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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    Donít forget that weíre not talking about a mandolin here. Having recently acquired a mutant banjo myself, Iíve found that itís a weighty collection of unconnected metallic hardware, some seemingly...
  2. Re: Plating on a Lyon & Healy Model A tailpiece

    Brass and nickel silver are non-magnetic. Nickel plate is. A little magnet on a string may provide some answers.
    Note that ‘nickel silver’ isn’t a very specific alloy, so not guaranteed to be...
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    Pretty odd, not so pretty

    Currently on SGW. Photos not good, but seems somehow not quite rustic homebrew. Fretboard may have pasted on magazine print, or something.
    Any guesses?189329
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    Re: Sharpening Ibex plane blades

    You’re ok. I don’t have one of these, but the angle looks to be above 45 or so. Shallow planes are down at 20 or lower. If you make a sketch of the iron angle and the typical bevel angle, you’ll...
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    Re: Sharpening Ibex plane blades

    The cap iron doesn’t even have to go all the way across to do its function, and in many small planes, is just a narrow finger, or even absent. In small planes it may not be adjustable. It functions...
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    Re: Waverly tuner repair

    But don’t use the same ‘repairer’ if you swap with a different type. He or she isn’t too skilled.
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    Re: Waverly tuner repair

    @Mike. Are the slot head screws more in keeping with the period design? Nice touch.
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    Re: Finger Planes

    189276. Here’s a travisher - used it for years without knowing it by that name! Plus a seri-dai-kanna, which is a little Japanese curved plane with about a 3/4” cut. The travisher is cast iron,...
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    Re: Waverly tuner repair

    Yes and no. In normal operation most of the strain is parallel to the plate, so you’d have to shear off the post for it to fail. In the direction they pulled out, there is almost no force, so a...
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    Re: Waverly tuner repair

    Easy fix by several methods. As above, the little projections -call them posts - look ok. You do have to take the plate off. The posts will or will not easily fit into the holes; I’m betting not. ...
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    Re: Eastman 305 strap button--friction fitted?

    Chalk is also used to refine the fit of any taper, like pegs or metal parts. Used to indicate the high spots. The general idea is that uniform contact is best for holding, although that might not be...
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    Re: Finger Planes

    Spencer, do a MC search on the subject; I did; there’s a lot on both of your questions, sizes and brands. There’s more in the current sharpening thread.
    You have to factor in on your own issues:
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    Re: Sharpening Ibex plane blades

    And: I collect and use antique tools, and almost always try to get planes to work properly. There are many instances where two planes, identical-seeming geometry and sharpness, behave differently. ...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin -

    For a very low mass arm rest I use packing material closed-cell foam, the almost shiny white stuff. Just a little blue painters tape, folded over to be double-sided. So far, no damage to several...
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    Re: side bending - cracking

    Thanks, Roger: all illuminating points. Grain has been mentioned, but just in reference to highly figured wood where grain ends intersect the surface all over. General woodworking steam bending...
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    Re: One string buzz/rattling

    Sort of. Photos of this model (all of them ?) show a zero fret. Thats the fret very close to the nut. The string has to be in solid contact with it. The nut could have a slot that’s not quite deep...
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    Re: Ups insurance a ripoff

    Normally, I’d be with you all on this: precious instruments and hours of handwork on the line every time.
    But, right now, with vast and new reliance on shipping versus shopping, huge workforces...
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    Re: Ups insurance a ripoff

    A very long time ago, at college, I received an empty, open package, once containing cookies my mother had sent. There was an actual, printed sticker stating that: “contents became contaminated and...
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    Re: Bridge for El Dega Mandolin

    Gosh! Korea, Japan, Romania, laminate, two points, bowl backs, Aria, B&J imports, Canada, and what I thought mine was! More aliases than some fictional international agent. Good thing I didn’t show...
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    Re: Bridge for El Dega Mandolin

    It’s an el Degas, marketed from TX, but likely Mexican, and fairly recent. A bridge on a bowlback is just a thin stick with grooves, homemade will do fine if you have trouble purchasing. It is...
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    Re: From Rough Carving to Finish Sanding

    Without an old thin saw blade to shape into a scraper, or some appropriate shim stock, the old everybody’s got a few standby, the used hacksaw blade, is a curve-conformable scraper just about as-is,...
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    Re: From Rough Carving to Finish Sanding

    If you prefer ‘mechanization’, concave areas can be done smoothly with flap wheels and a portable drill. These items (hardware store sometimes) come in different diameters and grits. Ones that...
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    Re: Cutting Shellac for sealing

    188855
    Seems to be a brand name, somewhere, and is denatured.
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    Re: Cutting Shellac for sealing

    Spiritus, as spelled, is denatured. Spirytus is plain ethanol. Dangerously close names. In the mostly lawless US, there are no restrictions on the toxicity of denatured alcohols. Anything can be...
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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    If Adrianís mention of a tube wrench means the same as my usage, it also has a gap that would allow the string to remain in place. To me, a tube wrench is a box end hand wrench used specifically for...
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