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by Simon Magennis
Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:24 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Particle counters?
Replies: 11
Views: 2031

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: 2386

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: 1461

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: 1359

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: 1359

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: 1359

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: 9919

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: 7182

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...
by Simon Magennis
Wed May 06, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Searching for a good respirator
Replies: 34
Views: 13239

Re: Searching for a good respirator

An update on this. I find myself mainly using the cartridge type respirator and only ocassionally use the Trend. The two reason for not using the Trend is the top heavy issue I mentioned above. At least for me it is pretty much impossible to adjust it so that it stays put. As soon as I bend forward,...
by Simon Magennis
Wed May 06, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Thinking about a steel string ...
Replies: 11
Views: 4140

Re: Thinking about a steel string ...

Thanks for the advice so far. I probably have the StewMac OOO plan somewhere so that would give me an X-Brace system but not a double X. It is always a bit tricky finding varnish/laquer equivalents across the atlantic but I will have a look. Actually come to think of it a neighbour here is involved ...
by Simon Magennis
Sun May 03, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Thinking about a steel string ...
Replies: 11
Views: 4140

Thinking about a steel string ...

I basically just do classical guitars. Up around no 25-30 by now. I am currently experimenting in using ready made laminated parts. These are normally destined for factories. This morning I got the idea of trying a pair of acoustics on the same basis. The supplier also has ready made acoustic necks ...
by Simon Magennis
Sat Apr 11, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Left handed block planes? Or hand agnostic?
Replies: 7
Views: 3361

Re: Left handed block planes? Or hand agnostic?

The Sargent style is one of the type I consider hand agnostic. I will keep a look out for that style.
by Simon Magennis
Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Left handed block planes? Or hand agnostic?
Replies: 7
Views: 3361

Left handed block planes? Or hand agnostic?

Hi, Has anyone come across a left hand block plane? I am thinking of the type with a pivot screw pressing the blade down. Recently I find that the screws kept opening up when I am using it as my left thumb touches it and opens it. My old Stanley had a different mechanism that wasn't as "handed". Any...
by Simon Magennis
Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Does the library search work for you?
Replies: 24
Views: 14845

Re: Does the library search work for you?

Today even the first search was quite fast. In my case it might have been the https vs http. I generally set my browsers to try and force https so that could have caused an initial time-out. I have safari and have been using it for more than a decade. It is one of the suckiest browsers there is but ...
by Simon Magennis
Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Does the library search work for you?
Replies: 24
Views: 14845

Re: Does the library search work for you?

The search works for me with a "but". When I do the first search it seems to hang up. Looks like it is not working at all. Eventually, feels like "forever" (maybe 1 min + :-)) the results get displayed. I actually gave up on the first test I had left the tab open so I spotted the results eventually....
by Simon Magennis
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: What do you use a router for in classical/acoustic guitar making?
Replies: 11
Views: 8391

Re: What do you use a router for in classical/acoustic guitar making?

Thanks for all the suggestions. :-)
I found a place that has some entry level Makita trimmers very cheap. I am severely tempted to buy a pair.
by Simon Magennis
Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: A faster, non-spray booth, finish for a classical guitar project.
Replies: 6
Views: 5589

Re: A faster, non-spray booth, finish for a classical guitar project.

This is one of the pair I am working on at the moment. So far I am quite happy with the progress. If this project is successful and I manage to sell the pair quickly, next up will be a repeat with maybe four instead of two and a tweak or two to the project. Gotta finish this pair first. . ready to c...
by Simon Magennis
Sat Mar 07, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: What do you use a router for in classical/acoustic guitar making?
Replies: 11
Views: 8391

What do you use a router for in classical/acoustic guitar making?

I have never really used routers although I have two, laminate trimmer size. So the things I am thinking about: Making bridges, slotting a neck and setting in a ready made rosette. Any tips for these items? Any other items where a router is a real time saver? ----------------------------------------...
by Simon Magennis
Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: A faster, non-spray booth, finish for a classical guitar project.
Replies: 6
Views: 5589

A faster, non-spray booth, finish for a classical guitar project.

I generally use shellac/french polishing. I have no facilities for spraying beyond maybe an spray can occasionally. I am doing a pair of guitars at the moment where I want to use every short cut I can think of and spending up the finish would be very helpful. One option is to brush on shellac but I ...