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  1. Re: Truss rod: Too tight? And still a string-ward bow.

    Well, don't tighten the truss rod again, at least not right now. If you strip the threads, you will have a nightmare on your hands. I'd suggest making a caul of some sort to hug the back of the neck....
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    Re: Fret Files and Other luthier tools?

    James, I'll have to look at my diamond fret files. The one I referenced is newer than mine. Mine has no rubber handle. It's old school. Like you. (and me) If the one you're referencing is the one...
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    Re: Fret Files and Other luthier tools?

    I agree with rcc56 that that Z file is a specialty tool aimed at someone who probably shouldn't be doing the fret work to begin with. I do have several different fret files bought long ago from...
  4. Re: Can I reuse strings I use for "in the white" stringup?

    yes, there is. Leave extra windings around the tuning post. Later, you can cut the "kink" off and start over. I buy strings from Webstrings or something like that for the equivalent J74's gauge-wise...
  5. Re: Condino Brazilian rosewood mandolin #164

    Beautiful, James.
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    Re: That Stitched band around a case lid

    While this may sound like a wackadoodle idea, what about the "tape" you can buy to put down on stair steps to prevent slipping. Admittedly, it's adhesive on one side and gritty on the other, but it's...
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    Re: Yellowing/dye binding HELP?

    I'm not sure of your question. After spraying the first couple coats of seaer/lacquer, the binding has to be scraped where it meets the wood, if the wood has been dyed, like a sunburst or anything...
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    Re: Dye question HELP!

    I'm no Loar expert, to put it mildly. But based on a lot of finishing experience, I'd say go real easy on the red. It's easy to add. Almost impossible to take back.
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    Re: "J'attendrai" Gypsy Jazz

    Beautiful!
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    Re: Curved truss rod?

    Well, John may not use a straw but I always do. On the truss rod. Almost never with a glass.
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    Re: How do you rip the wood for your ribs?

    I can only speak about the sanding end of things subjectively, because I have a drum sander. It's not an expensive one. It's not a TimeSaver to put it mildly. But it gets the job done. You can not...
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    Re: How do you rip the wood for your ribs?

    I cut mine on a bandsaw. Probably cut a little under 1/8". Then they go through the drum sander. .100" is probably too thick. I think you'll find that coming down to .080" will do you well.
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    Re: Western red cedar carved top

    make sure you back the sandpaper with something pliable but stiffer than your fingertip and bigger. It will lead to a better surface, including transtitions from one profile to another.
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    Re: Roger Siminoff's mandolin book

    I had the original. It was for the 3 ring binder. It got me and a lot of other builders started. There was nothing else at the time and frankly, I don't know of one single copy of anything else that...
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    Re: V joint question

    Never mind.
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    Re: Fretboard repair/install HELP?

    IMHO, you're cutting it really close but you could pull this off. As mentioned before, locating pins are going to be a must. There is no reason that the edge of the fingerboard binding has to be...
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    Re: Fretboard repair/install HELP?

    How wide is the fingerboard at the nut with the binding on? If you can spare some width, I'd pull the binding on one edge of the board and sand so that your bound fingerboard is a little narrower...
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    Re: Fretboard repair/install HELP?

    I always fret before it's glued on. And I use an arbor press, which you can't really do after it's on. You can also trim your fret ends and file flush to the binding much more easily without it on...
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    Re: Fret Size Opinions

    For some years now, I've been using FW74 EVO gold on everything: mandolins, guitars, even ukes. I think it makes playing much easier and smoother than smaller wire. It lasts seemingly forever and...
  20. Re: The Long Lost Mandolin Cafe Time Wasters Page

    I'd forgotten about this place. Perfect.
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    Re: Scuff and level sanding?

    Richard500, I didn't say Scotchbrite wasn't abrasive. It is. I said that one doesn't use it to "level" a finish.
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    Re: Scuff and level sanding?

    Firstly, don't confuse sanding with Scotchbrite. Scotchbrite is basically a little coarse toothbrush kind of thing. It scuffs stuff up but it doesn't do any leveling like sandpaper. If you want to...
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    Re: Neck bowing in an odd place

    I don't think the headstock is pitching forward. That's how it's machined, isn't it?
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    Re: Fretboard Riser

    That's right where I've been also. Assuming a 5/8" top plate.
    Adrian's print is a valuable reference.
  25. Re: Help! Quick recommendation - Paasche airbrush

    Richard500, I wasn't directing my comment to you, just to be clear. It was confirming what you were warning about. We should talk spray guns sometime (privately). My main gun is an Accuspray on a 1...
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