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by Mark McLean
Sun May 19, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: First Uke
Replies: 4
Views: 167

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: 14
Views: 253

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: 6757

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: 1144

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: 1144

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: 409

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: 443

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: 6757

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: 9
Views: 675

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: 1144

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: 19
Views: 2064

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: 9
Views: 675

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: 913

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: 913

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: 1144

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: 623

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: 1331

Re: Go Bar Rubber feet

Veritas scraper plane just went to the top of my shopping list.
by Mark McLean
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Wood identification
Replies: 5
Views: 885

Re: Wood identification

If it was being called cedar it might be “Australian red cedar” (toona ciliata), which is not a cedar species at all - but it is a good timber for furniture and joinery and would probably make a good guitar neck.
by Mark McLean
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go Bar Rubber feet
Replies: 16
Views: 1331

Re: Go Bar Rubber feet

Yep, those are the caps I was referring to. I agree with Martin that go bars are probably not the method of choice for bridge clamping. It might be possible, but I would be concerned (1) not enough clamping pressure, and (2) a tendency to skate around and end up in the wrong place. Go bars tend to p...
by Mark McLean
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Honduran Rosewood Tenor
Replies: 5
Views: 628

Re: Honduran Rosewood Tenor

Lovely detailing Allen. As you get the machines to do great precision crafting I can see that you still keep the human element at the forefront in design and aesthetics and detailing. This is modern luthiery exemplified. Jealous of your skills and tooling!
by Mark McLean
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Concert Uke with Bevel Cutaway
Replies: 9
Views: 717

Re: Concert Uke with Bevel Cutaway

OK, I actually already have the Robbie/Kent dvd for the arm bevel (don’t we all?), so I will go with that concept. Thanks for the guidance.
by Mark McLean
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Just Finished Falcate braced Osage Orange\WRC classical
Replies: 4
Views: 640

Re: Just Finished Falcate braced Osage Orange\WRC classical

John, I love the colour of it - at least as far as we can judge from the photographs. And it will mellow, as you have pointed out. Osange orange is a timber that we just don't see here in Australia. I think I would like to try it if I could get it. The combo with WRC looks great. I haven’t got much ...
by Mark McLean
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go Bar Rubber feet
Replies: 16
Views: 1331

Re: Go Bar Rubber feet

At Bunnings you can buy packets of rubber caps in various sizes. They are in the area for goods known as surface protection, near the feet that you put on the end of chair legs, adhesive felt, and stuff like that. I can’t remember the brand name, but you will find them. There are black ones and whit...
by Mark McLean
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Concert Uke with Bevel Cutaway
Replies: 9
Views: 717

Re: Concert Uke with Bevel Cutaway

Very nice Allen. I am about to attempt a scoop cutaway like that on a drednaught size guitar. Do you have any recommendations about method? My plan is to reinforce with an extra layer of spruce under the surrounding area of the soundboard, and also double the side in that region. Then to draw the ar...
by Mark McLean
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Strat.
Replies: 2
Views: 379

Re: Strat.

Looks great Wayne. You can’t get redder than that! I like your custom headstock shape.