Search found 700 matches

by seeaxe
Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Maple & Red Spruce OM - Beach guitar
Replies: 3
Views: 90

Re: Maple & Red Spruce OM - Beach guitar

Looks great. If you take it to the beach it'll get a tan real quick!
by seeaxe
Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)
Replies: 36
Views: 6574

Re: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)

Since I parked my mates dreadnought I've been getting on with this classical. Id love to be able to change the thread title but never mind. Since I had all the binding gear out I cut the binding for this one and bent it to shape - very carefully. That went well, its a bit thinner than the dready at ...
by seeaxe
Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Building a kitset dreadnought
Replies: 13
Views: 537

Re: Building a kitset dreadnought

Closing out this thread for a while now as I'm leaving the rest of it until the owner can come and do stuff. I think most of the really difficult bits are done. Binding went ok. front binding and hbone purfling ready.jpg hbone on.jpg hbone closeup.jpg tidied up body.jpg tidied up back.jpg That's it ...
by seeaxe
Sun Sep 12, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Some Concert ukes I just finished
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Re: Some Concert ukes I just finished

Beautiful! Love the turquoise. Thats a bit different.
by seeaxe
Sun Sep 12, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Building a kitset dreadnought
Replies: 13
Views: 537

Re: Building a kitset dreadnought

Yesterday afternoon I cut the binding channels. One of my least favourite jobs, mainly cos of the stress involved. If things go wrong at this point it can be terminal. By this time I have always lost track of how many hours I have spent, but it will be weeks in this case. In the Stewmac kit instruct...
by seeaxe
Thu Sep 09, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Building a kitset dreadnought
Replies: 13
Views: 537

Re: Building a kitset dreadnought

Moving right along..... glue on headplate headplate on.jpg Whack some frets in frets in.jpg Glue the fretboard on the neck. fretboard on.jpg Owner opted for wooden binding instead of the plastic stuff that comes with the kit. I reminded myself why its a good idea to tape two pieces of binding togeth...
by seeaxe
Thu Sep 09, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some activity in my workshop at last
Replies: 5
Views: 184

Re: Some activity in my workshop at last

You've got more projects on the go than I have !!
I like that parlour guitar, have to make a nylon strung one of those one day.
by seeaxe
Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:56 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)
Replies: 36
Views: 6574

Re: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)

I've ended up with FP as I find it way easier than anything else I have tried. There's no set up, no expensive kit, not much clean up. You can do a bit here and there as you are working on other things, etc etc. Also super easy to sand off and fix if you stuff up (which I frequently do). If you give...
by seeaxe
Tue Sep 07, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)
Replies: 36
Views: 6574

Re: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)

A quick update. Once out of the mould and trimmed up, I sanded the top and put a few sessions of FP on it to seal it and keep it clean. Then I scraped the sides level and sanded them and the back. Sanded the back and have given everything a spit coat of FP. Have spent days with pumice and FP pore fi...
by seeaxe
Sun Sep 05, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Building a kitset dreadnought
Replies: 13
Views: 537

Re: Building a kitset dreadnought

moving right along.. The top goes on the sides. If you think you might like to build another guitar (or 2, or 3 or 4), consider building a go-bar deck. There are lots of plans on line, I use a shelf above the bench, its not quite wide enough but it does the job. Go bars allow you to get at the joint...
by seeaxe
Tue Aug 31, 2021 8:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Falcate Guitar Build in progress
Replies: 21
Views: 1407

Re: New Falcate Guitar Build in progress

Looks very impressive Wayne.
by seeaxe
Mon Aug 30, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)
Replies: 36
Views: 6574

Re: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)

Bracing done bracing done.jpg Top going on top going on.jpg Box closed box closed.jpg Rosette close up. Looks better from a distance!! (like all my work haha). Something new for this guitar is I am going to sand it all to pretty much finished and french polish it with a good few coats before I put t...
by seeaxe
Mon Aug 30, 2021 6:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Building a kitset dreadnought
Replies: 13
Views: 537

Re: Building a kitset dreadnought

Once the rosette was in it was time to start bracing but checking the top thickness I found it was 3.2 to 3.5mm. The plans say 2.5mm.So I queried it with Stewmac and they said "up to you" but leave them a bit thicker as a typical beginner fail is to oversand them. I put it through the thickness sand...
by seeaxe
Sun Aug 29, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Member Introduction
Replies: 6
Views: 297

