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by Mark McLean
Sun Jun 26, 2022 8:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic Guitar neck bolt options
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Re: Acoustic Guitar neck bolt options

Peter, if you want the definitive discussion of bolt-on methods you will find it in the Gilet-Gore books. If you don’t have them yet you should consider upgrading your information sources. Anyway, they take you through the merits of various approaches. The bottom line is that if you are going to bol...
by Mark McLean
Sat Jun 25, 2022 10:20 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustic Guitar neck bolt options
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Re: Acoustic Guitar neck bolt options

An alternative to the mortise and tenon design is to do a butt joint with a bolt down fingerboard. I have done a few with a kit system from Luthiers Cool Tools (link below). I would recommend one alteration to this method however. This is to avoid using threaded inserts straight into the end grain o...
by Mark McLean
Wed Jun 22, 2022 9:56 pm
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Bending Strap
Replies: 3
Views: 1576

Re: Bending Strap

Doh indeed!. Looks like a good idea. I will definitely give that a try
by Mark McLean
Sat Jun 18, 2022 11:07 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Caldersmith Papers
Replies: 3
Views: 416

Re: The Caldersmith Papers

I want one too. Going to order it now.
Nice job curating that Graham.
by Mark McLean
Mon Jun 13, 2022 8:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Finishing disaster
Replies: 6
Views: 396

Re: Finishing disaster

It is an old Suzuki from the tip? So why not go to town with the coptic textas and give it some really outrageous artwork?
by Mark McLean
Sun May 01, 2022 10:36 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Peg shaver
Replies: 3
Views: 672

Re: Peg shaver

A good looking jig!
It must be fun to make your own.
by Mark McLean
Sun May 01, 2022 10:33 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bending Irons
Replies: 11
Views: 1603

Re: Bending Irons

I agree with Martin that the commercially available electric ones are simple to use and, as far as I can see, all pretty much the same - so if you see a bargain anywhere jump in and grab it. It is very satisfying to bend by hand, and actually not difficult to master the skill.
by Mark McLean
Fri Apr 29, 2022 9:49 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Macrocarpa for neck
Replies: 3
Views: 849

Re: Macrocarpa for neck

Hi Pat. Which “macrocarpa” species are you referring to? Macrocarpa is latin for “large fruit” so it is used as a descriptive term in the botanical name of many different trees. I Googled it and found a few. There is a Eucalyptus macrocarpa in Australia, or the so-called “Monterey Cypress” in the US...
by Mark McLean
Fri Apr 29, 2022 9:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Slow progress on the neoclassical
Replies: 10
Views: 1475

Re: Slow progress on the neoclassical

Well, if that bridge fails it won’t be for lack of clamps.
by Mark McLean
Fri Apr 29, 2022 9:24 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bridge marking
Replies: 6
Views: 1167

Re: bridge marking

Nice video Nigel. I always love seeing an expert doing a task to notice the little points of difference to my ham-fisted work. Let me see if I understand your process. Please correct me where wrong: 1. You are doing this at the stage when the guitar is prepped for finish, but not yet sprayed. 2. I n...
by Mark McLean
Wed Apr 27, 2022 5:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Clicking when tuning.
Replies: 3
Views: 806

Re: Clicking when tuning.

Great tip! I have a few old stethoscopes in a drawer and have sometimes used them to track down problems around the house (but, so far, not in guitars). The dowel trick sounds really clever. I presume you place it against the mastoid bone, just behind the ear?
by Mark McLean
Tue Apr 19, 2022 10:04 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rick Turner
Replies: 3
Views: 1139

Re: Rick Turner

He was a sensational "outside the box" thinker and innovator. I remember some fantastic contributions that he made here on important ideas like adjustable neck designs and flying buttress internal bracing. The bio at Fretboard Journal makes you realize the varied roles he had in luthiery and the mus...
by Mark McLean
Sat Apr 09, 2022 8:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: new classical with spectrum
Replies: 8
Views: 1656

Re: new classical with spectrum

Great work Jim. Looks fantastic. Do you have any photos of the V-joint of the headstock in progress? The end result looks great.
by Mark McLean
Sat Apr 09, 2022 7:57 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: German style mandolin WIP
Replies: 4
Views: 898

