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by Allen
Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:45 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Tiger Myrtle Guitar
Replies: 32
Views: 17995

Thanks for posting those shots Hesh. I've only ever seen some small shots of it and others giving you a dig about it. It's a real beauty and someday down the track I just might have to try something similar. It's just so different that I'm sure everyone that sees it would want to pick it up. On a si...
by Allen
Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:37 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fret slotting with a tile cutter
Replies: 2
Views: 3746

You know, I've walked by that little saw at Bunnies and thought it might be good for something, and low and behold there it is.
by Allen
Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bracing Ottomans :)
Replies: 28
Views: 17356

You're in a great position Bob to be able to see subtle differences in small changes doing productions runs like you are. I bet you must observe and learn in a few months what it will take many of us years to achieve. I haven't got them to the point where they will be overdriven, so I guess I've got...
by Allen
Mon Oct 29, 2007 7:02 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bracing Ottomans :)
Replies: 28
Views: 17356

My first Dread was definitely an Ottoman. I didn't have a clue. It's scalloped and thinned, but the bracing dimensions where just so large to start with that in hindsight it was just to hard to convince myself to remove all that wood. With each successive build they have been getting lighter. The Cy...
by Allen
Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guitar Cases
Replies: 28
Views: 14337

Thanks Bob, I'll check them out. And now that I'm building a jumbo style I might need something else, so I'm keen to see what develops.

On a side thought, wouldn't it be cool to have cases with our own logo/name on them.
by Allen
Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:05 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guitar Cases
Replies: 28
Views: 14337

I just got one for my 000 cypress and 0M Cutaway. It's a CNB but I can't find the model number. It has a finish that looks like old patchwork jeans. It fits these guitars perfectly. As I recall you said you were building to similar specs. It's not the best case in the world, but quite functional for...
by Allen
Sun Oct 28, 2007 7:52 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Finish Sanding?
Replies: 11
Views: 7020

I'm using Mirotone Gloss Catalyzed Lacquer over WEST Systems Epoxy for pore filler. The last Cutaway only required 2 sessions in the spray booth. 5 coats of 50% thinned lacquer each time. Let dry 2 weeks between sessions. Rub back after 1st spraying with a very firm sponge block with P320 dry paper....
by Allen
Fri Oct 26, 2007 5:20 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Petite Jumbo Back and Top Braced Up.
Replies: 6
Views: 4773

The first guitar I built I followed the plans exactly, and it called for the low wide braces on the back lower bout. That back ended up flexing back and forth from concave to convex depending on humidity. I didn't have any sort of humidity control on that first one. I ask for options on the MIMF and...
by Allen
Thu Oct 25, 2007 8:34 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Petite Jumbo Back and Top Braced Up.
Replies: 6
Views: 4773

Got it from Berry Kerr. He had it on ebay when I was getting some other wood from him, so I threw in a bid and ended up with it. I just love the red tones in the Australian Cedar top that I used and was looking for something similar. I haven't been able to find any more suitable cedar, so this one w...
by Allen
Thu Oct 25, 2007 6:24 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Petite Jumbo Back and Top Braced Up.
Replies: 6
Views: 4773

Petite Jumbo Back and Top Braced Up.

Here's some pictures of the latest one. The top is California Redwood. First time using it. It was fairly floppy before bracing, but has a really nice resonance now that it's braced. Of course only HHG used for bracing and plate joining. The more I use it the more I love it. This is a body plan that...
by Allen
Sun Oct 21, 2007 5:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Minerrichi top set cupping and splitting
Replies: 15
Views: 9999

Martin, Out of interest, I pulled the sets yesterday after reading this thread earlier and they are as flat as a slow cane toad in Townsville. Cheers Kim Stop it Kim, I can't stop giggling...I had to toss a couple of really big ones out of the house last night. They've been coming in to eat the cat...
by Allen
Sat Oct 20, 2007 7:05 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Minerrichi top set cupping and splitting
Replies: 15
Views: 9999

To get air freely at the plates I have, I've strung up a makeshift clothes line and hang the wood from it. For all the plates that I've had that cupped, this has worked a treat.
by Allen
Sat Oct 20, 2007 7:02 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Papua New Guinea tonewood?
Replies: 3
Views: 3386

