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  1. Thread: blue fig

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    Go as wide as you can for any quarter sawn areas...

    Go as wide as you can for any quarter sawn areas and remove the heartwood. Luthiers would be interested in pieces 50-60mm thick and 900-1000mm long x 300+wide.
    Anything close to quarter sawn would...
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    Haha! I thought about sending him one. Turns out...

    Haha! I thought about sending him one. Turns out he has one that he has never used, I could just imagine my mum yelling at him for using it in the house!! Gold!!
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    He does like them. We are in different states so...

    He does like them. We are in different states so a drink is out of the question for now. He also liked the idea of using them as helipads! Haha!!...
  4. Thread: Harmonica combs

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    I have completed my set of twelve harmonicas and...

    I have completed my set of twelve harmonicas and finished a few custom orders.

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    On my CNC machine. ...

    On my CNC machine.

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    Quick Fathers Day present

    As my dad is now in his mid 70ís itís hard to think of what to buy him.
    I decided to get on the computer and design some coasters. Then into the shed and on to the CNC, I used some Sheoak and added...
  7. Thread: Harmonica combs

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    Now that would be funny! LOL

    Now that would be funny! LOL
  8. Thread: Harmonica combs

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    Harmonica combs

    Thanks Everyone!!
    John,
    I have had the idea of reproducing them for about 5 years! To let you and others know, there are a few after market manufacturers of combs around the world. And many brands...
  9. Thread: Harmonica combs

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    Harmonica combs

    And for something different, I have been making harmonica combs.
    I purchased a CNC machine last year and have been experimenting with cutting my own harmonica combs. Timber was stabilised with...
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    I have a set of Luban chisels. I like them, they...

    I have a set of Luban chisels. I like them, they sharpen well and keep their edge for a long time. I use them on a mix of soft and hardwood.
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    There is no real order to mine but here goes!...

    There is no real order to mine but here goes!
    Most of these are from KMart $5 each, sturdy https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210813/1137c2278b2700f6a248c928be6ce5f9.jpg
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    I have the workbee and Iím happy with it so far,...

    I have the workbee and Iím happy with it so far, Iím just getting into it and learning CAD. The limiting factor is the Z clearance as you mentioned. I have the 1.5kw water cooled spindle and it is...
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    That is very clever! A lot of thought has gone...

    That is very clever!
    A lot of thought has gone into that and his CNC set up looks really nice too.
  14. Thread: Sheoak blanks

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    SOLD: I will take them then thanks

    I will take them then thanks
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    Iím not sure that a huge amount of juice made its...

    Iím not sure that a huge amount of juice made its way in to every nook and cranny in the Redgum, there was some small worm hole that definitely filled. I have more sitting on the CNC bed awaiting the...
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    Still working on the harmonica combs. Here is a...

    Still working on the harmonica combs.
    Here is a Redgum one, stabilised and sealed with shellac then food safe resin on top.
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    Haha, yes indeed!!

    Haha, yes indeed!!
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    Ahh yes you noticed! I knew it was too wide and I...

    Ahh yes you noticed! I knew it was too wide and I have a background in photoshop and illustrator, I should have seen it when I first created it. I imported the type face into fusion originally. I am...
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    Am I on the right track?

    Engraving sorted, using a 10 degree 2 flute 0.1mm tip 3.175 mm bit.

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    Iím just getting started, haha! It has been a bit...

    Iím just getting started, haha! It has been a bit of an up hill battle and I still have a lot to learn about it all but I am starting to get the hang of it. Small steps!
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    Haha! You may be on to something! I actually do...

    Haha! You may be on to something!
    I actually do have a use for the combs I have cut already. I am going to replace all of my combs (12 in total currently), I have an order for 20 of them from...
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    Okay I got around to cutting out the new name...

    Okay I got around to cutting out the new name plate for my amplifier this morning. Then pulled the amp apart and fitted it with LEDís. I followed your recommendation Andrew and just stuck with...
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    Thought I would add a link to my video, I was...

    Thought I would add a link to my video, I was using the air compressor to blow out the chips and it was becoming a bit annoying having it recharge constantly and a bit of moisture in the line etc. so...
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    Must be getting use to the process by now, I have...

    Must be getting use to the process by now, I have cut a few harmonica combs!

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    Just had some more bits arrive from Adamís bits....

    Just had some more bits arrive from Adamís bits. See how they go.
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    Yep, I agree! Much quieter than what a router...

    Yep, I agree! Much quieter than what a router would be but I still have my ear muffs on with it and the dust extractor and air compressor all going itís still fairly noisy in there.
    I will have to...
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    Getting brave, now creating the holes I need to...

