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  1. Another lovely build, Jo. Your sound holes are...

    Another lovely build, Jo.
    Your sound holes are truly exquisite.

    As an aside, and definitely NOT A RECOMMENDATION …

    An elderly local woodworker once made beautifully crafted cedar jewellery...
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    The Tree that laid the Golden Egg ?

    The Tree that laid the Golden Egg ?
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    Hi John, I am not speaking for jcalkin, but...

    Hi John,
    I am not speaking for jcalkin, but since I hold similar views and have expressed them previously, I'll try to clarify my take on this.
    I think that its all in the name. There are mystical...
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    To the contrary, your inexperience is just the...

    To the contrary, your inexperience is just the reason that new builders will be interested in your opinion. The SM kits are very popular and there are numerous threads regarding small problems...
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    Again , don't worry about this yet. There is...

    Again , don't worry about this yet.
    There is usually a bit of 'wiggle room' with nut placement.
    If you are willing to do a bit of fiddling, try the following :

    Don't glue the fret board to...
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    Don't worry about that. The position of the...

    Don't worry about that.
    The position of the holes is inconsequential.
    I made some 'dowel locating pins?' from SS rod. They are simply a short length of rod (a little longer than the hole) with a...
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    An afterthought on this. If you are following a...

    An afterthought on this.
    If you are following a proven plan, using the recommended materials, and stick to the given criteria, then there is little need to worry about this. Its primary value is for...
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    On completion, please consider posting your...

    On completion, please consider posting your opinion, it could be of interest to future kit builders.
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    Found it. There's a lot of wide open space on...

    Found it.
    There's a lot of wide open space on that sound board.
    I'm not encouraging you to do this, but there will be less vacant space on your concert sound board.
    If I can be strictly objective,...
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    Unsure where to go with this, but ; It is not as...

    Unsure where to go with this, but ;
    It is not as mystical as it is sometimes made out to be.
    It is a simple procedure conducted on the braced sound board where the thumbs are firmly placed in the...
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    This is an interesting question. It is probably...

    This is an interesting question.
    It is probably an evolutionary thing.
    For my age and exposure, I am a very poor guitarist (pathetic really), so I should not be preaching on good technique....
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    That is a nifty design. The fact that the gape...

    That is a nifty design.
    The fact that the gape is adjustable up and down is an added benefit.
    The heat shrink is a nice touch … I have clumsily dinged a soft top or two with 'commercial'...
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    I will post it asap. Unfortunately it resides in...

    I will post it asap. Unfortunately it resides in an album of many thousands of images with, (as cruelly described by others) a chaotic, bizarre and even 'non-existent' filing system. I may take a...
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    I was gifted a Stewmac tenor kit to assemble for...

    I was gifted a Stewmac tenor kit to assemble for a family member. It had the same 'X' bracing pattern as your concert size. It also had the same anomaly with the bridge plate, so I cut a slightly...
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    +1. The staff at the garden centre were, no...

    +1.

    The staff at the garden centre were, no doubt, highly bemused seeing me patiently sorting through hundreds of canes to find ones of uniform calibre. They likely thought that they were...
  16. Thread: Parallel builds

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    It may be worth it, or not. Perhaps just consider...

    It may be worth it, or not. Perhaps just consider the odds... as long as the neck to body glue line stays intact, it will make little difference in its current orientation. If the glue line...
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    You do very neat work, Tony. They are two nice...

    You do very neat work, Tony. They are two nice looking instruments in the making.
    Your pocket jig is a work of art.
    One thing that I noticed in image 0040, is that the grain in your removable...
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    Please be careful, Sequoia …… at least make sure...

    Please be careful, Sequoia …… at least make sure that the palings have been end grain filled and shellac sealed on both sides.
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    Daniel, your 'get an idea and go for it' approach...

    Daniel, your 'get an idea and go for it' approach is inspiring. Well done.
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    Some builders go for maximum sound box volume,...

    Some builders go for maximum sound box volume, but for the sake of elegance (and for the little difference it makes to the sound), taper the sides to a noticeable degree.
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    Just a stab in the dark, but it sounds like your...

    Just a stab in the dark, but it sounds like your bari may have suffered a severe acclimation event. As the forces necessary to make this change are acting against string tension, it seems likely that...
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    Apologies! 'Flubby' is a vague term that should...

    Apologies!
    'Flubby' is a vague term that should in no way be associated with good lutherie nor be injected into the lutherie vernacular.
    Sequoia well nailed its literal meaning.
    By way of...
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    Making quality wood laminates for musical...

    Making quality wood laminates for musical instrument tops requires some very specialised and sophisticated machinery to (A) precisely cut extremely thin layers and (B) to evenly pressure-bond those...
  24. Thread: Brace wood?

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    I have seen a bit written of the 'mythology'...

    I have seen a bit written of the 'mythology' surrounding the qualities of Sitka Spruce bracing for guitar. Some think that the preference for bracing wood should be for stock with the largest number...
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    Agreed. Best to use a quality 'split billet'...

    Agreed. Best to use a quality 'split billet' spruce for bracing (no runout). It should be used with the grain lines perpendicular to the plates.
    For solid linings go for something that bends...
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