FenwickG

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  1. To fill the chip and not have it as shiny as a repair using ebony dust (which I never use) and ca glue, I use an ebony crumble. The crumble I use with good results is made from the shavings left over from shaping a peg . Over fill the chip with ebony crumble, cover it with a bit of cling wrap, apply finger pressure to the wrap and crumble and soak it with ca glue. Now you can file the repair to shape and finish the repair.

    With crumble you get more wood product in the chip and not as much ca glue as you get using dust which makes it shine.

    The crack can be glued together by pressing it together and using a good quality ca glue after removing the pearl slide. For both repairs clean the chip and crack with acetone to remove any oils or waxes.


  2. I just had two taps made to fit the coarse threads on many of the old German trade bows. Taylor tools manufactured them, a M3x80 and a 5x30. They weren't cheap but I seem to run into a lot of these threads enough to warrent the expense.


  3. I have dismantled a piano. Far too much work for the usable wood harvested. The soundboard spruce is too thin to be of much use, but the braces on the soundboard would make nice bass bars. The 3x3 wood used on the frame was full of knots under the finish, but I have seen nice clear wood used on newer pianos for these parts. The only wood that was usable to me was the board that went across the back for lifting turned out to be willow. And the metal harp and strings are heavy and a pain to get rid of.


  4. In a small pill cup put a few drops of water. Take a narrow chisel and scrape a very minute shaving from the bottom of the mortise. It only needs to be about  one to one and a half mm by 1/4mm and drop it in the water. Pernambuco will turn the water pink shortly, other woods that I have tried  have had no effect or at best turn it a yellowish tint.


  5. It is called a butt lap. (no snickering please). To keep the balance about the same use a very thin piece of leather. The stuff I use is from some sort of sea snake. I glue a piece of scotch tape that just covers the brand to protect it and use Titebond glue on the leather.


  6. This is an interesting project. Since I play a washtub bass, which by the way is a lot of fun, one problem I see is that your bridge is located next to the rim instead of in the center where the most resonance is. I think your sound is going to be thin and bright, not full. Perhaps eliminate the tailpiece and bridge and attach your strings to the center of the tub. My bass has only one string but there is no reason that you can't attach them in an arc to duplicate the bridge.


  7. I have a jig that Alberti Design made which was a prototype. It aligns the hole parallel with the bottom facet as well as centering it in the stick. I also have a Bow Badger which works well but the Alberti jig I feel is more precise, especially on old worn sticks. Check with John Alberti at Alberti Design to see if he is selling this jig commercially.


  8. I have done business with Chuck over the phone for several years now and have always had an enjoyable productive conversation with him.My experience with Knilling pegs is that they seem to have or develop problems that have not shown up on the PegHeds . Needless to say I now only use PegHeds which are made in the US, not offshore like Knillings are.


  9. The lathe is only the first expense, the tooling can add up quickly and in some cases can cost more than the original lathe cost.

    On 10/29/2017 at 8:42 AM, Jerry Pasewicz said:

    I use an Emco Compact 8.  Some of the small lathes mentioned here will work fine for making buttons, although not for more serious restoration or making cutters effectively.  The Sherline is a hobbyist lathe, I will not refer to it as a toy, but I would certainly be more than justified doing so.

     


  10. Silk wears quite well, but does get dirty and is difficult to clean. Silver  tinsel, which is silver wrapped around silk, tarnishes and if cleaned too hard can break the silver wrapping. For silk it seems best to go for darker colors that don't show the dirt as quickly.