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by Crafty Fox
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The compact workshop challenge
Replies: 22
Views: 1163

Re: The compact workshop challenge

My nano-shed (its so small I have to work on the molecular level). It normally looks more like Talldad's but my kids must have photoshopped messy untidiness onto it :wink: I do have a couple of machines, 6" buzzer and a moveable bench with drum sander and small thicknesser on it, but they get rolled...
by Crafty Fox
Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Starting a start up
Replies: 15
Views: 1444

Re: Starting a start up

What about any woodwork show wherever you are? When I went to the recent(ish) Perth Woodworkers Show there was a guy who set up a stall promoting his guitar building courses and there were other student displays at another stand, Fine Woodwork Assoc. So maybe you could tag on with another display? I...
by Crafty Fox
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bobbin sanders
Replies: 11
Views: 1227

Re: bobbin sanders

Hi Nigel, Carbatec has their head office in Brisbane and sell a small range of the sanders. I fancy the Jet benchtop one. I recently had issues with Hare & Forbes when a thicknesser motor mount broke after very few hours usage (under 10). As the warranty had expired, I had to get Consumer Protection...
by Crafty Fox
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How big a drumsander?
Replies: 17
Views: 1123

Re: How big a drumsander?

I have the Carbatec one that is open on one side. I do find it very useful when required..............HOWEVER: Changing the paper can be a pig of a job but after 4 or 5 years I'm almost improving. Furthermore, my overload switch will trip if I happen to look at the machine the wrong way. Would I buy...
by Crafty Fox
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Well, here we are, what now?!
Replies: 20
Views: 1788

Re: Well, here we are, what now?!

Welcome to Oz, Nigel. I came here for a two year working holiday.........in 1984! There's Australian Luthier Supplies in Mount Tambourine, not far from you and a beautiful area. They'll be able to advise you tools and timbers. They are too pricey for me though. And I know there's a good house coming...
by Crafty Fox
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hard shellac touch ups - pale areas
Replies: 7
Views: 713

Re: Hard shellac touch ups - pale areas

If the "old" finish is only a few weeks old then won't the new finish soon catch up in appearance?
by Crafty Fox
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First commission
Replies: 36
Views: 2674

Re: First commission

Looking at it from your client's point of view: This was some years ago. I always wanted a hand-built guitar personally made just for me and I had a friend who was an astounding woodworker......I know because I am a carpenter........I had the cash, and constantly badgered him to build for me but he ...
by Crafty Fox
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Shaping rasp
Replies: 7
Views: 956

Re: Shaping rasp

I continually purchase new and different tools and recently got a Japanese Shinto saw rasp which I used on my most recent build. As well as the tools mentioned in previous posts, I also use scrapers. The StewMac Ultimate Scrapers are my favourites.
by Crafty Fox
Tue May 01, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: alternative fingerboard woods
Replies: 7
Views: 1288

Re: alternative fingerboard woods

I've used jarrah on a few guitars, but mostly electrics.
by Crafty Fox
Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Finishing
Replies: 12
Views: 1957

Re: Finishing

I've found the Stewart MacDonald book "Guitar Finishing Step-By-Step" to be very helpful.
by Crafty Fox
Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stunning wood
Replies: 14
Views: 2056

Re: Stunning wood

I love flamed/figured woods and can't bear to throw any away, no matter how small. So I built my "Harlequaster'' from various offcuts. The burl sheoak was offcuts from my Les Paul Junior, which was made from offcuts from my dining table. The flame maple, from 2 flame top Les Pauls. The cherry, from ...
by Crafty Fox
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 75 walk throughs, no more till next year :(
Replies: 9
Views: 1509

Re: 75 walk throughs, no more till next year :(

Thanks Steve, I really enjoy these walk-throughs.
I hope you, your family and staff have a great Christmas.
by Crafty Fox
Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Is it worth the trouble?
Replies: 17
Views: 3506

Re: Is it worth the trouble?

That looks fantastic! Maybe now call it the DisHarmony? :)
Is that Tassie blackwood on the headstock, jarrah fretboard?
by Crafty Fox
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber supply - WA
Replies: 39
Views: 5943

Re: Timber supply - WA

Here we go:
145 mm from centre of bridge (middle saddles) to centre of Precision p'up.
71mm from bridge to centre of Jazz p'up.
I hope that helps you.
by Crafty Fox
Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Accident!!!Don't drop one of these!
Replies: 11
Views: 2382

Re: Accident!!!Don't drop one of these!

StewMac have just released a new version of the Dremel router base. Looks neat.
by Crafty Fox
Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber supply - WA
Replies: 39
Views: 5943

Re: Timber supply - WA

I built a PJ bass a few years ago and I went in to Kosmic sounds in Osborne Park and measured the pickup placements on both Fender Precision and Jazz basses. I'll check what the positions were when I get a chance later and let you know. Or if you have a shop nearby you could do likewise? I used a so...
by Crafty Fox
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sheoak based Guitar build for a Mate
Replies: 16
Views: 3904

Re: Sheoak based Guitar build for a Mate

I built an OM acoustic a few years ago of sheoak back and sides with spruce top. The neck is cherry/sheoak/cherry and fretboard is sheoak. I'm very happy with that guitar. It's the only solid timber acoustic I've built so far and I'm close to completing a sheoak/spruce archtop, with maple neck. Like...
by Crafty Fox
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber supply - WA
Replies: 39
Views: 5943

Re: Timber supply - WA

I often go to Austim in Lansdale in Perth, and they do stock blackwood. However, their stock range gets reduced constantly and I'm often disappointed to find that they no longer stock what I'm after. I like to use sheoak but that's not stocked now. I'm currently building a sheoak back & sides archto...
by Crafty Fox
Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Broken headstock
Replies: 8
Views: 2538

Re: Broken headstock

I think 'Simso', (Steve) posted a tutorial recently on this type repair job.
by Crafty Fox
Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Vacuum molding
Replies: 28
Views: 6903

Re: Vacuum molding

My only experience with vacuum moulding was when I did furniture design at Leederville TAFE many years ago...... From memory I used a formaldehyde glue and the press was heated and left running overnight. Worked a treat on a compound chair back. Graham Hawkes was using one recently, to form arched b...
by Crafty Fox
Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Maple and Spruce archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 8329

Re: Maple and Spruce archtop

Hi Rod,
I like your "Octigan" headstock inlay; do you cut them yourself or send off for them? If so where?
My wife reckons they look much better than the ones I cut (I agree) and our graphic designer daughter can design a new logo for me.
Cheers, Ken
by Crafty Fox
Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Maple and Spruce archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 8329

Re: Maple and Spruce archtop

You got good reviews because your work is totally awesome! You are an inspiration Rod. :cl
by Crafty Fox
Sat Jul 29, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Plane manufacturers
Replies: 30
Views: 8034

Re: Plane manufacturers

Most of my planes and also some other tools are Veritas. I do have a couple of old Stanleys and Records which I bought new nearly 40 years ago. I still use them but even they have Veritas iron/cap irons in them now. I sometimes buy from Carbatec, but only go there as a last resort nowadays, and ofte...
by Crafty Fox
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: I'm retiring
Replies: 45
Views: 14592

Re: I'm retiring

And many heartfelt thanks from me too, Bob. I've drawn great and valuable inspiration from this forum!
And as a Scotsman I think you could call your new Tassie/Scotch whisky; "Totch".
All the best with your new endeavours.
by Crafty Fox
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What do you do when,,,,??
Replies: 11
Views: 3350

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

I too would like to encourage you Rod. Your work is an inspiration to me. Sure, take time out and reeeelax, but I hope you come back to what you do exceptionally well.