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by Crafty Fox
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 75 walk throughs, no more till next year :(
Replies: 9
Views: 3077

Re: 75 walk throughs, no more till next year :(

Thanks Steve, I really enjoy these walk-throughs.
I hope you, your family and staff have a great Christmas.
by Crafty Fox
Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Is it worth the trouble?
Replies: 17
Views: 6197

Re: Is it worth the trouble?

That looks fantastic! Maybe now call it the DisHarmony? :)
Is that Tassie blackwood on the headstock, jarrah fretboard?
by Crafty Fox
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber supply - WA
Replies: 39
Views: 11391

Re: Timber supply - WA

Here we go:
145 mm from centre of bridge (middle saddles) to centre of Precision p'up.
71mm from bridge to centre of Jazz p'up.
I hope that helps you.
by Crafty Fox
Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Accident!!!Don't drop one of these!
Replies: 11
Views: 4256

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

StewMac have just released a new version of the Dremel router base. Looks neat.
by Crafty Fox
Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber supply - WA
Replies: 39
Views: 11391

Re: Timber supply - WA

I built a PJ bass a few years ago and I went in to Kosmic sounds in Osborne Park and measured the pickup placements on both Fender Precision and Jazz basses. I'll check what the positions were when I get a chance later and let you know. Or if you have a shop nearby you could do likewise? I used a so...
by Crafty Fox
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sheoak based Guitar build for a Mate
Replies: 16
Views: 6541

Re: Sheoak based Guitar build for a Mate

I built an OM acoustic a few years ago of sheoak back and sides with spruce top. The neck is cherry/sheoak/cherry and fretboard is sheoak. I'm very happy with that guitar. It's the only solid timber acoustic I've built so far and I'm close to completing a sheoak/spruce archtop, with maple neck. Like...
by Crafty Fox
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber supply - WA
Replies: 39
Views: 11391

Re: Timber supply - WA

I often go to Austim in Lansdale in Perth, and they do stock blackwood. However, their stock range gets reduced constantly and I'm often disappointed to find that they no longer stock what I'm after. I like to use sheoak but that's not stocked now. I'm currently building a sheoak back & sides archto...
by Crafty Fox
Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Broken headstock
Replies: 8
Views: 3925

Re: Broken headstock

I think 'Simso', (Steve) posted a tutorial recently on this type repair job.
by Crafty Fox
Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Vacuum molding
Replies: 28
Views: 10419

Re: Vacuum molding

My only experience with vacuum moulding was when I did furniture design at Leederville TAFE many years ago...... From memory I used a formaldehyde glue and the press was heated and left running overnight. Worked a treat on a compound chair back. Graham Hawkes was using one recently, to form arched b...
by Crafty Fox
Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Maple and Spruce archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 11020

Re: Maple and Spruce archtop

Hi Rod,
I like your "Octigan" headstock inlay; do you cut them yourself or send off for them? If so where?
My wife reckons they look much better than the ones I cut (I agree) and our graphic designer daughter can design a new logo for me.
Cheers, Ken
by Crafty Fox
Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Maple and Spruce archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 11020

Re: Maple and Spruce archtop

You got good reviews because your work is totally awesome! You are an inspiration Rod. :cl
by Crafty Fox
Sat Jul 29, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Plane manufacturers
Replies: 30
Views: 12103

Re: Plane manufacturers

Most of my planes and also some other tools are Veritas. I do have a couple of old Stanleys and Records which I bought new nearly 40 years ago. I still use them but even they have Veritas iron/cap irons in them now. I sometimes buy from Carbatec, but only go there as a last resort nowadays, and ofte...
by Crafty Fox
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: I'm retiring
Replies: 45
Views: 21196

Re: I'm retiring

And many heartfelt thanks from me too, Bob. I've drawn great and valuable inspiration from this forum!
And as a Scotsman I think you could call your new Tassie/Scotch whisky; "Totch".
All the best with your new endeavours.
by Crafty Fox
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What do you do when,,,,??
Replies: 11
Views: 4969

Re: What do you do when,,,,??

