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by Mark McLean
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go Bar Rubber feet
Replies: 16
Views: 392

Re: Go Bar Rubber feet

Veritas scraper plane just went to the top of my shopping list.
by Mark McLean
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Wood identification
Replies: 4
Views: 244

Re: Wood identification

If it was being called cedar it might be “Australian red cedar” (toona ciliata), which is not a cedar species at all - but it is a good timber for furniture and joinery and would probably make a good guitar neck.
by Mark McLean
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go Bar Rubber feet
Replies: 16
Views: 392

Re: Go Bar Rubber feet

Yep, those are the caps I was referring to. I agree with Martin that go bars are probably not the method of choice for bridge clamping. It might be possible, but I would be concerned (1) not enough clamping pressure, and (2) a tendency to skate around and end up in the wrong place. Go bars tend to p...
by Mark McLean
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Honduran Rosewood Tenor
Replies: 5
Views: 210

Re: Honduran Rosewood Tenor

Lovely detailing Allen. As you get the machines to do great precision crafting I can see that you still keep the human element at the forefront in design and aesthetics and detailing. This is modern luthiery exemplified. Jealous of your skills and tooling!
by Mark McLean
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Concert Uke with Bevel Cutaway
Replies: 9
Views: 345

Re: Concert Uke with Bevel Cutaway

OK, I actually already have the Robbie/Kent dvd for the arm bevel (don’t we all?), so I will go with that concept. Thanks for the guidance.
by Mark McLean
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Just Finished Falcate braced Osage Orange\WRC classical
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Re: Just Finished Falcate braced Osage Orange\WRC classical

John, I love the colour of it - at least as far as we can judge from the photographs. And it will mellow, as you have pointed out. Osange orange is a timber that we just don't see here in Australia. I think I would like to try it if I could get it. The combo with WRC looks great. I haven’t got much ...
by Mark McLean
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go Bar Rubber feet
Replies: 16
Views: 392

Re: Go Bar Rubber feet

At Bunnings you can buy packets of rubber caps in various sizes. They are in the area for goods known as surface protection, near the feet that you put on the end of chair legs, adhesive felt, and stuff like that. I can’t remember the brand name, but you will find them. There are black ones and whit...
by Mark McLean
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Concert Uke with Bevel Cutaway
Replies: 9
Views: 345

Re: Concert Uke with Bevel Cutaway

Very nice Allen. I am about to attempt a scoop cutaway like that on a drednaught size guitar. Do you have any recommendations about method? My plan is to reinforce with an extra layer of spruce under the surrounding area of the soundboard, and also double the side in that region. Then to draw the ar...
by Mark McLean
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Strat.
Replies: 2
Views: 124

Re: Strat.

Looks great Wayne. You can’t get redder than that! I like your custom headstock shape.
by Mark McLean
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.
Replies: 75
Views: 2834

Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Looks great Pete. I love the herringbone and the slim bindings. It must feel good to get to the end of the race.
by Mark McLean
Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustical effect of back woods
Replies: 21
Views: 967

Re: Acoustical effect of back woods

I was really interested to see a report about the findings of this research paper a while back. Thanks Trevor for the link to the full manuscript. I am fascinated by this sort of approach to our craft. I also bring to it the viewpoint of a scientist - my day job is a medical academic, and I have bee...
by Mark McLean
Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Attention all Lurkers
Replies: 36
Views: 7429

Re: Attention all Lurkers

It is great to see you back here Lillian! I hope you have some fun making dust and shavings in the shop in the next few months, and then show us what you are doing.
Mark
by Mark McLean
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Old Hofner resurrection (2nd attempt)
Replies: 3
Views: 313

Re: Old Hofner resurrection (2nd attempt)

It is great to see the photos. A really exciting restoration. Heaps of mojo in that one now, and it is playable. Nice job!
by Mark McLean
Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Old build, dead guitar
Replies: 7
Views: 935

Re: Old build, dead guitar

It could be that the centre of the soundboard is pretty stiff (overbraced, or very heavy bridge plate) which results in the low figure on the bridge rotation test - and maybe is impeding the acoustics. On the other hand, if the periphery is mobile (e.g. thinner edges, untucked brace ends) it allows ...
by Mark McLean
Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Old Hofner resurrection
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: Old Hofner resurrection

Hi Andos
I can't see the pictures (just file names) - but I am very interested.
by Mark McLean
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackheart Sassafras Tenor
Replies: 6
Views: 418

Re: Blackheart Sassafras Tenor

What a bummer to end up with an unusable neck (twice)! You must have done heaps of these now Allen, is this a first? Your order of operations is obviously very different from mine with a guitar. I tend to carve the neck fairly early in the sequence and then glue the fingerboard later, so a crook nec...
by Mark McLean
Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Tail Strip Glueing
Replies: 1
Views: 254

Re: Tail Strip Glueing

Very effective! Clamping challenges are often the time when we must be inventive.
by Mark McLean
Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bad Router Day
Replies: 5
Views: 607

Re: Bad Router Day

Commiserations. This is why the sunburst finish was invented.
by Mark McLean
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: More mandolin thoughts
Replies: 12
Views: 942

Re: More mandolin thoughts

Many of us would like to be there sharing that coffee with you. Enjoy! And share the results of that meeting of minds with the rest of us. This is important........
by Mark McLean
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Posting photos
Replies: 11
Views: 1048

Re: Posting photos

Greg - thanks for reminding us that this has been observed before. Some internet research quickly reveals an explanation for the upside-down photos conundrum. When you use a phone or tablet to take photos many people rotate the device to frame the shot. The camera sensor doesn't know which way it is...
by Mark McLean
Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Posting photos
Replies: 11
Views: 1048

Re: Posting photos

The upside down photo might have been a clever comment - but actually an accident. It was the other way up when I posted it using my iPad. Maybe it happened because tablet screen orientation is arbitrary? It might be important to consider that when posting from a tablet or phone?? But what is really...
by Mark McLean
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Posting photos
Replies: 11
Views: 1048

Re: Posting photos

Oh, 30mB is huge! Sorry, my comment about file size was obviously incorrect.
I just managed to post this pic which is 1.4mB and was taken with my iPad. Apologies for the misdirection.
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by Mark McLean
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Posting photos
Replies: 11
Views: 1048

Re: Posting photos

One thing I would add is that most picture files that have come straight from your phone or camera are too big to post. An ideal file size is about 150-300kB. For windows users the easiest way to reduce the file size is to open the picture that you want to use in Paint, then use the rescale function...
by Mark McLean
Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What am I doing here?
Replies: 30
Views: 2031

Re: What am I doing here?

I completely agree with Richard and Wayne. Time is your biggest investlment in instrument making. The material costs are actually fairly modest. Good quality timber is also likely to be easier to work with (bending, carving, finishing). OK, maybe not Brazilian RW for your first one - but some nice E...
by Mark McLean
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Adapting the method to multiscale and 7-strings?
Replies: 8
Views: 805

Re: Adapting the method to multiscale and 7-strings?

Thanks Martin. I had studied your photos and figured that is what you did. At the moment I have drawn mine out on paper to full scale but have not yet committed anything to timber. I almost feel ready to go!