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by stopper
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Build #2: Steel String
Replies: 16
Views: 7611

Re: Build #2: Steel String

Nice job. Wouldn’t have picked the bridge for Blackwood. My Japanese is rusty but I think it’s subarashi yo!

Steve
by stopper
Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Native Olive OM
Replies: 11
Views: 8809

Re: Native Olive OM

Nice work John. I thought it was camphor at a glance.
by stopper
Sun May 21, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Blackwood milling
Replies: 14
Views: 6716

Re: Blackwood milling

A log that size will cut some nice sets Pete. I broke this one down last weekend. Nice fb but only 700mm diameter so not as much room to manoeuvre.
Regards
Steve
by stopper
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 6 String Tenor Sapele and Cedar Photo Set
Replies: 4
Views: 3793

Re: 6 String Tenor Sapele and Cedar Photo Set

Very nice Allen and good to see Parra are putting it to the cowboys at the moment. :D
by stopper
Sun May 26, 2013 7:45 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Another Falcate Uke.
Replies: 10
Views: 6404

Re: Another Falcate Uke.

Looks nice Paul. :cl

cheers
Steve
by stopper
Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:50 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: So, what do you all think?
Replies: 16
Views: 6458

Re: So, what do you all think?

Looks fantastic Nick. Nice blackwood. :D

cheers
Steve
by stopper
Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:40 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Journeyman Model
Replies: 39
Views: 14144

Re: Journeyman Model

They look great John,
Was the forest oak easy to bend?

Steve
by stopper
Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Leftovers
Replies: 7
Views: 3648

Re: Leftovers

There is a local box maker that takes my scraps and as you can imagine there is quite a quantity. As a sawmiller you do your best not to waste anything but by the time you saw, sand and dock out all the fault a very small percentage of a log ends up being marketable sets.
cheers
Steve
by stopper
Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber Identity help please.
Replies: 21
Views: 9357

Re: Timber Identity help please.

I think the water filled cracks in the surface are giving people the idea it is an oak. Looks like red ironbark to me or perhaps another heavy eucalypt. Nothing special I'm afraid. :(

regards
Steve
by stopper
Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:31 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Wood Moisture Meters: What to Buy?
Replies: 12
Views: 7235

Re: Wood Moisture Meters: What to Buy?

I have a deltron moisture meter that works well. It is the prong type with a slide hammer. After taking a reading I look up the conversion tables to make the corrections for timber species, temp. etc. It gives a good estimate. For accurate moisture content I use the microwave to dry a clean sample a...
by stopper
Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:52 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Blackwood Timber Opinion's
Replies: 27
Views: 10701

Re: Blackwood Timber Opinion's

Some nice colour there. The wide sap band and heart impact on what is left for tonewood but looks like some reasonable pieces there. I find splitting is best done when you have cut the rounds to the right length eg. 600mm for back and sides. Longer lengths are harder to split. I cut my tenor sides 4...
by stopper
Fri Nov 18, 2011 7:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some trees with potenial around the yard.
Replies: 7
Views: 3193

Re: Some trees with potenial around the yard.

Hi Willl,
some nice trees there. You might want to check on the brush box though. It usually has a smooth bark. The bunya looks a good size. I find knots are the biggest issue when milling it. The red cedar has nice form. Personally I would let it grow a bit longer.
cheers
steve
by stopper
Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Blackwood Timber Opinion's
Replies: 27
Views: 10701

Re: Blackwood Timber Opinion's

Very difficult to tell if it has fiddle back without cutting into it. Sometimes a bit of dimpling under the bark is an indication. As fiddle back is easiest to see on the quarter you could do a shallow intersecting bore cut with your chainsaw to extract a small sample. If there is no figure it is st...
by stopper
Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Is This Rosewood?
Replies: 4
Views: 3264

Re: Is This Rosewood?

I agree. The smell is very distictive. The set below is from one of those older big trees that woodrat mentioned. The colour can vary a lot. Smaller trees can be paler in colour. The block you have pictured does look a lot like NSW rosewood.
cheers
Steve
by stopper
Sat Oct 08, 2011 7:17 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood Uke
Replies: 8
Views: 3779

Re: Blackwood Uke

Looks good Luke. Couldn't quite follow your neck build description. (probably just my lack of technical vision). :D Do you have a pic.

cheers
Steve
by stopper
Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tree cut down - how to use for guitars?
Replies: 24
Views: 12167

Re: Tree cut down - how to use for guitars?

Snakey, your carport sounds like a good spot but be careful. I had some neck blocks ruined this week by a warm NW wind and too much air flow. Gently does it. Particularly if the timber is dead green.
cheers
steve
by stopper
Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tree cut down - how to use for guitars?
Replies: 24
Views: 12167

Re: Tree cut down - how to use for guitars?

Hi Snakey, Through trial and error I find it best to cut the log up straight away. I cut my blackwood into 6mm thick pieces for backs and sides and 25mm planks for necks and cabinet work. It is also handy to have some 100x100 and 75x75. You then need to rack it out in a suitable environment with res...
by stopper
Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Wood photos.
Replies: 20
Views: 8375

Re: Wood photos.

Nice, very nice. Looks familiar to me.
cheers
Steve
by stopper
Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:11 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: on the workbench...
Replies: 17
Views: 8383

Re: on the workbench...

That looks like nice bunya Daniel, The type that might perform well as discussed in another thread recently. How thick is it?

cheers
Steve
by stopper
Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Weather worth spraying in...
Replies: 14
Views: 5734

Re: Weather worth spraying in...

Put a lazy susan on the on the step ladder and you could spray them from the bean bag. When your finished with some minor modifications it could double as a weather cock. :lol:

cheers
Steve
by stopper
Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mahogany Decking Timber UNBEATABLE PRICES
Replies: 10
Views: 5937

Re: Mahogany Decking Timber UNBEATABLE PRICES

Yes, our friends in the pacific must have been busy establishing these 'mahogany plantations'. Why would we cut down our own timber when we can support this sort of enterprise. I would recommend a trip to these and any other group of pacific islands to view first hand the harvesting of these "planta...
by stopper
Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: another introduction (and bonus tonewood question)
Replies: 36
Views: 18043

Re: another introduction (and bonus tonewood question)

I am also interested in the performance of these timbers. I have cut bunya and hoop and just this week learned of a large norfolk island pine log to be sawn up. After searching other threads it seems that provided the grain is tight, straight and uniform it should be suitable but it would be good to...
by stopper
Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tree cut down - how to use for guitars?
Replies: 24
Views: 12167

Re: Tree cut down - how to use for guitars?

Hi Brian, Here is a solid body that I built from a Eucalypt ( E. Resinafera ) You may find that most Eucalypts are very heavy,This one is. A Gym workout prior to playing to strengthen the back and shoulders is required. That said it sustains for a day and a half and I put that down to the heavy den...
by stopper
Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Blackwood Style 1 Weissenborn copy
Replies: 16
Views: 6723

Re: Blackwood Style 1 Weissenborn copy

Looks good Alan. Nice colours in that Blackwood. Looking forward to more pics.

cheers
Steve
by stopper
Tue Jul 05, 2011 7:48 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Aust Red Cedar ( Toona Ciliata) Soundboard
Replies: 8
Views: 4448

Re: Aust Red Cedar ( Toona Ciliata) Soundboard

I cut some red cedar sets a year ago and found they weren't that popular. I suspect the large poors and softer timber might not be as good as other timbers acoustically. Red Cedar that has closer grain and greater density might perform better. Pictured are a quartersawn set and a back sawn set. Real...