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    Steve, I would think that coiling leads at the...

    Steve, I would think that coiling leads at the end of their run instead of cutting them to length would cause more issues with EMI than the difference of lead in or out of the chain. My dad who was a...
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    Hmm, I find it surprising that it makes that much...

    Hmm, I find it surprising that it makes that much difference. Are all the wires in your run shielded and grounded? Including the spindle lead?
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    So do I take the spindle lead out of the drag...

    So do I take the spindle lead out of the drag chain too?
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    Wiring almost completed, all I have left to do is...

    Wiring almost completed, all I have left to do is wire up the stepper motors and run a ground wire from the shielded cables of the stepper motors back to the computer tower main earth. Everything...
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    Awesome Steve!!

    Awesome Steve!!
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    Am I on the right track?

    Very nice Steve, thanks for sharing! What sort of things do you create with them??
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    Thanks Ian, from what I have also read I have...

    Thanks Ian, from what I have also read I have created a faraday cage of sorts for the VFD as it is surrounded by metal (not the front or back though) and there is plenty of cooling space around it...
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    Thanks Steve, yes I have just been looking at it....

    Thanks Steve, yes I have just been looking at it. All of the software is going to take a bit of time to learn, Iím as green as cabbage with all of this.
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    Blackbox by open builds. Sent from my iPhone...

    Blackbox by open builds.


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    I have fusion and I know nothing about it!! Have...

    I have fusion and I know nothing about it!! Have not even really looked at it.
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    I have started the spindle up, still getting...

    I have started the spindle up, still getting through the rest of the wiring for the controller. Maybe in a couple of weeks, I am trying to leave next weekend to get back to the ukuleles and get one...
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    Thanks Andrew, I think there will be enough air...

    Thanks Andrew, I think there will be enough air moving through the whole thing. I was concerned that the power supply unit has exposed 240v connections and didnít want to have that out in the open.
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    Added another vent above the VFD and started...

    Added another vent above the VFD and started wiring it up.
    I hope those with more experience with CNC stuff think this is okay otherwise I have wasted a lot of time :)
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    About a year ago I threw out an old computer...

    About a year ago I threw out an old computer tower, I called a shop today and they gave me a second hand box for free.
    I figured that having 240v in a box was a good idea, I have not seen people...
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    I thought you had moved a year ago, hope you have...

    I thought you had moved a year ago, hope you have an easy time of settling in to your new home. The COVID has certainly made life more difficult than anyone expected. Hobbies can wait, hope you get a...
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    I may hold you to that Eric! You are welcome to...

    I may hold you to that Eric! You are welcome to come visit anytime in any case!!
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    Thanks Andrew, hope you get something up and...

    Thanks Andrew, hope you get something up and running again. Are you still in SA or have you made the move to NSW?

    I am not a fan of hot weather so cooling wonít be a problem because I just wonít...
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    Am I on the right track?

    Oh, that would be bad!! No need to worry, I did it at the plug top! I know that they are sealed in the pump too, but you do have to wonder about how some people are still alive :)
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    Cool thanks! Yes, the pump come as 240v with an...

    Cool thanks! Yes, the pump come as 240v with an American plug end on it, I cut it off and put a proper one on I had in my busy box. Dad was a sparky, and a bit of that has rubbed off on me so Iím all...
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    $7 10ltr bucket with lid, .50c 5mm to 10mm elbow...

    $7 10ltr bucket with lid, .50c 5mm to 10mm elbow and a bit of heavy compressor hose I was saving for a rainy day and about 8.5ltrs of coolant and itís ready to go!
    Is there an inlet and outlet on...
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    Awesome Ian, I am at ease!! I have not read much...

    Awesome Ian, I am at ease!! I have not read much on forums about CNC, I was looking on the weekend for wiring the spindle but worked it out myself and in the process saw a little about radiators, I...
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    Thanks Ian, and after I posted that question I...

    Thanks Ian, and after I posted that question I reread your comments on the pond pump. What you say about the radiator makes sense, no matter how much I use my dust extractor I still end up with dust...
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    Thank you for your reply Lappa, will do as you...

    Thank you for your reply Lappa, will do as you suggest! I am also in two minds about using the pond pump supplied with the kit for cooling and wonder if there are better options available? I have...
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    So I have started assembling the workbee and I...

    So I have started assembling the workbee and I have a question about the grounding wires. Do I need to use them or not? And where do I ground them? I have tested the earth on the spindle and itís all...
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    Thanks Euge! Here is some work on a Wenge...

    Thanks Euge!

    Here is some work on a Wenge fretboard, it starts off at 55mm wide and 6mm thick after resawing and a few trips through the drum sander. I mark out the fret position with a knife on a...
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    A short clip so you can hear how it sounds, this...

