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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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    Re: Collings MT-O v Gibson A: Any Opinions?

    There was a recent discussion here that may interest you "Old vs. new oval."
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    I guess I need to do some research on varnishing! I assumed (first mistake) that varnish could be applied like a wipe-on poly. I've applied spar varnish that way, but not on something where finish...
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    Okay. I'll look into that. I have a large enough compressor in my garage and a couple of small spray guns, but my workshop is a nearby converted one-horse stable, too small for a spray setup. I...
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    Ah, okay. Not having a proper spraying setup at this point, I'd probably resort to applying the varnish with a rag, but I can certainly follow your sequence. Thank you!
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    So John, just to recap your process....you begin with a couple of light coats of shellac with sandarac, apply Epifanes Gloss Clear Marine Varnish (with rag, I assume), and finish with Tru-Oil?

    I'm...
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    Re: Convert Grover 309N Tuners to Worm Under?

    Just to close the loop, the Gotoh tuners from LMI are indeed worm under. They arrived today. Thanks, Mike!
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    Re: Convert Grover 309N Tuners to Worm Under?

    Hi Carl,

    I've been sitting here twisting a Grover tuner in all kinds of ways. You're right. I think my memory of doing this on an inexpensive banjo kit, or maybe a mountain dulcimer, involved ...
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    Re: Convert Grover 309N Tuners to Worm Under?

    Ordered. Five-seven business days. You guys were a huge help. Thank you!
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    Re: Convert Grover 309N Tuners to Worm Under?

    Yes! Those Gotoh's even say "reverse gearing." It certainly looks like the worm gears are leaning the correct direction. Thank you Mike!! I'll double check and then get an order off. Thankfully,...
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    Re: Convert Grover 309N Tuners to Worm Under?

    Yeah, that would have a been a good way to go. Unfortunately I've already drilled eight perfectly spaced holes for the modern spacing. I've contacted Rubner's about their worm-under offerings and...
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    Re: Convert Grover 309N Tuners to Worm Under?

    I have room on the peghead to install the tuners as worm-over, but they're going to look a bit funky since I located the holes assuming worm-under. It puts the keys a bit too close to the end of the...
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