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Bill Yacey

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  1. Thanks for the clarification Davide!
  2. Looking at it, it looks well made with some artistic pride mixed with functionality. I really like the scraper planes I have; they are very useful when you want to minimize the chance of tear-out.
  3. I remember reading someplace that the black filler on the decorated violins was mastic. It could have been Heron Allen, but I'm not sure. It could well have been just a wild guess, rather than any sort of conclusion from careful analysis.
  4. Absolutely stunning contrast!
  5. I use a similar setup, except the staionary plane is clamped down onto the guide board which is clamped into the vise. I push the piece to be planed flat on the board, and the plane cuts the vertical edge of the work piece.
  6. A good joint can be made with a powered jointer, but it has to be sharp, setup properly, and a slow feed speed to get the desired results. However, it's much more dangerous then a hand plane. With a sharp blade and properly set up, a hand plane can make an excellent joint. I'd be willing to bet your blade isn't as sharp as you think it is.
  7. For reasonably hard steel, it's usually enough to score it with an abrasive cutoff wheel ie. Dremel, and then clamp it in a vise with the scored line just above the jaws, and give it a quick hammer blow. It'll just snap off along the scored line.
  8. Happy Birthday Mike! Best wishes for good health and prosperity. Mnohaya Lita!
  9. Thanks for posting this. One would have had to sell a lot of grain to make purchases of that magnitude; Who would have thought? Next time I'm in Saskatchewan I'll have to inquire if it's possible to view them.
  10. Beautiful job; miles ahead of my first scroll. You could easily make a thin knife to open up the throat from an old hacksaw blade.
  11. I guess we need to consider " When the ancient texts speak of boiled linseed oil, do they mean literally boiled, or simply heated to an arbitrary temperature? Boiled seems more like an absolute term.
  12. Judging by the internal wood colour, I wouldn't think it's more than 40 or 50 years old.
  13. The glass plate / tombstone / granite countertop with wet and dry sandpaper will always give you an absolute flat surface compared to a water stone. I would reserve the waterstones for gouges only, where they don't need to be flat. Lee Valley sells a carborundum dressing stone for flattening waterstones, but it seems like a lot of effort and wear on the waterstones for minimal gain.
  14. Asbestos is the answer!
  15. Even with a 1000 grit stone, it'll take awhile to get it to where it needs to be. I would include a 200 or so for rough shaping.
  16. You might want to read this thread for some ideas: https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/322165-building-a-better-bending-iron/
  17. A piece of belt sander belting makes a good bending strap, grit side away from the wood. For the bending iron, it's good to have some thermal mass so it doesn't cool off too quickly when the wood is applied.
  18. The cure for sobriety has been well documented and demonstrated.
  19. Polyurethane would be about the same as using barn paint on an instrument, except for it being a little more transparent. Don't be ashamed to buy alcohol; They have support groups to help you with that.
  20. You may want to check here as well: Tonholz
  21. When I was a kid, I found a site in a forest where a tornado recently touched down. It laid waste to a few acres of spruce that were around 100 years old; they were torn out of the ground, roots and all, none of the trees shared common roots. They all had their individual , shallow root systems, no deeper than perhaps 4 feet or so, from what I recall.
  22. See if Nancy Groce still works there. A very kind lady, and very helpful. When I was there, unfortunately they were renovating the exhibits and the instruments were packed away in crates and put into storage.
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