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by Taffy Evans
Sat Sep 26, 2015 12:31 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Is there any real need to chop down trees anymore?
Replies: 7
Views: 3573

Re: Is there any real need to chop down trees anymore?

Hmmm, I wonder how long between fret jobs? Possibly like never. "Oh, and could you put a bit of relief in the neck please?" :lol:
by Taffy Evans
Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:58 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Carbatec Drum Sander
Replies: 35
Views: 16475

Re: Carbatec Drum Sander

Hi Ken, yep I've experienced the problems you talk of. Two things I did/do is to apply a spot of contact adhesive of the right hand side [this side seems to be the problem side for me] or fold the end of the paper over making it thicker and increasing the holding power of the spring clamp on the R/H...
by Taffy Evans
Sat Jan 17, 2015 10:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Thinning boards
Replies: 33
Views: 16707

Re: Thinning boards

HI, pity you are so far away I sill have the drum, bearings and motor from my old shop built sanding thicknesser you could have. I think I used it for about ten years before I updated.
by Taffy Evans
Fri Dec 19, 2014 10:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Old French Bass full Restoration
Replies: 237
Views: 83303

Re: Old French Bass full Restoration

Hi Matthew, great work. I just viewed this thread for the first time this morning, just doing a slide show of your photos and comments and really enjoyed it. I've repaired a few basses and cellos over the years, mostly those used by the education system, so I can appreciate the dramas associated wit...
by Taffy Evans
Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:02 am
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: The way I do it: Neck carving
Replies: 13
Views: 12334

Re: The way I do it: Neck carving

Hi, I got mine from Stumac.
Cheers.
by Taffy Evans
Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:31 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Myth or fact?
Replies: 6
Views: 4070

Re: Myth or fact?

I think I'd sooner repair a solid back or side than a laminated one, I find the solid timber easier work with. Many years ago I had a top shelf Maton acoustic, late 1970s but the solid back kept splitting. After sending it back a few times it was returned with the note that they had devised a new ba...
by Taffy Evans
Thu Sep 25, 2014 7:27 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Sapele Parlour Guitar
Replies: 12
Views: 5518

Re: Sapele Parlour Guitar

Nice guitar Allen, very neat. I always liked the Art Deco look of those tuners, but found them very heavy, but then looking at the back I can see they have been lightend with the exposed gears.
by Taffy Evans
Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:12 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: which mirotone?
Replies: 12
Views: 7134

Re: which mirotone?

Yep, as Allen said. I've used Botacoat and 3220 [always used 3220] on my last few guitars and I'm very happy with it. Thanks for the other info Allen. My "Queen of Hearts" guitar was on display at the Townsville Museum for three months recently, and I was worried about how the finish would go being ...
by Taffy Evans
Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:31 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sometimes by hand is better
Replies: 11
Views: 4589

Re: Sometimes by hand is better

Looks like a time to blame the computer, maybe a rival builder or timber supplier hacked into it, :lol: I'll stick to my bandsaw or router :D
Reminds me of the sign I have in my workshop "In the Middle of Every Difficulty Lies Opportunity".
Cheers
by Taffy Evans
Fri Aug 15, 2014 11:26 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: "The Queen of Hearts"
Replies: 16
Views: 7803

Re: "The Queen of Hearts"

Thanks Jean, the guitar has been on display in the Townsville Museum for the last 2-3 months, I'm looking forward to picking it up this coming Monday, and to see how it came through it's stay in its glass case. It's a nice sounding guitar so I'm looking forward to playing it again also.
by Taffy Evans
Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bit of a windfall, I think?
Replies: 3
Views: 2428

Re: Bit of a windfall, I think?

Nice Markus :cl . Actually each blank is for two bridges so could be used for Uke or mandolin finger boards
by Taffy Evans
Thu Aug 07, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bit of a windfall, I think?
Replies: 3
Views: 2428

Bit of a windfall, I think?

