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    Spent the last couple of days making the neck joint fit right, Made myself a label and glued the back on tonight!
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    I don't post here much, but so many things went wrong and had to be overcome to complete this pair of parlor guitars that I felt like showing them to someone.
    A matched pair, one rosewood one mahogany, both euro (Carpathian) spruce, ebony 'boards and bridges, slotted pegheads with diamond volutes, pyramid bridges, ebony binding with wood strip purfling.
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    I'm glad you did John. They are beautiful!
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    My word, what understated excellence! I’d sure like to have one or both of those cuties next to my Stressless chair.

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    Wow, John. Those are some easy-on-the-eyes, simple yet elegant beauties. I'll bet they sound at least as good as they look, too.
    Congratulations, and thank you very much for bringing them with you!

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    I have done minimal fretwork before this, but what was recommended and what I used here was the small fret wire.... probably won't use that again... more likely to use medium, cuz small was kinda frustrating.
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    Hi Spencer. Did you try using an infrared heat lamp to drop your relative humidity while fretting. Wood swells up with higher humidity and makes the frets resist easily sliding down into the slot. I found this out the hard way, this is even worse if your using tiny Gold Evo frets with their thicker blunter barb profile. The lamps don’t need to be close and are better used at a distance. I use my temp/humidity guage to monitor the effect of my lamps.
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    John, great looking guitars. Your bench work rocks again as always. Your so much went wrong story sounds like most of what I’ve learned. I call it working out the bugs in my process.
    I just snagged this beautiful curly Black Walnut and nice Carpathian Spruce for a 000 sister guitar for my Claro/Carpathian F5. I’m open to suggestions on plans and avoiding potential pit falls.
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    THAT is going to be a beautiful pair of instruments!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hank View Post
    Hi Spencer. Did you try using an infrared heat lamp to drop your relative humidity while fretting. Wood swells up with higher humidity and makes the frets resist easily sliding down into the slot. I found this out the hard way, this is even worse if your using tiny Gold Evo frets with their thicker blunter barb profile. The lamps don’t need to be close and are better used at a distance. I use my temp/humidity guage to monitor the effect of my lamps.
    No but I have a dehumidifier in the shop and I keep the humidity at 40%... would the heat lamp help that even more?
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    I have never found such measures to be necessary.
    A couple of years ago, I picked up a useful tip from Frank Ford's frets.com website: knock the square corners off the back of the tang with a file before radiusing the wire. It takes about a minute and a half for a two foot length of wire, and has made my life a lot easier.

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    A new octave mandolin, 22"/56cm scale with a 13"/33cm wide body. It is for a customer who bought a bouzouki 17 years ago and now wants an instrument a little smaller. It seems to have scaled down well with the body an inch or so narrower than I would ordinarily build. European spruce, Tulip Satinwood body, Queensland maple neck, Indian rosewood fretboard, American maple bindings.

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    Wow John, whatever went wrong with building those parlors certainly doesn't show up in the finished instruments! Really fine.

    Graham, that is one beautiful instrument. The tulip satinwood is wonderful, and I really like how you let the end graft into the bindings.

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    Looking great Mando2020! Can't wait to see more pictures and hear what it sounds like.

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    Worked on polishing the frets... I've got the nut roughed out as well. Planning to get it strung up in the whitE over the next couple of days.

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    I have #001 roughly set-up and strung up in the white... It sounds nice and I am definitely pleased!

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    heres a nice Kentucky Waltz test drive with GHS light strings and a BC.

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    Random I know... I'm the midst of the final sanding... has anyone ever noticed that Torrified Sitka smalls like maple syrup when you sand it?... is it just me?

    I didn't feel like this was worthy of its own thread, and thus seemed like a reasonable place to post it.

    Carry on.
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    Torrefied wood caramelizes the sugars in the wood, you can read more about it here if you want to learn some new words.

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    Oh wow... art school did not prepare me to be able to read a paper like that... so... many... big... words
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    My new band name: Lignocellulosic Biomass
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    Is this another science tangent?

    I started to read the paper, and had to open a dictionary tab on my browser.

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    My new band name: Lignocellulosic Biomass
    I've been teaching a lot of CAD/CAM recently. My new band name is "Axis of Revolution". The students do not think it's funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Jacobson View Post
    I've been teaching a lot of CAD/CAM recently. My new band name is "Axis of Revolution". The students do not think it's funny.
    It appears to be taken: https://www.kunm.org/post/axis-revolution

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Jacobson View Post
    I've been teaching a lot of CAD/CAM recently. My new band name is "Axis of Revolution". The students do not think it's funny.
    I do!!! Lol
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