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by Allen
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side sanding dish motor & side bender??
Replies: 6
Views: 1043

Re: Side sanding dish motor & side bender??

I got a used potters wheel on local buy and sell that I converted into my motorised sanding station. I'd never go without it. I hand bend all sides and bindings on a iron and then set the shape on a solid form with heat blanket. You don't have to get them exact when hand bending. The final set of sh...
by Allen
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Brisbane humidity
Replies: 16
Views: 1542

Re: Brisbane humidity

My workshop is in Cairns and is 9x6m metal shed with insulation under the roofing metal. I work with 2 large bay doors open to my back yard. Inside when we purchased this place there was a slightly smaller than 3x3m room that I further insulated and sealed with plastic then lined with plywood. This ...
by Allen
Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sanding Sealer
Replies: 7
Views: 961

Re: Sanding Sealer

I use the 2K Polyurethane sanding sealer in the system I'm finishing with. All finishes are speced to be sprayed at 20C to achieve the correct viscosity per their reducer / thinner recomondations. If it's still too thick for your liking then warming it up even more certainly will help with spraying ...
by Allen
Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sanding Sealer
Replies: 7
Views: 961

Re: Sanding Sealer

If you are going for a high gloss and perfect finish, then your pore filling / sealing has to be pretty much perfect before you proceed onto your top coats. Most people are far too impatient and jump ahead before getting this critical step done. There are lots of methods to prep that timber. I've tr...
by Allen
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side waves
Replies: 15
Views: 1877

Re: Side waves

I had some Blackwood that would do that no matter what I did while bending. Sometimes wood will just do what it wants to do and we have to either walk away from using it, or learn to live with it. If you are going forward with it as is then using a low gloss / satin finish will help disguise the wav...
by Allen
Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Courier recommendation
Replies: 8
Views: 2257

Re: Courier recommendation

I explored that option that Pete is using by going into our local Pack and Send and getting a quote to send an instrument to Hong Kong. If I packed up my own instrument and dropped it off at the depot then the cost was approximately $100 more than if I booked on line and had one of their contracted ...
by Allen
Tue May 26, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The order of things ...
Replies: 14
Views: 2756

Re: The order of things ...

I fret the entire board prior to gluing it to the neck an can't come up with any reason why you wouldn't in the initial build. I locate the board with a dummy nut to space it from the peg head, and use the Carbon Fibre truss rod as a locating key. The bottom of the fret board is has a 4mm x 2mm deep...
by Allen
Sat May 23, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Baritone Ukulele Strings
Replies: 4
Views: 1468

Re: Baritone Ukulele Strings

I get them on eBay.com.au

Just do a search for Martin Baritone Strings.
by Allen
Sat May 23, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Baritone Ukulele Strings
Replies: 4
Views: 1468

Re: Baritone Ukulele Strings

No. Not used them. For my Baritones I string them with Martin Baritones.
by Allen
Wed May 20, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: It's not all bad news....
Replies: 12
Views: 2687

Re: It's not all bad news....

The price difference will absolutely astound you Martin. $83 AUD for AustPost. $450 AUD by DHL and even higher by others for the exact same package. I went through the exercise for the last instrument.
by Allen
Wed May 20, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: It's not all bad news....
Replies: 12
Views: 2687

Re: It's not all bad news....

I don't want to get any busier. The biggest issue I have is getting them to clients overseas. What use to be 4-5 business days to the USA is now 20+.
by Allen
Wed May 20, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: My pore filling
Replies: 12
Views: 2687

Re: My pore filling

If you are using pumice with the shellac then you can get very good results. Though it is very time consuming. It's the first step in a full French Polish finish. The pumic is inert and the shellac binds it. You still need to leave an appropriate amount of dry time to get the alcohol fully evaporate...
by Allen
Wed May 20, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: My pore filling
Replies: 12
Views: 2687

Re: My pore filling

In deep pores using this method you are going to experience some serious sink back down the road as the lacquer continues to dry. And that process of drying / shrinking never stops with a solvent based lacquer. That's why when builders are serious about dead flat and high gloss finishes that last th...
by Allen
Sat May 16, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A new classical mandolin
Replies: 9
Views: 1712

Re: A new classical mandolin

That's a great looking instrument Graham. Love the headstock.
by Allen
Wed May 13, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Alternatives to Mirotone for clear hi gloss finish
Replies: 5
Views: 1512

Re: Alternatives to Mirotone for clear hi gloss finish

The Gold Standard would be Mirothane Polyurethane. But you'll be up for even more than Mirotone lacquer. It's also much more difficult to spray unless you are competent with a gun.

