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    Re: how do you clean your files?

    For wood rasping, I mainly use vixon and plas-ti-cut files that have have quite large (and sharp) teeth, for them the standard file card makes quick work of it. For nuts, saddles, and fret ends I use...
  2. Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    Tooling for making mandolin bridges gets specific. For one, a decent drill press with a vice that holds the saddle blank. Those holes for the screw studs must be dead on. If I was going to try to...
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    Re: Fret Files and Other luthier tools?

    re: fret files? I started out with the Gurian fret file. I find it takes a good bit of finger strength and leaves a fairly rough surface. Because I'm a builder and occasionally do fretwork for...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Interesting bracing. Where did you get the idea for the lattice bracing? I assume there's a slight arch induced in the X-brace.
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    Re: fretboard support opinion?

    I always was leery of that joint, gluing end grain maple to piece of another material, which was in turn glued to the end grain of the neck. I've seen a picture somewhere of someone putting a steel...
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    Re: A couple of build questions

    Sealing the inside of the instrument to slow down humidity change makes sense but it's never traditionally been done in the violin or archtop world, not sure why.

    Gauze reinforcement of the F...
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    Re: DePaule Nouveau inlay advice

    In my estimation the pearl would have to be inside of standard (black?) binding. There's no way pearl is going to hold up to the bumps those areas get over time. You be asking for chips and loose...
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    Re: NMC, a great experience today

    From a student model to a German made violin is a big step. You're a good daddy Soliver, and daughters are indeed precious (I have two). Sticks are an important part of the game at her level, good...
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    To echo what the experts have already said:
    • That veneer felt smooth but wasn't sanded enough in the areas that came up dark. If you wet the wood with water or naptha, you'll see those areas...
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    Re: Band Saw Re-saw Fences

    Laguna makes nice stuff for sure. I think the real advantage of that fancy fence would be if you wanted to do multiple passes producing veneer slices of uniform thickness. You didn't mention species...
  11. Re: needing help with using leather dyes on a finish. and help?

    Yes, many people do this to get even color tones on spruce. You can scuff sand it back to smooth with say 400 or 600 grit before applying color. If sunbursting, it allows you to move the color around...
  12. Thread: tuner install

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    Re: tuner install

    I have a violin peg reamer that I use for this. I go slowly until I get to the point that that bushing goes in to about a mm or so proud of face of the peghead with moderate pressure. I mark that...
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    Re: Lacquer to varnish?

    Don't touch the lacquer! If it's valued at $8k, it must be by a good luthier. Lacquer cracks and crazes, shrinks and color shifts as it ages. But because if its composition, it becomes integrated...
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    Re: Post A picture of your favorite "A" model

    Wow! Some incredible As in this thread. Raising two kids on a public schoolteacher's salary, I couldn't afford a 3k instrument, so I learned to build. This is #5. I mostly play celtic/contradance...
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    Re: Reducing chrome Grover F tuner shine.

    Joey's idea, used judiciously, sounds the safest to me. Bear in mind that when you abrade a chrome plating, you're inviting corrosion down the road- and those tuners are likely to work very smoothly...
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    Re: James Mandolin Tailpiece

    I have both a James and an Allen on mandos. The Allen cleans up easily now (I don't know how many years the lacquer coating will hold up) but changing strings on it is not an enjoyable experience. I...
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    Re: Collings MTO Honey Amber gloss top

    If it really bothers you, put a finger rest on the instrument. If it truly is all the way through the finish and you're seeing raw wood, an experience luthier can drop fill it with lacquer but it...
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    Re: Fret size on Kentucky KM-950

    Yes, that is considered standard size for guitars and LOTS of builders/luthiers install it in mandos. I have it in two of mine and I love it. Very little sign of wear 3 years in. BTW, that "medium...
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    Re: A question about floating pickguards

    Being an amateur builder and a reformed pinky-planter, I have installed narrow wooden floating finger rests on my 3 personal instruments. Bluegrassers that pick them up generally hate them. For me,...
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    Re: $200 to dress mandolin frets? Ouch!

    Gosh, I guess I need to charge more. Kidding aside, of all the tasks involved in building mando's, nuts and frets are my least favorite part (well, maybe next to finishing). Getting the string...
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    Re: Which bridge should I get?

    Hey Charlie,

    I'm not sure how big of a difference you'll hear on your old Gibson. On my new builds (F hole A models) Cumberland bridges made an impressive difference over the $20 cheapies, and...
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    Re: Getting the Gallatin look

    Transtint dyes are indeed very colorfast (wear gloves!). If you have some residual color left in the top, you're going to need to go pretty dark. I would dye the wood first. Transtint dye is VERY...
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    Re: Show off your back side

    #5, nicknamed Jurassic Park180170
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    Re: Straighten a Neck - No Truss Rod

    It's the "Builders and Repair" section and most luthiers work on all different kinds of instruments. There's a wealth of knowledge here on challenging cases and how we deal with them.
  25. Re: suggestions/thoughts for someone wanting to learn inlay work

    Hi Daryl,
    I imagine there's lots of good info on the web with photos/video of the processes involved. Two very important things to consider are magnification and lighting (especially if your eyes...
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