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by lauburu
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What am I doing here?
Replies: 30
Views: 4536

Re: What am I doing here?

I am an about to be retired electronics engineer, which means I am about to be a close to full time musical instrument maker. I am a little late to this topic but, having retired recently, felt I needed to offer a warning. The above excerpt of your original post is a wonderful aspiration. However, ...
by lauburu
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The compact workshop challenge
Replies: 24
Views: 6349

Re: The compact workshop challenge

Fascinating thread. I've been absent from this forum for quite a while for various reasons - sell house, move to beach town to retire, travel, renovate shack for rental, buy new house, renovate new house, build workshop / garage. Retirement is Hell. After 40 years of making do, I finally have a work...
by lauburu
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stewmac Rosette soundhole cutter jig
Replies: 16
Views: 4878

Re: Stewmac Rosette soundhole cutter jig

Note to self: 1. Win Lotto 2. Buy dog's dangly bits

Miguel
by lauburu
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stewmac Rosette soundhole cutter jig
Replies: 16
Views: 4878

Re: Stewmac Rosette soundhole cutter jig

OK. This pdf shows what the base will look like. It's on an A3 sheet so I've got no way of knowing if it's to scale or not. However, the dxf file will be completely accurate. Happy to email dxf if you PM me.
Spiral Circle Cutter2.pdf
(8.58 KiB) Downloaded 146 times
Miguel
by lauburu
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stewmac Rosette soundhole cutter jig
Replies: 16
Views: 4878

Re: Stewmac Rosette soundhole cutter jig

Mmmm. The PDF file only shows a segment of the template. Will try to rectify
by lauburu
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stewmac Rosette soundhole cutter jig
Replies: 16
Views: 4878

Re: Stewmac Rosette soundhole cutter jig

I've been absent for the last 12 months or so - renovating house, sell house, renovate shack, rent shack, try to retire but clients keep calling, move to beach, buy house.............and now about to build a proper workshop. Will advise of progress. Anyway, one of my clients owed me a favour so I as...
by lauburu
Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Repair of smashed 51 Martin 0-15 (lots of pictures)
Replies: 7
Views: 3864

Re: Repair of smashed 51 Martin 0-15 (lots of pictures)

Inspirational repair. Have gone out and bought some pyjamas to wear in the workshop during my retirement.
Miguel
by lauburu
Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:56 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hello and Thanks
Replies: 4
Views: 2081

Re: Hello and Thanks

My next project is how to get timber legally out of New Zealand
I'm happy to babysit any timber until you figure this out. :wink:
Miguel
by lauburu
Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Been a while, how to replace a banjo skin
Replies: 11
Views: 3853

Re: Been a while, how to replace a banjo skin

Many thanks. Very helpful
Miguel
by lauburu
Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:18 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Been a while, how to replace a banjo skin
Replies: 11
Views: 3853

Re: Been a while, how to replace a banjo skin

Wind the tension rods until the new drum head is taught. Great tutorial, thanks. Just what I needed to know for a couple of projects in the pipeline. However, now come the inevitable questions....... 1. How taut is taut? I know that a skin shrinks as it dries so do you compensate for that in the te...
by lauburu
Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:23 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Introduction/First Build
Replies: 4
Views: 2510

Re: Introduction/First Build

People are always impressed to learn that you make musical instruments, but the truth is that it is not especially hard.
True. However, it seems making exceptional instruments is exceptionally hard. I'm trying to move from "nice" to "good". "Exceptional" is a long way off.
Miguel
by lauburu
Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Questions We Never Ask
Replies: 17
Views: 6806

Re: The Questions We Never Ask

"This old thing? I've had it for ages."
"It looks brand new."
"That's because I look after it well."
:wink:
Miguel
by lauburu
Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:23 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Year end puttering away
Replies: 3
Views: 1780

Re: Year end puttering away

Some exciting combinations. I look forward to seeing the end results in 2017.

Wishing all forum members and lurkers a Happy New Year
Miguel
by lauburu
Sun Nov 20, 2016 6:12 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Piano scavenging adventures - ungluing the structure
Replies: 12
Views: 8298

Re: Piano scavenging adventures - ungluing the structure

You could try one of those renovator multitools https://www.bunnings.co.nz/bosch-professional-multi-function-tool-250w_p00276902 Use the long cutter and work your way under the brace while trying to avoid damaging the soundboard. I pulled apart a wooden frame piano a few years ago. The most useful p...
by lauburu
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:19 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Affinity Designer for Luthiers
Replies: 24
Views: 9699

Re: Affinity Designer for Luthiers

Thanks for the link. I've downloaded it and had a wee play. Looks good so far and the price is certainly right
Miguel
by lauburu
Thu Oct 20, 2016 6:08 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding Glue
Replies: 11
Views: 5425

Re: Binding Glue

Check out your local hobby/model shop. They have a plastic glue which smells identical to Weldon and will stick plastic to wood.
Miguel
by lauburu
Sat Oct 15, 2016 6:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: All Lurkers Please Read
Replies: 12
Views: 6372

Re: All Lurkers Please Read

Excellent to see another Kiwi signed up. We're well on the way to renaming this the New Zealand/Australian Luthiers' Forum.
Miguel
by lauburu
Mon Oct 10, 2016 6:16 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Falbo Intension Bridge
Replies: 92
Views: 37129

Re: Falbo Intension Bridge

f I overlay them against one another, they won't be phase aligned. So there's a phase smearing across the time constant, compounded by the smearing of the box reflections.
Mmmmmmmmm. Think I'll take up knitting.
Miguel
by lauburu
Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:11 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: ukulele bridge fixing:- ideas needed
Replies: 6
Views: 2815

Re: ukulele bridge fixing:- ideas needed

You could also try Trevor Binford http://www.binfordluthiery.com/ who normally deals with guitars but has made a few ukes and does a fine job with repairs.
Miguel
by lauburu
Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:17 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Does a laminated neck have to be symmetrical?
Replies: 6
Views: 2694

Re: Does a laminated neck have to be symmetrical?

That thing is so ugly that it's almost beautiful. My opinion, apologies if it gives offence. Framus (also German) used to do super-laminated necks as well back in the 60's. They work very effectively. I have a 12 string Framus banjo from about that era and the neck is still straight as a die. Miguel
by lauburu
Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Otways Blackwood
Replies: 6
Views: 3942

Re: Otways Blackwood

run of the mill customer.
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Miguel
by lauburu
Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:31 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: help required.
Replies: 18
Views: 9177

Re: help required.

I'm in the same boat as Richard (above) plus undertaking renovations so no chance to get to the workshop for anything that approximates fun. Also, as Richard's post indicates, this could be a "how long is a piece of string" repair which just keeps on getting more complicated. Sorry
Miguel
by lauburu
Sat May 28, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Titebond, kauri pine and glue stains. Thoughts?
Replies: 1
Views: 1387

Re: Titebond, kauri pine and glue stains. Thoughts?

Sorry I don't have a solution but it's not something I've experienced with NZ Kauri
Miguel
by lauburu
Tue Apr 12, 2016 6:15 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Tiger Myrtle and Sitka Concert
Replies: 5
Views: 3992

Re: Tiger Myrtle and Sitka Concert

Lovely instrument Allen. Can't see why Trevor would want to stop after this one.
Regards
by lauburu
Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:07 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Table saw advice
Replies: 11
Views: 4906

Re: Table saw advice

Exactly the same experience as Richard (seeaxe)
Also the V belt to the motor caused the motor to bounce a bit and transferred the vibrations to the sawbench. Swapped it out for a linked belt and the problem disappeared.
Miguel