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by Mark McLean
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Multiscale bridges
Replies: 5
Views: 165

Re: Multiscale bridges

Thinking about this a bit more I realized another reason why Lowden probably do that shape for their multiscale bridge - it keeps the bridge wings in the usual location so that there is no change in the relationship of the bridge wings to the underlying braces. Martin showed us in his build that he ...
by Mark McLean
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Multiscale bridges
Replies: 5
Views: 165

Re: Multiscale bridges

Good topic Dave. I am working through a multiscate build at the moment and wrestling with the same problem. Our human brains are very attuned to the appearance of symmetry, and our notions of beauty versus "doesn't look right" are really hung up on this attribute. For example, when humans rank the s...
by Mark McLean
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: ??? Glues and high pressure laminate
Replies: 14
Views: 284

Re: ??? Glues and high pressure laminate

It looks rather like a CF fabric, and so I would be hoping that epoxy would work well with it. Hey Ross - thanks for that very illuminating outline of the principles of thixotrophy (especially the example of shaving cream - got it straight away). And I am about to rebuild a guitar body made with HPL...
by Mark McLean
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Mitered purflings
Replies: 3
Views: 166

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Mitered purflings

Nice one Robbie. Enviable mirror finish on the back of the chisel. Now can I request a tute on how to polish your chisels like that?
Cheers
Mark from Australia
by Mark McLean
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Louro Faia for binding .. a complete failure
Replies: 25
Views: 690

Re: Louro Faia for binding .. a complete failure

Well those pieces just didn't want to bend! You gave it your best shot. It's lucky that you have a plan B (right??). I am sure it will all be OK in the end. You just need some other bindings.
by Mark McLean
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bobbin sanders
Replies: 11
Views: 606

Re: bobbin sanders

I have got that Scheppach model that you are already famiiar with. Not great, but not bad, and enough for my modest needs. It is hard to imagine that the "Powertec" one is any better - but I can't tell you for sure.
by Mark McLean
Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ukulele Need Of TLC
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Re: Ukulele Need Of TLC

For $8 I probably would have grabbed it too. For the fingerboard, start with a rub down using superfine (0000) steel wool over the frets and the timber. Then a good vacuum, followed by some oil. I would be surprised if you need superglue for the FB. I can't see the cracks - but maybe I am missing so...
by Mark McLean
Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Lutz/Blackheart Sass Hybrid Nylon, venetian cutawy & arm bevel
Replies: 16
Views: 1271

Re: Lutz/Blackheart Sass Hybrid Nylon, venetian cutawy & arm bevel

OK, that looks straight forward enough. Do you drill into a solid blank and then route out the middle, or route before you drill?
by Mark McLean
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: My take on a J-45
Replies: 3
Views: 311

Re: My take on a J-45

That ticks all of the boxes! Very nice combo.
by Mark McLean
Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: New Build Southern Cross Banjo Uke
Replies: 4
Views: 304

Re: New Build Southern Cross Banjo Uke

A stunning combination of woods (and other materials). The purple heart is amazing. You certainly have crafted a unique instrument.
by Mark McLean
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Lutz/Blackheart Sass Hybrid Nylon, venetian cutawy & arm bevel
Replies: 16
Views: 1271

Re: Lutz/Blackheart Sass Hybrid Nylon, venetian cutawy & arm bevel

Lovely work Trent. Lots of nice individual touches. Well done with the 18 hole bridge. It creates such a clean look and good function. When I tried it once I got a good functional outcome, but mine doesn't bear close inspection of the regularity of the hole placement. Did you develop any good tricks...
by Mark McLean
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 8 String bocote falcate braced nylon string crossover guitar
Replies: 11
Views: 1136

Re: 8 String bocote falcate braced nylon string crossover guitar

I am impressed too. I just did a re-top job on one of my previous builds and my method was much less refined, and took way more effort than that approach.

Looks like you are back on track with this creation John.
by Mark McLean
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Soprano with heaps of bling - picture set
Replies: 6
Views: 412

Re: Soprano with heaps of bling - picture set

Wow - that one has got a lot going on! You must have some vivid dreams at night imagining the combinations of materials that you re going to put together.
by Mark McLean
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea
Replies: 25
Views: 2188

Re: lamitated armrest bevel - an idea

Yes, that looks much better than the exposed laminations. I think you hve achieved a good result. We can all drive ourselves crazy noticing the tiny imperfections, but most people won't see them at all. The repeating of the padauk colour in the bevel and in the rosette looks great.
by Mark McLean
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Baritone Uke with Arm Rest and Sound Port
Replies: 5
Views: 340

Re: Baritone Uke with Arm Rest and Sound Port

Beautiful work. Is your arm rest bevel a solid piece or a veneer?
by Mark McLean
Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Well, here we are, what now?!
Replies: 20
Views: 1264

Re: Well, here we are, what now?!

Welcome down under Nigel. If you are interested in second hand tools and equipment you should get onto Gumtree, which is a local version of a Craigslist-style online marketplace. Make a dehumidifier one of your first purchases. Lots of good local timbers for you to get to know. Many of us favour Que...
by Mark McLean
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: J45 headstock design
Replies: 12
Views: 732

Re: J45 headstock design

Looks great - and will be fabulous under finish! I really like the black tuners actually. I also like to see other people using a zero fret. I know it is more common there in UK and Europe, but tends to be looked down upon by our American friends and is not common here either.
by Mark McLean
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: J45 headstock design
Replies: 12
Views: 732

Re: J45 headstock design

Nice Art Deco style. Fits well with a Gibson-styled aesthetic.
by Mark McLean
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: School builds
Replies: 4
Views: 442

Re: School builds

I love the diversity of instruments there. It is great that your are getting people's creative flair to show.
by Mark McLean
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Odd Ball Junior
Replies: 4
Views: 410

Re: Odd Ball Junior

We have got some nice park benches here, so you will both be very comfortable. Welcome cobber! Now we will just need to work on that accent.....

Nice job on the old guitar too.
by Mark McLean
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gidgee
Replies: 13
Views: 935

Re: Gidgee

It does look great! And you are really pleased with how it sounds - so an all round winner. We will look with interest at whether you jump into doing another one, given the difficulties.
by Mark McLean
Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: First Guitar Finished
Replies: 6
Views: 447

Re: First Guitar Finished

Great job Jim. The french polish finiishing looks great, and the aussie timbers theme is really good. Are you planning number two already?
by Mark McLean
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Truss rod installation
Replies: 4
Views: 417

Re: Truss rod installation

I'm with what Martin said. Don't glue it, just lay it in the slot and glue the fingerboard over the top - trying to keep that glue away from the truss-rod. I actually use a narrow strip of masking tape along the length of the slot to keep the glue from running into the slot, and no wood filet. As Ma...
by Mark McLean
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Indigenous themed retro SS and classical
Replies: 8
Views: 758

Re: Indigenous themed retro SS and classical

Beautiful, inventive, and local! Love It.