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by peter.coombe
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Using Abalone
Replies: 15
Views: 729

Re: Using Abalone

I use solid Paua Abalone and glue the strips in with CA glue. Some woods will stain with CA, so try on scrap first. Myrtle, Qld Maple, NSW Rosewood, Huon Pine which is what I have used so far are all ok. One wood stained badly, can't remember what it was, but I think it was Sassafras so bad idea to ...
by peter.coombe
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: "Dying" craft & radial soundboard
Replies: 6
Views: 526

Re: "Dying" craft & radial soundboard

Looking at the last fifty or so years I would describe it as a burgeoning craft, like nowadays you can buy a kit. Yes exactly. There is also a heck of a lot more information readily available nowadays. The old ways when I first started was to keep what you learned to yourself, not let any "secrets"...
by peter.coombe
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GST rules
Replies: 10
Views: 689

Re: New GST rules

Is a good time to stock up before this comes into effect.
by peter.coombe
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GST rules
Replies: 10
Views: 689

Re: New GST rules

Ok, but that is likely to mean delays. How do the forwarding companies contact us? There is usually not an email address on the package, and not necessarily a phone number either so that leaves snail mail. The forwarding companies, and that must include Australia Post had better have big warehouses!...
by peter.coombe
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: "Dying" craft & radial soundboard
Replies: 6
Views: 526

Re: "Dying" craft & radial soundboard

I saw that and it is interesting, although I don't agree about the dying craft thing. I listened carefully to his mandolin, and I am not concerned about any potential competition. His concepts might work, I dunno, but he hasn't got it right yet.
by peter.coombe
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GST rules
Replies: 10
Views: 689

New GST rules

Anyone have any idea how the new GST rules for imports under $1000 is going to work. As I understand it, the bigger companies such as Ebay will be charging customers and paying it, but what about the smaller companies such as LMI and Stew Mac? There are millions of small companies all over the world...
by peter.coombe
Sun May 13, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ceramic bandsaw guides
Replies: 2
Views: 392

Ceramic bandsaw guides

Will all the talk about bandsaws, I got onto the Fielder web site and noticed they are now offering ceramic guides as an option. I am thinking about upgrading my Hammer and was wondering if anyone has had any experience with ceramic guides. Coming from Fielder they are not likely to be cheap, but sh...
by peter.coombe
Wed May 09, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bandsaw opinions
Replies: 20
Views: 1265

Re: bandsaw opinions

Here is the INCA web site. They have 2 reconditioned machines for sale right now for quite a reasonable price considering the sort of quality you get. They do ship international. You can cut veneers, or even use it as a fretsaw, it is so damn accurate. http://incamachines.com/english/buy-inca-machin...
by peter.coombe
Wed May 09, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bandsaw opinions
Replies: 20
Views: 1265

Re: bandsaw opinions

My main motivation is to buy a tool of quality, that will last me a long long time, and be a pleasure using. I'm sick and tired of making do. And I've grown to loathe needing to fiddle and tweak second rate gear every time I need to use it. I was in exactly that same predicament 25 years ago. Ended...
by peter.coombe
Wed May 02, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: alternative fingerboard woods
Replies: 7
Views: 752

Re: alternative fingerboard woods

I like Lancewood for mandolin fingerboards.
by peter.coombe
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood article
Replies: 13
Views: 967

Re: Rosewood article

I am not so sure appearance is all that important in regard to what actually sells. For some it is important, but I think they are a small minority. My experience is that if I have a particularly pretty mandolin then that is the one the potential customers will always pick up first. However, if anot...
by peter.coombe
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood article
Replies: 13
Views: 967

Re: Rosewood article

I don’t think we could expect to see Aussie Rosewood in our lifetimes. A great pity. Unfortunately it would not survive where I live or I would have planted some. I have also been growing Acacia Melanoxylon , it grows in the forests here but most have been cut down. We planted 50 on our 2 acre bloc...
by peter.coombe
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood article
Replies: 13
Views: 967

Re: Rosewood article

Well Indian Rosewood is still available, and is likely to be available into the foreseeable future. You do need CITES documentation, but it is still legal to export rosewood from India. The Indian suppliers need to get the permits, and if it is to be re-exported then CITES documentation is needed. T...
by peter.coombe
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Wood Identification
Replies: 4
Views: 775

Re: Wood Identification

King Billy Pine would be my guess as well.
by peter.coombe
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Taylor "V Class"
Replies: 2
Views: 750

Re: Taylor "V Class"

  • Because falcate bracing is too hard to do in a factory..... :P
Yep, that is exactly what I thought when I saw this.
by peter.coombe
Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Skill sets.
Replies: 15
Views: 2762

Re: Skill sets.

If you want to sell your creations, I am with Nigel, marketing. Marketing is something most of us are not good at, and don't spend enough time on.
by peter.coombe
Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sending veneer to Oz
Replies: 11
Views: 2757

Re: Sending veneer to Oz

If it has no bark, no rot, no evidence of insect activity (e.g. borer holes) and it is not rosewood, it should be fine.
by peter.coombe
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Looking for Zipflex
Replies: 5
Views: 1584

Re: Looking for Zipflex

CITES has nothing to do with the trouble getting shell from the USA. No shell species that is listed on CITES is used for inlay work. The problem is with the rules associated with the USA Lacey Act so it is specific to the USA only. The paperwork and fees involved make it uneconomic to import or exp...
by peter.coombe
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Pau Ferro fingerboards
Replies: 17
Views: 4850

Re: Pau Ferro fingerboards

Gidgee does go darker when oiled, but not black like Macassar Ebony. I have successfully used Gidgee, NSW Ironwood, Lancewood, Indian Ebony, African Ebony and Macassar Ebony for fingerboards and tuning knobs. I like the Macassar Ebony because LMI have very good quality quarter sawn fingerboard blank...
by peter.coombe
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Shellac. A story and some questions.
Replies: 11
Views: 3024

Re: Shellac. A story and some questions.

Yep, shellac does have a shelf life. The actual length of time it is good depends on how white it is and the temperature and humidity it is stored at. Keep it cool and dry and it will last some years. The clear transparent stuff has the shortest shelf life, it does not last long at all, the dark she...
by peter.coombe
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: I'm retiring
Replies: 45
Views: 11580

Re: I'm retiring

All the best Bob in your new venture. Sorry to hear of your troubles with your hands, but we all get old eventually. Had a recent scare myself, but that seems to be working out ok, and I intend to keep going until I can't physically do it any more. This forum has been a great help when I started mak...
by peter.coombe
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What do you do when,,,,??
Replies: 11
Views: 2682

Re: What do you do when,,,,??

What to do? Put it aside and forget about it for a while. Start the next instrument, finish the next instrument. Maybe start the next. One day get back to it and fix it or put the bandsaw through it and chuck it out. By then the impact of the time spent on it will have lessoned and you don't care so...
by peter.coombe
Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Pickups??
Replies: 8
Views: 2271

Re: Pickups??

I use McIntyre feather. Sounds very good, no eq required (but does require a preamp), and is easily reversible if the customer wants to change to their favourite pickup. So far none have. I tried a few pickups some years ago on mandolin and Schertler gave the best sound, but they are expensive. The ...
by peter.coombe
Tue May 30, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Picking a Drum Sander
Replies: 18
Views: 4713

Re: Picking a Drum Sander

I have the Carbatec one also. Now is about 18yo and has not broken anything yet. Only complaint is that it is a PITA to change the paper.