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Bill Yacey

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  1. I would suggest the model for this scroll came from a rolled up carpet.
  2. That's what I use, a 3/8" wide mortice chisel, and right and left skew chisels for the sides of the peg box.
  3. They don't monitor liquor production that closely. Cheap liquors are generally poorly distilled and contain very small quantities of methyl alcohol, fusel oils and other impurities that contribute to a bad hangover. This is due to the distilleries trying to glen as much product from a distillation run, rather than trying to produce a quality product. There isn't enough there to be immediately dangerous, but long term it'll take it's toll on the body.
  4. Wouldn't it be better to teach the kids what is safe and what's not safe to drink? Seems to me that a little education would be a better solution to the problem, rather than the government simply making it unavailable. What if the same uninformed kids crossed a state line and bought a bottle of Everclear there? Alcohol over 50% straight up damages the esophagus and stomach tissues, not to mention acute Alcohol poisoning in large enough quantities.
  5. Shellac as a ground coat is fine under just about anything. Charles Reade wasn't particularly fond of it, but it really is quite an amazing and versatile substance.
  6. Can you heat treat the wood after the ribs have been bent? Even if they spring back during the process, they should re-bend easier than untouched wood.
  7. The whole reflectivity thing is a double edged sword. Nothing sparkles like freshly planed wood with a clear varnish applied over it, but with maple and spruce this doesn't offer much color or contrast with the wood grain. If you apply a stain, it soaks into the upper cells it adds more color and contrast, yet diminishes the reflectivity of the surface. A very light staining may be the answer, but it's certainly a balancing act. I have a violin that;s been sitting for 6 or 7 years without varnish, although I tanned it under UV, and applied a thin wash of turpentine spirits with a few drops of linseed oil over the entire instrument. It has darkened in a pleasing manner, but who wants to wait years for this change to take place. One thing I have noticed while in the attic of my wood shop, the spruce trusses have turned a beautiful dark golden yellow color, and where there is runout or waves in the grain, a very reflective, striking chatoyancy is displayed. This was all achieved without any sunlight exposure, only dry heat in the summers.
  8. The whole reflectivity thing is a double edged sword. Nothing sparkles or displays depth like freshly planed wood with a clear varnish applied over it, but with maple and spruce this doesn't offer much color or contrast with the wood grain. If you apply a stain, it soaks into the upper cells it adds more color and contrast, yet diminishes the reflectivity of the surface. A very light staining may be the answer, but it's certainly a balancing act. I have a violin that;s been sitting for 6 or 7 years without varnish, although I tanned it under UV, and applied a thin wash of turpentine spirits with a few drops of linseed oil over the entire instrument. It has darkened in a pleasing manner, but who wants to wait years for this change to take place. One thing I have noticed while in the attic of my wood shop, the spruce trusses have turned a beautiful dark golden yellow color, and where there is runout or waves in the grain, a very reflective, striking chatoyancy is displayed. This was all achieved without any sunlight exposure, only dry heat in the summers.
  9. Good stuff Viola! Your sense of humor is about as warped as my own.
  10. Emo Philips summed it up with his observation of life in the big city slums: "I find it absolutely ridiculous that one human being would kill another fellow human for a pair of running shoes, that obviously were not fast enough for the victim."
  11. Buy what you can afford; only try to minimize your mistakes, rather than trying to make as many as possible.
  12. Something happens during the transition from warm weather to cold weather. My dad told me a story of when he was hunting with his friends late in the fall years ago: When they set out, the temperature was above freezing, and they spent the night in the bush; Overnight the temperature dropped about 60 degrees Fahrenheit. When they were walking through the bush they heard what they thought were distant rifle shots, until it occurred close to where they were standing. The trees were splitting and literally blowing apart in some cases, from the rapid freezing, they surmised. If the sap does stay in the trunks and branches, perhaps under normal circumstances the water content normally drops gradually as the weather cools off, to prevent freezing and splitting. In a fast freeze, perhaps the water content doesn't diminish fast enough and splitting occurs from the ice expansion.
  13. I chuckled when I read this. It reminds me of a Red Green story, where his neighbor Old' Bill, bought an army surplus helicopter. Upon trying it out, his neighbor harvested 60 acres of trees before he figured out how to get it upright. Power tools are a double edged sword: they can speed up a lot of work compared to working by hand, but they can also do a lot of damage in very short order.
  14. Well, no and yes. But I have done some extensive experimenting over the years.
  15. My homemade product works very nicely for shellac, and it averages between 93 and 94%.
  16. Maybe the new forum software was written by Google, and that's why it only works on Chrome...
  17. I I tried everything, No-Go with Firefox ver. 81.0.1 64 bit. It work fine on other forums.
  18. I've been having trouble the past few days posting anything. I can log in, but when I reply to a post, it just hangs with the "Saving" button grayed out. Edit: It worked just now, using the Chrome browser, but Firefox still exhibits the same problem.
  19. I noticed there was an error displayed unless I logged in first.
  20. I think it's because the ends dry first and shrink, while the center area is still wet and swollen. A good reason for using clamps.
  21. Or they couldn't think of any trades that would use such a plane, so they used the violin makers as a scapegoat.
  22. A simple pot still like that is good for about 70% or so, if you go low and slow with the heat. A little more sophisticated still like a reflux column will put you easily into the low to mid 90s. Reflux still
  23. It's really no more dangerous to make 93 to 95% alcohol versus 60%, it just takes slower distillation and an understanding of how to concentrate the alcohol. I routinely achieve 94%. I haven't had a drink yet today, so I plead sober.
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