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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    A few years a go I was given some timber by a friend who is a very fine woodturner. He put it through his bandsaw and thicknesser to make back and side pieces for me. The timber is very similar to...
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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: What timber is this please ?

    Maybe Padauk?
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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    My first guess was some-kinda rosewood, and that's about as close as I can pin it down from pictures. It doesn't look like EIR, it doesn't look like Brazilian, it doesn't look like Honduran, so......
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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    I was thinking the same thing as John. I'd be surprised if it was cedar, although it's possible. It looks like a side/back set for a guitar and it would be likely that it's some harder tonewood. You...
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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    How heavy is the wood? How stiff? What kind of 'tap tone'? What does it smell like?
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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    The stripes looks like cedar.
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    Re: Converting left hander to right

    People here have been converting them from righty to lefty for years. Other than the bridge saddle and the nut the only issue is that the dots on the top of the neck will be on the bottom. I'm with...
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    Re: Converting left hander to right

    I'd just swap the bridge saddle and nut. Some folks care too much about internal asymmetry of tonebars but several eperiments have shown that it doesn't make much difference. I've seen converted...
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    Re: What tools do I need ?

    Good reference, Mike.
    Also, something that finish carpenters might not have, but is useful, is a dial or digital 6” caliper. Here in my exile from the shop, I’m reminded daily about calipers but...
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    Re: What tools do I need ?

    I've always loved Darryl Wolfe's bridge top machine.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/23839-Show-Off-Your-Jig?p=292585&viewfull=1#post292585
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    Re: What tools do I need ?

    IMHO, 97% of instrument repair can be accomplished with hand tools....small Japanese saw, miniature files, sandpaper (sometimes wrapped around a dowel stick for shaping), small C clamps,...
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    Re: What tools do I need ?

    Many years ago, I visited Fred Oster's Vintage Instruments shop in Philadelphia.
    He routinely carries many very fine violin family instruments, and he happened to have an early Stradivari violin in...
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    Re: What tools do I need ?

    Once you sharpen your chisels to be sharp enough to do this work you can never use them on a door again, or strike them with anything. May want to keep one or two for the doors, haha
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    Re: What tools do I need ?

    Addendum:

    I've spent the last several days glueing and cleating cracks and glueing loose braces in an F-5G and a 20 year old J-45 guitar that have had a hard life.

    I have nice 20th century...
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    Re: What tools do I need ?

    I operated in my shop for quite a few years with no power tools at all except for a Dremel with a home-made router base, an electric hand drill and a hand held jig saw. The jig saw does not get used...
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    Re: What tools do I need ?

    If we were to poll a bunch of luthiers on what tools they use we would get nearly as many answers as luthiers; especially when we consider shop space, amount of production and many other factors....
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    Re: What tools do I need ?

    Small pieces are often easier to deal with if they’re still attached to a larger piece, since they can be difficult to hold otherwise. With something like a bridge, where you may want an accurate...
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    Re: What tools do I need ?

    I have made a bone top for an adjustable mandolin bridge with all the steps for intonation, it would be the same for a non-adjustable one. It's more work, but worth it than simply using a straight...
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    Re: What tools do I need ?

    A small benchtop belt sander is what gets the most use on bridges for me. The exposed end roller gives you a nice 1" radius drum to us for curving the sides and ends of the bridge. I also make a...
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    Re: Gibson A50 reftret -any advice ?

    I can give two good reasons for not re-fretting an early A-50 past the 15th fret.

    1] The fingerboard is not supported from underneath beyond the 15th fret, and the tops on these mandolins can be...
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    Re: Merry Christmas

    No instruments from Sandy Clause under my tree this year but the wife and myself just buy for our little kiddos so that's what its all about for us but the wife sure doesn't mind if I buy any...
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    Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas to all the truly nice people on MC and especially to Scott who makes this possible.:mandosmiley:
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    Re: Gibson A50, odd neck

    So, I couldn't keep quiet. I have to come back to that comment that this mandolin has clearly been tarted up to within an inch of its life. I really do consider that a slur on my workmanship....
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    Re: Free online mandolin lessons

    Good morning everyone,

    Thank you to those of you who gave me feedback on my previous post. I'm pleased to say my latest free "mini-lesson" is now up - this one's for the old-timey tune Hamilton...
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