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by Matthew Lau
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Osage Orange slab- yes, no?
Replies: 5
Views: 646

Osage Orange slab- yes, no?

I've been on sawmill creek, where a guy has offered a 1"x25" x65" slab of osage orange for part of the cost of milling ($80). Do you think it'd be a good idea to get it? In terms of resawing, I was thinking of dropping by a local luthier supply house for the resawing...or going to a luthier friend w...
by Matthew Lau
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Is guitar building like crack or nicotine?
Replies: 17
Views: 3393

Re: Is guitar building like crack or nicotine?

It's a bit more socially acceptable than crack or nicotine.

I'm in remission, but only because my workshop has a leak (and I'm afraid to ruin good wood/tools).
Back in the day, my classmates would find me browsing pages of rosewood and spruce.
by Matthew Lau
Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Makers Knife
Replies: 10
Views: 3779

Re: Makers Knife

If you want a superlative blade, I'd recommend a Kiridashi from Stan Covington.

Fwiw, I have a Nogent paring knife (vintage). The blade on the older ones suck.
The razor idea is a good one though.
by Matthew Lau
Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?
Replies: 60
Views: 30293

Re: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

Just an update after a looooong absence. My coolest tool is a Kiridashi from Stan Covington. He had it forged from Konobu, one of the best blacksmiths of carving tools in Japan. Just adding to the list. If you're interested in getting superlative Japanese tools, I highly recommend Stan as a supplier.
by Matthew Lau
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Wood storage pictures?
Replies: 3
Views: 653

Wood storage pictures?

Hi MIMF,

Long time, no post.
I haven't build for about 7-8 years, but hope to get back into it this year.

However, my workshop is a mess.

Would you mind sharing pictures of your wood storage?

-Matt
by Matthew Lau
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Happy 22nd Anniversary, MIMF!
Replies: 6
Views: 901

Re: Happy 22nd Anniversary, MIMF!

Happy belated birthday. Hope all is well.
by Matthew Lau
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Workshop layout?
Replies: 11
Views: 2100

Re: Workshop layout?

I can't believe I forgot about the thread.

Thanks for the posts!
by Matthew Lau
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Good amp for electric ukulele is needed
Replies: 4
Views: 723

Re: Good amp for electric ukulele is needed

I'm not much of an electric guy, but I love my little pignose amp.
For practice use, I also like the Blackstar Fly 3....however, you have much better taste than me.
Personally, I like small and cute amps.

I'll be looking on with interest.
by Matthew Lau
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Rasps on sale @ StewMac
Replies: 17
Views: 2135

Re: Rasps on sale @ StewMac

I haven't been on for a while, but if you want "rasp nirvana"---I will highly recommend Pechar Rasps......crap! They're no longer being made!
by Matthew Lau
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?
Replies: 60
Views: 30293

Re: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

Glad this post is still alive.

I want to get back to building, but have too much stuff to do/take care of at my office...urk
by Matthew Lau
Tue May 14, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: safety shoes for woodworkers
Replies: 6
Views: 1607

Re: safety shoes for woodworkers

The bigger question is-- how did he get so intimate with your feet?
by Matthew Lau
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Workshop layout?
Replies: 11
Views: 2100

Re: Workshop layout?

Would you mind showing photos?

I promise to avoid photo bombing the MIMF servers (like I did the the MIM photos).
by Matthew Lau
Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Workshop layout?
Replies: 11
Views: 2100

Workshop layout?

Hey everybody,

I finally moved back near my workshop.
For the msot part, it's a cluttered mess of wood and tools and stuff.

Do you have tips on a good workshop layout?


I know that there's different goals (needs to move out, for car to fit; needs to look good; etc).
I'd love your tips.
by Matthew Lau
Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Tools I wish I never bought
Replies: 25
Views: 13368

Re: Tools I wish I never bought

Thanks for the posts!
by Matthew Lau
Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need some advice on fingerstyle guitars
Replies: 16
Views: 5298

Re: Need some advice on fingerstyle guitars

Hey Tim, With guitars, I recommend just trusting your gut. "Good" is subjective. If you've never heard better, a $100 Chinese guitar is fine (and perfectly capable of fingerstyle. FWIW, I've had the chance to play Jake Shimabukuro's ukulele, Muriel Anderson's flamenco guitar, and Peppino D'Agostino'...
by Matthew Lau
Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?
Replies: 60
Views: 30293

Re: Coolest or most useful tool that you have?

I'm glad that this thread is still going on.

I plan to get back to building instruments after I move soon.

FWIW, my favorite tool is my hammer.
It's a hand-forged hammer from the "god of hammers" in Japan.

My friend got it for me.
by Matthew Lau
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need a method for easy/reliable top/back removal
Replies: 30
Views: 7113

Re: Need a method for easy/reliable top/back removal

+2 for hot hide glue. Chuck, you're a hell of a better builder than me. However, I think you're overcomplicating things. Just use hot hide glue...you can stick in in a baby food jar in a cheap mini crockpot. https://www.amazon.com/Crock-Pot-SCCPLC200-G-20-Ounce-Lunch-Warmer/dp/B006H5V8QW/ref=asc_df_...
by Matthew Lau
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Crowdfunding to save (violin?) tonewood
Replies: 3
Views: 2214

Re: Crowdfunding to save (violin?) tonewood

My only caveats:

1. It doesn't mention shipping costs. :shock:

2. I'm too lazy to resaw this personally.

3. I'd rather stop building guitars someday, find a nice wifey, and start a family.
by Matthew Lau
Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Sound system in workshop?
Replies: 21
Views: 9959

Re: Sound system in workshop?

I bought a Marantz 1501 yesterday, and then returned it.

After thinking for a while, I'm pretty happy with a good radio.
I'll just use my radio...maybe get another if I feel too lazy to move it from place to place.