Re: German style mandolin WIP

It looks like you are at the exciting stage! Tell us more - what is the neck like and how is it attached? What is the soundboard made of? Some pictures inside the bowl please!
by Mark McLean
Fri Apr 01, 2022 9:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Applying G&G techniques to a kit guitar
Replies: 14
Views: 3738

Re: Applying G&G techniques to a kit guitar

Yep, good point Trevor. The approach that I described is OK for a X-brace or similar design where you have some wriggle room for the bridge placement in order to get the saddle to locate where it needs to be. But I forgot that doesn’t work for a falcate design where you need to place the bridge acco...
by Mark McLean
Fri Apr 01, 2022 7:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Applying G&G techniques to a kit guitar
Replies: 14
Views: 3738

Re: Applying G&G techniques to a kit guitar

“A question to the brains trust, to rout the saddle slot now, or wait till it's been glued on? I can see merit in both ways....... not sure which way I'll go.” I find it easier to rout the slot now, rather than try to work with the router on the top of the assembled guitar. But I know some folks do ...
by Mark McLean
Sun Mar 27, 2022 10:36 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Applying G&G techniques to a kit guitar
Replies: 14
Views: 3738

Re: Applying G&G techniques to a kit guitar

Hi Steve Looks like great progress, after a long break. One of the really good things about instrument building is that the project can just sit and wait until you have the time to get back to it. My projects certainly tend to be like that. The herringbone and bindings look really good. If you are s...
by Mark McLean
Thu Mar 17, 2022 6:02 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood - Huon Pine Soprano
Replies: 8
Views: 1760

Re: Blackwood - Huon Pine Soprano

Lovely instrument Allen.
I really love huon pine when I have used it in various woodworking projects. Lovely colour, nice to work, smells interesting. But I have never tried it in instruments. What are your thoughts of it as a choice for soundboards, and do you have any tips for working with it?
by Mark McLean
Mon Feb 28, 2022 5:32 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Wall art
Replies: 3
Views: 1246

Re: Wall art

That is a fantastic collection, and really stunning presentation. Did you build the Red Special too? And which one gets played the most?
by Mark McLean
Tue Feb 22, 2022 9:05 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The scourge of ebony dust
Replies: 5
Views: 1560

Re: The scourge of ebony dust

Yes, the black smudge that gets everywhere. Part of the solution is to keep sandpaper away from the ebony. Use a scraper on it, and then leave it alone. Maybe also seal it with a wipe of shelac while you work on the sensitive pale timbers. I have used ebony bindings and felt your pain, as well as ex...
by Mark McLean
Fri Feb 11, 2022 9:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sharpening very narrow chisel
Replies: 6
Views: 1734

Re: Sharpening very narrow chisel

Nigel - did you build that jig or is it a bought one?
by Mark McLean
Tue Jan 18, 2022 9:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Heelless neck joint
Replies: 5
Views: 1535

Re: Heelless neck joint

Yep, I endorse what Graham and Richard said. There is actually no need for the heel, very good reasons to eliminate it, and a number of good options to attach the neck in another way. Here is one I made following Graham’s plan, with a hollow neck block (a bouzouki style body, but you could do the sa...
by Mark McLean
Sat Jan 15, 2022 7:57 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Sydney Guitar Making Course - Intensive, Jan 2022 photo journal - very photo heavy
Replies: 30
Views: 5098

Re: Sydney Guitar Making Course - Intensive, Jan 2022 photo journal - very photo heavy

That looks completely awesome - and exhausting. The quality of work that I can see there is fantastic, and it must be really inspiring for the five of them to be there working together (as well as for you, Steve). How is the humidity - down the road from you the RH in my workshop is 88% today and th...
by Mark McLean
Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Froggy Bottom P12
Replies: 10
Views: 2724

Re: Froggy Bottom P12

Peter, the usual reason that pictures won’t load is that the file size is too big. You can’t upload the pictures straight from your phone or camera at 2mb per photo. There is a separate thread pinned near the top of the index home page which walks you throu how to post pictures. Give it a go - we wo...