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    Re: Advice on Shellac?

    Perhaps Frank had an old can of the Zinsser Traditional Finish and Sealer (or the product has gotten better since 2001), because I've used it for various things in past few years, both as an...
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    Re: Mandolin tuning on a ukulele

    I made a soprano ukulele sized mandolin a while back, with 8 nylon strings. It turned out pretty well. I made a custom set of strings out of singles for it, but I see Aquila has a set of nylon...
  3. Re: Does anyone know where I can buy an octave mandolin case?

    I ordered a banjo case from Musicians Friend that should fit. Thanks to everyone for the responses.
  4. Re: Does anyone know where I can buy an octave mandolin case?

    I emailed them just now. Thanks!
  5. Does anyone know where I can buy an octave mandolin case?

    Apparently these are hard to find. I made an octave mandolin recently and I'm having a problem finding a case for it. There is a listing on Amazon ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0194MNV9G/ )...
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    Re: practice rig

    Someone should make a folding mandolin....


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_D2RMBUn8U
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    Re: Question on grain filling

    I've not used it for pore filling, but this UFO CA from Satellite City is pretty much odorless and non-irritating. It does take a little longer to cure, though, and it's relatively expensive.
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    Re: Question on grain filling

    I don't think anyone has mentioned using CA glue to fill pores.
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    Re: Sweet Gum Wood

    Sweet gum tends to warp and twist when it dries, so be prepared for that. If you get some relatively straight boards, I can tell you that it makes a pretty good mandolinetto:

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  10. Re: Strings for an American Conservatory [Lyon and Healy] Tatterb

    I have an American Conservatory bowlback much like yours. I put extralight GHS strings on it (.009-.032).

    https://www.stringsbymail.com/ghs-mandolin-extra-light-gauge-9-32-full-set-5793.html
  11. Re: 1923 Movie Showing Tap Tuning, Sand Vibration, etc. with viol

    This speaks volumes.

    That giant bandsaw in the video is awesome.
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    Re: Building an Armrest?

    If you have a cat I hope you saved the shavings and dust from the olive wood. Cats love the stuff. :)
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    Re: A bandolim with an inside mould

    I use something like an inside mold exclusively (actually mine are both inside and outside), and I've not had a problem gluing tops on while still in the mold. Doing this keeps the sides from moving...
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    Re: The nut broke when changing my strings

    I have an ukulele I made 22 years ago with the original strings... 'course they're nylon and apparently unaffected by climate. It hasn't been played all that much, but the strings sound as good as...
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    Re: back bow when installing frets

    Never mind.
  16. Re: Baby Taylor to OM - bridge plate reinforcement questions

    You could plane some solid surfacing material, like Corian, down to 1/16 or so and use that, but Formica (or maple) seems like a better choice to me. ;)

    I used to make Corian blocks I glued up...
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    Re: Treasure found

    Nice find!
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    Re: Scientists create transparent wood

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    Oh, they're still around.
  19. Re: Baby Taylor to OM - bridge plate reinforcement questions

    Not much difference in thickness in various brands, no. It varies between .020 and .030 mostly, occasionally slightly thicker. You could also use Micarta sheets, which come in all sorts of...
  20. Re: Baby Taylor to OM - bridge plate reinforcement questions

    Formica (plastic laminate) scraps can be had from the trash behind your local friendly shop that makes plastic laminate countertops, cabinets, etc. Or you could ask them. ;)

    You could also use a...
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    Re: Spruce alternatives

    Shellac will stick to anything...
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    Re: Spruce alternatives

    My alternative personal favorite is Western Redcedar, which I get from Lowes, mostly. In the past I've had success with redwood for guitar tops (expensive now, though it wasn't then). I've made...
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    Re: Tuner bushing reamer

    Perfect is the enemy of good enough. ;)
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    Re: Tuner bushing reamer

    +10 on this. This solves the problem of the string posts binding when you have a tapered thickness peghead and the posts go through it at a slight angle.
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    Re: The neck's contribution to tone quality

    I've made several instruments with softwood necks. I can't tell any difference in sound, but the softwood necks dent a lot more easily. I have an acoustic guitar that started out with a canarywood...
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