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by kiwigeo
Mon Sep 27, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bending Torrified Maple
Replies: 3
Views: 489

Re: Bending Torrified Maple

Hi Andrew, I wonder if a wood softener might help get it done. Here in the States, I can get Supersoft from a marquetry supply house. I don't know if you have something similar there. Might be worth a look around. https://www.veneersupplies.com/products/Super-Soft-2-Veneer-Softener-Conditioner.html...
by kiwigeo
Thu Sep 23, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ornament or Instrument !!!
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Re: Ornament or Instrument !!!

Great work on that instrument Tom...I know exactly how much time and effort was spent. My lute is still sitting in my ship waiting for pegs and a nut.....Im looking at fitting some planetary tuners rather than turning up wooden ones. Look forward to some pics of the build.
by kiwigeo
Tue Sep 21, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Hybrid X bracing
Replies: 8
Views: 292

Re: Hybrid X bracing

Nice work....love the fretboard markers.
by kiwigeo
Mon Sep 20, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Robert Shine's Hard Shellac
Replies: 4
Views: 232

Re: Robert Shine's Hard Shellac

I just ordered off Restorers in Gosford. Post is pretty ordinary at the moment so we will see how long it takes. They sell hardening additive as well. Funnily enough Aussiepost seems to be getting its sh*t together of late. Ive had a string of orders arrive from the east coast in a matter of 2-3 da...
by kiwigeo
Mon Sep 20, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Robert Shine's Hard Shellac
Replies: 4
Views: 232

Re: Robert Shine's Hard Shellac

Great info thanks Steve.....Restorer's Choice has a bunch of stuff I've been searching for.
by kiwigeo
Mon Sep 20, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bandsaw recommendations
Replies: 14
Views: 415

Re: Bandsaw recommendations

If you're going for a drum sander then don't forget a dust extractor becomes mandatory and should be costed into the equation.
by kiwigeo
Sun Sep 19, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bandsaw recommendations
Replies: 14
Views: 415

Re: Bandsaw recommendations

If light guitar work is all youll be doing then get a 14" and spend the spare cash on other stuff. If youre going to be doing stuff like re-sawing then go for a spec'ed up machine. I've been using a Carbatec 14" machine I bought 20 years ago...I stuck a better fence and guides on the machine and its...
by kiwigeo
Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Building a kitset dreadnought
Replies: 15
Views: 799

Re: Building a kitset dreadnought

Thanks alot Richard for the posts.....please post up some pics of the finished instrument when the owner gets done with same.
by kiwigeo
Tue Sep 14, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Robert Shine's Hard Shellac
Replies: 4
Views: 232

Robert Shine's Hard Shellac

Information for those of you using the hard shellac supplied by Robert Shines. I rang him today to order some stuff and phone was answered by an Indian sounding girl. She informed me that they were no longer supplying made up hard shellac although they can supply the ingredients. She directed me to ...
by kiwigeo
Thu Sep 09, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some activity in my workshop at last
Replies: 5
Views: 267

Re: Some activity in my workshop at last

simso wrote:
Thu Sep 09, 2021 7:32 pm
Nice simple classical bridge jig, like it
The jig is basically straight out of Trevor Gores "The Books". The wedges holding the blank in place I dont think are in Trevors original jig.
by kiwigeo
Thu Sep 09, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some activity in my workshop at last
Replies: 5
Views: 267

Some activity in my workshop at last

Well it's been nearly a year since my new house build finished and it's taken this long to get my workshop reinstalled and muster up the motivation to get back building. A few pics of goings on..... Build 1: A falcate braced classical. Making up a bridge for same. IMG_0395 (1).jpg IMG_0395 (1).jpg I...
by kiwigeo
Thu Sep 09, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)
Replies: 37
Views: 6959

Re: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)

seeaxe wrote:
Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:56 am
Especially if you read the manual first.... :oops:
LOL.....one thing you'll find with French Polishing is there is no one universal method....you spend hours at it and you develop your own "method" tat works for you
by kiwigeo
Thu Sep 09, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Video tutes
Replies: 5
Views: 393

Re: Video tutes

Steve.Toscano wrote:
Wed Sep 08, 2021 9:43 pm

Is there anything you guys want me to cover?
Nah mate..just keep it simple.......tell us EVERYTHING you know about making guitars :mrgreen:
by kiwigeo
Tue Sep 07, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Falcate Guitar Build in progress
Replies: 21
Views: 1609

Re: New Falcate Guitar Build in progress

Wow....that's a fine looking instrument Wayne. Nice work!
by kiwigeo
Tue Sep 07, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)
Replies: 37
Views: 6959

Re: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)

LOL........that pumice pore filling will drive you bonkers. Yes....you should only be applying alcohol and pumice to the pad. Make sure you don't overload the pad with pumice and watch for build ups of pumice/wood fibre/shellac on the wood surface. Try and clear any build ups but if that doesn't wor...
by kiwigeo
Fri Sep 03, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Finding the High Points
Replies: 9
Views: 549

Re: Finding the High Points

I usually chalk up the mortise when fine tuning for for a bolt on/bolt down neck. That way I know after taking anything off the cheeks if the tenon is hitting the side of the mortise.
by kiwigeo
Fri Sep 03, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Finding the High Points
Replies: 9
Views: 549

Re: Finding the High Points

Grab a stick of chalk and rub it over inside of the mortise. Fit the tenon and the chalk will transfer to the high points on same.
by kiwigeo
Tue Aug 31, 2021 6:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Member
Replies: 7
Views: 448

Re: New Member

My approach to humidity has always been to maintain shop humidity at a level equal to or lower than that in which the guitar will be eventually living. A guitar taking on a bit of moisture is better than a guitar that is drying out.
by kiwigeo
Sun Aug 29, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Member Introduction
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: New Member Introduction

I used to lurk on the forum about 10 years ago, maybe a little less, and it seems like it isn’t as active as it used to be. Or maybe I just remember it that way? But I do remember users like Taffy, Bob, Kiwi and others being quite active and Tim offering wood for sale often. Daniel Welcome back to ...
by kiwigeo
Tue Aug 24, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)
Replies: 37
Views: 6959

Re: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)

I reckon by the time NZ comes out of lock down you'll have a workshop full of completed guitars :mrgreen:
by kiwigeo
Mon Aug 23, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Member
Replies: 10
Views: 708

Re: New Member

A bit hard to see the streaking you're talking about on the guitar No 5. is it just on the top wood or on the back and sides also? Is the streaking on the surface of the finish or in the wood underneath? If had streaking with hard shellac when I've waited too long between bodying sessions....were ta...
by kiwigeo
Mon Aug 23, 2021 12:48 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Member
Replies: 10
Views: 708

Re: New Member

Welcome to the forum Alex and nice work on that guitar. What did you use as a finish?
by kiwigeo
Sun Aug 22, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Repair in Brisbane for a couple of lifting frets
Replies: 4
Views: 815

Re: Repair in Brisbane for a couple of lifting frets

Allen wrote:
Sun Aug 22, 2021 6:22 am
Thanks. Ill contact him.
I've sent you Andrew's mobile no via email.