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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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    Re: Sharpening Ibex plane blades

    Yes, you can take off more material and it would probably help chip clearance.



    No worries. You'd have to have some superhuman hand strength to be in any danger of tightening that little thumb...
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    Re: Waverly tuner repair

    At the risk of sounding like I'm scolding, there is plenty holding them on for normal situations. They are not meant to be dropped.
    Check with Stewmac. They tend to be very accommodating with...
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    Re: F-hole re-enforcement

    Only of necessary. If it is a new crack that is tight and with good alignment, it can be glued with no cleat, either with CA or with hot hide glue. If it is an old, dirty, open and/or misaligned...
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    Re: F-hole re-enforcement

    IMO, gauze is not required before during or after cutting the f-holes. When (not if) someone cracks the top by grabbing the mandolin with the thumb on the wing of the f-hole, the repair is much...
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    Re: Fret Size

    Yep, nasty, straight sided, rough feeling stuff it is. Too much work to achieve a nice-feeling crown for me on that stuff.
    Recently Jescar has offered .053" by .037" in both NS and EVO. I like it...
  14. Thread: Fret Size

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    Re: Fret Size

    For one thing, very few people actually prefer the .040" wide frets and although fret manufacturers have made many shapes and sizes of fret wire for guitars over the years they apparently don't seem...
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    Re: Troublesome Creek

    A google search will reveal that there are "Troublesome Creeks" in my states across the US, but the one in Knot County Kentucky runs right beside (and occasionally right through!) the parking lot of...
  16. Thread: Finger Planes

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    Re: Finger Planes

    I use the same planes for the inside and the outside. No need to keep & maintain extra planes. The 18mm flat sole is the only one that is restricted to the outside arch.
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    Re: Troublesome Creek

    I had forgotten about them, but you are right. I worked on some instruments for at least one of the members when I was still in VA.
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    Re: Finger Planes

    I use my 12mm curved sole the most and my 10mm curved sole "next most".
    I also have an 18mm flat sole and an 8mm curved sole and I use them too, but the 12 and 10 are the ones I would start with.
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    Re: Sharpening Ibex plane blades

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    Re: Sharpening Ibex plane blades

    To reshape the curve I simply filed, sanded and buffed.
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    Re: Sharpening Ibex plane blades

    Here's how I ground the 10mm cap iron smooth.
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    I started on a coarse diamond sharpening "stone" and progressed to hard Arkansas stone.
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    Re: Sharpening Ibex plane blades

    OK, here we go...
    I have an older 12mm plane that has always worked well with little jamming and loading up with un-cleared shavings. My 10mm plane (and other newer ones) tended to clog very often....
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    Re: Sharpening Ibex plane blades

    Yeah, I took down my elaborate website from years ago. It was getting 'buggy' and I lost interest in maintaining it. I think I still have the pictures and text from all of the stories and tutorials...
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    Re: Buffing under the fretboard extention

    Popsicle sticks have lots of uses around the shop. Besides, it's a good excuse to cool off in the summertime with a popsicle!
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    Re: Buffing under the fretboard extention

    I usually cut a strip of soft cotton rag and "shoe shine" under the extender to get a nice glossy TO coat.
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