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    Re: Neck Block Materials

    I've used both Spanish cedar and khaya as well. Spanish cedar is nice and light but can be a little too soft for my taste. It's used for guitar necks a lot.
  2. Re: Tips for bending/fitting the F5 bottom point rib piece?

    That's one of the only pieces I still bend on a hot pipe, because it's really fast. Like Adrian, I glue that piece to the block first, putting the longer adjacent treble-side piece in dry to keep the...
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    Re: UV cure finish issues

    Hi Gary--I've certainly seen issues with shellac under various modern finishes, and I wouldn't recommend it as a sealer under anything else unless recommended by the manufacturer or tested...
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    Re: Celluloid laser cutting

    I don't think I'd try cutting celluloid with a laser. It machines very nicely with a CNC router, so that's the recommended route. There are a lot of plastics you can cut with a laser so you may find...
  5. Thread: Cutting Pearl

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    Re: Cutting Pearl

    The kerf width itself isn't an issue, but repeatability in the kerf width would be-- in my limited experience with these hobby-type lasers is that it would be very difficult to maintain a kerf width...
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    Re: Cutting Pearl

    I have a lower power laser that I use for things not related to mandolins, and typically thereís a limit to the depth you can cut even with multiple passes because the light gets dispersed by the...
  7. Thread: Cutting Pearl

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    Re: Cutting Pearl

    Interesting! In that forum they mentioned that they're using thin shell veneer-- I wonder if it could cut thicker shell as well.
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    Re: Epoxy pore fill and sunburst

    Yep, I use the Grafix matte extra tack frisket, which is 0.001" thick. It's amazing stuff, and worked great for that purpose. I score around it with an exacto after the finish is all buffed out, and...
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    Re: Epoxy pore fill and sunburst

    Your samples look good. I used Silver Tip on some guitars last year and it came out beautifully. The advantages over ZPoxy are the lack of amine bloom, as you discovered, and less amber color. It's...
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    Re: Next Adventure In Binding

    Another little trick that I find works well with soundhole binding is to use a vertical scarf joint, i.e. cut both ends at a slight angle so that the joint tightens as you close it, forcing the...
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    Re: Waverly tuner repair

    Yep, definitely Gotoh tuners, in which case I'd just replace them.
  12. Thread: Finger Planes

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    Re: Finger Planes

    Agreed. A handle of some kind is pretty much essential if you do a lot of carving.
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    Re: Sharpening Ibex plane blades

    I give my Ibex planes a hollow grind with a wheel on a Dremel tool, slow enough not to heat up too much. The hollow grind doesn't' have to be perfect-- it's just there to make honing easier, and to...
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    I used it on a few batches of instruments, but had severe problems with checking after a few years and had to refinish them all. So, Iím done being a finish tester;).
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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    Oh, I see-- yes, you have to drill the bushing hole all the way through the headstock. I'm not sure why Stew-Mac suggests only drilling it partway through, and I do like that Escher drawing!
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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    Interesting—were your holes in the headstock the same diameter the whole way through? I’m only curious because I’ve done 150+ this way with no issues, using a taper similar to Gibson’s.
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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    What issue did you have with having the holes perpendicular to the face? Was there not enough clearance inside the bushing?
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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    The solution to this problem is to drill the holes perpendicular to the face of the headstock rather than the back (though few people do that). There have been a few threads here about this. The...
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    Re: New Eastman Octave tuners?

    It may also be that the tuners have more backlash than you would like. Does the "delay" in responding that you mentioned happen only when you change direction, i.e. tune down some and then start...
  20. Thread: Lilac wood

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    Re: Lilac wood

    Just a small oven, pretty ubiquitous here. It's combination of a toaster and an oven, and it doesn't work as well as either one ;) Good for soldering, though, and melting wax if you're not concerned...
  21. Thread: Lilac wood

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    Re: Lilac wood

    I made lots of spoons out of lilac when I was a kid. I carved it green and then used an used an "old-timers'" method of seasoning it: Immerse it in melted paraffin in a toaster oven until bubbles...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    It appears to be taken: https://www.kunm.org/post/axis-revolution

    Just like every novel idea I've ever thought I've had ;). Google is constantly quashing my hopes and dreams...
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    Re: Granite in the shop

    Yep, mine's only an inch thick, but it stays plenty flat at that thickness. It spends most of its time on the floor under my bench, and I just lift it up and put it on the bench when I need it. It's...
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    Re: Granite in the shop

    I have one that’s about 6” x 24” that always has 80 grit stuck to it for flattening neck surfaces and small parts.
  25. Thread: Binding methods

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    Re: Binding methods

    I've used that method on steel string guitars, and it can work great, but I wouldn't use it with wood that is going to be stained, because the thin CA soaks into the wood and can/will prevent the...
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