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by blackalex1952
Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some of my current methods
Replies: 6
Views: 1044

Some of my current methods

Just thought I'd post some of my current tools that I have made and the methods I've been using. Stewmac sells similar more refined tools like this but I made these due to the usual budgetary restraints. They work for me. Firstly, I have drilled some holes through two bolts which have allen key ends...
by blackalex1952
Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to top swap
Replies: 17
Views: 2713

Re: How to top swap

I love seeing pix of your workshop Steve! Green with envy this end! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: -Ross
by blackalex1952
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tru Oil alternatives
Replies: 16
Views: 3938

Tru Oil alternatives

Firstly, where can I get Tru Oil for a reasonable price and not in a 90mm bottle for an exhorbitant price. The Tru Oil seems to vary in price quite a lot, the cheapest I found in Australia was $15 for 90mm. This is about $166 a litre! Most expensive finish on the market it seems. I was thinking of u...
by blackalex1952
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The 5 minute fretboard
Replies: 13
Views: 2044

Re: The 5 minute fretboard

my flat stone is a 1metre by 1 metre 100mm thick granite block
You must have some pretty ripped biceps there! Probably only on one arm like a Venetian gondolier!
:mrgreen: -Ross
by blackalex1952
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Visual Analyzer set-up
Replies: 19
Views: 2729

Re: Visual Analyzer set-up

Woo Hoo! Thank you for solving 1)!!!!!!!!!!!!
A giant step! Works every time I load now.

Ross
by blackalex1952
Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Superglues in luthierie
Replies: 12
Views: 2001

Re: Superglues in luthierie

Having just read my post, I'll go slightly off topic...I sometimes trim and shape my MOP with one of those chain saw sharpening stones which fit in a Dremel tool. The other thing to remember when cutting thin material like pearl is the rule that there need to be at least three saw teeth within the m...
by blackalex1952
Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to top swap
Replies: 17
Views: 2713

Re: How to top swap

Hey Steve, I know this is a luthiers forum, but are you posting brass and woodwind repair tutes anywhere on line?-Ross
by blackalex1952
Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Superglues in luthierie
Replies: 12
Views: 2001

Superglues in luthierie

Steve, aka Simso, is doing a great job with tutorials and info regarding his restoration work. I have an idea here. Superglue and uses that forum members have put it to. Please contribute any methods you may find useful. Superglues have varying viscosity and can be used with an accelerator. I often ...
by blackalex1952
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Old Gibson L2 restoration.
Replies: 8
Views: 1784

Re: Old Gibson L2 restoration.

Something else I noticed about this old Gibson. The liners are kerfed triangular, as per usual, made of maple. However there is a 1mm maple strip between the liners and the guitar sides, which is the height of the kerfed liners. (12mm) This is sitting proud of the sides by 3mm and the kerfing glued ...
by blackalex1952
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Is it worth the trouble?
Replies: 17
Views: 3088

Re: Is it worth the trouble?

Mmm, carbon fibre, I really need to play with that stuff one day.

Rumour mill has told me that perry is possibly making or has made a complete carbon fibre guitar..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXMf938xq_c
by blackalex1952
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Old Gibson L2 restoration.
Replies: 8
Views: 1784

Re: Old Gibson L2 restoration.

For those following my thread. The method I described often works, but after repairing the back plate I realised that the braces were so badly deformed that I needed to pop the back and replace two of them. In doing do, I discovered the Gibson 1910 method of fitting braces to a carved soundboard. Th...
by blackalex1952
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber supply - WA
Replies: 39
Views: 5211

Re: Timber supply - WA

When I remove a fretboard, I use one of those bathroom radiant heat lamps on a mic stand actually. I place it around 18 inches from the job and then let the heat slowly penetrate, keeping a surface thermometer there to keep an eye on the temperature. I use knives and spatulas, warmed over a flame. A...
by blackalex1952
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Old Gibson L2 restoration.
Replies: 8
Views: 1784

Re: Old Gibson L2 restoration.

