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by Nick
Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:46 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 3
Views: 7339

Re: Brexit

:roll:
The sad truth is, it was people like this that ticked the "out" box without fully grasping all of the facts, hence why Google reportedly spiked after the vote with searches on "What is the EU" and "What will it mean being out of the EU" by people in Britain and why it was passed!
by Nick
Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:32 am
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Side bending on a hot pipe demo
Replies: 7
Views: 12360

Re: Side bending on a hot pipe demo

Side bending on a hot pipe is about practice and sensitivity to the material. I find when I'm bending I have a window of opportunity to get the shape I'm after as the timber starts to relax but then it will start to harden up if I go too long and I've lost my chance. Secret is if I leave it over ni...
by Nick
Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:27 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Current build Flat top Mandolins
Replies: 8
Views: 6132

Re: Current build Flat top Mandolins

Beautiful craftsmanship Graham, being a Kiwi I'm not a fan of Paua inlay (keep thinking "ashtrays" for some reason :oops: ) but I can see the neat work that's gone into it, I'm sure the birthday girl will absolutely love it.
by Nick
Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:16 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What is "Hand Made"
Replies: 72
Views: 43886

Re: What is "Hand Made"

Disclaimer: Dear customer. I built your guitar using tools more advanced than a chisel and plane, be advised that some cnc operations and copying operations were carried out, I also used a bandsaw/thicknesser and jointer during the fabrication process. I have used parts supplied by wholesale manufa...
by Nick
Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What is "Hand Made"
Replies: 72
Views: 43886

Re: What is "Hand Made"

I personally think everyone here needs to get back in their shed making beautiful guitars with what ever tools they use to get the job done - planes, chisels, CNC, a stone axe, or a combination of all the above. :gui :gui Who says we can't do both? I have a chainsaw in one hand knocking out Archtop...
by Nick
Tue Jun 28, 2016 7:00 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What is "Hand Made"
Replies: 72
Views: 43886

Re: What is "Hand Made"

I don't think a visit to a CNC machine will change my opinion of what constitutes a copy or an original. But rather just reinforce it. CNC machines are very useful tools, great for what they have been designed, making copies. This discussion isn't a witch hunt on CNC users, but just asking the ques...
by Nick
Mon Jun 27, 2016 6:32 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What is "Hand Made"
Replies: 72
Views: 43886

Re: What is "Hand Made"

I can't see the honesty in churning out heaps parts that look the same, and that really haven't had any human creativity that wasn't copied from somewhere else and then calling the finish product handmade. I would consider that as a case of 'originality' more than an argument against what constitut...
by Nick
Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:01 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: hi everyone ~~ about the bracing materail~~
Replies: 12
Views: 8284

Re: hi everyone ~~ about the bracing materail~~

Never heard of either... just use spruce. They're New Zealand natives. Kahikatea - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dacrycarpus_dacrydioides Tanekaha - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phyllocladus_trichomanoides I've never used either for bracing but I do have some Tanekaha which has been machined for a...
by Nick
Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:09 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 12 String SS Falcate braced Ziricote\spruce guitar.
Replies: 47
Views: 36254

Re: 12 String SS Falcate braced Ziricote\spruce guitar.

johnparchem wrote:And no I have not found a good use for the pearl hawks
Fret markers on a special guitar? If it's good enough for Paul Reed Smith :wink:
Looking like a beauty John, hopefully it ticks all the boxes for you, once it's got some strings on it.
by Nick
Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:50 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: help required.
Replies: 18
Views: 14573

Re: help required.

kiwigeo wrote:I was juts pointing out the risk of possible discolouring of the top wood which will make your crack _really_ visible.
Wait for it........


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Like you couldn't see that one coming!
Sorry Mickey, bit off topic but I couldn't resist. :wink: :roll:
by Nick
Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:08 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Surround soundbox???
Replies: 7
Views: 9396

Re: Surround soundbox???

Firstly I wanna see the case that fits in and secondly, I then want to see the guy get it into the boot of his Bambino!
by Nick
Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:02 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Surround soundbox???
Replies: 7
Views: 9396

Re: Surround soundbox???

Ummmmmmmmmm.








Nuff said. :)
by Nick
Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:58 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: fretless bass "cereal"
Replies: 8
Views: 7328

Re: fretless bass "cereal"

Very very classy. Not a big fan of tiger myrtle but I love that top, the combination of wood colours and finish. Just makes you want to pick it up. Hope it sounds as good as it looks. Well done! Took the words right out of my mouth Richard (great minds and all that!), not a fan of Tiger Myrtle but ...
by Nick
Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:42 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Father - Daughter Build.
Replies: 11
Views: 10333

Re: Father - Daughter Build.

