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by Crafty Fox
Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Broken headstock
Replies: 8
Views: 3494

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: 9312

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: 10243

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: 10243

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: 10958

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: 19253

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: 4474

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: 7178

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: 7875

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: 5950

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: 2398

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: 9164

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: 9164

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: 3482

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: 2158

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: 2158

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: 2158

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: 6511

Re: The Questions We Never Ask

Its interesting to note that we all expect our wives to outlive us !!!
by Crafty Fox
Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Repairing lacquer chips
Replies: 17
Views: 7039

Re: Repairing lacquer chips

Great repair job, thanks for sharing. I learn a lot from visual tips. :cl
by Crafty Fox
Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: For those wishing to branch into repairing.
Replies: 14
Views: 6831

Re: For those wishing to branch into repairing.

WOW! It looks like Mark McLean has been using your linisher Steve. :o
by Crafty Fox
Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:33 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Lacquer on a Classical Guitar
Replies: 10
Views: 4011

Re: Lacquer on a Classical Guitar

I recently visited a luthier who used hard shellac on a guitar he made ten years ago...the finish is crazed badly-something going on with the finish or the way it was applied. Has anyone had experience with this issue? I had the very same problem on my first few guitars. I only sanded and re-finish...
by Crafty Fox
Thu Dec 31, 2015 8:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First guitar build
Replies: 3
Views: 1937

Re: First guitar build

I think the fretboard finish is really down to personal taste. I still haven't worn through the finish on my 38 year old Strat! I've lacquered a couple of fretboards, Jarrah and Sheoak on electrics, just because I prefer the look. I've also oiled the same woods on other builds. I had a 'show-and-tel...
by Crafty Fox
Wed Dec 16, 2015 10:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Current Build - Falcate Braced Multiscale OM cutaway
Replies: 217
Views: 85745

Re: Current Build - Falcate Braced Multiscale OM cutaway

The coobah is brittle stuff to work with but I managed to pull it off in the end.
Why did you pull it off? I thought it looked great. :lol:
by Crafty Fox
Thu Dec 03, 2015 11:32 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Electric Bass Timbers
Replies: 51
Views: 22772

Re: Electric Bass Timbers

I've only built one bass, the "Telecision Bass", my take on Fender's slab body '51 Precision/Telecaster reissue but with PJ pickups & electrics. The body is Cape Lilac with a Fiddlewood neck and Sheoak fretboard, all grown locally to Perth. I love the sound of this bass. It's exactly what I wanted b...