    A short clip so you can hear how it sounds, this is necessary because itís not just an object to observe or feel, it has to be played!

    Cherry tenor ukulele with King Billy Pine soundboard. -...
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    A new set of ukuleles

    The neck is on this one!

    After the joint is rough cut on the bandsaw, the real work begins, because this neck is Myrtle and fairly hard for a neck, I decided to wet down the timber to make it a...
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    Thanks John! Well the Tenor ukulele is...

    Thanks John!

    Well the Tenor ukulele is finished.
    Just to recap the timber used in it are:
    King Billy Pine 3 piece soundboard, Weeping Cherry back and sides, Tasmanian Myrtle burl rosette, tail...
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    Lovely work, it looks fantastic! To help with...

    Lovely work, it looks fantastic!
    To help with the tin buckling, I super glued a timber X brace into the one I built to stop the tin from making noise. You could use epoxy or super glue.
    Cheers Cal
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    Be sure to drill an appropriate size hole for the...

    Be sure to drill an appropriate size hole for the screw first. Screws are fairly soft so you could strip the head or snap the screw. If itís an acoustic you could split the tail block if you donít...
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    Thanks Ian! Thanks Mark! I was a bit concerned...

    Thanks Ian!

    Thanks Mark! I was a bit concerned about cutting up the original ones to get them off the tuners, there was no going back! I had a bit of a think about how to rough shape them before...
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    Spent some time making new tuner keys for the...

    Spent some time making new tuner keys for the Grover machine heads. They come with plastic ones in either white or black, neither suit the look of a bespoke instrument. I cut down a piece of off cut...
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    Built another jig today, this one is for cutting...

    Built another jig today, this one is for cutting the neck pocket in the bodies. I have made half baked ones in the past but it got old quickly.
    I still need to screw some timbers on for router...
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    Still struggling along with these ukuleles. I...

    Still struggling along with these ukuleles. I have a few headstock veneers finished and started shaping some more necks.
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    Cling wrap or baking paper! Lay it out on the...

    Cling wrap or baking paper! Lay it out on the bench and tack it with some masking tape. Epoxy wonít stick to it, makes clean up a breeze!
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    Glueing Burl

    I use west systems for laminating ukulele necks now, I used titebond 3 in the past for the laminations but got glue creep and epoxy was recommended by another luthier. I have had the same issue with...
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    These look awesome! Top work again mate! ...

    These look awesome! Top work again mate!


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    Good that you have a bit of power then! Yes the...

    Good that you have a bit of power then!
    Yes the trimmer is a great tool, I use mine more than a large router. I forgot about the bending iron, of course you would need power for it!
    Yes the bandsaw...
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    Youíre welcome! Wow! some people like...

    Youíre welcome!

    Wow! some people like destroying stuff for no reason, I canít understand it at all. Glad you got it all sorted!

    You mentioned previously that you use only hand tools, amazing...
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    Thank you gentlemen, I will stick with the shape...

    Thank you gentlemen, I will stick with the shape then!
    I made up a paper template to work from to make it all more accurate. I now have 4 done to suit the baritones and a few spares just in case.
    I...
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    I just finished another inlay, this time I used...

    I just finished another inlay, this time I used Wenge as the background. The last one got lost a bit in the burl. What do you think??
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    Awesome! Iím sure they will sell well. How is the...

    Awesome! Iím sure they will sell well. How is the new block working out for you? Do you have a home on it yet?
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    Wonderful work there Kirby!!!

    Wonderful work there Kirby!!!
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    And still adding shellac!!! ...

    And still adding shellac!!!

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    A few images if you donít have the ability to...

    A few images if you donít have the ability to view the video.

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    Well the tenor ukulele is coming together, a...

    Well the tenor ukulele is coming together, a short video of where itís up to now. The fretboard and neck are still seperate entities at the moment. A bit of finishing still required on the body...
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    A new set of ukuleles

    Very kind words thank you John!
    I think sometimes I bite off more than I can chew! I look at odd video here and image there and think ďhow hard can it be?Ē As it turns out, very! I find it hard to...
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    And this afternoon I have been busy with Paua...

    And this afternoon I have been busy with Paua shell and a small coping saw. With hopes of inlaying these into headstocks.
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    Thanks Ian! Itís Aussie oil that I use on the...

    Thanks Ian! Itís Aussie oil that I use on the fretboard after sanding up to 2000 grit and a bit of micromesh.

    I am using Neilís hard shellac for the bodies and yes I agree with you on the use of...
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    Along with trying hard to improve on the...

    Along with trying hard to improve on the acoustics of my instruments I am also trying to raise the quality of finish. I am working on the Wenge fretboard for the tenor ukulele at the moment. The neck...
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