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by Arnt
Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Introductions - a polite request
Replies: 54
Views: 23639

Re: Introductions - a polite request

I'm Arnt Rian from Norway, 46, some of the oldtimers around here has probably seen my name in a few of the other guitarmaking forums. I think I joined this forum when it started, but I haven't posted here much... I built my first acoustic in 2000, and according to my friends and family, I've pretty ...
by Arnt
Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: installing endpin jack for K&K Pure Mini
Replies: 11
Views: 6693

Re: installing endpin jack for K&K Pure Mini

I finally broke down and bought the expensive SM endpin reamer a few years ago, after when I was tired of fiddling with several different drill bits, cauls and whatnot. This thing just works, with no danger of wood of finish chipping, and a perfectly fitting, straight, centered hole (at least if you...
by Arnt
Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: F5/Kentucky Madolin binding???
Replies: 3
Views: 2747

Re: F5/Kentucky Madolin binding???

There a few different ways to do this, depending of the order of building steps, among other things. I assume that Kentucky top in your picture is straight from their CNC machine, the Dudenbostel link shows how he used to do it (I believe ha also has a CNC now), which is probably closer to how Gibso...
by Arnt
Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: To graft or not to graft, that is the question.
Replies: 47
Views: 13200

Re: To graft or not to graft, that is the question.

Violin family instruments always have butt joints, as do lots of arch top guitars. I do A-style mandolins this way, but I've never done it on a guitar, on those I usually do the mitered side purfling thing. Here's a dread I just finished, which has no side purflings, so I thought about going with a ...
by Arnt
Sun Oct 17, 2010 6:34 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Recent Server Downtime
Replies: 65
Views: 31327

Re: Recent Server Downtime

Hi folks, I haven't been around much lately, but I heard about the hacker episode. I'm certainly glad to see everything up and running again, keep up the good work.
by Arnt
Wed Oct 21, 2009 9:08 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Variations on a Macca.
Replies: 131
Views: 57689

I'm pretty sure Klepper didn't come up with the concept of the wedge bridge design originally, I have seen a number of 'contemporary' archtops that use variations of it. I believe D'aquisto was among, if not the first to use it. Brekke mandolin bridges use a slightly different wedge design, check ou...
by Arnt
Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:06 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What's on your bench? - October 2009
Replies: 43
Views: 17171

I am making a 000 12 fret, here is what the inside of the top looks like

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The back and sides are Madagascan rosewood, linings are willow.


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by Arnt
Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Soft start palm router
Replies: 9
Views: 4872

I read quickly through the link, and perhaps it was covered in there somewhere, but I didn’t see it, so… "Universal motors", typically smaller high rpm motors such as those found in routers, are safe to use on 50 or 60 Hz. The problems, if they occur, are with larger "ordinary" electrical motors...
by Arnt
Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Somogyi Vid
Replies: 154
Views: 55957

Hi Ervin, I had the pleasure of attending your "soundboard voicing" lectures at the 2005 AISA. Thankfully I took a lot of notes and pictures, so even without the video I remember it vividly. Other highlights of that symposium were lectures by the late Tom Humphrey, Dan Erlewine, a mandolin panel wit...
by Arnt
Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Putting veneer on the back of a headstock
Replies: 9
Views: 4888

I am doing a "build thread" over on LuthierCommunity, here is an excerpt that covers how I do this. This will be a slothead, and I aim for a final thickness of 19 mm. I will use both front and back headstock veneers, which both will be 1.5 mm, so I need to thin the headstock to 16 mm. I mark this di...
by Arnt
Thu Oct 01, 2009 10:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: temperature/humidity
Replies: 6
Views: 3195

Yeah i have learned the hard way, i made a few backs and tops, only to find that they are now so distorted i dont know what to do with them, they were braced, any ideas on salvaging? Ricardo, if the plates have not cracked or split, just chisel the braces off, make sure you give the wood time to st...
by Arnt
Thu Oct 01, 2009 9:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some advice on filling rosette please
Replies: 13
Views: 5660

