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by Mark McLean
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackheart Sassafras Tenor
Replies: 3
Views: 107

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: 112

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: 302

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: 9
Views: 494

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: 489

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: 489

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: 489

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: 489

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: 29
Views: 1120

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: 622

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!
by Mark McLean
Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tapping boards!
Replies: 14
Views: 633

Re: Tapping boards!

Another vote for the books (2 volumes). Although it is lovely to tap a piece of cedar or spruce and hear a musical sound, at that stage in the process it is fairly meaningless (IMHO). By the time you joint it and brace it and then glue it to the rims and then attach a lump of hardwood (bridge) on th...
by Mark McLean
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What am I doing here?
Replies: 29
Views: 1120

Re: What am I doing here?

Welcome Gavin. You have made a good start if you are in possession of Graham McDonald’s bouzouki book. I used his plans and instructions to build one a year or so back and found it to be excellent. I also had the prior experience of building a few guitars to fall back on, but I think you could manag...
by Mark McLean
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cupping with Mahogany
Replies: 9
Views: 723

Re: Cupping with Mahogany

Lawrence The concern her is that this could keep happening. When your guitar gets a bit dry it will develop shrinkage and cupping again. But when it absorbs some atmospheric moisture it recovers. Why worry? Well,when it is dry the action is lower, buzzing strings appear from nowhere, and (worse case...
by Mark McLean
Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Holding the guitar
Replies: 1
Views: 369

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Holding the guitar

That one is going straight to the pool room
by Mark McLean
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cupping with Mahogany
Replies: 9
Views: 723

Re: Cupping with Mahogany

Every few months someone will post with the question “why has my wood become bent”. The answer is almost always humidity (specifically, the immediate humidity in your workspace - influenced by climate and also by air conditioning, central heating etc. ). You braced your back and glued it to the side...
by Mark McLean
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Redwood / Pau Ferro classical
Replies: 4
Views: 537

Re: Redwood / Pau Ferro classical

The colours are beautiful, and the styling very classical. Nice job!
by Mark McLean
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Adapting the method to multiscale and 7-strings?
Replies: 8
Views: 622

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

Thanks Trevor. Good point about the damping issue. I had thought about an armrest, but on a dreadnaught size my concern is the (dis)comfort of having your arm over the big body and I was worried that a rest just makes it wider still. What about combining a Manzer wedge with a Gore rest, to reduce th...
by Mark McLean
Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.
Replies: 17
Views: 1250

Re: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.

No reason to be scared of bubinga. It is known to be fairlly easy to work with. I bent a set of highly figured (waterfall bubinga) sides which I thought might present trouble - but found it was no problem at all.
by Mark McLean
Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Adapting the method to multiscale and 7-strings?
Replies: 8
Views: 622

Adapting the method to multiscale and 7-strings?

OK - I have made one falcate guitar previously, so I have an elemental understanding of the principles and the methods. But my next project is going to add a few elements that complicate the planning. I want to make a 7-string (steel string, extra bass string tuned down to B) and also it will be fan...
by Mark McLean
Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.
Replies: 17
Views: 1250

Re: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.

Shape and size seem good. Most guitars with that type of size are thinner. It is not unheard of to have deep small body guitars (one of my favourites is the Nick Lukas model Gibson L-00, which is similar to your plan) - but it is more common for them to be more like 95mm. But as long as you are happ...
by Mark McLean
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Lord Vader
Replies: 5
Views: 726

Re: Lord Vader

Nice shape of the body, and especially the headstock. Great overall look.
by Mark McLean
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: AAAH! The internet....luthierie on a budget
Replies: 14
Views: 1657

Re: AAAH! The internet....luthierie on a budget

Yes, I get StewMac ads showing up in my newspaper (Guardian Australia for me). The internet knows us too well!
by Mark McLean
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Weissenborn issue
Replies: 4
Views: 928

Re: Weissenborn issue

Thanks for telling us about the solution. Makes sense when you go through it, but I bet you puzzled over that for a while before the penny dropped! I will add that to the memory bank.
by Mark McLean
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Workshop video of shaping a neck
Replies: 1
Views: 754

Re: Workshop video of shaping a neck

Yeah, but ukeleles are so small - of course you can do it fast!

But I do love seeing you do it with hand tools, and by eye and feel. Just crafting it until it seems right. And I bet it was right.
by Mark McLean
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Client picks up new guitar
Replies: 5
Views: 1133

Re: Client picks up new guitar

I love the guitar, and the pictorial + data sheet. Great package.