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. Bill Yacey

    Scroll to pegbox transition

    Too bad there isn't a side shot of that scroll; it looks like it could be a beauty.
  2. Bill Yacey

    Flatening a plane

    I've worked them down on a stationary belt sander, followed by finishing up on my granite tombstone.
  3. Bill Yacey

    Scroll to pegbox transition

    The second one is kind of homely, but the top one is strictly Alice the Goon.
  4. Bill Yacey

    UK equivalent to Everclear..?

    There is a liquor from Poland called Spirytus that is about 96% alcohol.
  5. Bill Yacey

    f hole cutting with a knife?

    I'm still not grasping the fascination with going about something like this the hard way. There is also the danger of slipping with the knife and scarring the top. I believe making a relief hole first and enlarging it with a saw is a much more controlled method. I think some of the old literature romanticised it, describing things like a sure hand on the knife, and effortlessly cutting an elegant f hole in a single, sweeping motion. I can't see it happening like this in real life. You always have to be conscious about cutting across the reed lines with the knife, and even still, the blade can deviate from the intended path.
  6. Bill Yacey

    Suggetion to avoid crossing hair doing bow rehair

    I was taught to hair from the head to the frog; this to me makes the most sense. After inserting the plug into the frog, there is still considerable space inside the frog to straighten out wayward hairs before installing the slide. The final combing from head to frog further cleans things up before inserting the ferrule spreader wedge.
  7. Bill Yacey

    f hole cutting with a knife?

    I drill a series of small holes and saw the leftover peninsulas out with a small, fine tooth sawblade in an exacto knife handle. This eliminates any possible wedging action with a knife blade that could potentially cause a split. Once this material is out of the way, I use a knife, jewelers files and sandpaper sticks to finish off the edges of the F hole. You could try and do it completely with a knife, but why make more work for yourself, and add the danger of cracking the top? The eyes I drill out with a brad point drill bit, but early on before the inside is hollowed out to eliminate any splintering when the bit breaks through on the underside.
  8. Bill Yacey

    re sawing ribs

    I use a low angle block plane too with a real tight mouth opening, or if there is tear out occurring, I use a Lie Nielson scraper plane.
  9. Bill Yacey

    Bowmakers: Anyone built a gaz?

    I'm sure anyone experienced who does rehairing would be able to fix it up. How long it lasts depends on the tension, the musician using it and how it's stored.
  10. Bill Yacey

    re sawing ribs

    I plane one surface of the block smooth to a finished state, and then rip it on the bandsaw to 2mm or so, with the smooth planed surface up against the fence; This is followed by planing the cut side of the rib strip afterwards. Then I plane the side of the block again, followed by ripping the rib off the block. Rinse and repeat.
  11. Bill Yacey

    Drilling string holes in pegs

    Theoretically, and in practice there shouldn't be any tension on the loose end of the string where it enters the peg hole once the string is tensioned, with at least two or three wrap turns of the string around the peg.
  12. Bill Yacey

    Drilling string holes in pegs

    Who other than perhaps chipmunks, could play a 1/128 size instrument? That sounds pretty small. (no pun intended)
  13. Bill Yacey

    Drilling string holes in pegs

    Eclipse has a similar offering: They also make one that can be chucked into a larger drill chuck; I use this one for electronic work: These will take a bit from #80 up to about #40 (0.34mm to 2.5mm), depending which collet you choose.
  14. Bill Yacey

    Yellow clay pore filler

    That's what I'll end up doing; I'll dry it and screen it and see what it does. Half the fun for me is going out and collecting it.
  15. Bill Yacey

    Drilling string holes in pegs

    This is the closest photo I could find on the net, to what I have. Mine has much finer teeth, almost like file teeth, and a more blunt angle. My mentor that gave it to me said he originally bought it for taking the sharp edge off the peg hole after reaming. Apparently this was to prevent varnish chipping on the pegbox cheeks.