If you sealed the rosette channel prior to installing the rosette, it should be pretty safe to fill with CA. Personally, I would probably fill with epoxy, as I normally use epoxy for porefilling anyways, and I would apply shellac before and after the porefilling (like Rick suggests). Those pores sur...
by Arnt
Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: HNT Gordon Spokeshave
Replies: 14
Views: 7019

New Stanley spokeshaves like the 151 can be greatly improved by upgrading the iron and some tuning. Out of the box, it is basically a kit and not a tool that is ready to use, in my opinion. Here's what I did to mine: * File away the globs of "Japanning" on iron's bed so it becomes a nice and flat ex...
by Arnt
Wed Sep 23, 2009 5:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Blackwood back
Replies: 21
Views: 8737

Lars is pretty much my favourite contemporary Scandinavian builder and as soon as I manage to locate exactly where it is I am planning bulglarize his stash of BRW.

8)
by Arnt
Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Paul Builds a Segmented Rosette...
Replies: 16
Views: 6782

It is a beautiful rosette! When I make this type of rosette , I join the pieces (with CA), rout the outside and inside circumferences and glue everything into a matching rabbet on the guitar. It doesn't matter if it fits perfectly at this point, because I will rout for the purfling lines which separ...
by Arnt
Fri Sep 04, 2009 6:23 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What's On Your Bench?
Replies: 71
Views: 22398

Nothing you haven't seen before here, but since I made it and took some pictures, I thought I'd show and tell... It's a neck / body mortise jig, nothing fancy, in fact I should be ashamed of how shoddy it looks, but it works! Until now I have cut both neck tenons and neck block mortises on the table...
by Arnt
Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:42 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: After some neck material for lute
Replies: 18
Views: 6945

Hi Martin, I have some pear wood drying in the shed. I can slice up some bridge blanks for you if you're interested.
by Arnt
Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 7 course Renaissance Lute Build
Replies: 176
Views: 71962

It's going to be a beauty, Martin.
by Arnt
Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:37 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What's On Your Bench?
Replies: 71
Views: 22398

Madrose 000 and my favourite chisel.

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by Arnt
Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 12 string slot head
Replies: 7
Views: 3806

Sorry, I don't have those numbers for you. The dimensions and angle of the slots etc depends on many things, like nut width, distance between nut and string post, headstock thickness... Unless you are following a good plan or copying an existing instrument, it is a good idea to draft everything with...
by Arnt
Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side Bending Jig, Need your opinions
Replies: 5
Views: 3461

It should work just fine. The way I judge the temperature on my home made bending iron is to spray some water on the pipe; if the water just sizzles it is too cold, if it evaporates instantly it is too hot, so you need to be somewhere in between. The temperature can easily be adjusted by regulating ...
by Arnt
Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:04 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sandpaper Management
Replies: 25
Views: 10304

Nice tupperware, Hesh. Too bad they were out of pink. :lol: I tore up an old office desk and built a work bench around the drawer cabinets. I keep my sand paper in a deep drawer that has plywood dividers, which helps to keep things reasonably organized. Not up to Hesh’s standards of course, but fu...
by Arnt
Tue May 26, 2009 8:06 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tonewood 101 - So you want to cut a tree into tonewood?
Replies: 17
Views: 8976

:shock: :shock:

had to see it again

:shock: :shock:
by Arnt
Tue May 26, 2009 8:06 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tonewood 101 - So you want to cut a tree into tonewood?
Replies: 17
Views: 8976

...yeah, that's nice, but I prefer this method :shock:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bVAAx3m ... re=related
by Arnt
Fri May 22, 2009 10:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What's you your workbench?
Replies: 203
Views: 74201

I finally got around to some building again. Here's a Lutz / ziricote 000 with ash bindings and ash and rosewood pruflings http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i100/gitarian/ziricote%20og%20elgitar/bak.jpg http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i100/gitarian/ziricote%20og%20elgitar/foran.jpg Then there's th...