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    Re: Another CF reinforcement question

    I like to extend the CF right across the neck joint into the fretboard extender. That way the CF will help keep the extender true with the neck over time. However, I would suggest not using quilted...
  2. Thread: Inlay colors

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    Re: Inlay colors

    Right, I believe it's only marquetry if you overlay the pieces and cut through all of them at once to make perfect joints. In that case all the pieces are the same thickness. With inlay, the design...
  3. Re: If you think changing strings on a mandolin is a pain...

    Our piano is also from 1898 and has the original strings, and sounds surprisingly good. Some day Id like to change them, but its a big job!
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    Re: Marketing and getting your name/brand out.

    It sounds like your background in communications would be very helpful. I can't claim to have been a huge marketing success, so take all of this with a grain of salt, but here are my thoughts...
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    Re: SystemThree Epoxy Grain Fill

    A lot of builders use the System 3 Silvertip with the fast hardener. Jay Lichty has an excellent video describing his process. If you're dying it black I would definitely go through the entire...
  6. Thread: Inlay colors

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    Re: Inlay colors

    Thanks!



    I've cut a lot of it by hand too--the recon stone is actually softer and easier to cut than shell, but like shell you'd probably want to use a jeweler's saw to cut it. I think a coping...
  7. Thread: Inlay colors

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    Re: Inlay colors

    Recon stone is great for brilliant colors. It's what I used for the red on the trout below. If you Google it you'll find a number of suppliers.
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    Re: Octave String Pairings

    Juststrings.com is a great source for single strings. You can most likely use the same gauges as the strings that you currently use for your A and E strings, respectively, or possibly one gauge...
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    Yes, I should have clarified, I use TransTint and haven’t had any problems with using denatured with that. For mixing shellac I use EverClear.
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    Re: Pls critique this nut work

    One thing I notice in your photo is that it looks like the A and E strings bear at the front of the but not the back, in other words there doesn't appear to be a break angle where the strings exit...
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    Re: Pls critique this nut work

    I try to seat wound strings 50% and plain strings 100%. I use nut files that are a few thousandths wider than the strings, and don't use any lubrication in the slots. I would say if your strings are...
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    Re: Mandolin Builders output?

    I think I'm a relatively slow builder, averaging 10-12 a year. Before kids it was 15, but if I can get 40 hours in these days it's a good week ;). Not that I'm complaining.
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    I haven't noticed any difference between DNA and EverClear, having used both. I think it's just that EverClear is less toxic, which is a consideration if you're breathing it all day.
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    I forgot, I made a video a while ago too ;) It's not as detailed as John's, but you can see how I build up the color very gradually, starting at the edge and working inward, blending frequently.
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    Yes, I would sand to at least 320. I would take a look at this excellent video by John Hamlett of hand rubbing a sunburst.

    I don't use any sealer under dye, and the trick is to just build up the...
  16. Thread: tuner install

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    Re: tuner install

    Right, good point. I probably couldn't use my method (drilling perpendicular to the face) with stepped holes as the posts would bind at the back.
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    Re: intonation fix from string length

    Are you sure that the bridge is glued in place? That would be unusual for a floating bridge. Sometimes they just get stuck to the finish and need a little persuasion.

    You are correct that the...
  18. Thread: tuner install

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    Re: tuner install

    I prefer to drill the holes perpendicular to the headstock as has been discussed here before, thus drilling with the StewMac jig on the face of the headstock. That way the bushings sit flat on the...
  19. Thread: tuner install

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    Re: tuner install

    Ah, I use piloted counterbores to enlarge the entire 1/4" hole to whatever my target diameter is for the particular bushings. Stew-Mac sells those counterbores for various bushings. I can see not...
  20. Thread: tuner install

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    Re: tuner install

    I use "backward" stepped holes a lot when I'm using the "vintage" bushings instead of stock bushings-- tuners like Rubner, Gotoh etc. have a stack of washers at the base of the post that won't fit in...
  21. Re: Grover? Gotoh? Schaller? Golden Age Mandolin Tuners?

    I looked at photos of Collings headstocks online, and I found several that appear to have different lengths like yours, and several that appear to have shafts of the same length. I've worked on a lot...
  22. Re: Grover? Gotoh? Schaller? Golden Age Mandolin Tuners?

    Interesting, I suppose Collings might special-order them from Gotoh with different shaft lengths, though I'd find that somewhat surprising. They might have also put a small spacer in the holes in the...
  23. Re: Grover? Gotoh? Schaller? Golden Age Mandolin Tuners?

    It's odd that the shafts appear to be different lengths, but I'd wager that the end buttons just aren't pressed on all the way. They look like standard Gotoh A-model tuners.
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    Re: 10" body on octave mandola?

    Yep, "octave mandola" is a typical European term for what we in the call an "octave mandolin". The 20" scale is probably fine but is at the low end of the typical range. With shorter scale lengths...
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    Re: 10" body on octave mandola?

    A 10” octave mandolin sounds awfully small to me, considering that’s the size of a typical mandolin body (though I realize that this style of instrument would have a deeper body than a typical...
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