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    Re: Small rattle in soundboard...

    Sounds great!
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    This mandolin has Waterlox "high gloss" on it and nothing else:
    http://martinjacobson.com/id/projects/mando/jacobson-nautilus-concerto-38-10-string-mandolin
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    I also finished a...
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    Re: First build - sanity required!

    I would highly recommend making a pine body first as a dry run. Or you are very likely to ruin that nice piece of oak. No shade on you or your skills, it's just very complicated to get all the...
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    Re: Shop Helpers

    I have Bellatrix, whom my kids have decided is a "bonsai panther". She comes out to the shop every 24 hours or so and patrols, just to make sure it's safe for me to be in here.
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    And earlier...
  5. Re: A question for luthiers - from a non-luthier

    I've heard people attribute more treble to a gloss top, and more mellow tone to a satin top. Uh huh.
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    Re: Anybody know anything?

    I have some amazing fantastic people, they know everything. They've told me they know everything. And they're doing a fantastic job. Incredible job.
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    Re: Adding or replacing binding?

    There are a lot of surfaces near the neck which would be very difficult to get to once the neck is assembled. I won't say impossible... but really a pain and extremely time-consuming. These are the...
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    Re: Adding or replacing binding?

    Sure, it can be done. But as Adrian said, to have it done well by a solo luthier is asking them to strip, prep, machine in the scariest and least efficient way possible, and re-bind the entire...
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    Re: Michael Kelly Dragon Fly Mandolin

    Michael Kelly instruments, in general, are solidly built, flashy looking, acceptable sounding instruments at a very attractive price. They will never be the best bang for the buck, if your priority...
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    Re: Different Kinds of Wood

    Bill Bussman has use ironwood for fretboards, for sure.. maybe more.

    I wouldn't hesitate to use chestnut, hickory, or anything for a mandolin or guitar as long as it seems like it would be stable....
  11. Re: First attempt at heat bending: questions

    That looks perfect! There's no smell like it, is there?
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    Re: Darkening Finish After Tru Oil

    Oooohhh... Everclear to thin tru-oil? I wouldn't do that, that's for shellac and only shellac. This is one of those "varnish ≠ varnish" things. You'd want to thin Tru-Oil with mineral sprits/white...
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    Re: Darkening Finish After Tru Oil

    Peter's right. However, two things:
    - you can never apply too many coats of tru-oil
    - people in general seem to put up with much worse dye jobs than what is "good practice"

    So maybe put some...
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    Re: Favorite A style mandolin?

    Highly unlikely, given that there's only one A-5 that existed in that era, but your point stands.
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    +1, you should not be scorching the wood. It isn't an instantaneous process. You are basically melting the "glue" in the wood which holds the fibers together. When it's warm, slip the fibers, and...
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    Re: Stringwinder's for mando

    Once I learned how to wind strings, I haven't needed a string winder. Straight through, back under towards the center of the instrument, straight up towards the outside of the instrument, then you...
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    Re: Mandocello Envy

    Very clever, and I really like the intentional attachment of the tuner, too!
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    Re: Favorite A style mandolin?

    I have one of the original (pre-Koch Brothers acquisition) Shmergel Radiators - got that Radiata soundboard that radiates a lotta sound. Would post a pic but it crashes the whole forum if I try to...
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    Re: New builds final Set-up Help?

    That's high action. So you can rule out the bridge as the culprit (unless it's due to it being way too high, which is easily tested by lowering the bridge).

    You probably need to level your frets....
  20. Re: Required tools for building own fingerboards?

    True, I guess. Eyeballing a quarter of a mm from a mm ruler may be closer than eyeballing 1/64 of an inch from an inch ruler. I'll give you that. But that's 60's technology. Still has its place......
  21. Re: Required tools for building own fingerboards?

    Or make a crosscut sled. The throat plate/insert is irrelevant at that point, and you'd be using one (a sled) anyway for fretboards. Plus, it's probably the single most useful nearly-free shop...
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    Re: Good vs. Bad Satin Finish

    Probably not evidence of a cheap job. Possibly evidence of a finish spec that the builder doesn't have a ton of experience with, if it's not advertised as a "budget model". If it was advertised as a...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    The best gadget is a big old granite surface plate. Put some dye on it, rub the part on it, and you can see exactly what you've got.
    These days, computer-controlled probes called Coordinate...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    I paid $750 for my dual-drum sander, and Spencer is welcome to use it any time. :-)
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Seconded - Spencer, I would definitely not put a router on that as a power source. If you can get it slow enough to not explode, you will not have any power left as Richard said. If you are tempted...
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