You can pick up New Guinea Rosewood locally, and I've seen a couple of the tonewood vendors selling it as well. I've been going around to a local company that sells exotic local wood mostly as slab form to overseas markets, and they have heaps of wood that is found in the far north and New Guinea. I...
by Allen
Sat Oct 20, 2007 5:48 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Where to get black vulcanized paper?
Replies: 30
Views: 16874

The response I got this morning tells me that the .01" is sold be the roll at 1000mm wide. I asked them about black, and what other colors were available. The response was natural (I can only assume this means off white) and yellow. They also said that they do not make the .06" in black. There web s...
by Allen
Fri Oct 19, 2007 5:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Where to get black vulcanized paper?
Replies: 30
Views: 16874

They've got back to me, but as I suspected, English is not their first language. :wink:

I've replied with more specific questions and asking them for more details. From what I gather they sell by the kg. and shipped out of Singapore.

Will let you know more when I hear back.
by Allen
Fri Oct 19, 2007 5:42 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Where to get black vulcanized paper?
Replies: 30
Views: 16874

What thickness are you using Bob? I was going to email China and see if I can get some prices and shipping costs.
by Allen
Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:21 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Where to get black vulcanized paper?
Replies: 30
Views: 16874

Thanks, I'll try the local electrical places. I'll be surprised if they even know what I'm talking about. Cairns might be a small city, but when it comes to anything out of the ordinary, you might as well be at the south pole.

That's a heck of an idea for the head plates. Lots cheaper than ebony.
by Allen
Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:35 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Where to get black vulcanized paper?
Replies: 30
Views: 16874

Where to get black vulcanized paper?

Where do you guys source the vulcanized paper that you're using? I've been using veneer dyed black, but would like to try something else. Anywhere in Australia?
by Allen
Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The world keeps getting smaller, and more expensive to ship
Replies: 5
Views: 4355

If anyone is looking to do a group by I'll put my hand up and help split the shipping cost.

I put my name down for a group buy over on the OLF for some bridge pins. Would have like to get a bunch of purfling and binding strips, but the shipping just doesn't justify the savings of a bulk order.
by Allen
Mon Oct 15, 2007 5:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hello Everyone, just completed OM Cutaway
Replies: 13
Views: 8660

Thanks everyone for all the positive comments. I've been doing some more set up on it today. Have the truss rod adjusted just right. It's a double action Gotoh. It's heavier than ones I've used before, but it sure does move a neck quickly. I will have to lower the saddle a touch more and I think tha...
by Allen
Mon Oct 15, 2007 5:43 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hello Everyone, just completed OM Cutaway
Replies: 13
Views: 8660

For our friends overseas, the wood for rosette, bindings and neck were all salvaged as scrap from the bin at our local Woodworkers Guild. Apparently not nice enough for any one there :roll: .
by Allen
Mon Oct 15, 2007 5:38 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hello Everyone, just completed OM Cutaway
Replies: 13
Views: 8660

bob wrote:Hey Allen - if you're wondering how the big ugly guitar like stuff got into your post, you can blame Hesh.

He's been playing around with the swear filter to change dre@dnought. :lol:

Bob
I couldn't stop laughing when I saw that. Thanks Hesh. That made my day.
by Allen
Sun Oct 14, 2007 7:45 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hello Everyone, just completed OM Cutaway
Replies: 13
Views: 8660

Yah, well Bob, it's been warming up a bit here in the tropics, and there were a few XXXX's goin' down this afternoon. I love the Cypress. This top was much stiffer than the last one I used, so I got to thin the braces a bunch more. It's only been strung up for 5 minutes before the photo shoot. I had...
by Allen
Sun Oct 14, 2007 7:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Latest Rosette
Replies: 6
Views: 5111

Hey Paul, I quite like that. Just like you said, some bling if you're looking for it.
by Allen
Sun Oct 14, 2007 7:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hello Everyone, just completed OM Cutaway
Replies: 13
Views: 8660

Hello Everyone, just completed OM Cutaway

G'day everyone. Some of you will have seen some of my posts on other forums, but for those of you that haven't my name is Allen McFarlen and I've been building acoustic guitars for the last year. I fell in love with the challenge and the chance to let my creative side out. I've just posted my latest...