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by Crafty Fox
Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: glues for plastic binding in Oz
Replies: 4
Views: 686

Re: glues for plastic binding in Oz

I use Balsa Cement; The most recent purchase was Aeroflyte C23, I think $5 for 50ml tube. I think Pacific Balsa have taken over Aeroflyte now. I buy it from model suppliers. I've used it for about 10 years now with good results.
by Crafty Fox
Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Carbatec 400 mm Drum Sander Issues
Replies: 9
Views: 1126

Re: Carbatec 400 mm Drum Sander Issues

The Hare & Forbes DS-1632 machine looks almost identical to the Carbatec one, so perhaps they'll be able to help?
Let us know if you have any success. Good luck.
I have a love/hate relationship with my Carbatec one; the motor trips very easily. But one soldiers on..............
by Crafty Fox
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How do I fix this wavy side..
Replies: 7
Views: 1963

Re: How do I fix this wavy side..

Would it be possible to scrape & sand them flat?
How thick were the sides? I do mine at around 2.5mm.
by Crafty Fox
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 00 Acoustic build thread.
Replies: 33
Views: 4622

Re: 00 Acoustic build thread.

+1 for the Jonathon Kinkead book. I built my OM (Sitka top, Sheoak back and sides, Cherry neck with sheoak fretboard) a few years ago by following that.
And Titebond Original for me too.
by Crafty Fox
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tutes to pass the time away
Replies: 5
Views: 1533

Re: Tutes to pass the time away

Steve,
I don't think your tutes are a waste of time; far from it! I learn a lot from them.
by Crafty Fox
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Knobs / buttons coming off tuners
Replies: 5
Views: 1403

Re: Knobs / buttons coming off tuners

As far as I'm aware, Waverly are owned by Stewart MacDonald, so it might be worth emailing them asking for a replacement set.
I would expect a lifetime warranty on them.
by Crafty Fox
Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New member and new instrument builder, hello!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 1269

Re: New member and new instrument builder, hello!!!

Welcome to the madness!
Great effort for your first build, well done. :)
by Crafty Fox
Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Perth
Replies: 4
Views: 1841

Re: Perth

Hi, My wife's cousin, Greg Miller, runs an educational workshop facility, "The Joy Of Wood", at the rear of woodworking tool suppliers, Timbecon, at 31 Canvale Road, Canning Vale. I'm pretty sure he will provide bench space for you. He's a very approachable, helpful and friendly guy. You'll be able ...
by Crafty Fox
Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mahogany wanted
Replies: 20
Views: 4141

Re: Mahogany wanted

Hi Joseph, I don't have any mahogany and I don't think StewMac send mahogany overseas now. But I have used WA sheoak on a few electric necks with good results, so maybe you could consider that option? It may be a little heavier though. Or you could try for Queensland maple? I've only built one acous...
by Crafty Fox
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ivoroid
Replies: 6
Views: 1962

Re: Ivoroid

I mostly use ABS plastic bindings from StewMac and I always seal my guitars with shellac prior to spraying lacquer. Never had any issues.
by Crafty Fox
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: travelling with several guitars?
Replies: 7
Views: 1549

Re: travelling with several guitars?

Where and when is the WA guitar show?
by Crafty Fox
Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Builder Just Joined The Forum
Replies: 11
Views: 2200

Re: Builder Just Joined The Forum

Hi Andy, and welcome. I also lean more to the electric side and have done 16 scratch builds so far; just one 'proper' acoustic, 3 resonators, and the rest are electrics, including 2 archtops. I haven't used silky oak yet but I have a couple of pieces for a future build. I used WA sheoak for the back...
by Crafty Fox
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tele Thinline Build
Replies: 45
Views: 12421

Re: Tele Thinline Build

Welcome Woltz,
I love Thinline Teles. I've built 4 so far, all scratch builds, all different, various hardware/electrics etc. I can't get enough of 'em.
I'll be following your progress with great interest. Might fire me up to build another!!!
by Crafty Fox
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: HVLP set up
Replies: 5
Views: 1737

Re: HVLP set up

After messing (literally) with crappy guns from "Supercheap Autos" I got a Star Evo (106?) mini HVLP gun. Don't remember where I bought it from, but it was an online purchase from an auto finishes supplier, possibly in Sydney. I'm happy with the gun and have used it for a few years. I have never spr...
by Crafty Fox
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hollowbody electric
Replies: 25
Views: 7170

Re: Hollowbody electric

Absolutely awesome!!!
by Crafty Fox
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: AAAH! The internet....luthierie on a budget
Replies: 14
Views: 4351

Re: AAAH! The internet....luthierie on a budget

I use AdBlock, it seems to work ok.
by Crafty Fox
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The compact workshop challenge
Replies: 24
Views: 8198

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: 5691

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: 4575

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: 4047

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: 5469

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: 2324

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: 8932

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: 2762

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: 3217

Re: alternative fingerboard woods

I've used jarrah on a few guitars, but mostly electrics.