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    Re: Compensated bridge question

    I assume you mean flat top guitar-style pin bridge and not archtop guitar-style bridge with a tailpiece.
    If so, there are no slots in the saddle (until they are worn there by the strings). You can...
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    Re: Sharpening Ibex plane blades

    That's correct. It was discussed earlier in this thread but I decided to post the picture because I had just touched up the edge on my Arkansas stone, carried the iron back to the bench and saw the...
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    Re: Sharpening Ibex plane blades

    The main bevel is off the Tormek. That surface has been undisturbed long enough for a little tarnish to form. I can hone the micro-bevel quite a few times before having to grind the main bevel again....
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    Re: Sharpening Ibex plane blades

    Freehand, but using a tool rest.
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    Re: Sharpening Ibex plane blades

    I was touching up the edge of one of my Ibex planes and decided to snap this shot. Hopefully it shows the slight hollow grind and the micro-bevel.
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    Re: Next Adventure In Binding

    Reasonable. When I use plastic binding it is celluloid. I suppose other plastics will work the same, although the glue needed might be different.
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    Re: Next Adventure In Binding

    Soundhole binding doesn't need to be very thick, so using thinner binding material helps. .040" is a good choice and it is traditional.

    Easiest way I've found:
    Start with a wide piece of binding;...
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    Re: Clipping/Cutting Excess String

    "Side cutters" and "end nippers" are about the best tools for clipping string ends. To avoid jabbing people (or things), clip the strings a little long, and with a pair of needle point pliers bend...
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    Re: Detached back

    Yes, at least partly due to string tension, please release string tension (should have as soon as the problem was noticed)!

    A relatively straight forward repair for a competent repair person, as...
  10. Thread: Detached back

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    Re: Detached back

    Not enough info. Pictures would help.
    Is the back loose from the rim? from the tail block? from the neck heel?
    Is the lining inside damaged? is it still glued to the rim? to the back?
    What kind...
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    Re: David Russell Young (NMC)

    I have the DRY book too. It's a pretty good piece of history if not a particularly good instruction manual.
    Rolfe used epoxy butt joints for his Unicorn and Phoenix mandolins. Others have used the...
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    Re: Exotic Canary Wood F5 Back

    I don't really either. I mentioned it in my first post, but I also said that I'm not familiar with canarywood. It was simply a suggestion for the OP to check that out before gluing the wood. That was...
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    Re: Exotic Canary Wood F5 Back

    One of the most important things for a glue joint is having freshly prepared surfaces. For oily/resinous woods I've seen many sources say to glue within 15 minutes of making the surface. Sometimes...
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    Re: Can a Luthier fix this?

    The fixture doesn't have to be that sophisticated.
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    Re: Repairing varnish finishes

    Many



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    Re: Exotic Canary Wood F5 Back

    A few things:
    -You might get better responses in the builder's section.
    -You would be doing yourself a favor by building an "A" or other simpler design for your first mandolin, rather than an F5....
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    Re: Finally Finished: Soliver #001

    Somehow I missed that this top is torrefied. I have only limited experience with torrefied wood, but it does tend to split more readily and has the reputation of not gluing well sometimes. I suspect...
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    Re: Builder or Company

    Not to be contrary, but the suggestion to look for a used handmade mandolin misses the point. If you get a custom build you can get what you ask for and not settle for what is available (like when...
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    Re: Builder or Company

    Beyond my admitted bias toward supporting builders over factories (being a builder myself), if you have specific likes and dislikes such as "I like the more bulky neck with a flatter fret board", a...
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    Re: 'V' neck Gibson refret advice

    I've been using a hammer with "replaceable" plastic face for years. It's really not that good as a fretting hammer but it's what I'm used to. It is actually easier to use a metal hammer and I've done...
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    Re: 'V' neck Gibson refret advice

    I use a bag of #7 shot for a fretting neck rest and tap the frets in with a hammer. The inert mass of lead shot really helps. I've tried pressing frets and it works fine, some people prefer it, but...
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    Re: How low (temp) would you go?

    I've never been able to play in the cold. When things cool off in the evening I've always been the first in the jam session to have to quit because my fingers just quit working. Now that I'm old it...
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    Re: Drilling peghead for tuners.

    It has been asked (everything has :) ) and there is no definitive answer. Opinions are divided.



    Yes, I and others drill bushing-size holes all the way through.



    It makes no difference...
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    I've come to be almost offended by the very word "perfect" or "perfection".
    I am a perfectionist. Most people don't know what that means. Most people think it means someone who does excellent work....
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    Re: Sturgill Simpson Bluegrass Album

    Heard a little of it on the radio (I'm in Kentucky after all). It was not Bluegrass, it was country played with some instruments normally used in bluegrass. Relatively prominent mandolin (Sierra...
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