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  1. Thread: StewMac kit

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    Re: StewMac kit

    You can make a non-adjustable version of the Stew-Mac jig with just some scrap wood. I used CA glue to attach the two blocks that sandwich the binding together. Then you brush acetone on your binding...
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    Re: On the search for a fingerboard

    I was going to suggest LMII as well, but I just checked and it looks like the smaller fingerboards advertised for mando/uke do not have radiusing as an option--maybe because those blanks are only 1/4...
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    Re: High end Northfields versus other $8-12k mandos

    If you are trying to choose between those two options, it would be worth a trip to go to a music store and try a few out.

    The only Northfield I've played was one of the more modestly-appointed...
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    Re: White Stained Mandolins?

    They use that finish fairly often in the electric guitar world. Search “Fender Mary Kay Guitar Finish.” Let us know what you end up doing. I’ve looked into it for a furniture project, but never...
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    Re: on doing a sunburst

    There are a few great videos online demonstrating the hand-rubbed sunburst technique. The two I found most helpful were James Condino's video for Fine Woodworking (available on this page of his...
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    Re: Old Woodworking Machines

    While I’m thinking about it, the Walker Turner bandsaw is almost complete. That piece of cardboard is a rough template for a VFD mount. I also need to fabricate a blade cover.
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    Re: Old Woodworking Machines

    Thatís interesting, Darryl. I wonder if we have any pictures of some of the old Gibson shop tools. That would be cool to see what they were using.
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    Re: Can we talk about tuning mechanisms for a sec?

    Just to make sure you get the point Greg is making, hereís an example:

    Letís say you want to tune to G, but the note is currently G#. If you just loosen the string until you hit the G note, then...
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    Re: acetone and ABS plastic

    Acetone will definitely dissolve ABS. I recently melted down a bunch of ABS binding for gap filling. I've never tried laminating binding, though, so not sure whether or not it works well for that.
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    Re: ebony filler for inlay

    Not sure whether it would be suitable for filler, but I tried dying Titebond for the first time a couple of days ago. I just mixed in some black aniline dye and a tiny amount of water. It dried jet...
  11. Thread: DFW luthier?

    by Walt
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    Re: DFW luthier?

    I don't know of anyone in Dallas off the top of my head. There has to be someone out there, though. There are several well-known luthiers in Austin, TX.
    John Gathright is in Foreman, AR, which is...
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    Re: Gibson Army Navy label source?

    Here is a one up, one down version. I haven't attempted to size these yet, so you may have to go through some trial and error adjusting the scaling when printing them. Once I can track down the...
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    Re: Gibson Army Navy label source?

    Also, just noticed that the top symbol on the example provided by OP in his first post is upside down. It isn't like that on either of the examples I worked from. Examples:
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    Re: Gibson Army Navy label source?

    If someone can measure the diameter of the bold outermost circle, I can get this sized properly. Fonts aren't perfect matches, but close. The thin outside circle on my image is meant to be cut away....
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    Re: Gibson Army Navy label source?

    Fun story: after working for a journal in college, I developed an interest in fonts. One day I set out to recreate a perfect copy of the teens Gibson label to share here on the Cafe. I tracked down...
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    Re: Old Woodworking Machines

    The Walker Turner table saw is coming along. I've still got to track down a motor and a fence system and have a machinist work a little magic on the tilt assembly, but everything else has cleaned up...
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    Re: break angle and string tension

    So....I just repeated this on a plain steel string instead of a wound string and the notes are basically the same at equal lengths. Technically, one measurement is 1/32" greater, but that could be...
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    Re: break angle and string tension

    Yes, that looks great! That coupled with the adjustable tailgut James mentioned would be a powerful combination. I feel like once you get the tailgut tuned in to the proper length, you wouldn't have...
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    Re: break angle and string tension

    That Monteleone tailpiece base is killer. I have almost set up a backyard foundry on more than one occasion to try and make that piece. The floating TP on the short scale mando I made for my daughter...
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    Re: break angle and string tension

    Just tried it again on another mandolin and got basically the same results. It can be tricky figuring out the exact point of contact with the tailpiece, but I think these measurements are very close....
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    Re: break angle and string tension

    Based on the experiment suggested by others, the pitch in the afterlength section of the string appears to be about a half note higher than the pitch between the bridge and nut. All measurement were...
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    Re: break angle and string tension

    I have actually seen that one before. There is supposedly one that has some sort of dovetail mechanism that allows you to raise and lower that ebony saddle under the tailgut. I have no idea how it...
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    Re: break angle and string tension

    I have heard that Monteleone had a mechanism on some of his floating tailpieces that allowed the tailpiece to be raised/lowered from the body changing the break angle. I have never been able to find...
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    Re: Abandoned instruments???

    Belbein, first off, I agree with your sentiment 100%. But now I have to be that internet guy because I'm a Uniform Commercial Code nerd, and my old professor/mentor would be very disappointed in me...
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    Re: Incra Measuring Tools

    Thanks, everyone. I’m tempted to just order the 18” ruler and t-rule, but I’m afraid that they’d be too unwieldy for measuring very small distances (which is what I’d probably be using them for in...
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