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    Re: New Eastman Octave tuners?

    Coombe is correct that that effect is string sticking in the nut, but can (less likely) be the post sticking in the bushing, or even more unlikely, a bad gear fit to the post. Easy enough to sort...
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    Re: Half a mandolin question

    Thanks. I’ll get at it in a day or two. Just might mention that a medium size lathe is also a horizontal boring machine, best a metal-cutting version, where the ‘sled’ only has to be a clamp on...
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    Half a mandolin question

    I just bought an antique banjo-mandolin just to experiment with sound, and to have a familiar scale length. Maybe 1900-1920. In fairly untouched condition. The neck has moved upward over the...
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    Re: No pickguard finish scratches

    So my sister returns from her one big foreign trip - Japan, with a horticultural tour group. Other than lots of Kodachromes, she had purchased one of those expensive black lacquered bowls that are...
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    Re: What's your Spraying set up?

    Spencer, diluted paints generally keep fine in a closed container. Of course, not two-part materials that can’t be saved. Just remember to agitate/mix and use a paper/nylon filter again when you...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Machine age arrives 90 years ago! Shiny! So is there going to be a protective finish, just a wax, or nothing at all? Also, did Alcoa make a press tool for this, or just rely on the (many) skilled...
  7. Thread: Lilac wood

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    Re: Lilac wood

    Surprising question, considering that the electric toaster is a Scottish invention from ca. 1893. I tried to Google what toaster ovens might be called in the UK, but got no significant hits. So, I...
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    Re: Spirit Varnish for a mandolin?

    You could usually tell someone’s major by whether they washed their hands before or after peeing. Fret not about that benzene; right now it’s averaging 1% in gasoline, and was much higher until...
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    Re: Tailpiece broke

    You have nothing to lose right now by putting two strings on one hook. You may be right back in business with no fuss at all, because the hooks are not so carefully designed or made to be just barely...
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    Re: Lilac wood

    Except for the toaster oven in flames, it sounds both non-toxic and a good process. Better than the other old-timer recipe which involved soaking tools in used motor oil. In the antique tool...
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    Re: Odd headstock repair

    I was wondering why rods or dowels were not suggested at first; now I have an idea. You may be ok as is because those 200 pounds are not all pulling the joint apart. Without a measured drawing can’t...
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    Re: bandsaw blade recommendations

    Mention of diamond jogged memory of semiconductor fab days. How about a saw with a blade 0.02mm, and length unlimited? Saws used to slice and dice silicon, quartz and gems are designed for really...
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    Re: Lilac wood

    Gorgeous bridge, both from engineering and design!
    Correct about that warping. I made a test spindle, about 3/4x16 rough turned wet, and letting it dry in the lathe, lots of movement in two days. ...
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    Re: bandsaw blade recommendations

    I've never broken a blade on this saw. When you think about it, 17' of blade does a lot of cutting and the blade only bends and straightens twice during all of that cutting. It bends on a rather...
  15. Re: Question about scale lengths and tuning...

    On an electric, no physical low frequency issues, just enough m/l to stave off buzz.
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    Re: bandsaw blade recommendations

    As far as I know, the name brand distributors all do custom. Although our (metal) saw, like most, had its own welder built in, we got better results ordering to length, especially as newer bimetal...
  17. Thread: Lilac wood

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    Lilac wood

    Asked to take a wayward lilac trunk off over the weekend. As usual, cut off a piece and put it in the lathe to see what it might do. About 3 diameter. Uniform very light color, no dark center at...
  18. Re: glue for temporary attachment of copper inlay

    To keep the excavated part at the right depth, make a gauge from something like a popsicle stick with a small piece of your copper glued on. This will easily find the too-shallow parts. With...
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    Re: Top repair patch

    What Adrian suggests is similar to repairing a hardwood floor: replace linear elements, stagger the cut ends. Imagine what a floor with a patch going diagonally would look like. On the tiny scale,...
  20. Re: Repairing Veneer on an 8-string Kentucky

    Howard, the less-than-warm replies only relate to your not providing enough description or a photo, and referring to a finish as a veneer, which is sort of semantically ok, but not in woodworking. ...
  21. Re: Another odd headstock repair - and loss

    Jim, message tag. Thanks so much for searching your files. Must have been just an available, period version if we see three of them. I’m far less disappointed! By the way, SGW lately is turning up...
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    Thanks, Jim. L&H is a good bet. The identical one that turned up here, a decade ago, the 12, was a deceased grandpa’s original, someone who had it a long time according to the OP, so recent origin of...
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    Re: What's your Spraying set up?

    The good news is that your first effort, a combination of material, equipment, temperature, humidity and planetary alignment, could be very good. The bad news is it can be followed with unlimited...
  24. Another odd headstock repair - and loss

    I just lost the bidding on this Art Nouveau tour de force on GW to a last minute sniper. The headstock broke long ago and was sandwiched with a plate on top bolted to the back cover. For unknown...
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    Re: Odd headstock repair

    From a Jonathan Peck forum post 10 years ago, here’s the fiddlehead “Gibson’s main competitor”188346
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