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by Mark McLean
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stewmac Rosette soundhole cutter jig
Replies: 16
Views: 609

Re: Stewmac Rosette soundhole cutter jig

This one too if you need one? One use that comes to mind would be for a back slanted saddle pocket. In fact on further inspection of the link that is exactly what they demonstrate on the "learn" tab on the page. http://www.stewmac.com/SiteSearch/?search=tilt%20router%20base Ross $75 for a thing tha...
by Mark McLean
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood article
Replies: 13
Views: 309

Re: Rosewood article

In the Ord River area of WA they are growing sandlewood as a plantation timber for the perfume industry. It is starting to be quite profitable but the lag time between planting and getting a paying crop must be very long. I imagine it would be even longer for plantation rosewood. I don’t think we co...
by Mark McLean
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Donations drive to help cover forum running costs
Replies: 14
Views: 326

Re: Donations drive to help cover forum running costs

Thanks guys. The link is handy. I was having trouble before that too.
We are very grateful to you both for keeping the lights on at the ANZLF.
by Mark McLean
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New member 1st build research
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Re: New member 1st build research

Hi Martin. Welcome to the wacky world of DIY luthery. One of the great things about building your own instrument is being able to choose all of the elements for yourself - as you are doing. Your specs list sounds good to me. One issue to consider as a first time builder is whether you are going to f...
by Mark McLean
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Pear Shaped Tenor Ukes
Replies: 6
Views: 282

Re: Pear Shaped Tenor Ukes

Or falcate
by Mark McLean
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Pear Shaped Tenor Ukes
Replies: 6
Views: 282

Re: Pear Shaped Tenor Ukes

Hi Paul These look great, and It is really cool that building in a batch has allowed for some controlled experimentation with different designs. This is really useful information. It sounds like the main influence of the floating bridge and tailpiece on sound is more attack/less sustain? That makes ...
by Mark McLean
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: tone
Replies: 5
Views: 355

Re: tone

What Alain said is a good place to start. New string, check the nut. Then you can start to look at the saddle placement in the bridge. What sort of guitar style, what type of bridge? Are there individual adjustable saddles for each string? If so, it might be fixed with a saddle adjustment, rather th...
by Mark McLean
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cutting 1mm slots / rings for rosettes
Replies: 15
Views: 653

Re: Cutting 1mm slots / rings for rosettes

Gerard Gilet showed me a trick that really helps. It is mentioned in "The Books". Cut the channel a little bit thinner than the width of the purfling material that you are using. For the 0.9mm BWB that you mention in your example you might cut a channel of 0.75 or 0.8. Then scrape off the bottom ins...
by Mark McLean
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 8-string fan-fret bouzouki guitar
Replies: 6
Views: 416

Re: 8-string fan-fret bouzouki guitar

If you ever want to have a go at a bouzouki I really suggest that you get a copy of Graham's book. He has great instructions and plans for a number of different designs. I picked what seemed to be the easiest, but then added a couple of customized features.
by Mark McLean
Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood Concert with Cherry Blossome inlay
Replies: 8
Views: 756

Re: Blackwood Concert with Cherry Blossome inlay

OK - now you are just showing off!
Mods - isn't it about time that we banned this man?
by Mark McLean
Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Soprano in Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce
Replies: 7
Views: 425

Re: Soprano in Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce

OK. Interesting, and clever. I have been doing it like the perimeter binding, or a soundhole binding - hand bending a straight strip of timber. But a smaller round or oval shape for a side port becomes a challenge. Your method for cutting a circle out of a solid piece is a good fix - for those that ...
by Mark McLean
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Soprano in Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce
Replies: 7
Views: 425

Re: Soprano in Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce

Allen
When you bind the soundport on such a small instrument you have to pull off a tricky tight bend on those bindings. Any tips on how to do that, especially with a snap-happy bit of figured wood like that jarrah?
by Mark McLean
Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 8-string fan-fret bouzouki guitar
Replies: 6
Views: 416

