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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    Oh, I see-- yes, you have to drill the bushing hole all the way through the headstock. I'm not sure why Stew-Mac suggests only drilling it partway through, and I do like that Escher drawing!
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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    Interesting—were your holes in the headstock the same diameter the whole way through? I’m only curious because I’ve done 150+ this way with no issues, using a taper similar to Gibson’s.
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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    What issue did you have with having the holes perpendicular to the face? Was there not enough clearance inside the bushing?
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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    The solution to this problem is to drill the holes perpendicular to the face of the headstock rather than the back (though few people do that). There have been a few threads here about this. The...
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    Re: New Eastman Octave tuners?

    It may also be that the tuners have more backlash than you would like. Does the "delay" in responding that you mentioned happen only when you change direction, i.e. tune down some and then start...
  6. Thread: Lilac wood

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    Re: Lilac wood

    Just a small oven, pretty ubiquitous here. It's combination of a toaster and an oven, and it doesn't work as well as either one ;) Good for soldering, though, and melting wax if you're not concerned...
  7. Thread: Lilac wood

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    Re: Lilac wood

    I made lots of spoons out of lilac when I was a kid. I carved it green and then used an used an "old-timers'" method of seasoning it: Immerse it in melted paraffin in a toaster oven until bubbles...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    It appears to be taken: https://www.kunm.org/post/axis-revolution

    Just like every novel idea I've ever thought I've had ;). Google is constantly quashing my hopes and dreams...
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    Re: Granite in the shop

    Yep, mine's only an inch thick, but it stays plenty flat at that thickness. It spends most of its time on the floor under my bench, and I just lift it up and put it on the bench when I need it. It's...
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    Re: Granite in the shop

    I have one that’s about 6” x 24” that always has 80 grit stuck to it for flattening neck surfaces and small parts.
  11. Thread: Binding methods

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    Re: Binding methods

    I've used that method on steel string guitars, and it can work great, but I wouldn't use it with wood that is going to be stained, because the thin CA soaks into the wood and can/will prevent the...
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    Re: CNC Endmill Recommendations

    You could use a 1/4" end mill for both, but I think it would be worth taking the time to do a toolchange and use a 1/2" one for the contours. It would probably take a while to do the whole thing with...
  13. Thread: Lefty f-5 case?

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    Re: Lefty f-5 case?

    I usually have Ameritage make them for me. I suspect Cedar Creek also could.
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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    I guess my take on this is that if bridge-making sounds fun and rewarding, then go for it. One of these days soon I'll be making bridges to last me for the next few years, and that's always a day I...
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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    I started making my bridges because I was having to alter pre-made bridges too much to get them how I wanted them. I would say it's worth it if you're going to be building a lot of instruments. If...
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    Re: First attempt at heat bending: questions

    I use aluminum flashing, which works great and doesn't oxidize or stain the wood. I buy it in wider rolls and cut the whole roll to width (carefully) on my bandsaw after taping it so it won't spring...
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    Re: James tailpiece on a Northfield F5S?

    You don't need to enlarge the hole for the jack-- the end of the jack is smaller than the main portion and fits right through the existing hole in the tailpiece.
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    Re: Required tools for building own fingerboards?

    I would slot first, then radius. That's what I used to do when I used a tablesaw. I second Marty's suggestion to make a simple crosscut sled (it can just be wood with wood runners). I used one with...
  19. Re: Truss rod: Too tight? And still a string-ward bow.

    It does sound like the neck is thick, but that's a separate issue and more one of personal preference. Yes, the trussrod might be more responsive if the neck were thinner, but you'd also be losing...
  20. Re: Truss rod: Too tight? And still a string-ward bow.

    Do I understand correctly from your first post that there are currently no frets or strings on the instrument? If this is an instrument that you just want to be able to play yourself and you aren't...
  21. Re: Advice needed on K&K mandolin twin pickup install

    It works fine with a James tailpiece— no need to enlarge the hole. Just remove all the nuts, and then the shoulder on the jack goes right up against the inside of the tailpiece, and the right amount...
  22. Re: Advice needed on K&K mandolin twin pickup install

    If I understand the question correctly, the hole in the tailpiece doesn't need to be 15/32", because the SwitchCraft jack has a shoulder, and the end fits through a standard tailpiece hole (e.g....
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    Re: Feedback: First fret pulling job

    I do like Peter says, and run a thin bead of water along both sides of the fret with a pipette before I heat it. Then, as soon as the water has boiled away, I pull the fret. The water does seem to...
  24. Re: Rib re-flexing: How much is to be expected?

    Do you cycle the heat a few times with the heating blanket? I usually heat once for bending, let cool, then heat again for about 15 minutes at a lower temperature (maybe 180 degrees F). That should...
  25. Re: Set up question- intonation on the D string

    It's very common for mandolin bridges to be compensated with the D strings too far forward. If there's room you can file that ramp back, or if not you might try angling the whole bass side of the...
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