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  1. Re: What was your biggest challenge in making an F style mandolin

    What John said !!! Trying to explain to a customer that even though your charging $3,000, which is a deal, that your still only making $4.28 an hour !! :)) That and yes, binding that scroll can...
  2. Re: NY Times profiles Troublesome Creek Stringed Instrument Co.

    I have seen and tried the one and only mandolin produced by Troublesome Creek.
    What do I think? Well, I built the thing so of course I like it a lot!
    The mandolin is a prototype, made by me....
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    Re: Getting the Gallatin look

    Update: Rooted around in the basement and came up with a jar of brown gel dye and a rattle can of clear sand-and-sealer. Hit the top four times with the gel dye (a la your advice) and five times with...
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    Re: Getting the Gallatin look

    Crooksj, I think you nailed it!
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    Re: Getting the Gallatin look

    That turned out quite purty! I love the monotone.
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    Re: Machining/Routing Celluloid

    Yes, it's probably time to replace the bit. Like Adrian said, if the bit is sharp and the celluloid is still getting hot, you can increase the feed rate or decrease the cutter speed. The idea with...
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    Re: Machining/Routing Celluloid

    You can also do a test piece out of PVC sheet and see how the cut edges behave, if the chips fly away and leave clean surface it is ok if they remain fused to the edge by the heat you are going too...
  8. Re: Best general purpose paint sprayer also for mandolin finishes

    I'm on my second Harbor Freight gun (dropped the first one, in landed on the tip on the concrete floor...) for around $30 each. I get fine results. At that kind of price, you can have 2 and dedicate...
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    Re: Satin NC lacquer how to advice needed

    Rub it out with Rottenstone.
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    Re: Satin NC lacquer how to advice needed

    I add flattener (silica powder) to my usual (Mohawk) nitro. Some finishers spray regular gloss lacquer first and only add flattener to the final coats, but I normally use small amounts of flattener...
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    Re: Satin NC lacquer how to advice needed

    If painting a stain finish, then dont use gloss at all for any of the stages, nothing worse than doing a final rub down to have areas of gloss amongst the satin finish.

    Stay satin from start to...
  12. Re: Satin NC lacquer how to advice needed

    I have done satin finishes using 10% gloss lacquer. Three double coats, let sit overnight, then a scuff back with 400grit paper to get rid of any bits and then a couple of coats with straight...
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    Re: Rounding edges when not binding

    You can ease the edge with a block and sandpaper or use a small (1/8”) router bit. Figuring out how to use a router there shouldn’t be more of a challenge than just routing a rabbet.
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    Re: Rounding edges when not binding

    I would recommend keeping them as sharp as possible (visually) while not being uncomfortable. A lot of new builders do unecessary rounding, and I think it makes instruments look sloppy, especially if...
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    Re: Rounding edges when not binding

    on a violin a small file , then sand paper
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    Re: Rounding edges when not binding

    Do not use this --


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbKBLgovaTk

    Steve
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    Re: Rounding edges when not binding

    Sandpaper.
  18. Re: Small area on red Spuce acting like black hole for sealer

    Nice job. Looks like you may have a little patch of runout there. Now that you have it sealed, you could probably switch to thin coats of your final varnish (I'm assuming you're going with nitro)....
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    Re: "Ice tea" sunburst

    Thanks so much! That was very helpful. You do some incredible work at your shop I must say!
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    Re: "Ice tea" sunburst

    Wow that is one beautiful mandolin!!! I agree that is very close color and concept match IMO. Knowing the dyes would be fabulous!!! :)
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    Re: How to Deal With a Sap Pocket---Suggestions?

    Nice job!
  22. Re: How to Deal With a Sap Pocket---Suggestions?

    Very nice repair!
  23. Re: How to Deal With a Sap Pocket---Suggestions?

    Very nice!. No one will notice but you! We are our own biggest critics. Every mandolin I build has something that haunts me.
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    Re: Cutting F Holes

    I use a dremel and cut a channel through the middle of the f-holes (relieves pressure for the next part).
    Then I just use a sharp razor and cut them out. Never had a tear, break, etc... so far.
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    Re: Cutting F Holes

    Two wicked sharp Forstner bits (the exact sizes you want for the two different end holes) makes a nice job of them as well (start from the outside and finish from the inside)
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