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by Allen
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Donations drive to help cover forum running costs
Replies: 14
Views: 377

Re: Donations drive to help cover forum running costs

Link works fine Martin.
by Allen
Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood Concert with Cherry Blossome inlay
Replies: 8
Views: 813

Re: Blackwood Concert with Cherry Blossome inlay

Thanks everyone. Looking forward to doing more inlay....especially when the client is willing to pay for it. :D
by Allen
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stewmac Rosette soundhole cutter jig
Replies: 16
Views: 660

Re: Stewmac Rosette soundhole cutter jig

I did Grahams first suggestion to mine.
by Allen
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cutting 1mm slots / rings for rosettes
Replies: 15
Views: 669

Re: Cutting 1mm slots / rings for rosettes

I also use a jewellers metal roller press to size all my purfling strips. Expensive item for sure, but does make all the difference when you are going for the perfect fit for things like rosettes. No need to scrape the purflings. Just run them through the press and make them a nice slip fit. A tiny ...
by Allen
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cutting 1mm slots / rings for rosettes
Replies: 15
Views: 669

Re: Cutting 1mm slots / rings for rosettes

You can get carbide bits out of China in all kinds of sizes. I have them from 0.5mm through to 2.0mm in the 3mm shaft. They are so inexpensive that it won't bring you to tears when you break one. Ususally sold in a pack of 10. So my recommendation is that you get one that is smaller than you need an...
by Allen
Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Soprano in Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce
Replies: 7
Views: 441

Re: Soprano in Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce

OK. Interesting, and clever. I have been doing it like the perimeter binding, or a soundhole binding - hand bending a straight strip of timber. But a smaller round or oval shape for a side port becomes a challenge. Your method for cutting a circle out of a solid piece is a good fix - for those that...
by Allen
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood Concert with Cherry Blossome inlay
Replies: 8
Views: 813

Blackwood Concert with Cherry Blossome inlay

Blackwood body and bindings with a 16" scale length compound radius fret board in Ebony. The inlay is Pink Mussel for the petals, Blackwood for stems and vacuum dyed maple for the petals. Finished in high gloss polyurethane. Blackwood Concert with Cherry Blossom Inlay1.jpg Blackwood Concert with Che...
by Allen
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Soprano in Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce
Replies: 7
Views: 441

Re: Soprano in Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce

My method isn't going to be one that will be easy for most to do, as I cut the binding from a solid veneer about 2mm thick on my laser, though you could do it the old fashon way with jewelers saw or similar. Then wrap the purfling around it and glue in place with CA. After dry then I bend it to fit ...
by Allen
Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Soprano in Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce
Replies: 7
Views: 441

Re: Soprano in Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce

Soundports.....you either love them or hate them. I do think that they give a bit more feedback to the player, but don't know if it's at the expense of projection to the audience. I really feel that they need to have binding on them. Otherwise they look very unfinished. That however greatly complica...
by Allen
Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Soprano in Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce
Replies: 7
Views: 441

Soprano in Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce

I don't often get asked to build soprano's and after building so many baritones lately I found myself constantly checking dimensions as they are just so tiny in comparison. However the sound that comes out of such a small instrument is astonishing. This is a standard 13 3/4" scale length and on my b...
by Allen
Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 8-string fan-fret bouzouki guitar
Replies: 6
Views: 427

Re: 8-string fan-fret bouzouki guitar

I like that Mark. Very ambitious.

That neck has really come out black. Never tried ebonizing before, but now it has me thinking it may have some interesting applications.
by Allen
Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Under Saddle Pickup Question
Replies: 7
Views: 546

Re: Under Saddle Pickup Question

The best methods of making sure you have good downward pressure on your pickup is to route the saddle slot with a 7 - 9 degree rearward tilt. This assures that the strings will drive the saddle further into the saddle slot rather that want to roll it forward.
by Allen
Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Double Bass Build
Replies: 6
Views: 577

Re: Double Bass Build

My favorite is a 1/4" laminate trimmer and I own 5 Makita's all set up with their own dedicated bit for the particular job I need them for. However with a 35mm deep cut you are more than likely better off with a 1/2" router over a 1/4" one. If it's just very occasional use then you don't need someth...
by Allen
Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Finishing
Replies: 12
Views: 992

Re: Finishing

First up decide if you are wanting a pore filled finish, or an open one. If pore filled then start your research on the type of pore filling that you want to go with. Note that this is a labour intensive process, and if you are wanting that mirror like finish this step is critical to get right befor...
by Allen
Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Wood Identification
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Re: Wood Identification

Perhaps King Billy Pine.
by Allen
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Of interest, repairing a hole in top
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Re: Of interest, repairing a hole in top

I see this sort of question on a couple of other forums I'm on Steve and would be great to see your approach.
by Allen
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Pore Filling - Sanding Sealer
Replies: 5
Views: 509

Re: Pore Filling - Sanding Sealer

Sanding sealer should only ever be applied as one coat after you have done the pore filling with some other method where it's only the pores you've filled. And the sanding sealer is just taking care of very minor imperfections and giving a uniform surface to then apply your topcoats. Otherwise it wi...
by Allen
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Laminating Cutaway Sides
Replies: 6
Views: 638

Re: Laminating Cutaway Sides



And you can purchase the kits here.

http://www.roarockit.ca/luthier-tap-kit ... and-parts/
by Allen
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood Uke with Cutaway Scoop
Replies: 3
Views: 300

Re: Blackwood Uke with Cutaway Scoop

Watch Kent Everett’s video tutorial on the arm bevel. Similar process.
by Allen
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood Uke with Cutaway Scoop
Replies: 3
Views: 300

Blackwood Uke with Cutaway Scoop

Been wanting to give one of these cutaway scoops a try for a few years now and finally got around to it. Must say it's this little details the most challenging woodwork I've ever done. However it is suprisingly comfortable to use. This instrument is Australian Blackwood with a Sequoia soundboard. Gi...
by Allen
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bowed Back board
Replies: 13
Views: 1131

Re: Bowed Back board

What was the RH when you braced it up, and what is it now? That will tell you what needs to be done.

I suspect your only option is to remove the 3 transverse braces at the very least (you might get away with the 4 radial ones) and redo them with RH at a more appropriate level.
by Allen
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Applying HHG
Replies: 3
Views: 507

Re: Applying HHG

Haven't cleaned it yet. Have refilled it several times as I've used it to build 4 ukes over the last month. When you let the accordian section expand it sucks the tip clean. It fits in the palm of your hand. Yes in the water bath. You can add some stainless steel nuts to sit in the bottom to help ke...
by Allen
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Baritione Uke with Sound Port and Arm Bevel
Replies: 5
Views: 581

Baritione Uke with Sound Port and Arm Bevel

Been a while since I did an arm bevel on an instrument, and thought I'd do a spec build and brush up on the proceedure. They certainly are a challenge when you pick figured timber to do them. This instrument has a 21.5" scale length and made from Australian Blackwood with a Yellow Cedar soundboard. ...
by Allen
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Applying HHG
Replies: 3
Views: 507

Applying HHG

This suggestion was mentioned several weeks ago on a private forum of luthiers I belong to when one person was considering to start using HHG. These accordian bottles are really inexpensive and I just so happened to have recieved one of these in an order for other supplies. I thought it looked handy...
by Allen
Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Custom Amp
Replies: 6
Views: 448

Re: Custom Amp

I love that Wayne. Very nice design indeed.