Bill Yacey

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About Bill Yacey

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    Creator of Fine Shavings

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    St. Albert, Alberta, Canada

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  1. Non-Drying Fulton Varnish

    Due to the anecdotal information, I don't think I will pursue this road. It just doesn't sound reliable to any degree. Now I just have to figure out what to do with the fluorescent colored varnishes.
  2. Options for creating a darker sounding violin

    You want dark? Make the back 3mm all over, and then thin the back perimeter to 1.5mm from the gluing edge inwards, about 15mm wide tapering up to the 13mm. This makes the back more responsive at lower frequencies.
  3. Shop made F hole drills

    That's the beauty of a brad point bit. The spurs slice the wood fibers, rather than tearing them like a hole saw would.
  4. Shop made F hole drills

    This seems like a lot of effort compared to using a simple brad point bit. The brad point can be centered deadly accurate by drilling a tiny pilot hole first (#60 bit) for the brad point to center on. In fact, even just a divot made with an awl will create a center for the bit.
  5. Non-Drying Fulton Varnish

    I didn't put it in the UV cabinet, but I did have it sitting on the window sill where it's exposed to sunlight everyday. I expect it should have at least developed a skin, even if still soft underneath.
  6. Non-Drying Fulton Varnish

    I have about 1 ounce of Fulton Varnish I think made by Fulton himself. It was given to me along with some other bottles of KH (Heinl?) oil varnish of various colors. The Fulton is in a 2 ounce plastic bottle with a type written label that reads: Fulton Violin Varnish, Terpene Resin Oil Varnish, Amber Colored, Batch No. 011083 (Oct 1/1983?) I put this stuff on a test strip a couple weeks ago, and it's still just as wet as when I applied it. It's very viscous, but I worked it very thin on the test strip with the brush. Has anyone had any experience with this varnish?
  7. Linings over corner blocks

  8. D.I.Why?

    Unfortunately there seems to be a general belief on the rise that ability and skill comes down to having the right tools. Many DIY types set out and discover quickly it's how and what to do with the tools. I'm always happy to help out someone that has a genuine desire to learn and better themselves. However, when the desire isn't there and all they want to do is a half-assed job meanwhile charging good money for shoddy work, I find it hard to go out of my way to help anyone with this sort of mindset.

    I use an ordinary brad point bit, but I drill them early on before I start scooping out the inside. That way, if there's any blowout, the chipped wood gets removed when hollowing. Forstner bits usually cut slowly, and are better suited for flat surfaces.
  10. D.I.Why?

    What's your question, or is this just a long statement?

    Laser printer or inkjet transparency sheets works well; I think it's mylar. The good thing about it is you can print a 1:1 size F hole on the sheet, cut it out with an exacto blade knife, and your template is done.
  12. Attention to detail and stifled creativity?

    This sometimes leads to something I have mentioned before, where if Strad or one of the other great makers did it, it's respectable and worthy of near-worship status, but if someone else deviates from this accepted norm, it's unacceptable and counterproductive. This way of thinking probably comes from the 19th century, when The Cremonese were elevated on a pedestal of near- infallibility. Unfortunately this way of thinking precludes any thought of advancement or development. If Strad though this way, I wonder how differently his work would have developed, if at all. Years ago when my first few instruments were based on a body length of about 361mm, some local established makers were distressed and chastised me because I wasn't adhering to what they considered acceptable dimensions. Creativity can certainly be suppressed by blind copying.
  13. DIY CNC for violinmaking

    It looks like a pretty rigid, solid frame. Did you do the walnut plate on that?
  14. Fiddles shmiddles! Look what we made today!

    That's about how our roads are. I just drove 5 miles and back to check how my dad is doing, and drop off some fresh smoked garlic sausage that we made last night. Temperature during the storm was just a little lower than freezing, but over night it dropped to about -15C
  15. Fiddles shmiddles! Look what we made today!

    It looks like you have about the same amount of snow as we have. That big storm the media was warning about dropped about 6 inches last night. Mostly just a cold wind.