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by Simon Magennis
Sat Mar 06, 2021 4:46 am
Forum: CAD/CAM/CNC - hardware and software and its uses in luthiery
Topic: CAD modeling archtop guitars
Replies: 3
Views: 973

Re: CAD modeling archtop guitars

I would saw the norm for instructional DVDs in the guitar building is $250+ When you said expensive I was envisioning $750 or something like that. :-) If I were interested in the subject, my only question would be if the material is good or now. Of the expensive luthier books I bought where I had "s...
by Simon Magennis
Mon Mar 01, 2021 3:23 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A New Solera With Sides.
Replies: 9
Views: 1187

Re: A New Solera With Sides.

What Clay shows is quite similar to what Cumpliano has with cork tile but a bit more refined. "Built-up" workboards are a common enough method. The important thing about the dome and neck angle is just that you get a system that works. The more precision and understanding at the initial phases, the ...
by Simon Magennis
Sun Feb 28, 2021 6:46 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Rookie Bending Questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1971

Re: Rookie Bending Questions

I have to admit to having "exaggerated" about the machine I mentioned above.. Put it down to old age. :-) I am not 100% sure this is the video I saw originally but it is very close. He is only doing two sides at a time. But is sure looks pretty fast. There is also a video on the same channel for cut...
by Simon Magennis
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Rookie Bending Questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1971

Re: Rookie Bending Questions

... unless you are a factory trying to crank out dozens of sets per day. ... I would say 100's of sets rather than dozens. :-) Some one with a bit of experience, assuming the wood was at an appropriate thickness, can bend side quickly and accurately. Certainly half a dozens sets an hour would be ro...
by Simon Magennis
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: CAD/CAM/CNC - hardware and software and its uses in luthiery
Topic: CAD modeling archtop guitars
Replies: 3
Views: 973

Re: CAD modeling archtop guitars

What do you consider "crazy expensive"? I had a search for DVD/downloads and the only ones I found were $120 & $160? I have no idea of whether the DVDs in question are good, bad, or indifferent. If they are OK, then they strike me as pretty good value. I don't know if if any of the big DIY places in...
by Simon Magennis
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Thicknessing Binding.
Replies: 13
Views: 2467

Re: Thicknessing Binding.

I either buy ready made binding at specific thicknesses, get the supplier to thick some orphan sides for me and I cut them on the bandsaw, or simply plane orphan sides to thickness and cut on the bandsaw. I mainly use titebond original but ocassionally hhg for bindings. I am also not adverse to usin...
by Simon Magennis
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:25 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: HG wheel surfaces
Replies: 4
Views: 877

Re: HG wheel surfaces

As far as I recall there is resin on the wheel, like on a violin bow, which gives friction. I have a vague idea that some even had horsehair wrapped on it however, I can't find a reference for that so it may be complete nonsense.
by Simon Magennis
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A New Solera With Sides.
Replies: 9
Views: 1187

Re: A New Solera With Sides.

I don't know the 1943 plan. For the 1937 GAL plan, some people do it with about 2 mm for neck angle and 1.5mm for the dome. The underside of the bridge locks in the dome and maybe increases. There is a lot of debate on that topic with some people even arguing that the older Hauser guitars were built...
by Simon Magennis
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: MIMF News & a giveaway
Replies: 33
Views: 11881

Re: MIMF News & a giveaway

Thanks. That is an offer I can't refuse. Count me in.
by Simon Magennis
Mon Dec 21, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Tenor uke plans?
Replies: 2
Views: 932

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: 932

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: 1720

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: 1720

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: 1720

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: 1720

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: 2601

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: 11
Views: 2929

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: 2601

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: 2468

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: 2601

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"...