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    Re: Cutting bits for rosette channels

    Thank you, James and John, for a most humbling thread. As Inspector Callahan said, A man's got to know his limitations. Beautiful work.
  2. Re: Bondhus Screw Grab for stripped screw heads

    Good to have on the shelf. Just ordered a bottle. Thanks for the tip!
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    Re: Shaving bridge feet

    This is one approach that works very well: https://youtu.be/-c9r6Nl0Yas
  4. Re: Torrefied, thermally cured, "roasted wood" for the home shop

    Cool thread, James. I've been messing with torrefaction after a couple of brief conversations with Don MacRostie.

    As luck would have it, a friend has been remodeling his kitchen and had a surplus...
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    Re: H5 mandola

    I'll be interested to learn the consensus.
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    Re: Mahogany top wood

    I've been messing around with building some all-mahogany 1930s Martin-style 000s. The mahogany comes from my hardwood supplier, and they have some pretty nice stuff. Once resawn and thickness...
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    Re: tenor guitar

    I'm sorry to be so obtuse about your inquiry. Didn't understand that you're looking to buy a tenor guitar. I thought you were having trouble with a build and was prepared to see if I could help.
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    Re: tenor guitar

    Nope. A rare comment on this forum is my total participation in any social media or internet presence.

    Do you have a question?
  9. Re: Shop disc sander for small delicate work

    VFDs have really been a game-changer. Not long ago, you were stuck with either a mechanical phase converter (I had one) or a static phase converter. The static models robbed the motor of 50...
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    Re: tenor guitar

    I have a new one coming off the bench in the next few days.
  11. Thread: Gal

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    Re: Gal

    [QUOTE=Dusepo;1872903]Does GAL stand for the Guid of American Luthiers?


    Yes. Their URL is luth.org. A member in the UK would pay $78US per year. It's a good deal even if all you do is...
  12. Re: Repairing "edge banding" on old Sovereign mandolin

    What rcc56 said. Wholesale binding/purfling replacement is the way to go. It won't devalue the instrument.

    You might be able to (carefully) buff the existing pickguard back to acceptable...
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    Re: Martin D-18 Bridge plate issue

    The most labor-intensive and time-consuming repairs I have done have all been for friends who had instruments with sentimental value. All challenging, none where I could (or would) charge remotely...
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    Re: Martin D-18 Bridge plate issue

    Seems like fitting a new AAAA torrefied spruce top would likely produce a superior instrument to the original.
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    Re: Vacuum clamping

    One additional note on making vacuum workholding fixtures. A good source for gasketing tapes and related materials is All Star Adhesives (allstaradhesives.com). They used to sell what they called...
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    Re: Vacuum clamping

    I built a central vacuum system for my shop, basically the opposite of an air compressor. A Gast laboratory pump pulls vacuum on a repurposed air tank, and a vacuum switch shuts it off when the...
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    Re: Martin D-18 Bridge plate issue

    Since this isn't a priceless heirloom, what about this idea: Clean up the topwood under the bridge as well as possible, tape the area off, and flow some watery epoxy in there to try to stabilize the...
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    Re: Martin D-18 Bridge plate issue

    Seems to me it's time to take a hard look at the true market value of the instrument to determine if the repair cost is justified. That top appears to be disintegrating (and note the curious...
  19. Re: Looking for good acoustic mandolin album

    Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott, Real Time

    Mike Compton, Rotten Taters
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    Re: Back removal

    Yessir. Plan B is fire up the router and bind it conventionally. All sins disappear.
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    Re: Back removal

    Yep, it looks just fine from the front. Put a ToneGard on it and nobody will ever know.
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    Re: Back removal

    Fish glue will separate nicely with a heated palette knife. (I think it's great stuff and use it a lot.) Depending on how much finish you have on the instrument, you might be able to soften the...
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    Re: Electrifying a Radius Dish Sander

    My experiments with dust collection on this machine were disappointing. I run an air scrubber nearby, and then clean up the sander with a big Shop Vac every couple of minutes. The upside is that...
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    Re: Electrifying a Radius Dish Sander

    Here's mine. 5Hp Baldor 3-phase motor run through a variable frequency drive. The bearings for the top platform are roller tappets from a Chevy small block, welded upside down to a plate. Slight...
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    Re: "The Tree"

    "After 2 trees fell on my house I developed a different relationship with urban trees."


    Trees on the house is not good. An architect friend tells the story of advising a client couple to remove...
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