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  1. Re: Detailed plans for a dovetail neck joint jig

    You should do a search through the library at mimf. I've seen a few jigs there. It used to be a very active place but its not anywhere as active as this place.
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    Re: Stew-Mac style A kit build

    Its a beautiful result.
  3. Thread: Necks

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    Re: Necks

    I must have repaired twenty or thirty broken headstocks by now and not once have I ever encountered a broken scarf joint. On occasion, I have repaired instruments that I have previously repaired with...
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    Re: Non-mandolin question (electric guitar)

    Yea, I'd recommend a telecaster also. Keep it simple and as it was originally designed without any sort of whammy bar. If you stay with the actual original design specs, there are thousands of...
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    Re: String slot size in mandolin nut

    I generally go two or three thousandths larger than the intended string but you can get away with more. The string is going to seat itself ever so slightly deeper over time and create its own seat if...
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    Re: cnc and or router pantograph

    I built a duplicator years ago. It worked -- sort of. Now its all just a pile of parts. Which ever path you choose, I found deals on ebay for linear bearings to be quite worth looking into. If I were...
  7. Re: Cleaning up Superglue and metal corrosion on old Bowlback

    You can remove the major mass of CA or any other glue using a single edge razor blade as a scraper. I fold over one or two layers of masking tape on each side of the blade leaving about 1/4" of the...
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    Re: Unfinished scrolls

    Pictures would help to understand the issue. My first thought is what I refer to as orange peel. This can easily happen when using lacquer as the droplets partially dry while traveling from the...
  9. Re: quick question about a stew mac straight truss rod

    Although I have opinions, I'm always trying to be open to learning. I certainly have had failures following my intuition and I have minimal experience with acoustic mandolins. Its sometimes difficult...
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    Re: Replacing Violin Fingerboard

    I look at these pictures and see what could actually be a wonderful instrument regardless of its market value. If its 50 years-old or if its 100 years-old, The quality of the wood is superior to any...
  11. Re: quick question about a stew mac straight truss rod

    Jim, Is that the general idea of a Siminoff style? That would be what I'd recognize as a conventional single action trussrod. I've employed this idea on many guitar and bass necks with two different...
  12. Re: quick question about a stew mac straight truss rod

    Damn can of worms subject. Being new to mandolins but having built quite a few guitar necks, can someone post a picture of this "Siminoff" trussrod concept that folks mention. The last trussrod post...
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    Re: Replacing Violin Fingerboard

    From the pictures it looks like a fine quality instrument of value. I do a lot of violin repairs but am not a properly trained violin master. I limit major repairs to student level instruments with...
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    Re: Lacquer for first mandolin?

    With hand wiped application, consider that you really can eliminate the hanging issue entirely. Just apply finish to only the neck until its done and after the neck is done do the body. Its sounds...
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    Re: Sunscreen and mandolin finishes

    Sounds like a wacko post but yes, you gotta be careful. Last year I had a ten-year-old Gibson mandolin on my bench with extensive damage from sunscreen. I ended up referring the job out for a refin...
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    Re: Lacquer for first mandolin?

    I'm in the opposite crowd having only used lacquer and fearing everything else. From extensive experience I can tell you that the lacquers sold at home improvement stores and hardware stores are...
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    Re: set up question: action vs. tone

    As a full time guitar tech servicing mainstream customers for quite a while, I often get clients who want the lowest string action with clear notes. Unfortunately, its not always possible to meet the...
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    Re: Truss Rod Profile

    This is a great thread and its things like this that make joining this forum very worthwhile. I had no idea that there were trussrods like this where the curve is backwards as compared to traditional...
  19. Re: Help me understand mortise and tenon neck joints

    I say tomato, you say tomato... I haven't mastered the skill of making a traditional dovetail in my own construction. I really appreciate you folks letting me play in your sandbox as I am primarily...
  20. Re: Help me understand mortise and tenon neck joints

    I think it also comes down to a long established furniture making tradition that a joint should meet its function with or without glue. I remember my high school woodshop teacher saying this. The...
  21. Re: Help me understand mortise and tenon neck joints

    I've thought that perhaps the use of a screw was simply just to fully seat and clamp the joint as the glue cured allowing alignments to be checked and the screw itself assisting in maintaining the...
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    Re: Narrow tall frets?

    I like the feel of low frets. The primary focus of my builds is that the instrument should feel delicious. I also have encountered quite a few intermediate players who complain of intonation issues...
  23. Thread: Glue masking

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    Glue masking

    I would like a little discussion on techniques for masking techniques for glues. I like using CA to address finish cracks on old finishes and modern poly finishes. CA doesn't shrink like new lacquer...
  24. Thread: Use of EQ

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    Re: Use of EQ

    Two different aspects of using EQ. The first would be to just play with the sliders to yield the voice you feel appropriate. The other is to follow the opinions of those who are located in the area...
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    Re: I must've done something wrong......

    I've not heard of using Titebond as a sort-of mask before. The rule that I understand is that wood glue does not adhere "as well" to existing glue as it does to a clean joint. The general thought...
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