Hi Guy's I was browsing through the lists of some Australian suppliers and found listed in the timber section Australian Cooktown Ironwood bridge blanks, at nearly $20.00 each plus freight. I already have some [but cant remember how I came by it] so went out to the workshop to see how much I had. I ...
by Taffy Evans
Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:10 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side splitting advice
Replies: 3
Views: 2107

Re: Side splitting advice

Hi, yes I'm with Martin on this one. If you make a thin veneer out of the same side timber and can match the grain [even better] and feather it down around the edges.
Good luck.
by Taffy Evans
Sun Jul 27, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bridge Binding...
Replies: 10
Views: 4838

Re: Bridge Binding...

Hi Nick, great idea and it looks real neat. I had a similar idea some time ago when a bridge I was designing worked out too thin so I glued some maple on the bottom and shaped the bridge down to it. I haven't used it yet, yours looks more classy.
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by Taffy Evans
Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:24 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Dust collection
Replies: 2
Views: 2033

Re: Dust collection

I showed part of mine the other week. Each machine gets full suck from the unit as its the only one on line, with all the others shut off when not in use.
My bandsaw has a small unit of its own. Machines have their own lights too, so only one is on at a time.
by Taffy Evans
Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Little Shocker
Replies: 18
Views: 6960

Re: Little Shocker

I got two big shocks off of our stainless draining board at the kitchen sink, and I wasn't even holding a guitar. :? Must be the weather.
by Taffy Evans
Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:29 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Lounge Guitar
Replies: 24
Views: 10911

Re: Lounge Guitar

Nice little guitar Jim, I planted five African Mahoganies and only one took off and it's having a battle to grow, I wondered what the grain/figure looked like.
by Taffy Evans
Tue Jul 08, 2014 5:06 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Get Well Soon Steve Roberts
Replies: 13
Views: 4951

Re: Get Well Soon Steve Roberts

I feel for you Steve I hope you mend well enough to keep doing what you do.
by Taffy Evans
Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:05 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Another Router Blooper
Replies: 11
Views: 5203

Re: Another Router Blooper

I have a Makita router that I have mounted as a overhead pin router, must have had it since the early eighties, and it will not hold the 1/4" or metric shaft bits any more, they slide down. The 1/2" - 12mm bits are fine [uses no collet] Iv'e done all sorts of cleaning and even contacting Makita but ...
by Taffy Evans
Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:23 am
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Dust or no dust....that is the question.
Replies: 1
Views: 3902

Dust or no dust....that is the question.

I took time out to clean out the machine workshop this week and I was surprised how much dust {after quite a few years] had accumulated, even the spiders had trouble getting across their webs for the dust that had settled on them. This was going to be a man clean, but my wife offered to help so it t...
by Taffy Evans
Mon Jun 30, 2014 7:56 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Another Router Blooper
Replies: 11
Views: 5203

Re: Another Router Blooper

Hi Matt, no just saving my brace wood, I did not want to cut into the good stuff for this brace and thought I'd do something different to get what I wanted.

I nearly got a bigger sound hole, if had not noticed the change in depth. :oops:
by Taffy Evans
Sun Jun 29, 2014 7:24 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Another Router Blooper
Replies: 11
Views: 5203

Another Router Blooper

This happened last week, lucky I notice the sound of the router change as the bit slipped down, and lucky it happened where it did.
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by Taffy Evans
Sun Jun 29, 2014 7:11 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Help the router slipped.
Replies: 11
Views: 4561

Re: Help the router slipped.

Great, I always found that an "accident" is the mother of creativity. I have a sign in my shop that says
"In The Middle of Every Difficulty Lies Opportunity". Over the years I have used inlays creatively in many instances for this very reason.
Good fix. I have a router blooper to show too. :oops:
by Taffy Evans
Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Finally finished my first OM
Replies: 7
Views: 3792

Re: Finally finished my first OM

Hi Eric, I missed this one too. Guitar looks ok to me, especially for a first one. It looks better than my first guitar build, and my first mandolin was a joke.I wouldn't post either on here. I wouldn't worry about response from the forum (as you mentioned the lack of response my have took some of t...
by Taffy Evans
Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Luthier Visits
Replies: 16
Views: 6182

Re: Luthier Visits

A stash of......