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by Allen
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Router Table and Router
Replies: 11
Views: 131

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: 21
Views: 1547

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: 82

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: 2
Views: 236

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: 156

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: 9
Views: 294

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: 402

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: 463

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: 463

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: 21
Views: 1547

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: 2
Views: 236

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: 283

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: 283

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: 283

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: 242

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: 465

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
by Allen
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce Concert
Replies: 3
Views: 675

Re: Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce Concert

I get all my shell from MOP Supplies in Melbourne. Buy it by the ounce
by Allen
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hand rubbed burst
Replies: 1
Views: 340

Re: Hand rubbed burst

I've asked Beau Hannam about how he protects the timber bindings and purflings when he does a hand rubbed burst and his reply was that he applies CA glue with a Q-Tip very carefully to them. Still may have to scrape them a bit later.
by Allen
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Using Abalone
Replies: 15
Views: 1256

Re: Using Abalone

I use my StewMac fret leveling files to knock it down to the surface. Hard sanding block with sandpaper will also take it down.

Yes, thin CA will fill any small gaps.
by Allen
Mon May 21, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Maple side crack, any suggestion ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1496

Re: Maple side crack, any suggestion ?

I think that you will have a devil of a time trying to hide that in a repair unless it's getting some serions sunburst treatment. For tight bends like cutaways or those on ukuleles, I'd go down in thickness a bit more. Like 1.7mm. That and I always bend them on the iron first. I have much more feel ...
by Allen
Mon May 21, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea
Replies: 25
Views: 1637

Re: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea

So is your plan to shape the arm bevel and not laminate a veneer over it? So what you will see is a stack of laminations much like plywood? If that's the case, your laminations of that stack better be very good as they will be on display to everyone. If your instead going to laminated a veneer over ...
by Allen
Mon May 21, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Tenor Uke in Master Grade Australian Blackwood
Replies: 7
Views: 815

Re: Tenor Uke in Master Grade Australian Blackwood

Your Poly paint expertise really pops our beautiful Australian timbers! Well done Allen!! Intriguing nut & saddle colourings, is that natural bone?? Gaz The nut and saddles are called Amber Bone. It's a vegetable dye infused cattle bone. Color goes all the way through and they seem to be much harde...
by Allen
Sun May 20, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Tenor Uke in Master Grade Australian Blackwood
Replies: 7
Views: 815

Re: Tenor Uke in Master Grade Australian Blackwood

The back reinforcement is Blackwood, as are the bindings.

Curly Pete is your go to Blackwood man.
by Allen
Sun May 20, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Tenor Uke in Master Grade Australian Blackwood
Replies: 7
Views: 815

Tenor Uke in Master Grade Australian Blackwood

This one featuring some of the nicest Australian Blackwood I've had the pleasure to use. Body and bindings in Blackwood. Waverly machine heads. Gold EVO fret wire. K&K Aloha Twin pickup. Ebony fret board and peg head and a high gloss polyurethane finish. Australian Blackwood Tenor Ukulele1.jpg Austr...
by Allen
Wed May 16, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Room dehumidifiers
Replies: 11
Views: 1127

Re: Room dehumidifiers

Can't recommend then enough. Great company to deal with.