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    Re: Preparing for a Tru-Oil Finish

    (sorry for the accidental hijack)

    In my case, it was basically a do-over / afterthought / experiment -- I was decently pleased with my thin shellac finish but ended up wanting a tougher topcoat....
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    A request of builders

    Once again I find myself in this situation:
    Someone contacted me about bringing in a mandolin for a set up. It in a known brand, considered to be a good quality hand made instrument, but the frets...
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    Re: Heads up! Nitrocellulose products dwindling

    This is the way it's been for my entire existence as a luthier:

    Learn to use a finish product, it leaves the market.
    Learn to use alternate product, it leaves the market.
    Learn another, gone...
  4. Re: A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    or maybe this

    https://youtu.be/bDWyccJVGY0
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    Re: 'Radius" Bridge

    I really appreciate the comments. I’ve learned a lot. The Apitius radius makes a lot of sense. And I own a Mowry OM with radiused fingerboard so I ran over to check the bridge—sure enough it too is...
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    Re: comercial mandos

    Iím 52, been making instruments for 35 years. My knuckles, fingers, back, elbows and forearms ache with each instrument I build too. Iím not immune to the repetitive movement damage. My eyes are...
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    Re: break angle and string tension

    No, you're not crazy! In fact, you're a darned fine luthier -- I have one of your fine A5 models, in fact, in Art Deco style.
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    Re: break angle and string tension

    I've been reading this thread and thought I'd weigh in, since my graduate training was in physics, and I teach at a major university. Several folks have written correct things, but not specified...
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    Re: Intonation issue

    For anyone who is interested, here is my method of checking intonation at the 12th fret.
    First, tune the string pair to exactly the same note. If we have any ear training at all, we know how to...
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    Re: Water based Finish

    It's gotten to the point that when I come in and tell my wife that I'm ready to buff out an instrument she says "Awesome, spray three more coats..."
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    Re: Water based Finish

    Clarity is definitely a challenge with waterbased finishes.
    There are waterbased lacquers from Target and General which offer 100% burn-in. I don't think burn-in is the only factor, it's more of a...
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    Re: About To Finish My First Build

    While the mandolin world has less demand for nitro, the guitar wold is very happy paying a substantial upcharge for real nitrocellulose finished like they did back in the glory days....

    I use...
  13. Re: Making Real Wood Buttons for Gotoh Tuners...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALiqAXiTQBg
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    Re: Conversation on Torrefied Wood Tops (NMC)

    I have a few Collings A models with torrified tops, and have several guitars using torrified tops. If you are looking for the old wood sound, torrified wood does not produce the same dry tone...
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    Re: Phoenix mandolins closing shop?

    Thanks for all the kind words about Phoenix mandolins and the support for Jenny. She made the difficult phone call to me a while back and, while it is sad, it is a good move for her. She is an...
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    A list for first time builders

    A few years ago I attempted to build a mandolin, no experience, no tools and no knowledge. It made a wonderful clock for my shop wall. Once again I am in the process of building my first mandolin....
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    Re: Jeweler's Saw

    There seems to have been a glitch with Microsoft "Onedrive" and the calculator was not showing on my website. It appears to be fixed now if anyone is interested. Here's the link....
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    Re: Mandocello build thread

    Finished sanding the drywall, painted, and I just returned the floor nailer to the rental place. When I recover from three days of installing oak flooring, guess what? more sanding! Where would the...
  19. Re: Contour placement, recurve and the whole package

    For a first build, follow the numbers.
    Loar graduations and thickness have been published and can be found "all over" the internet. Many published plans are close to Loar graduations and...
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    Re: New to cnc, looking for CAD/CAM advice

    If you already have a CAD model in Rhino and you don't want to make changes, then sure, your work is done. Focus on building instruments.

    If you are trying to do high-detail, tight-tolerance...
  21. Re: The Locktender's Reel -Tim Connell And Eric Skye

    http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c390/min7b5/Locktenders%20In%20A_zpsiyjz2aso.jpg
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    Re: Wintergrass 2017

    Wow, what a weekend. As David said above ~ over way too soon!

    So many highlights I don't even know where to begin. The intensive lessons with Caterina Litchenberg and Mike Marshall were amazing....
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    Re: Mandolin top arch differences?

    I don't know if you're talking about fish stew or intersecting arcs, lol. :-)
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    Re: Wintergrass 2017

    Hope to see you Friday, Andrew. Always a pleasure to see what you've been up to.
    Bill
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    Re: New to cnc, looking for CAD/CAM advice

    Rhino3d and Rhinocam do work, they're about the bare minimum I would recommend. The nicest feature in that combo is the automatic tab generation, which allows you to make jigs and fixtures really...
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