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  1. Thread: Bench Heights

    by amowry
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    Re: Bench Heights

    My main workbench is 48" high. That would be too high for much heavy work, but most of what I do is detail stuff and my back and my poor eyes both thank me for having my work as close as possible.
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    Re: Dremel - IKEA Flexible LED Light

    I didn't realize Dremel made that blower collet. Another think you can do is wrap a small piece of tape around either the collet or the shank of the end mill so that there's a short flap of tape left...
  3. Re: 2006 Collings MF: missing tuner button screw

    I just dug through my drawer and I have a scrap set of gold tuners but not nickel. Sorry about that!
  4. Re: 2006 Collings MF: missing tuner button screw

    I may have one-- gold or nickel?
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    Re: Truss rod advice

    I'm not sure about using two 1/8" bar-- in theory it seems like it would be okay, though it would depend on the strength of the bond between them. It might be worth spending a few $$ on a 1/4" bar...
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    Re: Truss rod advice

    Normally the dowel nut would be in the neck itself rather than in the block. If you want to have the nut where you've drilled the hole, it looks like you would want a tight-fitting plug to fill that...
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    Re: Headstock drilling jig.

    But, the tool that is really the bee's knees is this chamfer tool:

    https://www.stewmac.com/luthier-tools-and-supplies/tools-by-job/tools-for-tuner-installation/no-chip-tuner-hole-countersink/
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    Re: Headstock drilling jig.

    As long as they're sharp I think the straight flutes are fine. I use the straight S-M reamers for all my tuners, endpin holes, bridge pin holes, etc., and they cut well. I suppose for something...
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    Re: Tuner Recommendations

    I use the Peterson iStobosoft app for all my tuning needs-- it shows the octave.
  10. Thread: Shop questions

    by amowry
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    Re: Shop questions

    One reason for a big shop is it means that you can write off a higher percentage of your utility bills :)

    That said, my shop is very small and most of the time it's fine. I feel it helps keep me...
  11. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    I would echo many of things John said-- I too, like many of us, built my first mandolin using the first edition of the Siminoff book, and I made the same mistake with the arching. You see it on many...
  12. Thread: Name that wood

    by amowry
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    Re: Name that wood

    Could also be hickory? That tends to be more dense than ash.
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    Re: Luthier Websites - Browsing preferences?

    Yeah, Brian's site is great. This is timely, because I've been thinking about redesigning my site, which is very out of date and isn't responsive. I appreciate this thread.
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    Re: Tuning Machines source

    If you can identify the brand of tuners you currently have, one of us might have some spare screws for them.

    For new tuners, I'd suggest looking for Gotohs. They're in the $50-$90 range.

    These...
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    Re: Bridge Question!!!!

    I believe they measure the height the same way you are in the photo, but I'm sure that Randy Wood bridge could be made to work if you're comfortable doing the work. Fitting it to the top will remove...
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    Re: Binding has cracks when mounted

    You might try scraping the binding flush instead of sanding, and then filling any small gaps with a mixture of hot hide glue and clean wood dust (or just hide glue for very thin cracks) before doing...
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    Re: More Neck Questions

    I don't think just trying to level the frets would have any useful effect considering the amount of bow in the neck. I would do exactly what John suggested above-- remove the fretboard, flatten the...
  18. Thread: Oval A

    by amowry
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    Re: Oval A

    Just to be clear, I was advising against having the back be floppy :). Especially with these oval-hole instruments, that seems to contribute to overwhelming bass in some cases.
  19. Thread: Oval A

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    Re: Oval A

    Dave Cohen pointed out to me that tops actually vibrate as if the sound holes aren't there at all, in other words the vibrating modes don't "see" the sound holes. So, I may have been too hasty in my...
  20. Thread: Oval A

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    Re: Oval A

    By the way, I'd be surprised if the elevated fretboard by itself has much of an effect on the sound, because that portion of the top is isolated by the sound hole anyway. In many ways the...
  21. Thread: Oval A

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    Re: Oval A

    Ditto what Marty said. Also, though it may go without saying, I would recommend using an X brace instead of the Gibson-style lateral brace that tends to come unglued.

    I've built several of these...
  22. Thread: Finish issues

    by amowry
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    Re: Finish issues

    I expect that if you got it from LMI the shellac is dewaxed, which is what you want for a sealer coat. I believe shellac should be okay as a light coat under the Colortone lacquer, but it can cause...
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    Re: Spirit varnish vs nitro

    A coat of Renaissance Wax also works well to reduce the sticky feel of lacquer necks. It's an excellent product.
  24. Thread: Finish issues

    by amowry
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    Re: Finish issues

    What brand of lacquer did you use? Shellac has a reputation as a universal sealer, but there are some incompatibilities, so you have to be a bit careful with it. I assume it was dewaxed shellac that...
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    Re: scraping celluloid bindings

    Agreed-- I use CA for binding fretboards, pickguards, and headstocks. I may make the leap to doing bodies that way too, it's just a mental barrier I haven't overcome yet :). Some well-known mandolin...
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