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    Re: Spruce for kerfing

    Thanks everyone. I managed to get some basswood so I am going with that. It is for a carved top and back so no brace issues.
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    Re: Spruce for kerfing

    Yes it would be reverse kerfing, and my plan was to help bend it on the hot pipe, but if poplar or basswood would eliminate the hot pipe bending they may be a better choice.
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    Re: Side bending

    I used an outside mold, and use a pipe to bend the sides. When you get his book take care to notice he has both 4 and 5 course plans.
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    Spruce for kerfing

    I would like to use reverse kerfing for the current mando build and have not been able to find any premade for mandolins so I am thinking of making my own. I have some spruce scraps that I could use...
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    Re: Bouzouki Ribs

    For the Graham McDonald bouzouki I built the rib length is just under 22." So your length is just long enough with very little extra for bending and trimming. The finished height is 78mm. If you are...
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    Re: A5 top thickness

    I am glad to hear that you have some feel for it after 4 tops. I do understand that experience is the best judge of this. This one is thinner then the first and I will probably be holding my breath...
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    Re: A5 top thickness

    James, I would not have presumed to be able to do that but I would certainly like to; that is a generous offer.
    To update progress, I have the top carved pretty close to Adrians plans. I did balance...
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    Re: A5 top thickness

    OK, having read a couple of other threads on this topic, I get that no one wants to open this can of worms. I suppose I am trying to circumvent to some extent what only comes from experience, but I...
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    A5 top thickness

    I would like to try tuning the top of A5 number 2 using something similar to the article James wrote for the GAL # 129. I have already cut the top and back to close to final size so the overlap will...
  10. Re: Enthusasiam for a very high end Octave Mandolin

    That is a beautiful GOM, with a fantastic sound.
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    Re: Help with sealer coat

    The suggestion to try on scrap to get your setup right is a good one. One possibility among many is the gun is not creating a fine enough atomization. the nozzle may be too big, but you can play with...
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    Re: 105 year old neck joints

    Thanks John I should have guessed that.
    That is a well thought out and designed jig James.
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    Re: 105 year old neck joints

    James,
    I am curious, The first set of photos shw the back with the binding going across the dovetail, and the last set seem to have the traditional neck cap on the heel. Was that glued sepertely? I...
  14. Re: Graham Caldersmith on guitar and violin acoustics

    Looks interesting; thanks for the heads up.
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    Re: The Australian Mandolin Quartet

    Thanks Graham, hopefully the next one will go better.
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    Re: The Australian Mandolin Quartet

    Those are great fret markers. I have already ruined one fretboard trying to copy them.
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    Re: Finish Issues

    Thanks for the help. Your suggestions worked.201246
    Three coats of shellac to seal it and I thought I was home free until I looked closer and I apparently sprayed a bit too heavy around the neck...
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    Re: Changes to the Original Brekke Bridge

    THanks for the update Vern. I look forward to trying the new design.
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    Re: Finish Issues

    I see what you are talking about. I will take a closer look. It may be glue or the tape I used to cover the white binding may have overlapped a bit. I found a couple of spots like that on the back.
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    Re: Grover 409 Tuners OK on Loar 600?

    I am not an expert on the subject but my understanding is that the post spacing on modern tuners is standard. The issues would be the location of the worm gear (over or under) and the post diameter...
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    Re: Finish Issues

    Boy trial by fire is an understatement although I am guessing it is the only way to get better at it.

    Thanks for the help, I will attempt to repair it before I sand back and start over.

    John,...
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    Re: Finish Issues

    Thanks Adrian.
    The back and sides were bare wood, but I did put 2 coats of 1lb cut shellac on the top. I have been perhaps too cautious with spraying too heavy since it seems the alcohol moves the...
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    Finish Issues

    I am doing a spray on sunburst and have encountered a couple of issues.

    I was ready to call the back and sides finished when I noticed a blotch on the back. I suspect the air brush spit a heave...
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    Re: Time to finish again

    OK thanks, I do have spray equipment. I guess light coats from a touch up gun is best?
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    Time to finish again

    I am about to finish the A5 I built and would like to do a french polish on it. If I use alcohol based stains on it to do the sunburst, what is the best way to seal it so the hand rubbing don't pull...
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