Re: New Member Introduction

Hi Daniel, welcome back. Yep things are noticeably quieter than they used to be but theres still people doing stuff so they will poke their noses in from time to time. Good to hear you have your kit and are ready to rock and roll. Making it with a 5 yo will be challenging as their attention span is ...
by seeaxe
Wed Aug 25, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Building a kitset dreadnought
Replies: 13
Views: 537

Building a kitset dreadnought

There may be people lurking here wondering if they could build a guitar themselves. If there are they have probably considered a kitset guitar from someone like Stewmac. I'm building one of these for a friend, so I thought Id post my thoughts and build as I go. He bought the kit with the idea with t...
by seeaxe
Wed Aug 25, 2021 3:05 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)
Replies: 36
Views: 6574

Re: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)

Well ive already git a workshop full of part finished guitars... pretty normal state of affairs for me. The (non)falcate #2 classical moved on a notch today. First fan braces on. Felt the need to put some CF on there somewhere...the top is pretty thin so the couple of strands are shrinkage reinforci...
by seeaxe
Tue Aug 24, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)
Replies: 36
Views: 6574

Re: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)

Have the top thicknessed. It and the bracing is currently acclimatising in my house where the humidity is a bit less. Im going to glue the bracing on in there. Since we've probably got at least another couple of weeks of lockdown so ive started a couple of other builds so i dont get bored!! Will sta...
by seeaxe
Tue Aug 24, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Member
Replies: 10
Views: 567

Re: New Member

Looks lovely in the photos. You're entitled to be as fussy as you like :) I agree it took me as long to put the finish on as it took to build the guitar, until I swapped to french polish. I find it the easiest to both apply and fix when things dont go right. Mine dont turn out with that uber-shiny "...
by seeaxe
Thu Aug 19, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)
Replies: 36
Views: 6574

Re: Falcate Classical #2 Build (in NZ)

Woohoo...lockdown !!!! Means only one thing...shop time :) :) After revisiting the tap testing on my remaining spruce tops, I went with this set of Englemann spruce. They all came out much the same thickness, 2.00 to 2.15mm thick. Whether I actually go that thin, well maybe. After playing my falcate...
by seeaxe
Thu Aug 19, 2021 5:19 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Collecting 4DOF models
Replies: 26
Views: 1884

Re: Collecting 4DOF models

So if I mold the cylinder shape with axis parallel to the grain (i.e. sides of the top fall away from the center under the strings), then that increases cross-grain stiffness, I think. So when I apply the downward-only force of the strings as in an archtop, it acts like a compression arch bridge. A...
by seeaxe
Wed Aug 18, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Collecting 4DOF models
Replies: 26
Views: 1884

Re: Collecting 4DOF models

Hi Greg How have you incorporated the curve in the top into your calculation of I? I cant see it in the spreadsheet. Apparently the formula for the I of a curved shell is in the later editions of Roark and Young. I gave mine away when I retired a few years ago. A 10mm rise will make a big difference...
by seeaxe
Wed Aug 18, 2021 7:10 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 16" Archtop
Replies: 11
Views: 881

Re: 16" Archtop

Lovely. Love the wood combinations and the binding looks great. Does the soundport make much difference with an archtop??
by seeaxe
Sun Aug 15, 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Collecting 4DOF models
Replies: 26
Views: 1884

Re: Collecting 4DOF models

Will be interesting. How are you going to calculate your I value for a curve/recurve archtop with the normal two strut braces?? Does the fact that the "soundhole" is two F holes make a difference? Given that the top is significantly arched, its going to act more as a shell than a beam. Beams can be ...
by seeaxe
Sat Aug 14, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Calculating soundboard rigidity and brace stress
Replies: 6
Views: 515

Re: Calculating soundboard rigidity and brace stress

Watch out for shear stresses as well as bending stress. I recall something in the books about balsa failing in shear well before the flexural limit was reached.
by seeaxe
Sat Aug 14, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Soundport and Weight Effects on Frequencies
Replies: 6
Views: 504

Re: Soundport and Weight Effects on Frequencies

Thanks Dave, not good to hear but at least some common ground. Have you checked its monopole mobility? Might pay to do that before you pull it apart. For my one, Ive since blocked off the old sound port, routed new almost elliptical (dont ask, i dont want to talk about it :| )sound port on the other...