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  1. Re: Weber Gallatin Brekke Bridge adjustment?

    Adjusting the screw on the bass side will lower the bass side, just like on a normal Loar-style bridge. It's not quite as dramatic an adjustment as on a Loar style bridge, but it does work. And you...
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    Re: French Polish Final Coats

    Maybe I don't understand your question. Any conversation involving "varnish" gets muddy quickly because lacquer is technically a "varnish", poly is a "varnish", etc. And that's before you get...
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    Re: French Polish Final Coats

    Since my last post in this thread nearly a decade ago, I have spent several hundred hours French polishing.

    My biggest mistakes in retrospect were:

    - Not preparing the wood well enough before...
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    Re: Shop questions

    There's always another layer of dust to clean up, sure, haha. But it gets way back in some nooks and crannies that normally end up getting ignored. Right now my shop is knee-deep in metal chips,...
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    Re: H1 Mandola tailpiece

    Going off of John's idea, if you set it up on a CNC, you could do something like this and never have to worry about it again...
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    Or you could do it by hand, with a little 1/32" hole drilled...
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    Re: Shop questions

    To Andrew's point, I used to have a whole house to use as a shop. It was pretty awesome. However, it was difficult to heat and cool, but the real problem was that I got SUPER lazy about keeping...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    I think it'd be excellent for roughing out contours. Not to mention all kinds of jigs and fixtures.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Yeah, it's a cool toy for sure. I see it as more of a "Super Festool Domino" for joinery at strange angles. And of course for decorative and inlay work, it should be excellent. Try doing some pearl...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Nice, Shaper Origin. I'm currently rebuilding my CNC for the 5th, and hopefully last time. I got sick of having to work around technology. Technology should work for ME. There may or may not be...
  10. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    I would love to. It'd have to be a keeper, though, since I'd have to sell it for $10,000 + cost of materials to get even $25/hour - before taxes.
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    Re: Identify this wood?

    Oh yeah, I was just saying it looks like it is some species we'd call mahogany. I'd stick with "curly mahogany" and you're not going to raise any eyebrows.
  12. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    I used the Siminoff book.

    *rimshot*

    OK, ok, sorry... and sincere thanks to Roger for putting out a complete guide in a time where there was no comprehensive source of information, and I didn't...
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    Re: Identify this wood?

    Almost looks like "The Tree". "Mahogany" is a pretty ambiguous term still, but as fair a guess as any. Determining the exact species is beyond what anyone will be able to do from a Web picture.
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    Re: Needle of Death

    That's a real deep cut! Great song, thoughtful message. And that side also has Angie on it, IIRC.

    I don't think you're going to find tabs.
    What you should do if you can't find them, is to learn...
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    Re: Goodbye Sugar Hello Fiber

    Questionable on so many levels...
  16. Re: seeking advice/connection to builder to re-top an F5

    If you don't care about the existing top, it's really pretty easy. Just like tearing out a kitchen is easy when you're going to be replacing everything. It's when you're trying to preserve something...
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    Re: Quality control on Waverly tuners

    Probably just a broken engraving tool in the CNC tool changer. All the critical features were gauged, but there isn't a convenient way to gauge engraving. Stuff like this happens, even in medical...
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    Re: My first scratch build f5

    That's a very thin plate! 8mm? I start about twice that thick...
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    Re: Action high - but why, I cry!

    That can be true. However, more often than not, I can often dress the frets and modify the bridge to get mandolins playing again as long as the neck joint hasn't moved or the neck relief isn't...
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    Re: Gal

    A GAL membership is only worthwhile if you want to be able to read articles, not published anywhere else, covering topics relevant to any luthier written by the best and most creative luthiers in the...
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    Re: Newb's first day

    Otherwise known as "your last day with a savings account".
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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    I'd be surprised. Cocobolo has a lot of black in it unless it's just freshly cut.
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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    Look up padauk, goncalo alves, macacauba, granadillo, and bubinga. Those are all under the umbrella of "some type of rosewood", or at least legumes which can have similar coloring to what your...
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    Re: Minimum bench plane size

    John Hamlett's approach is especially good because it means you can think about how you can get a job done today, instead of feeling like you need another $1000 purchase to solve all your problems....
  25. Re: How to blend/smooth transition of nitro to bare wood

    My opinion - deal with it until January. You'll probably make it difficult for the speed neck to be done as nicely as possible if you mess with it too much.

    If you really feel like you need to do...
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