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by Mark McLean
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tele Thinline Build
Replies: 27
Views: 1949

Re: Tele Thinline Build

“To err is human - but to really fuck things up you need power tools!” Commiserations about the router mishap, but we have all been there at some stage. Regarding the dilemma of whether to use nice wood for your top, let me relate a tale. I built my first (acoustic) guitar from a kit, so it had pre-...
by Mark McLean
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Hollow electric
Replies: 6
Views: 253

Re: Hollow electric

Lovely guitar, and great photos. I like it a lot.
by Mark McLean
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Replacing an acoustic back
Replies: 6
Views: 320

Re: Replacing an acoustic back

Yeah - you have left us hanging out for a long time for another one of these tutes. Keep them coming Steve. All good stuff, and we are vicariously living the dream of being a big-time repair guy.
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by Mark McLean
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Head stock inlay - Photos
Replies: 7
Views: 431

Re: Head stock inlay - Photos

Fantastic work. It is lovely art in its own right, but also marries perfectly to the aesthetic of the instrument. Inspiring.
by Mark McLean
Wed May 29, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Builder Just Joined The Forum
Replies: 11
Views: 588

Re: Builder Just Joined The Forum

Hi Andy, and welcome. There are more acoustic than electric players/ builders in the forum these days? But we all appreciate the skill put into each instrument, of whatever type, Please keep showing us your stuff.
by Mark McLean
Tue May 28, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: First Uke
Replies: 5
Views: 428

Re: First Uke

Lucky it is almost light as a feather, but not so light as to blow away over Bass Straight! Obviously indicates a finely crafted instrument.
by Mark McLean
Tue May 28, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: relic lecky
Replies: 3
Views: 312

Re: relic lecky

Nigel I love the reliced look you achieve. Maybe I am interested in this because my ability to produce a clean conventional finish is very poor - and I realize I should work on that. However, the ability to produce something that looks plausible used and worn is also something that I am interested i...
by Mark McLean
Sun May 26, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: RIP Kym Bell (scripsit)
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: RIP Kym Bell (scripsit)

Sad news, but thanks for passing it on Martin. The story around that guitar really represents what I love about this as a pass-time (with no disrespect to the few that are making their living from it).
by Mark McLean
Sun May 19, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: First Uke
Replies: 5
Views: 428

Re: First Uke

That is stunning figure in the timber. I am glad you managed to pull that out of the vege patch and make something nice out of it. Are you going to scrounge for the guitar timber as well? Start checking out the dunny door and so forth :)
by Mark McLean
Thu May 16, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Build #2: Steel String
Replies: 15
Views: 619

Re: Build #2: Steel String

I couldn’t agree more. Build for good sound, and FEEL. Aesthetic imperfections are pretty meaningless. The most beautiful instrument in the world is going to quickly lose its beauty with time and use - but it will not gain in sound quality if it does not have that attribute to begin with. That looks...
by Mark McLean
Fri May 10, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.
Replies: 96
Views: 8761

Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Pete, to my eye the one with the herringbone trim looks no less shapely than her sister. I like the classic look of the herringbone. If they are looking different it might be an illusion produced by the presence of the fingerboard and strings on one of them, rather than the purfling. But it is all i...
by Mark McLean
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Light Bridges
Replies: 20
Views: 1609

Re: Light Bridges

Yes, that is a really nice discussion of wood toning. Thanks for the link.
by Mark McLean
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Light Bridges
Replies: 20
Views: 1609

Re: Light Bridges

I have never tried ebonizing timber. How deep does the colour change go into the timber? Wayne Not very deep. It probably depends on the porosity and thickness of the piece, but when I ebonized an entire neck (blackwood) I found it only penetrated about 1-2mm. This is basically a finishing step. Yo...
by Mark McLean
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Student build - Spruce/Blackwood OM
Replies: 4
Views: 579

Re: Student build - Spruce/Blackwood OM

Wow. For a first time build he really nailed it. He must be stoked, and I guess his teacher is too! The design and execution are excellent, and it looks like you could dive into the figuring of that blackwood.
by Mark McLean
Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: My two most recent solid bodies
Replies: 6
Views: 602

Re: My two most recent solid bodies

Both looking great. It must feel great to put something together that works exactly as planned. I am not an electric guy at all. But your first photo reminds me that I have got an old Ibanez Jet King 2 sitting around in the workshop that doesn’t work (the orange finish and twin humbuckers in yours a...
by Mark McLean
Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.
Replies: 96
Views: 8761

Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Your build is progressing very well Pete. I certainly would not consider that to be an inferior looking piece of Koa! I like your technique for splitting the bindings. I can see how this makes sense for a uke where you want quite dainty bindings. Also very frugal. Regarding routing the binding chann...
by Mark McLean
Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 335 build with style.
Replies: 19
Views: 1451

Re: 335 build with style.

Yes. Impressive work, and very individual. I am looking forward to seeing the end result (and more steps in between if you want to share).
by Mark McLean
Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Light Bridges
Replies: 20
Views: 1609

Re: Light Bridges

For iron acetate you go to the supermarket and buy a 2 litre bottle of the cheapest white vinegar that you can find. And while you are there grab some Liptons teabags, or Twinings if you prefer. Put the vinegar in a container with a lid (it is going to get smelly) and add a good handful of steel woo...
by Mark McLean
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GS Guitar Build Started
Replies: 20
Views: 2696

Re: New GS Guitar Build Started

Hi Wayne
Thanks for showing us your work. I like the little details like the symmetry of the headstock and bridge shapes. It is looking really good.
by Mark McLean
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 335 build with style.
Replies: 19
Views: 1451

Re: 335 build with style.

Wow - is that your own marquetry on the top?. Looks really amazing. Tell us more.
by Mark McLean
Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Safe-T-Planer sources AU/NZ
Replies: 16
Views: 1434

Re: Safe-T-Planer sources AU/NZ

Yep - that looks like a replica of the Wagner product.

Now, lets see what else they sell that I must have.........
by Mark McLean
Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Safe-T-Planer sources AU/NZ
Replies: 16
Views: 1434

Re: Safe-T-Planer sources AU/NZ

I have the original Wagner one and it is a useful tool. I used to use it to thickness top, back and side plates - until I got a drum sander which is a much better way to do that job. Now the safe-t-planer gets a lot less use, but I still use it for some thicknesing tasks like headstocks. I have hear...
by Mark McLean
Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Light Bridges
Replies: 20
Views: 1609

Re: Light Bridges

Too much weight is generally thought to be a bad thing in a bridge. However, you need a wood that is really hard and resists splitting or denting. This is important around the saddle slot so that the forward tipping pressure of the saddle under string tension doesn’t snap out the front edge of the s...
by Mark McLean
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Let me introduce myself...
Replies: 7
Views: 770

Re: Let me introduce myself...

G’day Mick, and welcome. We are all here looking for info, so you are in good company. I am sure you will contribute some too, or provide some entertainment, if you just share with us what you are up to from time to time.
Mark
by Mark McLean
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go Bar Rubber feet
Replies: 16
Views: 1581

Re: Go Bar Rubber feet

Veritas scraper plane just went to the top of my shopping list.