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    Im finding i reach for the small (flat) razor file quite a lot. I would like to get the larger ones too....one day.
    http://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools...zor_Files.html
    Item # 4165

    also,

    https://www.woodcraft.com/categories...%5B%5D=Iwasaki

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    The tool I use a lot that I had in the kitchen for ages before it migrated to the shed is the Y handled vegetable peeler.

    https://youtu.be/hwpjJeD4_3M

    I started with a $6 kiwi brand but the $7metal handle Ikea one and the $2 Kmart one work well too.

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    This vise is a ripper, pretty much the only vise I use anymore, you can clamp it almost anywhere. Would not be without it.
    Kind Regards
    Dennis

    dponeil@xtra.co.nz
    Southern Cross Banjo Ukes & Ukuleles
    Proudly Hand Crafted in
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    Quote Originally Posted by Titchtheclown View Post
    The tool I use a lot that I had in the kitchen for ages before it migrated to the shed is the Y handled vegetable peeler.

    https://youtu.be/hwpjJeD4_3M

    I started with a $6 kiwi brand but the $7metal handle Ikea one and the $2 Kmart one work well too.
    Great tip, thanks!
    What kind of wood is that you shaved in the video? The job went fast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tenor View Post
    Great tip, thanks!
    What kind of wood is that you shaved in the video? The job went fast!
    That was just pine but it is just as quick on meranti and only a little slower on tassie oak. Needless to say the harder the wood the harder the work and tassie oak in particular has a preconceived idea where it wants to split and can peel in front of the peeler resulting in a splintery effect.
    Great for roughing out. Sometimes it goes better than others. I just did a cbg style neck in meranti that only required a little bit of sanding but have on occasions switched to other tools quite early on.

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    That vice Dennis is a copy of the Zyliss - the one British luthiers have been using for over 40 years. They regularly come up on eBay - I have 3. They certainly are very versatile and useful. I added a parrot vice a few years ago and would have the Zyliss style first and thena parrot style vice. The recent ones available in the UK are sadly not engineered well and require fettling - the tommy bar sticks with fine dust so the hole in the lead screw needs broaching.

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    A table saw fretting blade, and a laser pointer for my fretting sled. The laser pointer makes it very easy to make fretboards in odd scale lengths once I print out a paper template.

    AQKN8154[1].jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Howlett View Post
    That vice Dennis is a copy of the Zyliss - the one British luthiers have been using for over 40 years. They regularly come up on eBay - I have 3. They certainly are very versatile and useful. I added a parrot vice a few years ago and would have the Zyliss style first and thena parrot style vice. The recent ones available in the UK are sadly not engineered well and require fettling - the tommy bar sticks with fine dust so the hole in the lead screw needs broaching.
    Hi Pete,
    I confess I used what I thought was the Zyliss photo off the net, couldn't be bothered taking the camera to the shed.
    I have the Zyliss myself, super vise.
    Kind Regards
    Dennis

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    Southern Cross Banjo Ukes & Ukuleles
    Proudly Hand Crafted in
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    Swiss engineering at its best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mutantmoose View Post
    A table saw fretting blade, and a laser pointer for my fretting sled. The laser pointer makes it very easy to make fretboards in odd scale lengths once I print out a paper template.

    AQKN8154[1].jpg
    I have a laser sight (after market add-on) on my drill press, but have never seen one for a table saw. Wow.... very clever!
    Tobin Crooks

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