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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    There's the important thing.




    The bushings could be removed (at risk of damage to the peghead), the holes reamed larger (at risk of damage to the peghead and potential misalignment of the...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    Trying to keep this simple and brief...
    The way acoustic stringed instruments work is this: The string moves and transfers energy to the rest of the instrument, especially the top. In general, the...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    I have several good banjos, none of which are especially loud as banjos go, but if I want to I can drown out any mandolin. In other words, I've never heard a mandolin that was a "banjo killer".
    Of...
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    Re: Half a mandolin question

    From what you've said, the dowel is mortised into the neck heel. That joint needs to fit, not a loose fit with glue in gaps, but a good fit with shims in gaps. As for the neck angle, a good fit there...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    I have the repro poster in my shop. The carved neck heels too.
  6. Thread: Tuning issue

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    Re: Tuning issue

    Most likely problem is; strings too high at the nut and bridge out of place.
    A good set-up will include those adjustments, so as mentioned, get it set up and it will play as near to in tune as it...
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    Re: more accurate clip on tuner than Snark?

    The 4th and 5th harmonics are pretty strong when we pluck a string, and often clip-on tuners will pick up one of them instead of the fundamental. For example, D is the 5th harmonic of G, so it is not...
  8. Re: glue for temporary attachment of copper inlay

    Nice project there, Clark! I have a couple of furniture projects in mind that I need to get going on... maybe this winter when outdoor work slows down.

    BTW, once the piece is glued with hot melt,...
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    Re: Assessing wood grain of standing trees

    Indeed it was. A farmer had bulldozed a bunch of trees into a pile to get them out of his pasture, a friend of mine (fellow luthier) asked the farmer if he could cut firewood from the pile, the...
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    Re: Assessing wood grain of standing trees

    Stating the obvious here to say that peeling away some bark from the trunk will not injure/harm the tree at this time. If the surface looks curly under the bark you might have mandolin wood there. If...
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    Re: Douglas fir

    Wow, that was a long time ago! I'm lucky to remember what I heard yesterday...
    I don't have a specific recollection of that particular story about selling spruce to the Germans but I don't doubt it....
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    Re: Odd headstock repair

    Drilling holes through the glue joint and inserting dowels is not a good idea. When you drill the holes you remove part of your carefully cleaned, aligned and clamped glue joint. When you insert...
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    Re: bandsaw blade recommendations

    Mostly I've heard/read people singing the praises of bigger Timber Wolf blades for resawing. Are their smaller (like1/4") blades also as good as the price would indicate?
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    Re: bandsaw blade recommendations

    Sometimes I take the time to round the back edges, especially if I have tight curves to cut. Usually I just install the blades and cut if I don't feel a burr on the back edge.

    I'll look into...
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    Re: bandsaw blade recommendations

    Thanks Dale. They only offer one blade (1/4" 4TPI) in the 206" length that I need, and the stock is .032". I'd also like to have some 6TPI. Timber Wolf offers .025" stock. I'm really not sure what...
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    Re: bandsaw blade recommendations

    Having operated and set up bandsaws from little 10" Craftsman saws to Woodmizer sawmills for over 30 years, I have a pretty good understanding of tooth type, tooth spacing, set, hook angle, rake...
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    Re: What's the real difference?

    "Differences in response" doesn't count as a specific mention? ;)
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    bandsaw blade recommendations

    I guess I don't keep good enough records sometimes...
    I've dulled all of my 1/4" bandsaw blades and need to replace them. The last ones I had cut rough, left a big kerf, and were just not very...
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    Re: Sticky stuff in octave mandolin case

    Do you know what finish is on the instrument? There have been finishes that had this problem; becoming "sticky". Major manufacturers have files lawsuits and the finish companies have had to pay. If...
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    Re: What's the real difference?

    Once again, this is not true. Compare the price of a carved arched mandolin to a carved arched guitar of similar quality and the guitar will cost quite a bit more. Likewise with flat top guitars and...
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    Re: Top repair patch

    You can add a simple white (or other light colored) purfling strip between black binding and the top. That will set off the binding and it tends to have a nice "classy" look. Otherwise, a black...
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    Re: Assessing wood grain of standing trees

    Many trees exhibit "wind", or spiral grain. That means you cannot get boards without grain run out from the tree. That can often be detected by looking at the bast of the tree where roots start to...
  23. Re: glue for temporary attachment of copper inlay

    Nearly anything will hold it in place enough to scribe around it. In fact, I don't glue inlays down to scribe but instead just hold them in place with one scriber while scribing with another scriber....
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    Re: Top repair patch

    You can't hide that patch without "painting over it". That means a dark, sprayed sunburst or other dark sprayed color.
    Any difference in grain direction and especially run out in spruce will show...
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    Re: What's the real difference?

    I appreciate the question. I remember when I started to play banjo, I had an inexpensive banjo and really didn't know how good or bad it was. What I did know was this: more expensive banjos in stores...
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