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.

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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……….

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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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