You will be very hard pressed to find a harder, yet more flexible finish.
by Allen
Sun May 03, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Best way to repair bent sides?
Replies: 10
Views: 2838

Re: Best way to repair bent sides?

If your sides are the same depth at tall block and neck then your uke is going to look pretty strange. They should taper in body depth from deepest at tail block to the neck. I use 10mm between the two on all sizes of my ukes. Pretty easy to achieve this by using a small plane and pare away excess f...
by Allen
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New guinea rosewood finger board and bridge
Replies: 7
Views: 2806

Re: New guinea rosewood finger board and bridge

Makes very nice bodies and necks, but I'd never entertain the idea to use it as a fret board on a steel string guitar.
by Allen
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Guitalele in Ambrosia Maple and Torrified Sitka
Replies: 2
Views: 1255

Guitalele in Ambrosia Maple and Torrified Sitka

First time using Torrified Spruce. Was lucky enough to get 6 ukulele soundboards all with Bear Claw figure. Interesting to work with. Has a distinct caramel odour to it. No issues glueing, sanding or finishing. The back and sides are Ambrosia Maple with Australian Blackwood bindings. The rosette mad...
by Allen
Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Nozzle Size HVLP
Replies: 9
Views: 2825

Re: Nozzle Size HVLP

I'm not familiar with the Fuji system, but if it's one that the air is warmed by the turbine as in others that I've used, then my very first thought would be that the solvents will be evaporating before the product (nitro in this case) gets on the surface and will be too viscous to flow. Thinning mo...
by Allen
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Cutting side profile
Replies: 6
Views: 1832

Re: Cutting side profile

It's fairly easy to get the waist in the right spot even hand bending. Give yourself some extra lenght at both the butt and neck blocks and mark your waist in the same spot on both sides. It's also a good idea to indicate the inside and the edge that will be to the soundboard. It's easy to get those...
by Allen
Thu Apr 23, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Cutting side profile
Replies: 6
Views: 1832

Re: Cutting side profile

Something like that.

My template is exact and pencil it to the straight sides then I cut just to the outside of the line. Then bend, glue in blocks and then final profile in the radius dish which takes just a few seconds with my set up.
by Allen
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Cutting side profile
Replies: 6
Views: 1832

Re: Cutting side profile

I would cut them some or use a block plane to remove some of the material before going to the radius dish.

I have perspex side templates for all the instruments I make that leaves almost bugger all to remove in the radius dish.
by Allen
Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Concert Uke with Orchid Inlay
Replies: 3
Views: 1572

Re: Concert Uke with Orchid Inlay

Pretty easy to grow orchids when you live in Cairns. The challenging one has been our Vanilla that has to be hand pollinated just the right way early in the morning. Second year now that we'll have a crop that takes 8 - 10 months to be ready.
by Allen
Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Concert Uke with Orchid Inlay
Replies: 3
Views: 1572

Concert Uke with Orchid Inlay

Some of the nicest Australian Blackwood that I've had the pleasure to use. The bindings are sap wood from the same flitch. The inlay is Faux Ivory that I've added scrimshaw shading and then further colored with a translucent mauve to color match an orchid growning in our yard. Blackwood Concert with...
by Allen
Thu Apr 02, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Honduran Rosewood Baritone
Replies: 5
Views: 2012

Honduran Rosewood Baritone

I love working with Honduran Rosewood. It rings like a brass bell when you tap it. And curly Jarrah is a perfect low key/classy combo for bindings. This is a 20" scale length with a compound radius fret board and tuned to DGBE. Rubner machine heads and a K&K Aloha Twin pickup. Finished in high gloss...