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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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    Re: Convert Grover 309N Tuners to Worm Under?

    Nice. Thanks for posting those. I mispoke in my reply above. The current spec is .906". It appears Rubner has them in worm-under, but I'm going to go out to the workshop and look once more at how...
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    Re: Convert Grover 309N Tuners to Worm Under?

    I'll try to answer everyone here in one go.

    I thought if I could get these apart that I could flip both the worm and ring gears between the two mounting brackets to get what I want. However, I...
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    Convert Grover 309N Tuners to Worm Under?

    I'm finishing mandolins 2 and 3 in my budding building hobby, based on the Gibson Army/Navy style from Crystal Forest plans. I decided to strike out boldly and experiment with a snakehead version on...
  14. Re: Truss rod: Too tight? And still a string-ward bow.

    As a beginning builder and so far using metal or carbon bars for reinforcement, it occurs to me that if an adjustable truss rod is installed, it should at least be snugged up to counteract the...
  15. Re: Considering applying a compound radius to my One And Only

    Are there standard radii used along the neck for the compound profile? I wouldn't expect much variation as short as the mandolin neck is. Do many just use a constant radius? It would seem to...
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    Re: Doubt about a banjo for Bluegrass

    Perhaps you could consider jumping into Bluegrass with the mandolin before making a major shift in instruments to the five string banjo, finger picks, etc. Tenor banjo for Irish music is a lot of...
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    Re: How do you rip the wood for your ribs?

    Having owned a Shopsmith for 40+ years, I bought one of their conical sanding disks. Being conical, it only sands along a narrow line. Combined with a table set to match the angle of the disk, it...
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    Re: binding channel cutting options

    That is a really impressive setup. Way beyond my needs as a hobbyist but I still appreciate the design.

    Thanks for posting the link Andrew.
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    Re: binding channel cutting options

    Did everyone else get to watch Marty's video? It wouldn't open for me.
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    Re: Goldtone BZ-500 setup

    Before you give up on it for now, it would still be worth checking neck relief with a straightedge and also adjusting the bridge if necessary. You can also check neck relief by capoing at fret one...
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    Re: back thickness

    Thanks for posting that search technique. I'm interested in the thickness question for my next build, and for now I really appreciate the site search tip! That will help me not ask as many...
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    Re: Trim Braces Before or After Gluing?

    Hi Graham, and thanks for your reply. I'd almost given up on seeing a reply, thinking later it's probably a silly question. It's easier to at least rough-shape the ends of the braces before gluing,...
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    Trim Braces Before or After Gluing?

    After a successful first mandolin build last winter, I'm on numbers two and three of Gibson Army/Navy style flat top mandolins. These two are mostly all about trying different woods and...
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    Re: Book disappointment

    I also found The Mandolin Project to be extremely helpful for my first build, which was a flattop from Crystal Forest plans. I especially appreciated Graham's advice on thicknessing the top, back,...
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    Re: Collings MT2 Review

    Thanks for your reply Kevin. There is so much to learn. I've set up two or three flattops and built one last winter, and have been following the mantra that lower action is better for ease of play...
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