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by simso
Fri May 25, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: how to's
Replies: 4
Views: 82

Re: how to's

Yes a bench top Peterson is the one I use, whilst I embrace technology in machines, I am kind of behind the timesin phones, I look at my phone once every couple of days. The how to’s have evolved from just I have no apprentices any more to teach and do not really want to, so here is a couple of how ...
by simso
Fri May 25, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: how to's
Replies: 4
Views: 82

Re: how to's

The graph of lowest string capability without Buzz is my own calculation and experience and experimentation, each fret needs minimum of 3.7 thou sequentially string lift / clearance to the next fret, less than that I get buzz, above that is all free space provided no frets are in the way :D. The pro...
by simso
Sat May 19, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Vintage SG finishing help
Replies: 4
Views: 229

Re: Vintage SG finishing help

Keying something in means creating a toothed effect for new things to bite onto. Example, keying paintwork in means sanding it enough that you have a good clean surface with small scratch marks, that allows the new finish to adhere to, most finishes adhere vee a mechanical mean, that is they grab on...
by simso
Fri May 18, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: This weeks how to - make a bone saddle
Replies: 0
Views: 93

This weeks how to - make a bone saddle

Only one this week...... sad face...., been crazy busy with martin binding repairs and general crackwork,refrets etc


Not exactly hard, but of interest to guitar players

http://www.mirwa.com.au/HTS_Make_Acoustic_Saddle.html
by simso
Thu May 17, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Vintage SG finishing help
Replies: 4
Views: 229

Re: Vintage SG finishing help

Even with nitro, if it’s from a different company I always key the first coat in, deshine the guitar and then go for it, this also ensures no contaminants are floating or are embedded in the top layer. Once I have my first key coat applied, then I typically only scuff furthercoats to remove debris t...
by simso
Wed May 16, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New to the group and guitar building
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Re: New to the group and guitar building

Nice home workshop setup
by simso
Tue May 15, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: End of the week how to, how to fret skim
Replies: 12
Views: 445

Re: End of the week how to, how to fret skim

Noticed in my photo, the guitar it’s sitting in front off. How’s this for a funky neck, I pulled this off as it was broken and just fitted a plain neck to get him going, got to work out the feasibility of getting cast ally tig welded. I have a tig welder but don’t trust my skill set enough to do the...
by simso
Mon May 14, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: End of the week how to, how to fret skim
Replies: 12
Views: 445

Re: End of the week how to, how to fret skim

First, that link is to his single action unit, no disrespect but it’s pretty well useless, it starts with relief at 12 thou, sorry no Guitar I ever Setup has 12 thou relief, you need to be able to adjust it to dead flat, that one you cannot. The unit I have is his dual action truss model, he notes i...
by simso
Mon May 14, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: End of the week how to, how to fret skim
Replies: 12
Views: 445

Re: End of the week how to, how to fret skim

No, because the jig allows you to dial relief into the shape of the sanding board
by simso
Sat May 12, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: End of the week how to, how to fret skim
Replies: 12
Views: 445

Re: End of the week how to, how to fret skim

It’s a katana.
by simso
Sat May 12, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: End of the week how to, how to fret skim
Replies: 12
Views: 445

Re: End of the week how to, how to fret skim

I have one which I made, the one in the tute is a commercially available version ex japan

Steve
by simso
Fri May 11, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: End of the week how to, how to fret skim
Replies: 12
Views: 445

End of the week how to, how to fret skim

Process I use to skim slightly high frets.

I use this process on brand new unworn frets or a recently refretted / fret levelled Guitar

http://www.mirwa.com.au/HTS_Fret_Skim.html
by simso
Wed May 09, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bandsaw opinions
Replies: 20
Views: 624

Re: bandsaw opinions

Nah, I just wanted a pretend job, you know, the 9-5 routine, send the officers to war.

Steve
by simso
Tue May 08, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bandsaw opinions
Replies: 20
Views: 624

Re: bandsaw opinions

Bwahahaha raafie, I was one of them once

Steve
by simso
Mon May 07, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bandsaw opinions
Replies: 20
Views: 624

Re: bandsaw opinions

The real decision is what do you want the bandsaw for. If you want it for general cutting scroll type work, then hare and forbes is fine, if you want to do resawing then the laguna. I have two bandsaws, one the laguna setup for straight cutting and resawing, the other has a 6mm blade for general wor...
by simso
Sat May 05, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to UV Finish
Replies: 13
Views: 420

Re: How to UV Finish

I can genuinely say as a person that loves nitro and for example, I love nitro so much that I even use it to do repairs on Taylor’s as well, uv finished surfaces are very thin as each layer requires mechanical keying as you may have noticed in my walk through. It’s only good for clear finishes, you ...
by simso
Sat May 05, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to UV Finish
Replies: 13
Views: 420

Re: How to UV Finish

I like poly as well.

Uv is very process orientated, you need to coarse sand it, you need to cure it properly, if I was going into production I would get a cabinet not a hand held unit, then you know it’s fully cured

Steve
by simso
Fri May 04, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to UV Finish
Replies: 13
Views: 420

Re: How to UV Finish

Totally agree, but like everything the more it gets used the cheaper the product becomes. With PRS and Maton I believe now using it, as well as Taylor and a few other builders, the costs go down. One day I can see a full setup costing less than a 1000 dollars, which is worth every cent. The other th...
by simso
Fri May 04, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to UV Finish
Replies: 13
Views: 420

Re: How to UV Finish

Still in the ridiculous price range but slowly coming down, I think the hand held units are about 3500usd, the full booths which I think Perry has gone for or is doing is around 15000 or so, pretty neat setups. From raw wood to finished buffed painted into a shipping box at the end of the day With t...
by simso
Fri May 04, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to UV Finish
Replies: 13
Views: 420

How to UV Finish

Probably of interest to every builder, the way of the future this stuff.

http://www.mirwa.com.au/HTS_Uv_Paint.html
by simso
Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to set up floating trems
Replies: 2
Views: 197

Re: How to set up floating trems

Glad to help :D
by simso
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to set up floating trems
Replies: 2
Views: 197

How to set up floating trems

This one was done becuase i got a request on how do you Setup Floyd’s

http://www.mirwa.com.au/HTS_Floating_Trem_Setup.html
by simso
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Couple of How to's
Replies: 1
Views: 239

Couple of How to's

Decided not to just paste them as soon as they are done, but end of week/fortnight or month, a link to what I managed to photo. How to Repair a worn out Banjo 5th peg hole http://www.mirwa.com.au/HTS_Banjo_5th_Peg_rebush.html How to remove side fitted frets by fender http://www.mirwa.com.au/HTS_Side...
by simso
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stewmac Rosette soundhole cutter jig
Replies: 16
Views: 962

Re: Stewmac Rosette soundhole cutter jig

You have to give them credit.

If they see a good idea, they will run with it and mass produce it.

Steve