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by Simon Magennis
Mon Dec 21, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Tenor uke plans?
Replies: 2
Views: 381

Re: Tenor uke plans?

I did a search today and found a variety of free online plans. Pinterest seems to have a quite a bit of stuff too, but I am a luddite in terms of social media so I don't have an account there. Can't say anything about the relative merits as I have never built a uke before. Here are a few sources sta...
by Simon Magennis
Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Tenor uke plans?
Replies: 2
Views: 381

Tenor uke plans?

I recently got myself a cheap soprano ukelele kit. Total "construction" consisted of joining ready made next to ready made body, then glueing the bridge and sticking on the tuners. I have been amusing myself no end with it in the last few days. Now I fancy trying something a big bigger. :-) Anyone t...
by Simon Magennis
Thu Dec 17, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Finish for cheapie kit uke
Replies: 8
Views: 662

Re: Finish for cheapie kit uke

I assembled the kit last night and this morning. In the end I gave it a light coat of shellac as I have a batch mixed. On closer inspection the fretboard and the bridge are both made from from thin strips of some kind of dark wood laminate together. It gives both a quite pleasing appearance. The nec...
by Simon Magennis
Wed Dec 16, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Finish for cheapie kit uke
Replies: 8
Views: 662

Re: Finish for cheapie kit uke

Just thought I would update this. The kit arrived today. It sat in a distribution centre for the island from monday of last week until today. A reasonably competitive marathon runner could have made it there and back in 3 or 4 hours. (25-27km each way) :-). The body is not too bad and I was pleasant...
by Simon Magennis
Thu Dec 10, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Finish for cheapie kit uke
Replies: 8
Views: 662

Re: Finish for cheapie kit uke

Thanks Chris. If I had 2 I could do a pink and a blue. Have you had a look at any of the other kits? I had a good look on the alibazar site. If I decide to make a batch of these as gifts, I think I would order direct from china. If you order 5,000 the cheapest kits are $3 each. :mrgreen: Once you st...
by Simon Magennis
Wed Dec 09, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Finish for cheapie kit uke
Replies: 8
Views: 662

Finish for cheapie kit uke

I ordered one of the cheap chinese uke kits where you just join the next to the body, put in the bridge and fretboard and add the tuning machines. Lets call it cheap and cheerful. I could scarcely get the plywood for what the whole thing costs. (unless I scored it from a skip/dimpster :-) ). It is s...
by Simon Magennis
Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Downdraft table - suction?
Replies: 7
Views: 1569

Re: Downdraft table - suction?

The point of the downdraft table is to collect the dust. The vac might work but something like this might work better, https://www.harborfreight.com/13-gallon-industrial-portable-dust-collector-31810.html?_br_psugg_q=dust+collector. It will still be noisy though. I've got my dust collector in an ou...
by Simon Magennis
Mon Sep 28, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Particle counters?
Replies: 10
Views: 1508

Re: Particle counters?

European houses don't have forced air systems like the USA. So this is not an option. There is no ducting in any houses except the latest and greatest "zero energy" houses which are completely sealed and must have a forced system. :-) In most of Spain, where I now live, you are surprised if there is...
by Simon Magennis
Mon Sep 28, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Downdraft table - suction?
Replies: 7
Views: 1569

Re: Downdraft table - suction?

The fan in our kitchen extractor is so loud that we scarcely ever turn it on. :-) When we replace it, I will not be re-using it for this.
by Simon Magennis
Mon Sep 28, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Honeycomb Tops
Replies: 6
Views: 1706

Re: Honeycomb Tops

I think there must be a few posts by Alain Bieber about this. I recall one of his experiments where discussed clues. One issue was foaming.
by Simon Magennis
Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Downdraft table - suction?
Replies: 7
Views: 1569

Downdraft table - suction?

Check my logic please. I will be making myself some sort of downdraft table in the near future. The simplest option is just to plug in one of my workshop vacuum cleaners. However these are very noisy but I don't have anything else at the moment. So that is step one. But there may be a later "Plan B"...
by Simon Magennis
Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Particle counters?
Replies: 10
Views: 1508

Re: Particle counters?

Thanks Bob.
by Simon Magennis
Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:24 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Particle counters?
Replies: 10
Views: 1508

Particle counters?

I find that dust is bothering more than in the past. I do take precautions but I don't have anything to measure the effects (apart from my lungs :-)). I did a few searches this morning and found a range of counters and air quality meters. Prices from about $20 to $7000+. All seem to work with a lase...
by Simon Magennis
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Inside mold
Replies: 7
Views: 2158

Re: Inside mold

The StewMac 000 and D kits come with a cardboard inside mould. I found them quite good so I have nothing against inside colds. However, for classicals I have only ever used a solera and I don't use any mold with it. Nowadays I use some wooden right angles at a few points around the perimeter but whe...
by Simon Magennis
Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: waxed vs de-waxed shellac for FP?
Replies: 2
Views: 1239

waxed vs de-waxed shellac for FP?

Until now I have always used a blonde/superblonde de-waxed shellac. I got a small amount of what appears to be a waxed shellac recently. Compared to my usual shellac, the flakes dissolved almost instantly but the mix is cloudy. What should I be thinking about if I use this type? I just did a very br...
by Simon Magennis
Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Anyone used Rubio monocoat?
Replies: 2
Views: 1185

Re: Anyone used Rubio monocoat?

I read one of the technical docs earlier. In fact the parent company is from Belgium. Still never heard of it. EDIT I called the company selling it and asked about it. They told me that they sold it and the other oil finishes mainly to people doing wood turning. As a side note I also found out that...
by Simon Magennis
Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Anyone used Rubio monocoat?
Replies: 2
Views: 1185

Re: Anyone used Rubio monocoat?

I read one of the technical docs earlier. In fact the parent company is from Belgium. Still never heard of it.
by Simon Magennis
Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:44 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Anyone used Rubio monocoat?
Replies: 2
Views: 1185

Anyone used Rubio monocoat?

I spotted this on a Spanish suppliers website which suggests that at least some professionals are using it. It is some sort of oil finish and as the name suggests apparently need only one coat. It seems to be a US company and I have seen it referred to as RMC. I usually use shellac but at the moment...
by Simon Magennis
Sat May 30, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught
Replies: 39
Views: 8944

Re: Need advice on "high end" parts for dreadnaught

Peter Wilcox wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 9:00 pm
... but wants a "top of the line" handbuilt acoustic ... Money is no object. :D
Well that's good news. I suppose he does realise that "top of the line" acoustics cost US$25K-US$35K and more for special requests. (Symogyi and similar)
by Simon Magennis
Sat May 16, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: New shop lights?
Replies: 17
Views: 6477

Re: New shop lights?

I got a pair of these* put in a few months back. Much pricier here (x2-x3 plus fitting) that in the link but I am quite happy with them. The electrical company who put them in recommended them. The main reason I got them fitted is that I had no ladders high enough to reach the ceiling and secondly t...