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    Re: Binding router

    That was one of my concerns with the Stewmac tool. I didn't have a good way to hold the mandolin and attempted to hold it between my knees while guiding the Dremel with one hand and steadying the...
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    Re: Binding router

    Here's what I made up for my modest router table. This is based on ideas from Lynn Dudenbostel. The ledge allows instruments with arched tops and backs to be routed parallel to the rim or sides by...
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    Re: Binding router

    I went through that a couple of years ago and got lots of ideas here. Most don't care for the Stewmac tool. After using it for my first build, I understood. If you have a router table, there are...
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    Re: Sharpening Ibex plane blades

    Just to follow up on Richard Hustings' question, when you do a micro bevel, you're only working the cutting edge at a slightly increased angle, correct? That would explain not seeing a shiny surface...
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    Re: Next Adventure In Binding

    I considered trying the .020" plastic binding. When you say it softens with acetone, are you referring to gluing it with acetone, or do you apply acetone to the entire strip to make it more pliable...
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    Re: Next Adventure In Binding

    Peter, I'm happy to hear that you use walnut. That's what I've been considering as I've had no luck finding a wide 1mm plastic binding. I considered celluloid but don't want to pay the hazmat fee...
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    Re: Next Adventure In Binding

    That sounds great. I hadn't thought about a wider piece. Since there is so much contouring around the hole, it would be much easier to align. So it's reasonable to stick with plastic binding?
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    Next Adventure In Binding

    After completing three flat tops, I've jumped into my first carved top project. The top plate looks like it's worthy of continuing on to the rest of the build. My question is about how to add a...
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    Re: Advice on a Mandola?

    There is a used Mid Missouri / Big Muddy mandola for sale in the classifieds here.
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    Re: Advice on a Mandola?

    I have similar interests and curiosities about the mandola. You might check out Pomeroy Instrument's website. He's posted lots of sound files of completed instruments and you can hear the...
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    Re: Advice on a Mandola?

    My primary interest is playing Irish music on mandolin and GDAE tenor banjo. I really like where the mandola sits sonically. I mostly learn by ear. Is it reasonable to play mandola solo with the...
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    Re: Finger Planes

    I'd love to see some details about attaching the wood handles. I understand the threaded rod and ball type, but I haven't found details of attaching the contoured wooden handles.
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    Re: side bending - cracking

    Hi Roger,

    I meant to reply before this. I'm bending just A-style rims, so thankfully I don't have quite the issue with tight bends. I will certainly try two straps next time and try to hold them...
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    Re: side bending - cracking

    I've been using a simple aluminum strap on the outside only. So I should be using one on the inside as well? I'll give that a try. I'm using a propane heated brass pipe. I was using black iron...
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    Re: From Rough Carving to Finish Sanding

    Sunburst, John, I'm actually building Graham McDonald's Celt model, which uses a flat back. It seemed appropriate since my interest is in Irish music, plus I thought one carved plate might be a good...
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    Re: From Rough Carving to Finish Sanding

    Got it. Great idea. That reminds me.... I need to make a new gage (much like yours) for carved tops. I made mine for flattops and it doesn't have enough clearance.

    Thanks,

    Parker
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    Re: From Rough Carving to Finish Sanding

    Adrian, you put me to shame. Maybe if I make a few hundred carved top mandolins I'll get back to you with my time. I've only ever held a carved top mandolin in my hands a couple of times, and I'm...
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    Re: From Rough Carving to Finish Sanding

    Thanks for the encouragement, guys, and for not calling me Grasshopper. When I first posted this morning, it was after struggling with my first recurve on one edge. I've since pretty well completed...
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    Re: From Rough Carving to Finish Sanding

    Maybe it's just this particular piece of spruce, but scraping cross-grain, such as around the bottom of the recurve, gets pretty ratty. Same with the Ibex even after sharpening through stropping. I...
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    From Rough Carving to Finish Sanding

    I've built three flattops now and am pretty happy with the result, so I decided it's time to try a carved top. Armed with a couple of nice gouges, a 12mm Ibex arched sole finger plane, and a good...
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    Re: More love for Pomeroys

    Very nice!
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    Re: Pomeroy Website Hacked?

    I'm happy you got it fixed. I tried a google search again and got through to your site this time. The spam version still shows up as an option, but it's no longer an issue.
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    Re: Pomeroy Website Hacked?

    Great! Thanks for the links. I was just going through google as mentioned above.
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    Pomeroy Website Hacked?

    I've been trying to check out new Pomeroy mandolins, and for the last few days at least, his web address comes up with "health" products for men. Anyone have an email address for him, Don, I think...
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    Re: Collings MT-O v Gibson A: Any Opinions?

    Thank you Charles. I only had access via my phone at the time and it's tedious to provide links that way. I assumed a quick reply was at least somewhat helpful.
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