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    Tung Oil is very nice finish for decorative...

    Tung Oil is very nice finish for decorative woodwork that will be infrequently handled. It enhances the grain and gives a lovely natural look. I found it slow to dry and too soft for the rigours of...
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    I've been experimenting with a locally produced...

    I've been experimenting with a locally produced wipe on water based (poly) clear gloss. I've been diluting it slightly with demineralised water, and padding it on a la French Polishing. It dries very...
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    The transition is sort of a 'culture' shock. To...

    The transition is sort of a 'culture' shock.
    To me it meant locking the routers and power sanders in the cupboard, suddenly needing a bigger band saw, and trying to re-establish my confidence after...
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    Sawdust, As ProfChris points out, its all...

    Sawdust,

    As ProfChris points out, its all about control. Thin pieces in a conventional steamer will release their stresses in all directions, resulting in multi-directional curl.
    Luckily for us,...
  5. Thread: Flat sawn wood?

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    Sawdust, This just one isolated personal...

    Sawdust,

    This just one isolated personal opinion:
    Flat sawn wood can be used for back and sides but this is usually 'piece dependent'. When we speak of flat sawn, we are not speaking of flat...
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    Yes, it's coming along nicely, bb. The...

    Yes, it's coming along nicely, bb.

    The transverse braces appear to be Spruce … what wood type are the fan braces? (they seem to be quite a bit darker).
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    Double post

    Double post
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    Agreed, I liken this to torrefaction (perhaps...

    Agreed,
    I liken this to torrefaction (perhaps erroneously)?
    The heat weakens the cell walls which can rupture under stress, critically weakening the piece.
    I can often get away with 'double...
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    I think that the answer to this question is...

    I think that the answer to this question is fairly complex. My experience with 'hand' bending has me led to believe that wood type, grain run out, and the level of stress in the initial bend, dictate...
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    I gave my extensive stash of clothespins (pegs in...

    I gave my extensive stash of clothespins (pegs in Aus.) back to their traditional owner-user in favour of the 65mm mini spring clamps that you often see on cards of 6 or 8 in '$' stores. The...
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    Agreed. I assumed that (in modern times) this...

    Agreed.
    I assumed that (in modern times) this lacework(?) would be machine produced, but I can see that it is not an insert but an integral feature of the soundboard.
    Kudos to you, Jo …. the...
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    That is true for solid wood construction as the...

    That is true for solid wood construction as the grain line could easily open up in use. With plywood that is not a risk. A small stainless steel plate under the pressure pad eliminates the risk of...
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    I 'borrowed' the design for mine from a book. The...

    I 'borrowed' the design for mine from a book. The arms were cut from two pieces of half-inch ply, with the shaft channels dadoed out on the table saw before being glued together. The shafts were cut...
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    Sequoia, You could have restrung and sold it as...

    Sequoia,
    You could have restrung and sold it as a left-hander …. when viewed from above while playing, it would have looked 'spot on'.
  15. Thread: Glueing braces

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    You look much younger in your videos, Allen. :)

    You look much younger in your videos, Allen. :)
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    If your new fretboard is not of the exact scale...

    If your new fretboard is not of the exact scale length as the original, you may have to move the bridge/saddle to maintain correct tuning and intonation.
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    If you try the hot water/steam method, use a...

    If you try the hot water/steam method, use a white (uncoloured) cloth and demineralised water, and let the area dry thoroughly before final levelling. Please don't ask how I know this to be sound...
  18. Thread: Brace wood

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    Apart from experiments into laminated Balsa, I...

    Apart from experiments into laminated Balsa, I have not strayed from Spruce for soundboard bracing. For back and side bracing however, I have tried a few different woods that were stiff/strong...
  19. Thread: Bowling lanes

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    I'm not too sure about ukulele …. I'm thinking...

    I'm not too sure about ukulele …. I'm thinking wall-to-wall benchtops.
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    This thread has produced some interesting...

    This thread has produced some interesting techniques. Thanks everyone.
  21. What was the result when you tried it in each of...

    What was the result when you tried it in each of those two ways?
    What type of jack are you replacing the original (typically closed style) jack with?
    Those jacks normally have three lugs, the third...
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    Bill1, Many thanks for posting that. Your...

    Bill1,
    Many thanks for posting that.
    Your description of this process has me intrigued. It sounds as if it could be suitable for 'traditional' builders. Do you have any pics of the results as...
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    Nicely done, Doug. Thanks for the feedback.

    Nicely done, Doug.
    Thanks for the feedback.
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    Doug, The combined tang + barb measurement of...

    Doug,
    The combined tang + barb measurement of that fret wire is likely to be around 0.9mm. In my opinion you will need to be too heavy handed to seat it into that slot... further down the neck you...
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    Jon, Congratulations! As they say, “Don't...

    Jon,
    Congratulations!
    As they say, “Don't sweat the small stuff ! ”.
    Ganged tuners on short ukulele headstocks leave very little room for optimal approach angles. You've done some lovely work...
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