:cl :cl :cl :cl :cl :cl
Great project and well done to your daughter, I wish I'd had that 'bonding' experience with mine but they were more interested in social activities :wink: .
by Nick
Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:35 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Otways Blackwood
Replies: 6
Views: 6366

Re: Otways Blackwood

I'm lucky enough to be the proud owner of some highly figured Otway Blackwood, it's sitting in my stash waiting for 'that' special build to come along, far too beautiful to be used on anything less.
Nice article Bob. :D
by Nick
Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:26 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: uery for Trevor re Compensation Calculations
Replies: 44
Views: 37263

Re: uery for Trevor re Compensation Calculations

More booze sounds like the answer Martin. If other Uni's are the same as Canterbury, we all know how engineering students get through University, maybe a massive hangover makes this stuff easier! :wink:
by Nick
Tue May 31, 2016 6:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ken Parker Guitars
Replies: 50
Views: 32298

Re: Ken Parker Guitars

^ I'll weld in a piece of thick steel plate with a threaded hole cut in it. That's what I was thinking Pete. If you have a thread in each plate it won't adjust up and down, the screw will merely move in an out, try it with two nuts (simulating your threaded plates) on a bolt, hold the nuts in a vic...
by Nick
Mon May 30, 2016 6:54 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: When will Gore/Gilet books be back in stock?
Replies: 17
Views: 16770

Re: When will Gore/Gilet books be back in stock?

Is there any possibility you'll be publishing a separate addendum with this info for those of us with first editions Trevor? Possibly, Nick. I have an absolute heap of stuff to get through before I get to that, though. If I get to it, I'll likely put the "stand alone" material up on my website so i...
by Nick
Mon May 30, 2016 6:49 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: LMI Yellow Glue
Replies: 7
Views: 6795

Re: LMI Yellow Glue

Anymore thoughts/reviews on this stuff? Is it as 'slippery' as titebond? (My only gripe of Titebond). I've found if you rub the joint together initially (just two or three short rubs is all it needs, until you feel it 'grab' slightly) whilst applying a little pressure,it stops alot of that slipping...
by Nick
Mon May 30, 2016 6:32 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ken Parker Guitars
Replies: 50
Views: 32298

Re: Ken Parker Guitars

There's a threaded block welded into the end of the inner tube. The screws wind the inner tube up and down in the outer tube. Sorry, will have to fix the drawing to make that clearer. Don't apologise! Just as long as you know what's going on. :lol: So how are the screws 'captured' in the block on t...
by Nick
Mon May 30, 2016 6:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 12 String SS Falcate braced Ziricote\spruce guitar.
Replies: 47
Views: 36254

Re: 12 String SS Falcate braced Ziricote\spruce guitar.

johnparchem wrote:I bent very hot (I have a modified version that goes to 11, 10 was not hot enough)
The spinal tap version of a bending iron :wink:
That's what I found too John, if it'd been a lighter coloured timber, I'm sure it would've been covered in scorch marks.
by Nick
Fri May 27, 2016 6:29 am
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: How I inlay my Empire design
Replies: 4
Views: 8749

Re: How I inlay my Empire design

Thanks for posting Allen, I'm sure it will be useful (and inspirational) for many and help avoid some of those little pitfalls you don't always think about when planning inlays!
by Nick
Thu May 26, 2016 6:36 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Introduction and Fine Luthier's Gallery
Replies: 4
Views: 4245

Re: Introduction and Fine Luthier's Gallery

Welcome to the forum Strato, your reputation precedes you :wink: (it's all good though). Fantastic idea you have here and I'm sure there are some fine makers here on the site that would fit in well with your gallery.
by Nick
Thu May 26, 2016 6:28 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 12 String SS Falcate braced Ziricote\spruce guitar.
Replies: 47
Views: 36254

Re: 12 String SS Falcate braced Ziricote\spruce guitar.

Enjoying your progress John. I do miss a good build thread :)
by Nick
Wed May 25, 2016 6:17 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: When will Gore/Gilet books be back in stock?
Replies: 17
Views: 16770

Re: When will Gore/Gilet books be back in stock?

Tommy Emmanuel stepped aboard with an endorsement and the legendary Charles Fox (teacher of guitar building teachers) contributed the Foreword to the 2nd Edition which you can read here . Congratulations Trevor and Gerard, glowing and well earned endorsements indeed from two people who couldn't be ...