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    Re: Drilling peghead for tuners.

    Of course no problem if you have the special SM bushing extractor! Actually I don't know if they have somethng like that but it shows that some of their "specialty" tools introduce new specialty...
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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    When tuners are well installed the tension of strings keeps all parts tight one against each other and very unlikely to buzz. But if the installation is not 100% OK there may be parts that don't get...
  3. Thread: bridge question?

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    Re: bridge question?

    I made my first full contact bridge in 1996 and few my mandolins later all my new bridges were full contact. I've seen my share of mandolins with hump between the bridge feet either from floppy...
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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    I've solved my share of buzz mysteries and setups and never seen rattling tuner that wasn't obviously flawed or mistreated in one way or another. Such thing would respond to wider spectrum of...
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    Re: 'V' neck Gibson refret advice

    I wouldn't make fret slots bigger. Whenever I plan to glue frets I file down the sides of tang a bit for looser fit. I prefer drop of CA at each end of fret and wipe away immediately with acetone on...
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    Re: F-hole re-enforcement

    If you really feelthe need to add the reinforcement do it with gauze and hide glue. That can be removed relatively easily with warm water. I once repaired Gibson F-9 and it had a piece of cloth...
  7. Thread: Finger Planes

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    Re: Finger Planes

    I've been thinking of the "asian style" carving planes (as seen in videos from chinese violin factories) with two handles for a long time. Perhaps one can buy them somewhere. Also a small curved...
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    Re: Waverly tuner repair

    As usually Frank has it covered...
    http://www.frets.com/FretsPages/Luthier/Technique/Mandolin/TunerRepair/F4GearFix/f4gearfix.html
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    Re: Sharpening Ibex plane blades

    I don't have a grinder so I don't hollow grind, but over the years I learned that you can sharpen to shallower angle than desired final angle and then just do the final bevel at desired angle. The...
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    Re: side bending - cracking

    Soaking is not always good. Hydraulic effects within wood cells filled with water can damage the structure during bending. Scientific papers on plastification of wood I read suggest optimal moisture...
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    Re: Buffing under the fretboard extention

    Popsicle stick with whatever abrasive or polishing agent attached. I admit I rarely polish that area to 100%. I try my best for the directly visible areas.
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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    If I was asked the OP question i would answer Don't play TABS, play music!
    After reading some of the posts above...
    Are you all folks talking about the same thing? There are many kinds of tabs....
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    Re: side bending - cracking

    One should keep in mind that pure steam bending and bending around hot iron (or heated forms/ counter-forms) are two different things. Wood structure softens by action of heat and water on lignin. I...
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    Re: Ups insurance a ripoff

    I pack mandolins like this:
    189094189095

    I cut the styrofoam as exactly to shape as possible and fill the space above headstock with wedge of styrofoam so there is no movement possible without...
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    Re: Room Humidifier recs

    Most folks recommend Caliber IV digital hygrometer for reliability. I have old lab (human hair) hygrometer that I calibrated and they do agree well though the digital unit is very sensitive and...
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    Re: Room Humidifier recs

    Search for Burgess violins - he has lots of info on this. He is one of the top violin makers in US...
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    The SNiezka varnish is "phtalic varnish" I guess it is most likely short-oil. I don't think I ever used more than 5 coats of that (depending on how thick the coats went on, mostly 3-4 when the sealed...
  18. Re: Stewmac shipping outrageously expensive and NOT eco-responsib

    That is true. Especially if you order few things from outside of US it will pay off twice. First the membership costs you probably less than shipping of relatively small item overseas and the...
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    Re: Ups insurance a ripoff

    Some high end violin makers just deliver instruments personally (or pay a flight ticket to a friend who likes to travel and has some time). The price of flight ticket for a person and extra seat for...
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    I'm not using Epifanes now, but I'm on my last can of varnish (Polish brand Sniezka - not in production any more) so I 'll have to get something new and Epifanes would be my first choice given the...
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    Ouch, that hurts to hear!
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    Epifanes has been recommended by several builders. I myself am planning to give it a try when I run out of my current varnish (no more in production).
    SOme folks add the Epifanes accelerator up to...
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    Re: From Rough Carving to Finish Sanding

    This is one of my latest batch of tops/backs numbered 20 through 26. I will not build that many mandolins at once but during the corona times I had some extra time and prepared few more plates......
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    Re: From Rough Carving to Finish Sanding

    Here are few pics of my latest carving sessions... (I hope the pics will show in correct order)
    1. plate cut out and drilled to my topo map (I drill 0.5mm ~ 1/32" shallower than final arching...
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    Re: From Rough Carving to Finish Sanding

    "Pencil gauge" is my home made thickness caliper with the dial unit removed (pulled out) and pencil inserted (I use some masking tape so the pencil holds well in the hole but not to much so I can set...
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