I too would like to encourage you Rod. Your work is an inspiration to me. Sure, take time out and reeeelax, but I hope you come back to what you do exceptionally well.
by Crafty Fox
Mon May 29, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Picking a Drum Sander
Replies: 18
Views: 7904

Re: Picking a Drum Sander

I've got the Carbatec one and it has been repaired under warranty. Mine also trips if you look at it the wrong way. Changing paper is tricky. Don't know if I'd buy a Carbatec one again. I do find it a very useful machine when I need it and wouldn't be without a drum sander.
by Crafty Fox
Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Getting sued and going to court
Replies: 25
Views: 8762

Re: Getting sued and going to court

I suppose since you are the endorsed repairer you can't follow any gut feeling and just avoid the job? I'm totally self-employed and so can dodge anyone I think may cause me grief. I had a guy call me last year with what could have been a risky job that had my "intruder alert" going off. He said he ...
by Crafty Fox
Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: A different side of life in the workshop
Replies: 16
Views: 6572

Re: A different side of life in the workshop

Probably worth checking your legal obligations before putting it up for sale.
I hope you have a friendly, ie FREE, lawyer mate. You'd only need a few minutes of their time.
by Crafty Fox
Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Introduction/First Build
Replies: 4
Views: 2631

Re: Introduction/First Build

Hi Matt, welcome to the forum. Like yourself I took many years of playing before I made the jump to building my own guitars. I've now built 13, (mostly electrics) and #14 will be started soon, an archtop this time. I also found the Kinkead book to be the most useful of the many guitar build books I ...
by Crafty Fox
Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Miratone or Wattyl Stylewood
Replies: 17
Views: 10019

Re: Miratone or Wattyl Stylewood

Thanks Paul, I'll give them a visit. I'm over that way now and then at Beyond Tools.
Cheers.
by Crafty Fox
Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Miratone or Wattyl Stylewood
Replies: 17
Views: 10019

Re: Miratone or Wattyl Stylewood

Hi Paul, Are you buying the Miratone from a Perth supplier? Who would that be? I was using Hichem on my solid electrics, previously available from Carbatec. The Hichem was available in 100% or 60% gloss and I mixed to personal taste. They don't stock it anymore but in any event I'd prefer to follow ...
by Crafty Fox
Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stiffening spruce with UVA
Replies: 9
Views: 3828

Re: Stiffening spruce with UVA

There was a TV program many years ago on Australian violin makers, on ABC or SBS, and I seem to recall Harry Vatillioso hanging either the top or back plates on his washing line. I think the program was called "The Box That Sings", about 15 years go. I think? I don't recall the purpose of the hangin...
by Crafty Fox
Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: ES 175 plans
Replies: 4
Views: 2400

Re: ES 175 plans

Thanks Rod,
Its a sad attitude, but that's probably what sends me to StewMac most of the time.
BTW, its your builds that have inspired me to attempt an archtop.
by Crafty Fox
Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: ES 175 plans
Replies: 4
Views: 2400

Re: ES 175 plans

Thanks Francis,
That's who supplied my plans. So you've built an offset jazzbox? :lol:
Like I said, if I can't get accurate ones, I can just use half their plans and mirror that half.
Sadly, my draughting skills are better than my guitar building skills.
Cheers.
by Crafty Fox
Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: ES 175 plans
Replies: 4
Views: 2400

ES 175 plans

Does anyone know where I can purchase accurate Gibson ES 175 plans? I got some plans (L 5, ES 335 and ES 175) from a Queensland supplier for Christmas but the 175 dimensions seem to be fairly arbitrary, eg, flipping a traced drawing over shows the neck off centre and the 2 halves have completely dif...
by Crafty Fox
Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Questions We Never Ask
Replies: 17
Views: 7159

Re: The Questions We Never Ask

Its interesting to note that we all expect our wives to outlive us !!!