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    Re: Finger Planes

    Highland Hardware - yumm!
    NFI. It's one of those stores that I will run the gauntlet for.
    I like my 12 and 18mm planes.
  2. Re: My Latest Piccolo (Sopranino) Build Sports a Different Finish

    Looks good to me.
    The proportions look right.
    Glad you didn't give up.
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    Bertram - you have new popcorn, right? The old stuff is slow to open up. Huh?
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    Re: Assessing wood grain of standing trees

    Sue, your maple had a hard life. Lots of trauma showing up at the cut and above that at "the big chunk" area. It is not done, however, you can manage one of the coppice shoots to be the new tree....
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    Re: Douglas fir

    More eosterica.
    Charles-Francois Brisseau de Mirbel.
    I binged that.
    Botanist.
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    Re: any A5 conversion pics?

    John - was that old top original thickness?
    Your burst is beautiful.
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    Re: Griffith Loar A-5 drawings?

    James -
    The message about the industrial process that created the Griffith A-5 is understood. I always appreciate your comments - anyone that builds archtop instruments that has surface areas...
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    Re: Griffith Loar A-5 drawings?

    I remain stumped as to what Mr. Darryl is suggesting in that photo that he considers Hmmmm-worthy.
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    Re: Griffith Loar A-5 drawings?

    It appears to me the A-5 has a longer scale length, but is that true?
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    Re: Rib assemblies too small?

    You can take out the tail block and cut the rib to expand the circumference. Inlay with contrasting wood and a new block.
    You can pull the linings and apply a variation of the "Jimmy Rogers Weymann"...
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    Re: Neck dovetail and truss rod barrel nut

    Brings to mind the Monty Python movie segment in the armory, moving something like the rivet pan to a location more efficient for the worker and that sets off the catastrophic chain reaction.
  12. Re: Truss rod: Too tight? And still a string-ward bow.

    Before you pulled the strings and the frets how straight was the fingerboard?
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    Re: Bowlback repair of missing back strip

    Out of the closet and on to the bench - good deal.
    Those backs scare me.
    Does it hold up to string tension now?
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    Re: Small rattle in soundboard...

    I commend you on your journey building with scrap. There is so much to learn. So after you have mastered your skills and are ready for your best deal you can belly up to the table with a clean plate.
  15. Re: What Do You Think About This Unique 1 Pc. Back?

    I think I like it, too.

    Look forword to your report on the first build under way.
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    Re: Practice cutting dovetails by hand

    That seems like a do-able exercise. If you have plans you can go ahead and shape the head block and the neck heel to approximately the correct shape and size, too.
    After you are in command of the...
  17. Re: Transplanting a new tenon in a screwed up neck joint

    So the tenon was original neck heel wood and now that has been cut off flush where the neck/body join?
    If any of the first tenon wood remains you could build off of it, maybe?
    Lots of necks get...
  18. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    The scroll on that Jacobs makes me think of the old Lucky Strike slogan: So round, so firm, so fully packed!
  19. Re: Here's why you are an amazing mandolin picker but still dumb

    No one has ever suggested I might be an amazing mandolin picker.
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    Is it possible your spruce is exceptionally stiff and you still have too much wood?
    Has your mentor had your plates in hand to feel, scratch and flex before you glued them up?
    Is it possible you...
  21. Thread: Harp guy?

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    Re: Harp guy?

    This is very good news.
    Now, before the harp guy sees your truck, make a card that says "harps" and tape it over the "pipes" so the bumper sticker reads "Loud harps saves lives."
    But really, I am...
  22. Thread: Harp guy?

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    Re: Harp guy?

    Shucks.
    This thread was fast becoming my favorite.
    Jonathan - you're my kind of people; lutherie, harp ideas, farm machinery.
    I had visions of you holding the smoke wrench, lighting it and saying...
  23. Re: Broken bearing block on tuning machine - can I glue/solder it

    Will the bearing blocks fit flush on the plate now?
    Was it a peening of the posts (tennons?) that held them on originally?
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    Re: mayhem in the music room

    'Hot car event,' and/or rib-back glue creep...?
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    Re: mayhem in the music room

    Can you tell if the tail block was glued to the back?
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