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by Tonxi
Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What is this instrument? What is it made of?
Replies: 3
Views: 1347

What is this instrument? What is it made of?

What is this instrument? Is it a 10 string uke? What is it made of? It looks like it is 1 piece and porous going by the finish.

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by Tonxi
Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mahogany Decking Timber UNBEATABLE PRICES
Replies: 10
Views: 2830

Re: Mahogany Decking Timber UNBEATABLE PRICES

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by Tonxi
Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:17 pm
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Wooden jaws for a metal vice
Replies: 7
Views: 5533

Re: Wooden jaws for a metal vice

:cl :cl :cl Brilliant! :cl :cl :cl
by Tonxi
Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:11 pm
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Super cheap digital circle routing.
Replies: 1
Views: 2428

Super cheap digital circle routing.

In a quest for accurate circles I came up with this easy and cheap option. $99 laminate trimmer, $10.99 digital calipers from Hong Kong and some scraps of 3mm perspex. I took the screws out of the end of the digital calipers and gradually drilled it out to 3/16" I took the base of the laminate trimm...
by Tonxi
Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:03 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: If you were to make a free instrument...
Replies: 17
Views: 3563

Re: If you were to make a free instrument...

If I was into electric guitars it would have to be Adrian Belew but since I am into ukes it would be Rory Gallagher.
He can play anything with strings on it. :gui
by Tonxi
Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:30 am
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: 'Om built thickness sander
Replies: 11
Views: 7232

Re: 'Om built thickness sander

All I have to do is make one of these and combine it with the running machine that I got from the dump underneath as a variable speed feed belt and I'm in.
What could I use instead of spruce? Spruce doesn't seem to be available around these parts. :gui
by Tonxi
Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:33 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What is this very dense purple(ish) imported timber?
Replies: 14
Views: 2974

Re: What is this very dense purple(ish) imported timber?

Yep, I'd say Purple Heart for sure. Your description plus those photos make it pretty convincing. The end grain shot is spot on, as is the face grain and the colour/s in it. Also the mention that it was once "bright" purple, now a dull purple/brownish - this is exactly what purpleheart does unless ...
by Tonxi
Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tool pride
Replies: 47
Views: 8100

Re: Tool pride

This is a nice little plane that Greg Smallman gave to me. It takes razor blades. It is curved at one end for inside curves and it has an open ended mounting for getting into corners at the other.
:gui Why is the other blade on an angle?
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by Tonxi
Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:36 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What is this very dense purple(ish) imported timber?
Replies: 14
Views: 2974

Re: What is this very dense purple(ish) imported timber?

Steve wrote:If you hadn't said South America, I would have guessed Kwila Martyn. It looks quite similar.
It was a long time ago so I may be wrong. It was at the Jetty markets in Coffs that I bought it!
Is Kwila this bright a purple when it is freshly milled?
by Tonxi
Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What is this very dense purple(ish) imported timber?
Replies: 14
Views: 2974

What is this very dense purple(ish) imported timber?

What is this very dense purple(ish) imported timber? I rubbed 1 end with alcohol in some shots. DSCF3228.JPG DSCF3229.JPG I bought it about 25-30 years ago along with a couple of other pieces that I can't find. I bought them for their colour and my wife assures me that this is the piece that was bri...
by Tonxi
Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Tru Oil
Replies: 43
Views: 11899

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Tru Oil

rocket wrote:Thanks Robbie, looks like good stuff i wouldn't mind trying it out. Does anybody know if the same Tru oil is available in Aus, and if not is there an equivalent on the market here?
Cheers,,,
Rod.
They use it for rifle butts so all the gun shops have it. :gui
by Tonxi
Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:25 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Tru Oil
Replies: 43
Views: 11899

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Tru Oil

Being for guns I can probably buy it in Glen Innes too!
Luxury! :gui
by Tonxi
Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:55 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: I didn't plan for this!
Replies: 13
Views: 3000

Re: I didn't plan for this!

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Looks like at least 10mm difference in the length of the body......I wouldn't call the "not very great".[/quote]

It isn't as bad as it looks. slightly under 8mm short in length.
by Tonxi
Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: I didn't plan for this!
Replies: 13
Views: 3000

Re: I didn't plan for this!

