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by TimS
Thu Oct 28, 2010 5:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What wood is this?
Replies: 21
Views: 4079

What wood is this?

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Originally Posted: Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:04 pm

This is an easy one so no clues!
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by TimS
Thu Oct 28, 2010 5:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Another "what is this wood"
Replies: 35
Views: 7282

Re: Another "what is this wood"

Padauk
by TimS
Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:05 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Another "what is this wood"
Replies: 35
Views: 7282

Re: Another "what is this wood"

what is the density of the wood?
by TimS
Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:13 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: uke class uke
Replies: 17
Views: 4875

Uke

Very nice little uke. It is always pleasing to see the wood turning into something worthwhile.
regards

Tim
by TimS
Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Auction - Birds Eye Sheoak OM Set
Replies: 31
Views: 6808

Sheoak set

Just a correction Bob. The set is Birsdeye Sheoak. My apologies for the initial misdirection.

regards

Tim
by TimS
Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:29 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Scale length approaches
Replies: 23
Views: 12599

Thanks Allen.

kind regards

Tim
by TimS
Thu Oct 01, 2009 6:32 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Scale length approaches
Replies: 23
Views: 12599

Well there seems to have been a bit of discussion with some proffering some other alternatives. I guess that is the beauty of the forum! In a nut nut shell I was only offering one approach that might be of use in the absence of calculators etc. Of course this approach does require two existing scale...
by TimS
Tue Sep 29, 2009 11:38 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Scale length approaches
Replies: 23
Views: 12599

Scale length approaches

Occasionally I get requests for fingerboards with unusual scales. Most recently a 27" scale. As I use the LMI templates with my power saw I needed a simple way to redraw all the fret positions with a new scale length. So after pondering the puzzle for a while it occurred to me that if I align two ex...
by TimS
Sat Sep 26, 2009 12:32 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Which Drum Sander?
Replies: 17
Views: 6971

Drum sanders

Hi all, I am on my two week break from the classroom so I thought I would chip in! A lot of the drum sanders are pretty similar at the entry level. There is some variation in components and it would be prudent to ask the shop where you are buying it from if they have parts on hand or able to source ...
by TimS
Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: burl
Replies: 11
Views: 3445

Nah...... It is a beautiful piece of wood!
by TimS
Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:08 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: burl
Replies: 11
Views: 3445

Here is some York Gum Burl. I will see if I can upload a couple of other images.

regards

Tim Spittle

Image
by TimS
Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Neck Timbers
Replies: 16
Views: 5404

Perhaps the issue here is determining what are the necessary features or characteristics for a good neck. When all is done and dusted you are dealing with shaped neck, fretboard, tuners and the counterwieght of the body. So what is a desireable weight? While stability and workability are the provenc...
by TimS
Fri Jun 05, 2009 6:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Queens Ebony
Replies: 24
Views: 15399

Dominic, I have no problem with the discussion. It is good to get everything clarified. I also think the issue of provenance and sustainability is increasingly becoming an issue in the selection of timbers. I am not up to date with timber resource projections for the Solomon Islands however Brian Ch...
by TimS
Fri Jun 05, 2009 6:03 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Queens Ebony
Replies: 24
Views: 15399

Hi Guys, Just a summary post regarding Australian Tonewoods and Sitco Australia in the harvesting and importation of Xanthostenum Melanoxylon. The harvesting of this timber is not a "logging" operation. It is a low impact process involving minimal mechanisation (chainsaws), controlled and carried ou...
by TimS
Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:42 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Queens Ebony
Replies: 24
Views: 15399

Hi Guys, Please note that the material sourced from the Solomon Islands through SITCO Australia is purchased by Brian Christie (a Solomon Islander) from the local community who selectively harvest individual trees. All purchasing and export to Australia is done under Solomon Island government licenc...
by TimS
Thu Jun 04, 2009 2:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Queens Ebony
Replies: 24
Views: 15399

Solomon Blackwood et al

Hi Guys, I noticed this post and thought it prudent to let all forum members know that Australian Tonewoods is working formally with Sitco Australia making available Queen Ebony/Solomon Blackwood/Pacific Blackwood for string instruments. The wood xanthostenum melanoxylon has similar tone and colouri...
by TimS
Tue May 12, 2009 11:00 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tenor Kasha Ukulele
Replies: 21
Views: 6809

Matt,
Very slick, clean and beautiful.

regards

Tim Spittle
by TimS
Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:16 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: wood for wood
Replies: 9
Views: 2207

Tiger

Hey Jeff,

Did you get the PM?
by TimS
Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:56 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guess the wood?
Replies: 25
Views: 6494

My lips are sealed
by TimS
Thu Feb 12, 2009 1:19 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: weldbond
Replies: 3
Views: 1865

Wellbond Link

Hi Jake,

Have a look at this http://www.woodworkforums.ubeaut.com.au ... hp?t=18307



regards

Tim
by TimS
Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:17 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: grain on soundboards - wide on the outside, or the centre?
Replies: 14
Views: 4150

Hi Mark, I thought I would add a comment regarding Red Spruce (Adirondack) . In my limited experience red spruce grain count per inch is less critical given its superior strength. Some builders in fact look for wide even grain rather than the fine grain associated with master grade sets. regards Tim
by TimS
Tue Nov 11, 2008 6:27 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: anyone heard from him?
Replies: 7
Views: 1823

I am sure that he has been very busy!

regards

Tim Spittle
by TimS
Tue Nov 11, 2008 6:13 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Volute by Makita
Replies: 3
Views: 2161

Hi Allen, A foot on the base of the router to enable the router to lean over a litttle more. Your will notice that the top of the volute in the image was not machined by the cutter. Of course putting a foot on the router will swing the bottom of the cutter out a little however as the cutter crosses ...
by TimS
Tue Nov 11, 2008 5:41 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Volute by Makita
Replies: 3
Views: 2161

Volute by Makita

I have been thinking through this jig for a while and have nearly solved the process. I thought you may have some interest so here are the images. I have yet to complete the volute on a finished neck with this jig but I have 90% iron out all the bugs save the angle for the volute cheeks which seems ...
by TimS
Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:25 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What makes a good fretboard timber?
Replies: 26
Views: 9765

I have listed a range of timber that could be used for fretboards. Whilst the density of the some of the timbers listed appears to be less desirable for a steel string instruments they work well for ukes, weissenborns and resonators. Player technique also has a lot do do with fretboard wear. regards...