uke neck is the closest I'd get to what you are doing. 20 - 30 mintes tops to being ready for pore fill. I don't draw facets onto the neck though I did this to explain to students what we are going to do. Some get it right off the bat, other still struggle trying to visulaize th...
by Allen
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Honduran Rosewood Tenor
Replies: 5
Views: 682

Re: Honduran Rosewood Tenor

Hi Allen, My goodness! That's gorgeous... again! Very nice, and nice wood combo too! How did you do the scrimshaw? Awl? Any other tools? Thanks, GregL. It's the Coulter precision scrimshaw tool. It's the Rolls Royce version of a awl. That and an Opti Visor and very good lighting. Color fill is arti...
by Allen
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Machining a bridge on the CNC
Replies: 2
Views: 592

Re: Machining a bridge on the CNC

Yes, it's a pretty industrial design that has a 700mm x 1,200mm working area with 300mm of Z height and a 3hp ATC spindle. Built it about 3 years ago now as I couldn't find anything in this size that wasn't just a toy, or cost over $50K.
by Allen
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Honduran Rosewood Tenor
Replies: 5
Views: 682

Honduran Rosewood Tenor

I've been wanting to do something like this for several years and finally got the opportunity over the last several weeks. And the real sweetener was that every single component went together like it was wanting to be an instrument. The Honduran Rosewood is from some very old stock I've stashed away...
by Allen
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Machining a bridge on the CNC
Replies: 2
Views: 592

Machining a bridge on the CNC

I shot some video of the machining processes on my CNC yesterday of making a bridge. 6 different operations over about 7 minutes total to make a bridge that by hand I wouldn't really have a clue how to do without more jigs and hand work than would ever be practiacal.


youtu.be/ek3UPNZPwXk
by Allen
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Concert Uke with Bevel Cutaway
Replies: 9
Views: 776

Re: Concert Uke with Bevel Cutaway

I follow Kent Everetts method of doing the bevel cutaway. The process is pretty much the same. His video is available on Robbie Obrien's website. I highly recommend you follow the steps he outlines as missing one will really make the process a nightmare for fit and finish. This style was far easier ...
by Allen
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tenor Ukulele muted note
Replies: 4
Views: 646

Re: Tenor Ukulele muted note

I'd try a different brand of strings first off.

I've seen this often enough to not jump to too drastic solutions before trying something easy.
by Allen
Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackheart Sassafras Tenor
Replies: 6
Views: 840

Re: Blackheart Sassafras Tenor

Longer scale length to keep the saddle as close to the sweet spot as I can. Some times it's a challenge as clients might want the extra frets but also have small hands that they are not comfortable going to a much longer scale.
by Allen
Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: how thick should a Uke headstock be?
Replies: 2
Views: 630

Re: how thick should a Uke headstock be?

It depends on the tuners that you plan on using. If you have them on hand then just measure what would be appropriate. Otherwise most quality tuners will you buy will also have a drawing letting you know the critical dimensions. Most headstocks you will find are in the 10 - 12 mm thick range. If you...
by Allen
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Attention all Lurkers
Replies: 38
Views: 9454

Re: Attention all Lurkers

Great news Lillian. I've always enjoyed your participation here.
by Allen
Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Concert Uke with Bevel Cutaway
Replies: 9
Views: 776

Re: Concert Uke with Bevel Cutaway

No, the laser doens't pose the problem. It's when you go to tap into place something like a diamond fret marker like I have that the occasional one will break apart.

This pink stone was fine, but I have another pattern that has several blobs of different colors that have less structural integrity.
by Allen
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Concert Uke with Bevel Cutaway
Replies: 9
Views: 776

Re: Concert Uke with Bevel Cutaway

I like the recon stone. I cut it with my laser. I imagine it would be dead easy with other tools too. Some of the very figured pieces I've use will fracture / crumble for instance when I do fret markers. The bond between the various colores not being too strong. As long as you use it with that in mi...
by Allen
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Concert Uke with Bevel Cutaway
Replies: 9
Views: 776

Concert Uke with Bevel Cutaway

15" scale concert ukulele in Blackheart Sassafras and Adirondack Spruce.

Blackwood bindings and Pink Recon-Stone highlights. This is the first time I've gone with this style of cutaway. I quite like the look. Strung up with Worth Browns gCea. Finished in high gloss polyurethane.
by Allen
Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side bend question...
Replies: 18
Views: 1663

Re: Side bend question...

2mm should be easy for a guitar.

Figured timber takes extra care as the short grain is very easy to fracture.
by Allen
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side bend question...
Replies: 18
Views: 1663

Re: Side bend question...

Pretty simple. Make sure that your side material is as thin as it needs to be. Different between ukes and guitars. Thinner is easier to bend. I build my ukes at 1.7 - 1.8mm thick. Iron is on full wack. Spritz side with spray bottle and I use a piece of alumium flashing to back up the timber so helps...
by Allen
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackheart Sassafras Tenor
Replies: 6
Views: 840

Re: Blackheart Sassafras Tenor

First time it's ever happened to me. Thankfully I switched from a Spanish Heel style as that would have been the end of my self composure, having to toss out the body on this one.
by Allen
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackheart Sassafras Tenor
Replies: 6
Views: 840

Blackheart Sassafras Tenor

This one has been in the works for a long time. Had to scrap 2 complete necks with all the inlay already done because of flaws showing up after carving. Enough to drive you mad wondering how borers can get into into a piece of mahogany with no sign of entry. So it's Tassy Blackheart Sassafras, Ancin...
by Allen
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood Concert Ukulele
Replies: 2
Views: 621

Re: Blackwood Concert Ukulele

Push string through bridge and fish it out the sound hole. Tie a bead onto it and then pull it back up to seat against the bridge patch. I use a Carbon Fiber Bridge patch so will last a lifetime.
by Allen
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Best Concert Ukulele
Replies: 2
Views: 551

Re: Best Concert Ukulele

I have one that I just completed a couple weeks ago and have posted images to the form here.

If it interests you it's available from my website.
by Allen
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood Concert Ukulele
Replies: 2
Views: 621

Blackwood Concert Ukulele

Master Grade Australian Blackwood Concert Ukulele. The 15" scale length fret board has a 12-16 inch compound radius. Rubner machine heads. Finished in high gloss polyurethane. Australian Blackwood Concert02192019_1.jpg Australian Blackwood Concert02192019_2.jpg Australian Blackwood Concert02192019_3...
by Allen
Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Ukulele sides Bender
Replies: 7
Views: 1062

Re: Ukulele sides Bender

I have blankets from Michaels Enterprises and a couple of small ones from Keveno that you can get on eBay. You purchase them by size and wattage. I built a custom controler to control the heat. Much like the one you can get from LMI. You absolutely never leave a heat blank unattended as they can get...
by Allen
Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Spanish Heel Side Slots
Replies: 8
Views: 4677

Re: Spanish Heel Side Slots

You can pickup a thin kerf blade from Bunnings that will cut 1.7 - 1.8mm. I used one that is designed for the battery operated saws that trim carpenters use. Just 6" diameter, but that's all that is required. Way easier than trying to get wedges to fit correctly.