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  1. Re: TurboPlane, Safe-T-Planer - Powering through plate carving

    Yes, the Safe T Planer works well for the outsides of plates-- I carved a lot of them that way and it's a big time saver. I haven't used the Arbortech, but I used a Lancelot for the inside after...
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    Re: on doing a sunburst

    I use only alcohol as I prefer not to get the wood too wet at this stage in the game, but water does make it easier to blend. I dampen the wood with alcohol, wipe amber over the whole thing, then...
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    Re: Who makes their own truss rods?

    I believe James Condino makes his own titanium trussrods. I haven't worked with it, but it's notoriously difficult stuff to machine.
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    Re: Finger plane question

    Wooden ones are easy to make, though there needs to be some sort of sole plate because all the wear is concentrated on a very small area. I usually inlay some boxwood or vitae on the bottom.
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    Re: Strap button on neck?

    There’s really no good place for a strap button on an A5, but I find that to be the least of all evils. You can put them on the heel button on the back, but that’s an even more painful (emotionally)...
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    Re: string load in lbs

    You can use the calculator I have on my site: https://www.mowrystrings.com/neck%20geometry%20calculator.html

    It’s about 55 lbs downward force on an F5 bridge with J74s. However, you don’t have to...
  7. Thread: CA Glue Advise

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    Re: CA Glue Advise

    I love BSI CA and accelerator. It takes me a year or so to use a small bottle, and it stays fresh for that time at room temp, though it does start to get a bit thicker after about a year. With the...
  8. Thread: 'Radius" Bridge

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    Re: 'Radius" Bridge

    I would always radius a bridge if the fretboard is radiused.
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    Re: comercial mandos

    Same here. My tendinitis, arthritis, bad back, and asthma are all better since getting the CNC, and my instruments are better and more consistent now, because I can put more time in where it counts:...
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    Re: Best way to attach K&K pickups

    Another vote for medium CA. I also sand the back of the pickup lightly to rough it up first and promote adhesion.
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    Re: Shellac finish problems on new mandolin

    You could look at Frank Ford's description of the process here. That's for a fairly intensive repair. Much of French polishing is used with a lighter touch, like when you're applying it over an oil...
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    Re: break angle and string tension

    I think so. We've been assuming zero friction on the saddle (and nut), but I would guess there may be significant friction, especially with wound strings. I'v always assumed that's why when strings...
  13. Re: non-builder question re. wood and ivory bindings

    On mandolins, we often refer to the inner layers of binding as purfling, though it's not really purfling in the violin sense. It may be set shallower than the binding, but it's often just an inner...
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    Re: break angle and string tension

    Okay, thanks, I'm glad I'm not crazy!

    Though I've mentioned it before, it's pertinent here so I'll mention it again, I have a calculator on my site that allows you to play with many of the angles...
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    Re: break angle and string tension

    Here's what I don't quite get: If you have a rope hanging on a pulley, there's never any mechanical advantage, no matter what the angles of the ropes as they exit the pulley, or the length of the...
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    Re: break angle and string tension

    Interesting.

    I've always assumed the tension would be the same on both sides of the bridge, assuming zero friction in the saddle slots, or time for the tension to equalize. Like Phil, I think if...
  17. Re: Radim Zenkl's house and instruments destroyed in fire

    One of my very favorite mandolin players, and an amazing person! His house concerts are indeed a treat.
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    Re: Testing my new Resp-O-Rator

    I had one 15 years or so ago when they first came out. It was definitely more efficient than anything else (considering the beard factor), but I found it hurt my teeth after a while and it got kind...
  19. Re: do you hammer or press your frets-do you use glue?

    I press in frets with my drill press (I fret before the board is on the neck), and it's very fast and consistent. I set 7 or 8 frets in their slots and then press them in-- it probably takes about 2...
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    Re: A new F style mandolin

    Beautiful, Graham!
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    Re: Mandocello build thread

    Sounds great! Cool song too!
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    Re: Carbon fiber mandolins

    I got to play Marty’s protoype, and it sounds amazing. I was totally blown away. Looks great too!
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    Re: Water based Finish

    I’m a firm believer that if you never buff through a finish, you’re not doing it right ;)
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    A few new Mowrys

    Hi folks, I try not to post shameless advertising here too often, but as it's been a few years... :)

    Here are a few new completions I thought I'd share. I had two different sets of matching...
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    Re: Andrew Mowry article

    Thanks folks, I appreciate it immensely!
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