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by Bob_H
Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:28 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: New shop
Replies: 4
Views: 123

Re: New shop

Big changes - always fun - best of luck with your new venture. I would be interested in hearing more about the creative hub in Bremen - sounds like a great idea.
by Bob_H
Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guitalele / Martin 5 Terz
Replies: 5
Views: 259

Re: Guitalele / Martin 5 Terz

Thanks Allen - much appreciated
by Bob_H
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guitalele / Martin 5 Terz
Replies: 5
Views: 259

Re: Guitalele / Martin 5 Terz

I've built several Guitalele's on both the tenor and baritone body size. The more traditional one is on the tenor but I think the baritone size with a 21.5" scale suits the tuning of A-a better. All my necks get a CF truss rod no matter the size of the instrument. I use Requinto strings or alternat...
by Bob_H
Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guitalele / Martin 5 Terz
Replies: 5
Views: 259

Guitalele / Martin 5 Terz

I am looking at building a small six string ukulele / guitar for personal use. I have a fused spine and find the ukulele form more comfortable than my old full size Yamaha steel string and, after building a couple of ukuleles that I have been happy with, am interested in further challenges. I have b...
by Bob_H
Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Updated Epoxy Pore Filling Demo - Video
Replies: 10
Views: 8097

Re: Updated Epoxy Pore Filling Demo - Video

I never leave a "layer" of epoxy. But it's a fine line of sanding so you are just leaving it in the pores or cutting timber off and exposing more pores. It's fascinating to see the differences in approaches - Gore and Gillet talk about trying to not only fill the grain but to leave a very thin cont...
by Bob_H
Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Updated Epoxy Pore Filling Demo - Video
Replies: 10
Views: 8097

Re: Updated Epoxy Pore Filling Demo - Video

Thanks!
by Bob_H
Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Updated Epoxy Pore Filling Demo - Video
Replies: 10
Views: 8097

Re: Updated Epoxy Pore Filling Demo - Video

Hi Allen - sorry to revive an old thread - I note you comment that you sand back with 220 grit after the initial application - can you advise what you do after further applications, and between the final application and moving on to applying a finish? I am just about to attempt pore sealing on a lac...
by Bob_H
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Leveling dust specs and other imperfections
Replies: 6
Views: 5445

Re: Leveling dust specs and other imperfections

Thanks - its always valuable for a beginner like me to see what can help in taking results to a higher level.
by Bob_H
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Baritone Ukulele
Replies: 6
Views: 1177

Re: Baritone Ukulele

Thanks again - I need to read my instructions more closely - Graham McDonald, whose book I have been referring to, agrees that a 2mm final thickness for the baritone top is desireble. I had been working to the tenor specifications, which described a 1.75 mm soundboard.
by Bob_H
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Baritone Ukulele
Replies: 6
Views: 1177

Re: Baritone Ukulele

Thanks - the top is fairly light (1.75 mm) and the Sitka is fairly coarse and not particularly stiff. I will try to keep an eye on this. I suspect the coarseness and perhaps heavy handed sanding may have contributed to patches of ridging- thanks again
by Bob_H
Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: New Cedar Classical
Replies: 3
Views: 721

Re: New Cedar Classical

A lovely looking job - nicely restrained - I agree that the satin finish is a very pleasant point of departure from the usual! As a complete beginner, I appreciate the effort that people put into sharing their work - really gives someone something to look toward.
by Bob_H
Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Baritone Ukulele
Replies: 6
Views: 1177

Baritone Ukulele

Hi - just sharing my fourth ukulele - a blackwood baritone with a sitka spruce top and jarah fretboard and bindings. After initial problems with the side bending, things have progressed fairly well. I have some issues with the top, where I have two problems: 1. There appears to be some subsidence be...
by Bob_H
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: New OM guitar
Replies: 11
Views: 1593

Re: New OM guitar

Very nicely balanced guitar.
by Bob_H
Sat Oct 31, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Flamenco Blanca
Replies: 5
Views: 1263

Re: Flamenco Blanca

Thanks - quite special being able to watch and listen to this
by Bob_H
Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Wood bending fail - looking for advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1842

Re: Wood bending fail - looking for advice

Coming along nicely now, I think.
by Bob_H
Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Wood bending fail - looking for advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1842

Re: Wood bending fail - looking for advice

I think your right there Mark - there was a bit of mixed grain toward the edge of both the sides
by Bob_H
Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Wood bending fail - looking for advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1842

Re: Wood bending fail - looking for advice

Well done, glad you were able to save it. Other may do it differently, but I don't bend that hot. I use a chinese bender from ebay that is in fahrenheit and I set it at 200f which is 93c. Even in the bending machine I normally only get to 300f/148c. I am not shy with water when bending by hand. Wat...
by Bob_H
Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Wood bending fail - looking for advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1842

Re: Wood bending fail - looking for advice

Looking a bit more promising. Slightly lower temperature, more spray water, move more quickly. I’ll let it thoroughly cool / dry and make sure surfaces are good
by Bob_H
Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Wood bending fail - looking for advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1842

Re: Wood bending fail - looking for advice

I think I can salvage the side at the expense of 5mm in depth to the baritone ukulele that it is intended for - the hole is toward one edge, with the sides being a lot deeper than needed at this stage. I have completely removed the hole and the wood is only 5 mm shallower than the plan specifies, so...
by Bob_H
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Wood bending fail - looking for advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1842

Re: Wood bending fail - looking for advice

How thick were your sides? What temperature was your iron? I haven't seen bw crack like that before... Is the side to shape except for the break? If it is then you could possible salvage it. If you still have bending to do in that area, I wouldn't hold out much hope. Sides are 1.6 - 1.7 mm. Iron wa...
by Bob_H
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Wood bending fail - looking for advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1842

Wood bending fail - looking for advice

I am a very inexperienced maker, and this is my second time bending wood for a ukulele. First time was Australian maple and I got an outcome I was very happy with. Second attempt was with Tasmanian Blackwood. The photos show the results- from the inside and outside. The wood seemed to become very st...
by Bob_H
Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Medium Body Falcate
Replies: 9
Views: 1742

Re: Medium Body Falcate

Some lovely work, particularly the tail inlay. Something to aim for!
by Bob_H
Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Mainly Tassie Classical
Replies: 5
Views: 1225

Re: Mainly Tassie Classical

Very nice - love the rosette
by Bob_H
Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Number 2.- Tenor Uke
Replies: 4
Views: 1157

Re: Number 2.- Tenor Uke

That looks great. I started on kits too. If you are on your own i think its a good way to begin. Building from scratch isn't that much more difficult but you generally end up buying a lot more tools. Gives you much more freedom to experiment and opportunities for your personal creativity..imho. The...
by Bob_H
Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Number 2.- Tenor Uke
Replies: 4
Views: 1157

Number 2.- Tenor Uke

My second uke - a 14 Fret Fan Tenor ukulele based on Hana Lima'ia plans. King Billy soundboard, Tiger Myrtle back and sides and bindings, minneritchi (acacia) fretboard, Queensland maple neck. Tru Oil finish. Keeping on learning. I mucked up one fretboard (chipped while resizing marker holes) and on...