Nice way of doing it, I traditionally just pop the back of and do it, but very interested in the way you are doing yours. I was worried about getting the old nitro bindings back neatly, they look brittle. I have also had sides move after a back has been removed, and didn't want that to happen, not ...
by blackalex1952
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Old Gibson L2 restoration.
Replies: 8
Views: 1784

Re: Old Gibson L2 restoration.

Gibson are saying that this guitar is most likely an L-1. Here is a repair method I sometimes use and have deployed on this guitar: The splits in the back had also warped so that either side of the join the back panel undulated up and down and was lifting up either side of the crack the followed by ...
by blackalex1952
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Great kids
Replies: 2
Views: 750

Re: Great kids

Continuous 0.O2mm shavings along the grain absolutely no tear out-Sitka. Cool! Also opinions re mouth width please. -Ross
by blackalex1952
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Great kids
Replies: 2
Views: 750

Great kids

My kids produced a surprise birthday present on the weekend. Low and behold, Luban low angle plane! Wow! I'm wondering what the low angle luthier set finds these low angle planes the most useful for, the best techniques to use and the best hone angle for the blade. I am just about to touch up the bl...
by blackalex1952
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Old Gibson L2 restoration.
Replies: 8
Views: 1784

Old Gibson L2 restoration.

I am currently working on a Gibson 1910 L2 or L3 archtop guitar. The back is braced and flat. All online pics of these old Gibsons have arched backs with a recurve. This one has a flat maple back which is compromised by lifted braces, longitudinal cracks and both concave and convex spots. The cracks...
by blackalex1952
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bridge placement
Replies: 5
Views: 1262

Re: bridge placement

Think about the mechanical connection between the bridge and the bracing. The bridge can be seen as a brace in itself, along with the bridge plate. On an acoustic flat top guitar the bridge rocks back and forth, with a greater motion at the rear of the bridge. The ends of the bridge on an X braced g...
by blackalex1952
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: All seven continents covered
Replies: 4
Views: 924

Re: All seven continents covered

Well well! The Antarctic Relative Humidity levels have been recorded as low as 0.03%!!!!!
Now that's dry!
http://discoveringantarctica.org.uk/oce ... s-climate/
by blackalex1952
Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Accident!!!Don't drop one of these!
Replies: 11
Views: 2111

Re: Accident!!!Don't drop one of these!

I emailled Stewmac. They got back to me promptly, the next morning. They are happy to send me replacement parts free of charge including free postage, and said that they will dispatch promptly. This is the third time they have made a great effort re customer relations! Last time they replaced faulty...
by blackalex1952
Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: cutting lacquer
Replies: 1
Views: 622

cutting lacquer

Here is a question. I have my own method but I'm sure I can get better results. I am wondering how different repairers break the seal formed by lacquer finishes on areas like the nut to neck join and the neck to body join where the neck is installed before the finish is sprayed. When doing, for exam...
by blackalex1952
Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Accident!!!Don't drop one of these!
Replies: 11
Views: 2111

Re: Accident!!!Don't drop one of these!

FIXED AND IMPROVED!!!
by blackalex1952
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Accident!!!Don't drop one of these!
Replies: 11
Views: 2111

Re: Accident!!!Don't drop one of these!

30 degree cutting mod err...its actually 32.5 degrees...useless! I have written to Stewmac. The problem with these bases is that the screws which bent/broke are hollow and threaded to accommodate the screws which hold it to the base- which is the weak point. It would be better to have them made wit...
by blackalex1952
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Accident!!!Don't drop one of these!
Replies: 11
Views: 2111

Accident!!!Don't drop one of these!

Does anybody know where to source the screws for one of these? They don't like being dropped, the screws aren't high tensile...Ross
by blackalex1952
Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sheoak based Guitar build for a Mate
Replies: 16
Views: 3595

Re: Sheoak based Guitar build for a Mate

If the end user is a fingerpicker, perhaps a live back? Ross