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by Bob_H
Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Medium Body Falcate
Replies: 9
Views: 445

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: 278

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: 529

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: 529

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...
by Bob_H
Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!
Replies: 94
Views: 24679

Re: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!

Looks great - really good to be able to follow along!
by Bob_H
Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: PNG Rosewood & Silver Quandong D28
Replies: 3
Views: 650

Re: PNG Rosewood & Silver Quandong D28

Good work - very nice looking instrument!
by Bob_H
Mon May 25, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: My pore filling
Replies: 12
Views: 2351

Re: My pore filling

I have tried a similar method myself with shellac and have managed to get the best finish I have ever had or seen bar none. However, it always crazes after a few days or weeks and that sort of makes it impractical. I have re-done the micromesh, and it still crazed but took longer. Gave up in the en...
by Bob_H
Sun May 24, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: My pore filling
Replies: 12
Views: 2351

Re: My pore filling

Thanks Kev. I’ve read about the use of pumice, but have yet to give it a shot. I’m also interested in non-spray finishes. There is a luthier in the US called Les Stansell (http://www.stansellguitars.com) who uses an interesting approach where shellac is used in flood coats to pore-fill as well as a ...
by Bob_H
Fri May 22, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Advice on removing HHGed binding
Replies: 3
Views: 1264

Re: Advice on removing HHGed binding

Thanks one and all - I should have thought of that!
by Bob_H
Fri May 22, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Advice on removing HHGed binding
Replies: 3
Views: 1264

Advice on removing HHGed binding

Hi All I have decided to redo the binding on my current Tiger Myrtle / King Billy ukulele build as I am not happy with the result (gaps and inconsistent depth of channel) and made the mistake of shaping them before deciding that the gaps / variations were more than I was happy with, so adjusting the...
by Bob_H
Wed May 20, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: My pore filling
Replies: 12
Views: 2351

Re: My pore filling

In deep pores using this method you are going to experience some serious sink back down the road as the lacquer continues to dry. And that process of drying / shrinking never stops with a solvent based lacquer. That's why when builders are serious about dead flat and high gloss finishes that last t...
by Bob_H
Sun May 17, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A new classical mandolin
Replies: 9
Views: 1417

Re: A new classical mandolin

Very clean looking instrument! Nice balance (in my inexperience eyes) between traditional and modern
by Bob_H
Tue May 12, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: King Billy Pine/ Queensland walnut classical
Replies: 12
Views: 6215

Re: King Billy Pine/ Queensland walnut classical

kpcart wrote:
Thu May 07, 2020 10:32 pm
on a Chinese ebay purchased heating bender,
Hi - do you have a link to the seller? I have been looking at these - you're happy with it?
by Bob_H
Mon May 11, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tenor Ukulele - Tiger Myrtle / King Billy
Replies: 8
Views: 2322

Re: Tenor Ukulele - Tiger Myrtle / King Billy

ebhsbill wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 5:33 pm
I like the simplicity of the build with the jigs you have.
Thanks!
by Bob_H
Mon May 11, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tenor Ukulele - Tiger Myrtle / King Billy
Replies: 8
Views: 2322

Re: Tenor Ukulele - Tiger Myrtle / King Billy

Just a quick observation; That T-Nut in the Solera where the Sound Hole is, should be on the other side of the Board. This is so the Nut digs into the Timber under compression. If you put too much tension on yours, it will pull out. MM Spot on - it most certainly did pull out - I will look at reloc...
by Bob_H
Mon May 11, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tenor Ukulele - Tiger Myrtle / King Billy
Replies: 8
Views: 2322

Re: Tenor Ukulele - Tiger Myrtle / King Billy

Continuing to progress - sound board braced, neck shaped, ledge cut and glued, tail piece shaped, sides glued at neck and tail, tentalones cut and glued. Waiting for glue to set and then will clean up. Really enjoying working with hide glue - clean up with either warm wet cloth, or nicely with a sha...
by Bob_H
Sun May 03, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Best way to repair bent sides?
Replies: 10
Views: 2514

Re: Best way to repair bent sides?

Thanks all. I think a taper and heal cap sound like a plan. I’m not using an arched back and haven’t put together a radius dish at this time, so plane and sand.
by Bob_H
Sat May 02, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Best way to repair bent sides?
Replies: 10
Views: 2514

Best way to repair bent sides?

With the neck block fitted and the sound board in place, it is clear that the sides are a couple of mm too deep for the neck. I could taper the sides, reduce the overall depth or build up the neck block. Suggestions or advice received gratefully :)
by Bob_H
Thu Apr 30, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tenor Ukulele - Tiger Myrtle / King Billy
Replies: 8
Views: 2322

Re: Tenor Ukulele - Tiger Myrtle / King Billy

Graham McDonald wrote:
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:45 am
You are making allowance for the soundboard before gluing the neck and sides together .... :D
Most certainly, Graham - trial fit up at this stage - still to shape the neck and size and shape other internal blocks - just had to see what it looked like (and check the cutting of the neck slots)!
by Bob_H
Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tenor Ukulele - Tiger Myrtle / King Billy
Replies: 8
Views: 2322

Tenor Ukulele - Tiger Myrtle / King Billy

My second build, following a Stew Mac kit. This one is a kit from Australian Tonewoods, with Tiger Myrtle sides and back, and a King Billy soundboard. The fingerboard is Gidgee. Using (or attempting to use :D ) the Spanish method. The kit from Tim is brilliant and requires much more involvement than...
by Bob_H
Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Ukulele workshop manual
Replies: 26
Views: 12321

Re: The Ukulele workshop manual

Finding your book very useful thanks. And yes, once we are past this, it would be great to actually meet some people who know what they are doing (or at least are further along the learning curve). The Canberra Woodcraft Guild has an instrument making special interest group that I will also get in t...
by Bob_H
Fri Apr 17, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Ukulele workshop manual
Replies: 26
Views: 12321

Re: The Ukulele workshop manual

I have my copy - great to have a resource from a local craftsman - I ordered on line before realising I could have popped around to pick it up (before social distancing set in!)
by Bob_H
Fri Apr 17, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Attention all Lurkers
Replies: 53
Views: 44741

Re: Attention all Lurkers

Howdy - I’ve just completed a Stew Mac tenor kit, which I found very valuable as a first build learning experience and yielded a nice playable instrument. I have attached a couple of build photos, I have just ordered a kit from Tim Spittle which I am very excited about - a tenor with Tiger Myrtle ba...