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    Re: Stupid(?) question re: resawing wood

    You can try my method. I use a sled for cutting tops and backs.

    https://youtu.be/ftOMcwBBKMY

    Otherwise, cutting sides, I use a fence and keep the planed face to the fence with the blade at the...
  2. Re: Grass Valley Fathers' Day Bluegrass Festival (CBA)...

    I値l be here in the Luthiers Pavilion all week doing repairs and setups. I知 kitted out for just about any work needed so come on by! I致e also got a couple F5s and an Octave for sale with me.
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    Re: inlay material, and where to get it

    Rescue Pearl
    https://www.rescuepearl.com/
  4. Re: Help! How to attach KK Twin Spot to my A Mandolin

    I知 assuming you bought the internally mounted one?
    First drill the endpin out to 12 mm or 1/2 inch. It maybe easier to plug the tapered hole and then drill. ( I use a 1/2 inch gauged reamer for...
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    Re: New Builders Tap tuning

    I知 in the camp that says tap tuning (as described by Siminoff, that is, tuning parts to specific notes) is utterly useless. Achieving a particular note only means you got that piece of wood to a...
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    Grass Valley Fathers Day Festival

    Anyone heading Grass Valley next week? I値l be in the luthiers building showing my instruments and doing setup/repair work. Catch me early, as the repair queue fills up quickly! I値l have several...
  7. Re: Wintergrass 2018 - Bellevue, WA (Feb 22-25)

    Looking forward to seeing everybody again! This is our 9th year showing at Wintergrass!
    Contrary to the printed program I’ll be in the builders room, NOT in the Grand hall.
    Super excited!
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    Re: bits to cut inlays

    Lololol! There is some learning curve involved. Buy extras.

    +1 on Precisebits!
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    Re: Octave build question

    You'll probably be more limited by what you feel is the optimal bridge position unless you don't care what fret the neck joins the body at. That said, you can do pretty much whatever you want. I'd...
  10. Re: Gluing Frets Into Oversized Slots (Without Hammering or Press

    Please don't do this. It makes refretting a pain. Also, dropping a fret into an oversized slot is a recipe for intonation problems if two frets end up closer together or farther apart. Seems like...
  11. Re: Grass Valley (CA) Father's Day Bluegrass Festival

    Ahh, all the usual suspects! I'm on my way there right now!

    I'll be doing repair and setups in the Luthiers Pavilion. I've got a bunch of instruments with me too, so come on by and say hello!
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    Re: X bracing vs Tone bars

    So true.
    I think we can all agree that there are characteristics of any instrument's sound that we can define as having a bass, a treble and a midrange. However, people's definitions of these...
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    Re: X bracing vs Tone bars

    I agree that guitars are different and bracing makes a big difference. But the fact is, they are a flat sided box and without bracing they have no structural integrity under string tension. As Erwin...
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    Re: X bracing vs Tone bars

    SOOO, then if you believe you are building a Griffith Loar, Gil, et al, then of course you must be!

    Back to the point regarding the x braced Gilchrists, there are many measurable differences in...
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    Re: Building dry.

    Doesn't get much drier than Idaho. I keep my shop at 40-45 RH and it is a struggle, even with a massive humidifier.

    You can build in a dry environment, but you will also be doing warranty work...
  16. Thread: Evo wear

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    Re: Evo wear

    This is wear pattern is not specific to EVO. It happens with other wire, too.
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    Re: Evo wear

    I've seen this a handful of times but never with EVO wire - only nickel/silver. I've even seen the scooping of the frets between the courses without there being much string wear.
    I have to...
  18. Re: How scrutinizing are you of other builders' work?

    ^^^
    As ever John, you nailed it.
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    Re: We snagged some spruce!

    Looks like it has some nice medullary rays. Clearly "quarter" sawn....
    Sorry, couldn't resist!

    Good find!
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    Re: Finish question

    Yes.
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    Re: Wintergrass 2017

    Looking forward to seeing everybody, as usual!
  22. Re: Let's see your detail scrapers, Please.....

    I sharpen the same way as Adrian but put more than a 90 degree hook on them.
    Small scrapers for scrollwork and the big one for shaping arch/recurve and flushing binding to the body.
    The small oval...
  23. Re: Concern using ebony veneer as the center strip in a 3-piece n

    I should point out that as a point of interest, that though HHG won't stick well to dried CA, CA glue sticks quite well to dried hide glue. CA loves proteins - this is why it only takes a second to...
  24. Re: Concern using ebony veneer as the center strip in a 3-piece n

    Not a good idea. Neither HHG or yellow glue will stick to the CA impregnated Ebony.
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    Re: I must have been out of my mind.

    Even more fun to scrape.....
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