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by Allen
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce Concert
Replies: 3
Views: 379

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: 205

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: 724

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: 970

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: 12
Views: 753

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: 529

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: 529

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: 529

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: 809

Re: Room dehumidifiers

Can't recommend then enough. Great company to deal with.
by Allen
Tue May 15, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ceramic bandsaw guides
Replies: 2
Views: 388

Re: Ceramic bandsaw guides

I don't know how the Felder ones will work, but I'd be giving it a red hot go. I'd like to replace the ones on my Jet as the standard bearing give me the shits.
by Allen
Mon May 14, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce Concert
Replies: 3
Views: 379

Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce Concert

This is combination is becoming a common request by clients wanting something really different. Luckily the colors work well together. It's a 16" long neck concert tuned GCea. The fret board and head plate veneers are Honduran Rosewood. Bindings in curly Jarrah. A K&K Aloha twin pickup and a heap of...
by Allen
Sat May 12, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: End of the week how to, how to fret skim
Replies: 12
Views: 815

Re: End of the week how to, how to fret skim

Good one Steve. Did you make that adjustable sanding beam?
by Allen
Tue May 08, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to UV Finish
Replies: 13
Views: 867

Re: How to UV Finish

I use Bote Cote epoxy. 2 sessions does most timber, but sometimes 3. The Polyurethane is Mirothane by Mirotone. So anyone in Australia or New Zealand will be able to get it. I build 4-6 instruments every month and I switched because for me the finishing process is the bottle neck in my business. I m...
by Allen
Sun May 06, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to UV Finish
Replies: 13
Views: 867

Re: How to UV Finish

Polyurethane that I use certainly is thinner, and way more durable than lacquer. Not thinner than French Polish, but again way more durable. Application and technique is everything, and really not for a beginner. Repairing it would be no different than doing spot repairs on automobiles. And that was...
by Allen
Sat May 05, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to UV Finish
Replies: 13
Views: 867

Re: How to UV Finish

I did a lot of enquires about the UV curing, and the advice was to stay away from it unless you are into big time production. Even then there are issues that come up with adhesion to some timber, and curing where you have to go with a combination of catalyst and UV cure. Some of the guys I asked had...
by Allen
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Donations drive to help cover forum running costs
Replies: 19
Views: 2050

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: 1402

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: 1509

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: 1427

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: 1427

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: 821

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: 1402

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: 821

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: 821

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: 821

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...