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

    I use an angle grinder with 40 grit pads for roughing inside and out.
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    Re: on doing a sunburst

    I sand the top to 400-600 grit before staining.
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    Re: Using pine, other "non-spruce" woods...

    If it's wood, it's light, and stiff, and has few defects or run-out, you can use it.

    Pine doesn't know it's pine. Sometimes pine thinks it the world's best spruce.
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    Re: Mandolin Build kit on stewmac.com

    I have and what it normally proves is that any differences in tone/sustain require a somewhat significant amount of mass to be added or removed.

    More important is where the mass is added or...
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    Re: Mandolin Build kit on stewmac.com

    Shouldn't notice any difference at all.

    To prove your theory, just put a clamp on the peghead, or use a large ball of clay to add mass.
  6. Thread: Necks

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    Re: Necks

    The kind of wood species matters.

    A glue joint will not be stronger than Brazilian Cherry, as an example...

    But a glue joint on Sitka spruce will always be stronger.

    It's quite easy to...
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    Re: Detailed plans for a dovetail neck joint jig

    Not a jig, but there is a fool hearty process of making a dt joint on Peter Coombes website. Which was also based on Dudenbostel's easy to follow directions.

    They really aren't hard at all.
  8. Thread: deflection jig

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    Re: deflection jig

    I use one but I'm not happy with the typical two foot bridge.

    I'd like to figure out a way to use a gel pack, large enough to cover a large part of the plate. The gel would come to equilibrium,...
  9. Re: Traditional or modern design, what's your strategy ?

    Guitars and banjos, violins, cellos, pianos, flutes, trumpets, trombones, etc........ All seem to follow traditional design.
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    Re: Low/No budget DIY mandolin making tools

    Most any tool you want or need can be found very cheap at antique shops.

    I get the make your own tool bit, but if your goal is saving money, you'll find some of the best steel from old hand tools....
  11. Thread: Isabel A

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    Isabel A

    Always love when an Isabel Mandolin owner posts some sounds of their new Mando. I built this mando to be played in an "intimate" setting with fewer instruments, but Bryan found a way to bring out...
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    Re: First Time Binding Questions

    You may be interested in giving the Siminoff Dremel attachment a try. Unfortunately Siminoff no longer sells tools and such, but you could contact him via his site, he may have one laying around. ...
  13. Thread: finish cracks

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    Re: finish cracks

    Right, the tailpiece itself may be the only factor here.

    If not perfectly matched to the rim, will substantially increase pressure on a smaller area.

    Why I still like the Gibson style...
  14. Thread: finish cracks

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    Re: finish cracks

    Looks like something is loose. It’s cracked all along the center insert there.

    Lacquer cracks act like a stone chip on your windshield. Always follow it back to the stress point. The whole...
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    Re: Side Spring Back

    Your plates will keep the rim in check.

    I glue the top plate on with the rim in the jig. Avoids any symmetry issues.
  16. Re: How important is it to get the top halves planed at 90 degree

    Ah...

    See this is why I ask. Completely missed the nature and impact of a carved top.

    Sorry John. I could not rack my brain hard enough to understand how aesthetics would be affected.

    Some...
  17. Re: How important is it to get the top halves planed at 90 degree

    Is there a structural reason why this joint would be less strong than perfect 90 degree joint? Aesthetics wouldn’t be an issue since it is bound.
  18. Re: How important is it to get the top halves planed at 90 degree

    You know what they say, a picture is worth.. in this case a rough drawing.

    The red line is the glue joint, not right angle to the grain, maybe 85 degrees as just a guess. The black lines is the...
  19. Re: How important is it to get the top halves planed at 90 degree

    Whew, I didn’t imagine this would be so difficult to convey, was assuming others had done this before and would just know it right away.

    If looking down the end grains of a glued top, you want...
  20. Re: How important is it to get the top halves planed at 90 degree

    No, after planing, if you put the sides together and look at them from the end, the glue joint isn’t a perfect right angle, more like 85 degrees. The grain direction is 90 degrees as desired.
  21. How important is it to get the top halves planed at 90 degrees?

    I havent had this issue before, but somehow I planed the two top halves of my top wedge to less than a right angle. So instead of a perfect 90 degrees to the top surface, it's something more like 85...
  22. Re: Pretty neat way to sharpen chisels and plane irons

    Wheels aren't nearly as dangerous as that setup. I'll spend a few extra minutes with a wheel rather than risk injury with that belt sander.
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    Re: Joining back panel plates

    I clamp the two pieces together just as they would have looked before sawing them in two pieces.

    Then put the clamped sides into a table clamp, sides facing upwards, then I use a #5 plane just to...
  24. Re: Pretty neat way to sharpen chisels and plane irons

    Sharp things next to fast moving grabby things, are never a good idea.
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    Re: First build: Scroll binding disaster

    Seems like an easy fix.

    At the outside of the scroll, cut the binding, then you'll be able to pull the two cut ends together and reglue them back together. Just use superglue or acetone.

    For...
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