Not sure what effect the smaller body size will have Martyn with respect to the build but I'd be going back to the copy shop & kicking the copy guy up the bum....hard, present him with the evidence & tell him he doesn't infact know what he's doing & see him laugh then! I hate smug smart arses :evil...
by Tonxi
Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Lightweight router recommendations?
Replies: 26
Views: 9252

Re: Lightweight router recommendations?

I have big routers too. I just bought a 400W Ryobi laminate trimmer from Bunnings for $99. I made a circle jig for the base and it works great in the tests I have done for rosette channels. The height locks firmly and it isn't too heavy. That is all I have used it for at this stage, but,so far, so g...
by Tonxi
Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:06 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: I didn't plan for this!
Replies: 13
Views: 3000

I didn't plan for this!

I didn't plan for this! I told the guy in the copy shop that I wanted it copied to make templates and to make sure that the scale was set to 100%. He laughed and assured me that he knew what he was doing. I glued it to cardboard and cut it out. Then I used it to cut all my jigs and cut out 5 tops an...
by Tonxi
Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:58 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How do you modify tenor uke plans to make a 6 string?
Replies: 3
Views: 1031

How do you modify tenor uke plans to make a 6 string?

How do you modify tenor uke plans to make a 6 string?
The obvious thing is to add 1 1/2" and some extra width to the headstock for the added tuners but what about the neck width?
Do you have to change anything else to cope with the extra tension from the 2 added strings? :gui
by Tonxi
Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Here is a blessing to Da' Padma! (In poetry)
Replies: 2
Views: 825

Here is a blessing to Da' Padma! (In poetry)

Here is a blessing to Da' Padma!
Who shines likel a beacon, from afar,
a kindred light, that's guiding moi,
and inspiring me!
To think? That I could be?
A luthier!
by Tonxi
Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Is Aust Red Cedar ( Toona Ciliata) good for ukes?
Replies: 1
Views: 608

Is Aust Red Cedar ( Toona Ciliata) good for ukes?

Is Aust Red Cedar ( Toona Ciliata) good for ukes?
I can get some if it is including nice rootball, fiddleback sections. :gui
by Tonxi
Tue Jul 05, 2011 7:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Files without handles
Replies: 10
Views: 1630

Re: Files without handles

jeffhigh wrote:I bought a belt in Bali last year, didn't look closely enough, they wanted to charge me extra for the holes.
Just as well too. Holes are a prohibited import into Australia as they cause erosion. :gui
by Tonxi
Tue Jul 05, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Thank you to all at ANZLF for all your help and support.
Replies: 4
Views: 1292

Re: Thank you to all at ANZLF for all your help and support.

Good to hear your getting some positive out of the place Tonxi. Looking forward to seeing all this wood making some music. 8) Cheers Kim I certainly am getting some positive out of the place. I don't just want to make a couple of ukes, so with that in mind I want to get each stage own pat and set u...
by Tonxi
Tue Jul 05, 2011 7:27 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Files without handles
Replies: 10
Views: 1630

Re: Files without handles

we don't have much stuff in Perth, our files don't even come with handles [/quote]
I used to live in a shoe box in t' middle o' t' road. Lick road clean wi' tongue, work 19 hours at pit and 'av to pay t' mine owner f' privilege t' come t work ect.
:gui
by Tonxi
Tue Jul 05, 2011 7:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Thank you to all at ANZLF for all your help and support.
Replies: 4
Views: 1292

Thank you to all at ANZLF for all your help and support.

I just want to say thank you to all at ANZLF for all your help and support. I new almost nothing about wood let alone luthiery when I joined a couple of months ago,. Now I have 8 tenor uke sets, that I have sawn from tonewoods, that I have selected myself and it is mostly down to you and your suppor...
by Tonxi
Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:03 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: WAS abating, WDS on the rise! Turning tonewood into tonesaw
Replies: 9
Views: 2411

Re: WAS abating, WDS on the rise! Turning tonewood into ton

The pieces that you've sawn look nicely quartered. Is that one of the blackwood necks in the top photo? How did you go with the neck blocks? cheers Steve Yes that is a blackwood neck blank. I will saw 1 to make blocks for the others. The piece on top of the blackwood plank is actually NZ beech. I d...
by Tonxi
Mon Jul 04, 2011 6:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tri-Can ukulele
Replies: 26
Views: 6364

Re: Tri-Can ukulele

This is great. I quite fancy a resonator uke. Well done. :cl :cl :cl :gui