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by Allen
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ukelele build
Replies: 9
Views: 106

Re: Ukelele build

Ukes aren't guitars and you will be well served to keep that in mind. Build a uke to be a uke. You said 6 strings, but what is the configuration and what are you tuning them to? Is it going to be octave pairs on a couple of them or linear tuning with a couple extra bass strings. There is a hybrid in...
by Allen
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Workshop video of shaping a neck
Replies: 0
Views: 54

Workshop video of shaping a neck

Probably the most difficult thing for beginers to get their head around is how to go about making a neck that looks and feels right. I don't know if this video will help with that, but at least you see how I go about it. The total time from start to ready for pore filling was just under 1/2 hour, an...
by Allen
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Polyurethane Finish
Replies: 2
Views: 237

Re: Polyurethane Finish

I don't buy direct from Mirotone. My supplier decants into 1lt. and 2lt. containers of the common, quickly moving stock. It's more expensive to purchase that way instead of the 4lt. but I don't have to keep so much stock on hand.
by Allen
Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Help from above.
Replies: 2
Views: 203

Re: Help from above.

No worries Peter.
by Allen
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce Tenor
Replies: 1
Views: 170

Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce Tenor

Another one out the door.


youtu.be/WpxeMe5De3c
by Allen
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Measuring and marking frets
Replies: 5
Views: 322

Re: Measuring and marking frets

Mine are to 0.001mm. :-)

But they are cut on my CNC.
by Allen
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood Baritone Uke - Video Gallery
Replies: 3
Views: 283

Re: Blackwood Baritone Uke - Video Gallery

Thanks.

Video is getting me far more response on social media, so thought I better brush up on my skills. It does make for a different look to static images.
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: 243

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: 243

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: 3
Views: 283

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: 9
Views: 597

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: 751

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: 751

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: 370

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: 751

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: 751

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: 1248

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: 3237

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: 374

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: 798

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: 448

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: 1289

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: 1278

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: 1184

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: 1184

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...