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by simso
Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Using Abalone
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Re: Using Abalone

Whatever finish the Guitar is, I simply drip fill the finish in and then scrape it to height, possibly better ways of doing it, but I try not to make it to complicated for myself.

Steve
by simso
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Using Abalone
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Re: Using Abalone

This is .15mm shell with clear fill over the top, no sanding

Martin Guitar

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Steve
by simso
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Using Abalone
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Re: Using Abalone

It also helps to know if you are using solid Paua shell or laminate, the laminate is built up from .15mm thickness cuts and then glued together, so this may be the cause of your crumbling, solid shell sands really easy. Also laminates are not the same between manufacturers, I have one sheet of MOP f...
by simso
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fret bending?
Replies: 12
Views: 316

Re: Fret bending?

Real easy, Two skate board roller bearings from local bearing plac, maybe two bucks a piece or online eBay 6 for 3 dollars or similiar. Piece of dowel wood, cut it to same thickness as skate bearings, spin it up in a lathe or drill a hole and fit a bolt in it and spin it up with a battery drill, whi...
by simso
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fret bending?
Replies: 12
Views: 316

Re: Fret bending?

Definetly buy or make one, they make it easier

Steve
by simso
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Broken drill bit in tie block
Replies: 6
Views: 239

Re: Broken drill bit in tie block

Ouch, so disheartening for sure.

Many times, I walk away and come back to it the next day, as our mental aspect becomes very fogged when frustrated.

Steve
by simso
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Flatbed jointer opinion
Replies: 11
Views: 464

Re: Flatbed jointer opinion

What's your method for correcting warp on boards wider than 6" -- I'd imagine this is pretty common for a typical two-piece electric blank? My process is not much different to others, the jointer is used to straighten wood out for neck blanks and fretboards, basically it’s my first stage of creatin...
by simso
Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Compensated Nut Jig and mini pin-router
Replies: 14
Views: 3309

Re: Compensated Nut Jig and mini pin-router

Be good to see the whole process once your happy with it, from raw to fitted

Steve
by simso
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: End of month tutes
Replies: 2
Views: 194

End of month tutes

This months tutes

How I mix and use hide glue
http://www.mirwa.com.au/HTS_Use_Hide_Glue.html

How I retrofit a Floyd Rose
http://www.mirwa.com.au/HTS_Install_Floyd_Rose.html

How I assess bridge rotation
http://www.mirwa.com.au/HTS_Assess_Bridge_Rotation.html

Steve
by simso
Wed May 30, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Reducing x-brace angle?
Replies: 11
Views: 434

Re: Reducing x-brace angle?

Love your KISS approach to jigs.... Got to be simple otherwise I couldn’t do it :D Might then need Steve's planned tutorial about how to increase the rotation (carve the bracing through the soundhole I am guessing?). I love tweaking inner x braces to add more rotation, does not happen that often ma...
by simso
Tue May 29, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Reducing x-brace angle?
Replies: 11
Views: 434

Re: Reducing x-brace angle?

Thanks Trevor,

That makes sense, I am not actually measuring the rotation of the bridge but the area the bridge is attached to, had not thought of it like that.

Steve
by simso
Tue May 29, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Reducing x-brace angle?
Replies: 11
Views: 434

Re: Reducing x-brace angle?

I did a tute this morning showing how I measure bridge rotation, may be of interest to this conversation

http://www.mirwa.com.au/HTS_Assess_Bridge_Rotation.html

Steve
by simso
Mon May 28, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Reducing x-brace angle?
Replies: 11
Views: 434

Re: Reducing x-brace angle?

Just to add more confusion if you will. I get guitars in that are stuffy in sound and not vibrant, on these guitars I measure bridge rotation and find they are in the .2-.3 degree range from no strings to strung up. This is using my jig setup and digital angle display. Guitars that are resonant / fu...
by simso
Fri May 25, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: how to's
Replies: 4
Views: 226

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: 226

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: 313

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: 176

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: 313

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: 33
Views: 867

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: 566

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: 566

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: 566

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: 566

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: 566

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