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    Re: Best paper towel for staining & finishing?

    Trimaco Wonder Rags are awesome. Not super cheap, but they're lint free and very durable. I bet you could even wash and reuse them if you wanted to. I use them for staining and French polishing.
  2. Thread: buying tonewood

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    Re: buying tonewood

    Yes, I have the same one. Mine is from 1939, I think, because it has the old square badge. It came with a non-original 3 phase motor that I'm controlling with a VFD. That eBay listing doesn't mention...
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    Re: buying tonewood

    If you're contemplating one of the Walker Turner 16 bandsaws, one just came up for sale in New Jersey. NFI. Bid price right now is only $300 on eBay. It looks like it's in original condition. A...
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    Re: buying tonewood

    I'm here!

    Send us a pic of the local Walker Turner that's for sale and we can identify it for you. I bought a Walker Turner 16 on James's recommendation, and it's my favorite tool by far. Heck, it...
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    Re: Time to practice hand rubbed sunburst

    I know the Condino videos are available on the Fine Woodworking website. You can use a 14 day free trial to watch. It's definitely worth signing up for the trial subscription. I think James uses...
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    Re: Do I need a brace under the bridge?

    Graham McDonaldís mandolin building book is a good resource for building a flattop and is worth getting a copy. I think I bought mine in PDF format. He has good stuff on bracing a flattop mando. He...
  7. Re: Considering applying a compound radius to my One And Only

    Yes. Nut slots and bridge should be radiused.
  8. Thread: "tinny" A string?

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    Re: "tinny" A string?

    This is only tangentially related, but does anyone have any thoughts on why the A string generally has lower tension lbs than the other strings? For example on a set of J74s, all of the strings are...
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    Re: Fret Files and Other luthier tools?

    Here’s an example of someone crowning with a 3 corner file (from Stew Mac of all places).

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Db_rHgArP9s
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    Re: Fret Files and Other luthier tools?

    I think the selling point of that particular Stew-Mac file is that the center of the file doesn’t have teeth so you can’t accidentally cut into the top of your leveled frets. I don’t think it’s a...
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    Re: Any Experience With Walnut F5 Mandolins?

    Maybe Hank will chime in--he recently built a fantastic F-5 with walnut back and sides.
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    Re: Pores Reappearing in French Polish

    Awesome, thanks, y’all! That makes me feel much better. I was worried that I had some misstep along the way.
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    Pores Reappearing in French Polish

    Iím having an issue french polishing over Macassar Ebony. I have gotten it level sanded and buffed a couple of times to a glass finish, but after it sits for a couple of days, I notice the divots...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    It is, Hank! I've been working on it on-and-off for a while now. I have really liked the bald cypress as a solid-body guitar wood, but it does scratch and dent very easily in its unfinished state....
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    This is technically whatís on my kitchen table. Iím finishing up French Polishing the lap steel prototype. Finish is an homage to the Gibson A-3. Waiting on ivoroid to show up for pickguard and...
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    Re: I'm looking for a $200-$250 Mandolin.

    Welcome! You may get more bites on the “Looking for Information About Mandolins” thread. For sound, look for something with all solid woods. Regarding playability, mandolins in that price range are...
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    Speaking of...someone just posted this pretty cool picture of a Guarneri violin on Instagram.
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    I don't know, sunbursts go pretty well with quilted maple...
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    Re: Fret Size Opinions

    Hey EE,
    Talk to as many builders and players as you can to get their opinions, and if possible try out a few different mandolins to see what you like. I too had always heard that larger frets felt...
  20. Re: tinting white binding on a french polish instrument

    What type of shellac are you using? That will change the binding color a little or a lot, depending on the shellac.
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    Re: Band Saw Re-saw Fences

    I think I experienced this exact problem this week. I've always gotten great results resawing maple with my standard 3/8" blade on my Walker Turner 16 bandsaw. This week a friend brought over some...
  22. Thread: UPS rant

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    Re: UPS rant

    I ordered a fingerboard from LMII a couple of years ago. USPS sent it from San Fransisco to Shreveport, Louisiana (70 miles from my address), then back to San Fran, then on to the United Arab...
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    Re: Ivoroid picguard material

    It looks like Rothko and Frost has the straight grained ivoroid back in stock on its Ebay store. Link Here.
    Shipping is listed as ~$17.00, so no hazmat fee. I did notice the price was lower on...
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    Re: Converting Mandolin to Mandola

    I get the body size part of it, for sure. A C-course on a mandolin body is not going to sound like a C-course on a mandola body. But if you look at the Gilchrist mandola that Darol Anger used to...
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    Re: Converting Mandolin to Mandola

    Ian, I never tried it. If I were building a mandola now (ten years later) I would absolutely go for a 16+ in. scale. But I think the "it won't work" comments are probably hyperbole.
    Assuming EJ72...
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