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    Re: Becoming a Luthier-How?

    I would be happy with "minimum wage"...
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    Re: Truss rod soda straw?

    Next time you eat at Olive Garden , ask for a few extra straws.. they're almost the same size as the truss rod, and work great... they are black in color and seem not to be affected by glue....
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    Re: Shop organization, layout suggestions

    organization??? mine looks like a bomb went off in the middle of Harber Freight....
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    Re: truss rod slot cut

    Before carving anything, I take a 3/8 in piece of scrap and tack glue it to about where the nut will be located.. the slot is cut 1/4 in wide and should be 5/8 at the heel and 3/8 at the nut.. this...
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    Re: Headstock pictures

    a few of my own designs..176659176659
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    Re: Go Down Memory Lane

    I built 4 mandolins before I felt confident enough to start numbering them.. By the time I got to numbered 0003, my construction was solid enough that I wanted to try to improve on them.. I'm...
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    Re: Who makes their own truss rods?

    I've built my own using 3/16 weld rod for almost 20 years.. I heat the ends and thread myself.. In the beginning, I put the slight bend in them as per Siminoff.. But after seeing others thoughts,...
  8. Thread: truss rods

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    Re: truss rods

    I've always built my own as per Siminoffs' plans.. my channel is tapered , being 5/8" deep at the heel and 3/8" at the nut.. works great for me..
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    Re: Bending Sides

    Lots of great advise here.. Too much water is a not good , so don't soak.. I tried lacewood once and finely conceded , but that was the only wood I couldn't bend.. I've also found that sanding as...
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    Re: side thickness

    What John said.... I keep mine around .080 , but if having trouble bending , I'll go thinner.. With the hard stuff, I'll mist and clamp in the forms and let dry.. That little thing works...
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    Re: CA Glue Advise

    I get the cheap 3 packs from Harbor Freight .. not name brand, but they have it on sale at times for a buck.. use it a few times and toss out..
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    Re: Using inside spanners in forms

    Most any rim will relax a bit when it's removed from the forms.. Therefore, I always glue the kerfing on while still in the forms. Don't take the rim out of the form 'till after glue is cured (couple...
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    Re: Using inside spanners in forms

    I use two different forms to do F style rims and one for A styles. My first form used 1/2 inch plywood while the second is 3/4 inch thick. The first is a two piece, split in the middle with...
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    Using inside spanners in forms

    175727 Spanners are suggested in both of Siminoffs' books when glueing up rims. I've never been comfortable with this method because I could never get the proper pressure in the right places to make...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    175694.. working on a few in the white. Their waiting for binding..
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    175668 Lately I've been spending a lot of shop time bending and forming rims, both A's and F's.. I found several 1x6's a while ago that have some nice birdseye figure and thought to save for...
  17. Re: do you hammer or press your frets-do you use glue?

    I use a 500lb press from Harbor Freight.. My first few, I tried the hammer, but was hard to hold and would spring out after a few coerces.. Before the fret board is attached, I use a piece of oak to...
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    Re: Mandolin Oddities

    175103 thought that I posted on here a while back.. started out as a real cannon, but the body just wouldn't support the neck.. now it's a wall hanger.. maybe I'll find a better way to them...
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    Re: F style mandocello case?

    I've thought for quite a while that there may be a market for custom and odd shaped cases.. Not talking about the hard side uncrushable types, just something to store and protect.. Maybe...
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    Re: Side Spring Back

    I keep my rims in the forms till after the kerfing is glued on. After that, there is very little spring back.. If making rims ahead, I use rubber bands to keep everything close in shape. If there...
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    Re: western redcedar

    I've made a few mandolins using "cedar" for tops and am very happy with its' tone qualities. Even now I have a finished F5 that I play , and there is an A5 in the white waiting in the wings. I was...
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    Re: First build: Scroll binding disaster

    What John said.. Set it aside and think about it. My first mando took almost 18 months because I got discouraged.. You have the hard part (binding channel) done .. If you want to try and save your...
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    Re: Would you use this?

    I would use it as is, but if the material was wide enough, I would cut out the center knot and glue back together. The color blems and other Knots on the edges can all be hidden.. I do like the...
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    Re: Rules about mahogany & rosewood

    I had parts hung up going into Canada.. Be careful and do the homework....
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    Re: Ebony point protectors - What adhesive?

    I have two F5s with ebony points waiting for binding.. I wiped down the ebony with acetone to remove as much oil as could be.. took a Dremel and cut lite grooves into the joining surfaces to get...
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