Re: 8-string fan-fret bouzouki guitar

Thanks Trent. I did a google image search on "f-holes" and looked at lots of pictures, found something a bit non-traditional that I liked and copied that picture into a graphics program to play with the size and proportions. Printed it, cut it out and pasted onto some stiff card to make a template. ...
by Mark McLean
Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 8-string fan-fret bouzouki guitar
Replies: 6
Views: 416

Re: 8-string fan-fret bouzouki guitar

Hi Allen Ebonizing is an interesting pocess. Results are highly variable depending on the timber species, and even the individual piece. It depends on how much tannin is in the wood. Blackwood tends to go very dark, but you still see a hint of golden colour shining through. It is very superficial, l...
by Mark McLean
Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 8-string fan-fret bouzouki guitar
Replies: 6
Views: 416

8-string fan-fret bouzouki guitar

Blackwood and lutz spruce Blackwood neck (ebonized) Macassar ebony fretboard Blackwood bindings Hand-rubbed hard-wax oil finish image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg This is a strange creature - made on a whim and for the want of trying some new techniques. I have made 5 acoustic guitars so far, so I am far...
by Mark McLean
Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Finishing
Replies: 12
Views: 964

Re: Finishing

Hi Ben When you start a conversation about finishing it can go in so many different directions. I think the first thing that you need to think about is the look (and feel) that you are aiming for. And are you making these instruments for yourself (and loved ones), or for sale? If you want to make so...
by Mark McLean
Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: B/w small body guitar.
Replies: 13
Views: 944

Re: B/w small body guitar.

Nice job Wayne. It is really good to make one for yourself, just the way you want it. I like that cutaway shape, and the "patchwork" kind of effect on the headstock is a great way to show off lots of nice timber. How did you find the hard shellac? I am yet to find my ideal finishing material and hav...
by Mark McLean
Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Short scale parlour
Replies: 4
Views: 510

Re: Short scale parlour

Jim What a beauty! There are lots of things I like about this guitar. First, the overall colour scheme and minimal aesthetic is spot on, in my opinion. I have never seen or even heard of movingui before. Have now googled a bit of information about it and become very interested. It is a lovely colour...
by Mark McLean
Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to Fit wiring compartment access panel to Jazz guitar
Replies: 2
Views: 395

Re: How to Fit wiring compartment access panel to Jazz guitar

That is really nicely executed. Anyone can cut a hole - but the inner frame to allow a flush fitting cover is a very nifty piece of work.
by Mark McLean
Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Of interest, repairing a hole in top
Replies: 5
Views: 435

Re: Of interest, repairing a hole in top

Yes please. I have a hole repair that I would like to do but not too sure how to approach it. I would love to see a walk-through tute.
by Mark McLean
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Applying HHG
Replies: 3
Views: 491

Re: Applying HHG

Looks like you can get them from Carbitec (Veritas brand) with variable thickness needles too.
https://www.carbatec.com.au/workshop-ac ... ue-bottles
by Mark McLean
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Baritione Uke with Sound Port and Arm Bevel
Replies: 5
Views: 575

Re: Baritione Uke with Sound Port and Arm Bevel

The combo of ringed gidgee bindings with that blackwood is a real treat Allen. Nice proportions on the arm bevel too. Great job all round.
by Mark McLean
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Taylor "V Class"
Replies: 2
Views: 535

Re: Taylor "V Class"

Well they sure do make some amazing claims for the effects of this bracing system: It apparently simultaneously increases both rigidity and flexibility. It also improves intonation - "creates a more orderly response from the soundboard, improving the intonation by putting all the notes more in-tune ...
by Mark McLean
Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Graham's mandolin treatise in AL
Replies: 1
Views: 383

Graham's mandolin treatise in AL

I spent the last weekend enjoying the latest edition of American Lutherie - always a good read, but particularly so this time. If you haven't seen it you might be interested to know that it features a really scholarly outline of the history of the mandolin written by Graham McDonald. Fourteen pages ...
by Mark McLean
Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Soundboard crack
Replies: 4
Views: 627

Re: Soundboard crack

Yes - good point about those plastic mats. They not only leave impressions on wood as you have observed, but they also leave silicone residue which can bugger up your subsequent finishing. The best bench padding is carpet offcuts or old towels and bathmats. Where do you get old towels? Well, you jus...