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by kiwigeo
Tue Jan 19, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rejigged Workshop
Replies: 2
Views: 75

Rejigged Workshop

For the last 18 months the workshop has been packed up during a new house build. Myself and the good wife lived in our garage and the workshop during the build as a cost saving measure. Now that the house is finished Ive been busy getting the workshop back up and running. A temporary bathroom was se...
by kiwigeo
Tue Jan 19, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New workshop to be
Replies: 8
Views: 199

Re: New workshop to be

If the whole area is humidity controlled then I guess there's less requirement for a separate wood store. For me getting the shitloads of wood out of my main shop meant more room for building.... :mrgreen:
by kiwigeo
Mon Jan 18, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New workshop to be
Replies: 8
Views: 199

Re: New workshop to be

First step....assign one room as a dedicated wood store.
Second step...separate areas for machinery that creates alot of dust.
by kiwigeo
Fri Jan 15, 2021 7:50 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Cedar vs. Spruce
Replies: 12
Views: 1074

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Cedar vs. Spruce

Ross, try looking at the settings for Youtube at your end. I vaguely remember there being some security settings that control automatic redirections.
by kiwigeo
Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Wood for Falcate Braces in UK
Replies: 14
Views: 7597

Re: Wood for Falcate Braces in UK

fast forward to 12:10 . what kind of wood does this? :shock: Looks like spruce. With a bit of coaxing you can get it to bend around a tight radius. Not sure about the logic behind that "extra" brace going across the lower bout.....one benefit of Trevor's falcate bracing design is the sound board ge...
by kiwigeo
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Red gum
Replies: 15
Views: 518

Re: Red gum

Where you want to minimize "leakage" of string energy from the top down the sides red gum would be the ticket. Not so good if you're after a live back. My main reservations would be it's density and the difficulty working the stuff.
by kiwigeo
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:49 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Red gum
Replies: 15
Views: 518

Re: Red gum

I've got a couple of back and side sets that have been sitting on my shelves for 20 years now. The grain in the stuff is about as rogue as you can get and I don't look forward to running plane over it. I may be pleasantly surprised when I finally come to use the stuff but right now these sets dont i...
by kiwigeo
Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Yet another bracing issue...
Replies: 5
Views: 552

Re: Yet another bracing issue...

Upper transverse brace looks robust. I assume there's no sound hole patch and you've just got those two braces either side of same. I generally install both a soundhole patch as well as much higher braces either side of the soundhole. Im not sure if this is the problem though. How thin is the top? I...
by kiwigeo
Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fretboard question
Replies: 1
Views: 222

Re: Fretboard question

Quarter sawn is preferred for dimensional stability. Most fretboard blanks will be a bit off the quarter but Id be wary of using flat sawn wood for a fretboard.
by kiwigeo
Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Cedar vs. Spruce
Replies: 12
Views: 1074

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Cedar vs. Spruce

I've found the VA frequency meter a bit catankerous.....sometimes it works.....other times it doesn't seem to pick up a harmonic. I tried the frequency meter and it doesn't give a reading? Which is probably why I haven' got into using it...re my resonant figures from the board I sampled, the long si...
by kiwigeo
Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Yet another bracing issue...
Replies: 5
Views: 552

Re: Yet another bracing issue...

What's bracing the area around the soundhole? Is there a sound hole patch/bracing...or both? A picture of the underside of the soundboard with all bracing would be handy.
by kiwigeo
Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A Movingui tenor ukulele
Replies: 3
Views: 666

Re: A Movingui tenor ukulele

Nice work Frank..
by kiwigeo
Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:05 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Updated Epoxy Pore Filling Demo - Video
Replies: 10
Views: 8028

Re: Updated Epoxy Pore Filling Demo - Video

Thanks for the update Allen. Each time you sand back are you going back to bare wood and leaving the epoxy just in the pores or are you aiming to leave an overall even layer of epoxy on both pores and wood?
by kiwigeo
Wed Dec 30, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stabilising wood
Replies: 7
Views: 596

Re: Stabilising wood

Good point....
56nortondomy wrote:
Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:55 pm
Use ca. Cocobolo is really oily and unless you can clean inside the cracks with acetone then titebond won't stick. I had a similar problem with a set I had and used ca it did the job. Wayne
by kiwigeo
Wed Dec 30, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stabilising wood
Replies: 7
Views: 596

Re: Stabilising wood

Yes forgot that one.....once the back is made up whack some cleats on the underside of same.

PS: watch the dust from that wood....some people get a bad reaction from the dust.
by kiwigeo
Wed Dec 30, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stabilising wood
Replies: 7
Views: 596

Re: Stabilising wood

I rub in either CA, Titebond or hide glue to stop the crack propagating any further.
by kiwigeo
Tue Dec 29, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Tassie member(Don't hold that against me!!)
Replies: 23
Views: 1427

Re: New Tassie member(Don't hold that against me!!)

If you get to know most of the builders in here I don't think you'll find anyone who's done their first build on a building course and then gone on to do their second build with another teacher. Once you've done that first build and the desire to build a another one is there...I think most of us let...
by kiwigeo
Sun Dec 27, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Tassie member(Don't hold that against me!!)
Replies: 23
Views: 1427

Re: New Tassie member(Don't hold that against me!!)

Nice work mate. Whats the finish? Proof that the best instruments have a lot of planning behind them.
by kiwigeo
Thu Dec 24, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Seasons Greetings
Replies: 8
Views: 773

Seasons Greetings

To all our members...Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year from Jeremy and myself.

With my new house finished and my workshop close to being back in action Ill have more time to devote to the forum....and who knows you might even see some builds from me.
by kiwigeo
Thu Dec 24, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Random repair photos
Replies: 9
Views: 675

Re: Random repair photos

Thanks Steve. Your input to this forum is valued and much appreciated. Have a great Christmas mate.
by kiwigeo
Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Building a flamenco guitar
Replies: 9
Views: 1050

Re: Building a flamenco guitar

Thanks Trevor. Who's the builder?
by kiwigeo
Sun Dec 20, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: titebond hide glue over 24h still soft.
Replies: 4
Views: 355

Re: titebond hide glue over 24h still soft.

If you're going to use hide glue make it up fresh from granules rather than use the ready in a bottle stuff. Which glue to use? Each glue has its pros and cons. Hide glue has a high shear strength so good for bridges etc. It also makes for a reversible joint. Clean up is also alot easier than with T...
by kiwigeo
Sun Dec 20, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: My first build: a fretless ABG
Replies: 5
Views: 586

Re: My first build: a fretless ABG

I don't see any major gaffs....the access hatch cover will do what its supposed to do...cover anything underneath it. The jack...well yes that counts as a gaff......but then again I once glued a neck block onto the TOP of the neck. All in all pretty impressive for a first build and also without a ba...
by kiwigeo
Thu Dec 10, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Binding bearings
Replies: 8
Views: 749

Re: Binding bearings

On occasions when I haven't had the correct sized bearing Ive taken the next size down and carefully wrapped a layer or two of tape around outside of the bearing to increase diameter a tad...worked for me
by kiwigeo
Fri Dec 04, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: New OM guitar
Replies: 11
Views: 1533

Re: New OM guitar

Nice work Peter. What's the finish on that instrument?