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    Re: Do I need a brace under the bridge?

    Flat top????
  2. Re: Virtual Shop Tour(s)... I'll show you mine

    I'll clean mine up before taking you on a tour. Looks like a hurricane went through it.
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    Re: Any Experience With Walnut F5 Mandolins?

    You are going to have to play it. I have built fiddles and guitars with black walnut. I love to work with it. It is a terrific tonewood.
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    Re: Professional setup

    Elderly Instruments in Lansing Michigan does great work. Luckily, only 100 miles from me.
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    Rattle can laquer

    How long should i wait to wet sand and buff the Stew Mac rattle can laquer???
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    Re: Gibson Mandola Restoration

    That is a real beauty. Any idea what happened to it??? I wouldn't try it myself.
  7. Re: Grand daughter is a Lefty - Help needed converting RH to LH

    I switched from left to right as a teen. My older brother had restrung his old Airline to lefty for me. When i wanted a better guitar like my buddies had, i couldn't find a lefty so i bought a...
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    Re: Western red cedar carved top

    320 and 400 grit paper with a light touch and patience. Scraper with a light touch works,too.
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    Re: Shout out to De Paul Supply

    Yep. Truly great to deal with.
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    Re: Fret Size Opinions

    2 cents. I have one with medium guitar frets, one with smaller mando wire. The one with larger wire seems, for me, much easier to play. It's like my left hand fingering has to be more precise and...
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    Re: Choice of wood for ribs?

    Both will look nice under a finish.
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    Re: Transtint Dye for finishing HELP?

    Practice on some scrap.
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    Re: Strap recommendations?

    Call Jim Avery in Bryan, Ohio. Handmade braided leather straps.
  14. I met Jereme when he was about 12 yo playing in...

    I met Jereme when he was about 12 yo playing in his dad's (Tommy Brown) band. Met these guys again last October at Pigeon Forge. Great pickers and singers. Dont pass up a chance to see them.
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    Re: Why carve a plates outside first?

    I think that it is personal preference. If it works for you, cool. I start on the outside to get the arching the way i want them.
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    Re: Why carve a plates outside first?

    What Graham said.
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    Re: problem with an ebony fret board

    Flat sawn ebony fb???
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    Re: torrified wood woes

    I consider "torrified" tonewood just another fad to come down the pike and will soon fade away. I wouldnt waste my money. My 2 pennies.
  19. Re: Detailed plans for a dovetail neck joint jig

    A jig only puts you in the ballpark. Hand fitting is still.required.
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    Re: Glue for Randy Wood pickguard

    Call Randy and ask him.
  21. Thread: Tap Tuning

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    Re: Tap Tuning

    Do you mandolin builders also weigh your plates as you graduate/tap?
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    Re: Bending Cherry Sides

    I have bent a lot of cherry for OM guitars and fiddles. I have never had a problem. I wet it and bend immediately. It will scorch if you pause in one spot, if your pipe is too hot. Just go slow. The...
  23. Thread: Humidity?

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    Re: Humidity?

    I agree with John. If you are going to build instruments from wood, you will have to control humidity. For me this meant insulating the shop with a vapor barrier and using a dehumidifier in the...
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    Re: Not a question ...more of a comment

    I build violins (fiddles) and guitars and i use spool clamps. The trick is to assemble the guitar dry and line everything up. Then remove a few clamps and use a warm pallette knife to spread HHG into...
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    Re: Conversion Varnish

    Conversion varnish? Got me. I never heard of such a thing. I would suspect that it is a product that is supposed to be an alternative to regular old oil varnish that dries quickly. I wonder what it...
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