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    Yes things have been buggy ever since that last...

    Yes things have been buggy ever since that last forum melt down recently. I was able to delete a post the other day when the original got all kerflooey but it seemed to be a multi-step process. Go to...
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    I never thought the thickness of the fretboard...

    I never thought the thickness of the fretboard was particularly important. Now the thickness of the neck + the fretboard - that is important. Keep in mind that the thickness of the fretboard has...
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    Looks like the UU gremlins didn't like that post....

    Looks like the UU gremlins didn't like that post. Go here to see info on Kauri.

    https://www.wood-database.com/new-zealand-kauri/
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    I was not familiar with Kauri wood having never...

    I was not familiar with Kauri wood having never worked with it before so I looked it up. Sounds like it might make an excellent tonewood. For those interested, I've pasted in some info on Kauri...
  5. When I use my Dremel router to cut in binding...

    When I use my Dremel router to cut in binding channels it sounds very much like a dental drill on steroids. Horrible noise. When anybody comes by to see what the hell is going on I pretend to ignore...
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    This should be very interesting. Will the heavier...

    This should be very interesting. Will the heavier wood (denser?) sound any different? Better? Worse? Can't wait to find out. Or how about no discernable difference???
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    This is great and all, and probably a dumb...

    This is great and all, and probably a dumb question but I'm still a little fuzzy on how this works. When I use spreader cauls I use them when I glue on the top but I can't use them when I glue on the...
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    Sitka spruce

    Sitka spruce
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    Me too, because if you run the numbers there are...

    Me too, because if you run the numbers there are a lot of "koa" instruments being produced from what looks like a limited supply. Perhaps the Big Boys are using Acacia confusa instead. Hey, ship to...
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    They don't want to know because then they might...

    They don't want to know because then they might know that it isn't good. What you don't know won't hurt you... I DO care and all of the koa I've used (at least for tops, backs and sides) has been...
  11. I use 5 inch violin clamps. In a pinch you can...

    I use 5 inch violin clamps. In a pinch you can use three luthiers clamps. One on the middle and two on the sides. Works fine. Don't over clamp and get a glue starved situation though or deform the...
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    I like it. Kool... How about a picture of the...

    I like it. Kool... How about a picture of the whole instrument.
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    That is exactly my sweet spot also for thickness...

    That is exactly my sweet spot also for thickness but I express it in inches as between .060 to 0.070 with 0.065 equal to 1.75mm.
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    I use the SM guide with a Dremel tool with a 1/4...

    I use the SM guide with a Dremel tool with a 1/4 bit. I'm not sure that a larger bit gives a cleaner cut or not but I get good clean cuts (mostly). I also "nibble" at the channel by making multiple...
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    They sell all sorts of luthier finishes but here...

    They sell all sorts of luthier finishes but here is one:

    Cardinal Luthierlac spray lacquer, 1 quart/32 oz $29.10
    Cardinal Luthierlac Spray Lacquer is a solvent borne gloss nitrocellulose lacquer...
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    What I learned is that wood will bend when it is...

    What I learned is that wood will bend when it is ready. Like so many things in life, don't force it. You will find that when the wood is ready to bend it gets a "rubbery" feeling that is...
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    Good goin' Bob.

    Good goin' Bob.
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    Three violin clamps. No problems. Vacuum clamping...

    Three violin clamps. No problems. Vacuum clamping might be overkill.
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    I just do it on the inside to set the shape.

    I just do it on the inside to set the shape.
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    Fascinating. What if you used thinner pieces...

    Fascinating. What if you used thinner pieces (like the actual dimension of a brace) and then added weight until the piece broke (ruptured). Would the difference between the two be more apparent?
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    I am somewhat familiar with osage orange wood as...

    I am somewhat familiar with osage orange wood as it used to grow where I lived. I used it as foundation supports for my house because it is hard and impervious to rot. Worked great. One note of...
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    Nice job!... How did it feel when you made that...

    Nice job!... How did it feel when you made that first cut into your side? Well I guess I'm committed now...
  23. Put your nuts in a vise and use a course bastard...

    Put your nuts in a vise and use a course bastard file to take off that edge and round. Surprising how quick you can remove material. Then use a finer file to get rid of the file marks then some sand...
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    I'm reminded of a person who posted here about...

    I'm reminded of a person who posted here about making a soundhole. It was a beautifully done reinforced soundhole complete with decorative purfling. Unfortunately, when he got done he realized that...
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    Guilty as charged! It seems that people that buy...

    Guilty as charged! It seems that people that buy my instruments want a shiny, smooth finish. Shiny sells and I do enjoy getting that smooooth finish. But I agree, sometimes I think we take the humble...
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