    Getting brave, now creating the holes I need to mount these combs to the harmonicas.

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    Thanks for your reply. This confirms what I read...

    Thanks for your reply. This confirms what I read from your replies to other posts. I understand about leaving the timber thicker due to movement during drying, makes total sense. I will give my...
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    Thanks for your reply, Iím starting to wonder if...

    Thanks for your reply, Iím starting to wonder if I should just stick with Shellac? After the timber goes through the process of heating to remove moisture and then re heated to set the CJ, I can...
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    Yes, great. It is taking a bit of time to get the...

    Yes, great. It is taking a bit of time to get the tool path worked out in Fusion. I had to edit the Gcode in Openbuilds because fusion added a z10 to the start of the file which ate into the front...
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    Cut 6 more combs, these are from a modified file...

    Cut 6 more combs, these are from a modified file of the first one as the harmonica is a different size. It was a bit of messing around with the measurements to get it right.

    These are West...
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    Thanks for your reply. The front comb is bamboo...

    Thanks for your reply. The front comb is bamboo and the laminations run horizontally. The second comb is one piece and the grain also runs horizontally. My comb is the same as the second. All...
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    Stabilising small pieces for CNC

    I am wondering what advice you could share with me on stabilising small pieces of Australian timbers for making harmonica combs. I am setting up to mill these myself and would like to stabilise the...
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    Itís taking a while to get the hang of it but yes...

    Itís taking a while to get the hang of it but yes itís fun. I keep coming up with ideas of what to make. Who knows it may even earn some money :)
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    Well first real file cut! Itís a harmonica comb....

    Well first real file cut! Itís a harmonica comb. I have a bit of work ahead of me because I own a lot of harmonicas!

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    Thanks! Yes different timbers certainly have an...

    Thanks!
    Yes different timbers certainly have an impact on sound.
    The Huon pine top has a lower frequency than the Western Red Cedar.
    I had a look at your instrument, looks fantastic.
    String buzz...
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    Itís taking me forever to get to the CNC, I have...

    Itís taking me forever to get to the CNC, I have rearranged the shed a fair bit to make it all fit better. With a 6x4metre shed, every cubic mm of space is valuable.
    I have cut the first item out...
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    WITHDRAWN: Not a nice way to sell things on the forum!

    Not a nice way to sell things on the forum!
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    WITHDRAWN: So are you removing this from sale along with the...

    So are you removing this from sale along with the other gun?
    Not a nice way to sell things on the forum.
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    WITHDRAWN: Paslode gas fixing gun.

    Hmm, not usually the way things work on this forum.
    You should state clearly if you are not prepared to post. The first person that states publicly that they will take the items is the one that gets...
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    WITHDRAWN: Can you find out the cost of postage for both of...

    Can you find out the cost of postage for both of them to Strathalbyn 5255 for me and I will decided from there. Thanks Cal
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    WITHDRAWN: I will take it if you are happy to post to South...

    I will take it if you are happy to post to South Australia
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    WITHDRAWN: I will take it if you are happy to post to south...

    I will take it if you are happy to post to south Australia.
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    I have just had this company pop up in my...

    I have just had this company pop up in my Facebook after reading your post yesterday. Strange how the internet works.
    I have no idea about the company or quality of their products.
    Here is the link...
  45. Thread: A few free logs

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    Nice score indeed! Now to mill it before it...

    Nice score indeed! Now to mill it before it starts to split! Be sure to show us the insides when you get a chance!! :)
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    A New Take on Lighting

    Yep, thatís exactly why I didnít bother. Too dangerous and too much messing around with other LED strings to warrant the effort, if I want more lights I will just go and buy them :)
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    I received some the same a few weeks ago from a...

    I received some the same a few weeks ago from a friend. A few with splits like your boards, I would just fill with West Systems epoxy and use it, if it is as old and dry as my lot is, it isnít going...
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    I pulled one apart about a year ago and found...

    I pulled one apart about a year ago and found that the LED strings required 96v dc to run them. As Bob said, there are not many LEDs in a panel. I dabble a little in electronics but decided to bin it...
  49. Thread: Silky oak

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    Here you go, this is how I get a few quarters...

    Here you go, this is how I get a few quarters from a log. More Blackwood. I have already cut the first pieces from these, this is the second cut giving me a 150mm cant quarter sawn. I will then break...
  50. Thread: Bit of a gloat

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    Bit of a gloat

    Well Iím a South Australian and I use your hard Shellac that I buy from my (your) home town of Geelong from Jim Carroll. But I build ukuleles. Wonderful product and so is your Aussie oil, I use it on...
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