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by Matthew Lau
Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Workshop layout?
Replies: 11
Views: 4396

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: 17311

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: 8533

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: 39113

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: 11165

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: 3536

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: 13266

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.
by Matthew Lau
Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: MIM- musical instrument museum in Arizona
Replies: 1
Views: 2030

Re: MIM- musical instrument museum in Arizona

I promise not to bombard MIMF's servers with photos.
by Matthew Lau
Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: MIM- musical instrument museum in Arizona
Replies: 1
Views: 2030

MIM- musical instrument museum in Arizona

Hey MIMFers, I went to the MIM last weekend, and it was pretty great. If you are ever able to go, I'd highly recommend it. It also has an impressively accurate reproduction the Martin and Kremona workshops. FWIW, I'm thinking of building a copy of a some of the instruments for my personal use. -Matt
by Matthew Lau
Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Treatise on the True Art of Making Musical Instruments: A Practical Guide to the Hidden Craft
Replies: 9
Views: 4300

Re: Treatise on the True Art of Making Musical Instruments: A Practical Guide to the Hidden Craft

Personally, I just got the Gore and Gilet book on guitarbuilding. V1 delves into the physics of sound really, really well. V2 delves into the woodworking really, really well. Fwiw, I saw one of Gilet's guitars in the Musical Instrument Museums on Saturday. If you're around Pheonix, AZ, it's well wor...
by Matthew Lau
Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Sound system in workshop?
Replies: 21
Views: 13266

Re: Sound system in workshop?

That's a nice setup.

I'll be hitting up goodwill on Thursday to look for a receiver.
Despite all the fancy internet stuff, it's nice to just flip a switch and have it work.

Do you have tips for a good, used radio receiver?
by Matthew Lau
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Current classical guitar builds.
Replies: 4
Views: 4338

Re: Current classical guitar builds.

That's beautiful work.

Any details on your solera? Is that cardboard?
by Matthew Lau
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fiberglass on bridge/bridgeplate?
Replies: 11
Views: 5480

Re: Fiberglass on bridge/bridgeplate?

Thanks guys! One case is my first guitar. I used a madagascar rosewood bridge (quartered) and made the pins really tight. The other was a pinless bridge that a friend made for me. One of the little "wings" popped off, but it still works. Sounds like I'm overcomplicating things as usual. Maybe I'll g...
by Matthew Lau
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fiberglass on bridge/bridgeplate?
Replies: 11
Views: 5480

Fiberglass on bridge/bridgeplate?

Hey MIMFers, I'm planning on doing my first non-kit builds soon, and I tend to overcomplicate stuff. I've noticed that some of my bridges on my kits have started splitting due to string tension...ditto for a part of a pinless bridge on a guitar. Has anyone tried using fiberglass reinforcement for so...
by Matthew Lau
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My latest - a cherry parlor
Replies: 35
Views: 19626

Re: My latest - a cherry parlor

That's some nice clean work.
by Matthew Lau
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Persimmon
Replies: 7
Views: 4662

Re: Persimmon

Hey Al,

Any good suppliers?

I'm on the lookout for black persimmon.
by Matthew Lau
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Skateboard Woods
Replies: 3
Views: 3537

Re: Skateboard Woods

Certainly wood would work (pun intended).

I'm going to need to look up this certainlywood.com website.
It might be a nice source of veneer for a speaker project.
by Matthew Lau
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Alaskan Yellow Cedar for Flamenco Back And Sides.
Replies: 8
Views: 7194

Re: Alaskan Yellow Cedar for Flamenco Back And Sides.

Btw, just a plug for Alaskan Tonewoods (forum sponsor).

I've only had great service and great wood from those guys.
And their AA grade is better than most people's mastergrade for pretty cheap.
by Matthew Lau
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Stabilized woods for bridge?
Replies: 4
Views: 4131

Stabilized woods for bridge?

Hey luthier buddies,

I've noticed that a number of bridges can crack under high tension strain.
I've been considering using some sort of stabilized wood, or reinforcing the fracture points with brass or carbon fiber.

Any thoughts?
by Matthew Lau
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Looking for a school for luthiery
Replies: 3
Views: 3618

Re: Looking for a school for luthiery

It'd be really interesting to hear from Al Carruth.