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by Tristan Williams
Wed May 02, 2012 8:45 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish
Replies: 83
Views: 120266

Re: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish

I've taken a few days off so I should (hopefully) get plenty done this week. Truss-rod slot was cut using my little Record 043 plough plane. Its a nice little plane, but my U-channel truss rod is 10mm wide and the widest cutter I have is 1/4". So it had to be done in two passes: IMG_20120430_013309....
by Tristan Williams
Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:30 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Markku Nyytäjä, single cutaway solid body
Replies: 12
Views: 19883

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Markku Nyytäjä, single cutaway solid body

Markku, looks good! Where did you source heat treated ash? I can easily find heat treated pine and its much nicer than the normal stuff, but I reckon the ash would make for a really nice domestic fretboard. Or birch.
by Tristan Williams
Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:34 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish
Replies: 83
Views: 120266

Re: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish

Today I cut a neck blank from my maple and squared it up. I figured I'd laminate a few strips of that Finnish oak for extra strength, so I ripped a couple of strips of that using a cutting gauge - I forgot to take pictures of this process, but you cut deeply from both sides, then put it in a vice an...
by Tristan Williams
Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:31 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Domestic Woods for Fingerboards
Replies: 33
Views: 21419

Re: Domestic Woods for Fingerboards

Michael Lewis wrote:You would have to dye it to make it dark
Iron acetate made with vinegar & steel wool turns walnut blacker than ebony in no time at all. Super easy to do :)
by Tristan Williams
Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:13 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish
Replies: 83
Views: 120266

Re: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish

Is there any interest in my fret software, by the way? I could make it freely available online (perhaps with a "Donate" button for generous souls). Its a fairly simple thing, you feed in all of your specs to a simple graphical UI and it draws the fretboard you've specified. It optimizes your string ...
by Tristan Williams
Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:01 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish
Replies: 83
Views: 120266

Re: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish

I didn't achieve much this weekend as it was a busy one what with spring finally starting and all (spring cleaning, changing to summer tyres, bike maintenance, etc), but I did glue up and thickness the body core: IMG_20120421_161539_2.jpg Loads of fluffy shavings from that roasted pine, it sure work...
by Tristan Williams
Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:35 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge: classical guitar-Edmundo Azalde
Replies: 18
Views: 28067

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge: classical guitar-Edmundo Azalde

Wow, I'm loving the way that back plate worked out! Great stuff :D
by Tristan Williams
Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:44 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Roasted Wood
Replies: 8
Views: 8465

Re: Roasted Wood

Cross-post from my local challenge build. I decided to do a maple/roasted pine/maple sandwich for the body. I used some offcuts from roasted pine decking, planed all the grooves off and here is how it looks sandwiched: http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/download/file.php?id=1027&mode=view It is called "Therm...
by Tristan Williams
Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:34 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge,Tristan Williams Semi-hollow Tele
Replies: 5
Views: 10593

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge,Tristan Williams Semi-hollow Tele

Well, I'm also now planning to totally blow the $100 budget, so it really doesn't fit with the spirit of the competition any more :) I'll be sure to post a thread over in the solid body section when its finished!
by Tristan Williams
Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:03 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish
Replies: 83
Views: 120266

Re: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish

At last, here is my stack of wood for this project:
DSCN0285.jpg
A closeup of the Finnish oak for the fingerboard - I believe it is quercus robur, so I guess that is also known as English oak, or French oak:
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by Tristan Williams
Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:53 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish
Replies: 83
Views: 120266

Re: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish

Here's the pine I'm using for the core - this is Thermo-D pine/spruce. It is roasted to high temperatures, resulting in a darker colour and massively increased stability. It is often used here for places that see extremes of humidity - saunas and outdoors. The particular stuff I'm using here are a c...
by Tristan Williams
Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:08 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge,Tristan Williams Semi-hollow Tele
Replies: 5
Views: 10593

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge,Tristan Williams Semi-hollow Tele

As mentioned in my other thread, it turns out that the walnut is actually black walnut, which is not local (AFAIK). I definitely want to use walnut for this build, so I'll disqualify myself right now. If people are keen then I'm happy to post progress pictures anyway.
by Tristan Williams
Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:49 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish
Replies: 83
Views: 120266

Re: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish

Hmm, I've hit a snag so I've had to have a rethink: I had my doubts about the walnut, so I had a luthier friend look at my lumber and assures me that it is black walnut, rather than European walnut (which is what I purchased it as at the lumber yard). As far as I'm aware, that means it has come from...
by Tristan Williams
Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:18 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Roasted Wood
Replies: 8
Views: 8465

Re: Roasted Wood

Here in Finland Thermo-wood is available at all the big box stores. I've been tempted for a while now to build a solid body from thermo-treated pine as it takes on a beautiful rich golden brown colour. I've used thermo-treated alder (its sold dirt cheap for sauna construction here) a couple of times...
by Tristan Williams
Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:51 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 local materials challenge, David Frassetto's lapsteel (Completed 4/13/12)
Replies: 33
Views: 48456

Re: $100 local materials challenge, David Frassetto's lapsteel

Cool! I'm a big fan of the fabric finish. I'd like to do that on a build someday, with some cheesy paisley or something :)
by Tristan Williams
Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:47 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge,Tristan Williams Semi-hollow Tele
Replies: 5
Views: 10593

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge,Tristan Williams Semi-hollow Tele

I gave in to weakness and resawed the top for this at the local community college tonight. Actually I ran out of time after taking the first slice off, I need to go back on Monday and complete the operation.

Here is said first slice, half of the top of this axe:
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by Tristan Williams
Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:29 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish
Replies: 83
Views: 120266

Re: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish

So after staring at the maple for a few days I decided not to risk ruining my wood by resawing by hand, and instead took it to the local community college workshop and resawed it there for tops. It was much easier, but now I feel like I've cheated ;)
by Tristan Williams
Wed Apr 11, 2012 9:14 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Hard finish for maple fretboards?
Replies: 3
Views: 2470

Re: Hard finish for maple fretboards?

Sounds perfect! Sadly, I can't seem to find it anywhere in Europe :(
by Tristan Williams
Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:03 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish
Replies: 83
Views: 120266

Re: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish

I don't have any idea if your magnets would work or not, you'll have to see! try putting a magnet on the bottom of a slug and then comparing it to an alnico by testing it's strength in different ways. Try and get a neo magnet that will match the same strength. I set up a little jig with a paper cli...