Thursday, April 13, 2017

New e-mando tailpiece

I wanted to make an aluminium tailpiece for the e-mando that I’m currently working on. Sheet aluminium seemed a bit too soft for the design that I normally make, so I designed a new model which utilises some much better quality ali alloy angle section.
 After much sawing, filing and drilling……
PS CNC free zone;-)

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Friday, April 07, 2017

Safe in Ireland

Patrick’s twin-point has now been completed and is happily residing in Ireland. Here are some photos for you. 

Don't you just love cocobolo!

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Saturday, April 01, 2017

Fan Frets?

I first came across a fan fretted guitar a number of  years back when Amanda and I visited the wonderful Jeff Traugott in his Santa Cruz workshop. Until recently I’ve not been too bothered by the concept, however I’ve been thinking about 5 string e-mando with a low C and trying to decide upon a suitable scale. It seems to me that for this application fan frets might be a good way to go.
There’s a fair bit information on t’interweb, but to gain a real understanding, I like work things through from first principle for myself.
So questions; do the frets really fan i.e. if you project a line along each fret will they converge at one point and does it matter which fret is perpendicular to the centreline?
Thinking about geometry; similar triangles etc. the answers should be yes and no.
So after a bit of drawing and testing I’m satisfied with my initial premise.
I shall now mull for a few months!
PS CAD free zone :-)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Dangerous Curves!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Titebond it is Pete!

Pete, my Aussie luthier friend asked which adhesive I would be using with the Rocklite Ebano fretboard. My adhesive of choice for wood has always been Titbond original, so I glued the fretboard to the maple neck using that.
So, does it work? Well of course! Once the glue set, the fretboard was sanded to give it a compound radius, position markers inlaid and fretted. Then the neck shaped. If a glue joint survives all that vigorous work, it will be fine.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Safe in Portugal

 Paulo’s walnut Standard mandolin is now residing happily in Portugal with its new owner. Below are some photos for you……….


Friday, March 03, 2017

Random Stuff

Thought that you’d like to ponder this photo………..
You’ll recall the various planes that I’ve restored recently? I thought that I should treat my faithful Stanley No.5 plane to an “upgrade”. It was given to me about 40 years ago, before I started at the LCF and the varnish on the handles was cracked, chipped and generally manky. So, the old varnish was stripped off and the handles re-finished with Tru-oil and wax. They feel so, so good to use now; well worth the effort!
I also had a go at my old (again 40 years!) Tyzack dovetail saw. The handle was refinished in the same way and after much searching around I found a place to send it off for its first proper sharpening in years; works as good as new!
 A few posts back I mentioned using aluminium as an alternative inlay material. On that same instrument, I thought that I’d try a Rocklite Ebano fretboard.  In the photo below you can see the rocklite fretboard on the left and a prime ebony one for Andrew’s twin point on the right.

No problem’s in cutting the fret slots or planning the taper on the rocklite one. So far so good…

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