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by Matthew Lau
Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Epoxy as a pore filler
Replies: 18
Views: 1123

Re: Epoxy as a pore filler

Hey Al,

You're a gem. Thanks for sharing this
by Matthew Lau
Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Five Years In The Making...
Replies: 6
Views: 608

Re: Five Years In The Making...

That is beautiful!

On a side note, hope Mark is doing well.
by Matthew Lau
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Planning a workbench, any tips?
Replies: 9
Views: 964

Re: Planning a workbench, any tips?

Thanks for the feedback!

I've been working off a Blum Benchhorse for a few years now, and find it about perfect for me. It's just about waist height.
by Matthew Lau
Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Planning a workbench, any tips?
Replies: 9
Views: 964

Planning a workbench, any tips?

Hey everyone, I finally got a used jointer! I'm planning on finally making a decent workbench. I'm planning to make a 72"x 18"x34" Roubo with hard rock maple. From an instrument maker's standpoint, is there anything that I should be aware of? Currently, I plan to just have a leg vise, and use auxill...
by Matthew Lau
Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Honeycomb Tops
Replies: 6
Views: 570

Re: Honeycomb Tops

Are you talking Nomex? I think the Gore and Gilet book is the way to go.
by Matthew Lau
Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A bit off fun!
Replies: 13
Views: 5622

Re: A bit off fun!

I know I'm late to the party, but how about "Catastratphe?"
by Matthew Lau
Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Another "long time since last post"
Replies: 4
Views: 501

Re: Another "long time since last post"

First thoughts....you sure that wasn't a $100,000 PRS custom shop?

Nicely done.
by Matthew Lau
Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Tool chest/ Tool organization?
Replies: 9
Views: 699

Re: Tool chest/ Tool organization?

That's some gorgeous work!

I wasn't expecting something like Studley's chest.
by Matthew Lau
Thu Aug 20, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Thinking of first electric guitar build. Input?
Replies: 1
Views: 275

Re: Thinking of first electric guitar build. Input?

Also, I'm probably going to build a neck pocket ala Stewart Travel guitar.
by Matthew Lau
Thu Aug 20, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Thinking of first electric guitar build. Input?
Replies: 1
Views: 275

Thinking of first electric guitar build. Input?

Dear MIMF, With a possible California shutdown in October, I might build my first electric guitar. For many years, I've been lusting after a Telecaster with the ergonomics of a Strat. If it can fit in a laptop bag, even better. I'd like to run some ideas past everyone, and have a better idea of what...
by Matthew Lau
Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: What electric guitars have you built because you couldn't buy it?
Replies: 19
Views: 17118

Re: What electric guitars have you built because you couldn't buy it?

I just wanted to thank everyone on this thread. It's been years since I've considered building a guitar, but the recent shutdowns have made me dust off the idea. I may laminate a nice figured Port Orford cedar body, print out some plans (Thanks, Jamie!), and figure out some hardware. Will probably p...
by Matthew Lau
Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Getting back into building- tips?
Replies: 11
Views: 985

Re: Getting back into building- tips?

The Ko'Aloha is significantly louder. Some ukulele affectionados describe it as "brash," "open," "loud." https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?10892-Kamaka-vs-KoAloha I hypothesize that most ukuleles are significantly overbuilt, since the string tension is significantly less than anyth...
by Matthew Lau
Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Getting back into building- tips?
Replies: 11
Views: 985

Re: Getting back into building- tips?

Lastly, there's the jig itself.

It's a scrap of particleboard, some threaded rod, and plexiglass.
Sometimes they'll use a heavy weight (like a jug of glue) to clamp things together.

Also note there's no taper/arching to the body.---why? to save money and labor!
by Matthew Lau
Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Getting back into building- tips?
Replies: 11
Views: 985

Re: Getting back into building- tips?

Note: the neck is just a but joint.

In contrast to Kamaka's mortise and tenon, they just use giant disk sanders.
They glue a but joint to the neck...not sure if it's epoxy or titebond.
by Matthew Lau
Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Getting back into building- tips?
Replies: 11
Views: 985

Re: Getting back into building- tips?

Also, there are NO LINERS. No kerfing
by Matthew Lau
Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Getting back into building- tips?
Replies: 11
Views: 985

Re: Getting back into building- tips?

Note that the bracing just under the soundhole is a square. This is their "magic brace" which frankly cuts down on assembly dramatically. They make these in huge batches, and glue in about 2 minutes to top/sides. I like the idea a lot, and will likely do a version of that (but with mortise and tenon.)
by Matthew Lau
Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Getting back into building- tips?
Replies: 11
Views: 985

Re: Getting back into building- tips?

Note: this is for a Tenor body.

Bracing? There is none aside from the bridge plate.
Center-seam reinforcement to avoid delamination of face (costly repairs)
by Matthew Lau
Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Getting back into building- tips?
Replies: 11
Views: 985

Re: Getting back into building- tips?

In contrast, Ko'aloha is a study of how to cut corners in construction without compromising sound/playability.

FWIW, the spokesman was full of BS and had no idea about lutherie.
However, his father (the founder) was a genius in that respect.
by Matthew Lau
Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Getting back into building- tips?
Replies: 11
Views: 985

Re: Getting back into building- tips?

Of particular note, they use a heavily automated side bender like the Taylor factory
by Matthew Lau
Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Getting back into building- tips?
Replies: 11
Views: 985

Re: Getting back into building- tips?

Starting with Kamaka- classical bracing. Classical molds. Festool and industrial machinery. Mortise/tenon neck.