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About MikeC

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  • Birthday 08/23/1961

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    Violins, Varnish, forex trading & many other things.

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  1. Question for chemists: KOH as part of wood treatment?

    M.M that's an interesting statement. A.D. did you just say that's a DelG. and it has been revarnished? How does that happen? Is one of those yours? You may have to give me finishing lessons when I get to that stage, they both look good.
  2. Perry Sultana...

    I would much rather have that mechanical version. I'll be keeping an eye on fleabay
  3. Perry Sultana...

    Very cool thickness caliper! oh the pegbox is looking good too.
  4. Kyle Webb's Bench

    That looks really good. What varnish do you use? Make your own?
  5. Shop made F hole drills

    That's the best one so far! did you make it? Can you show a close up of the blade?
  6. Shop made F hole drills

    I like those!
  7. Non-Drying Fulton Varnish

    what does it look like?
  8. Caption this...

    and then there's the G rated version
  9. Caption this...

    This reminds me of a method of drawing the rib form.
  10. Perry Sultana...

    Wow that's really yellow. I look forward to seeing it after the sun fade.
  11. Shop made F hole drills

    for drilling center holes with a drill press there are numerous google results http://bfy.tw/H8Ut and are there any in the Strad tools? In the 18th century during Strad's time, they would have been using spoon bits most likely or for metal work as in gun locks it would be a spade bit.
  12. Caption this...

    It sort of looks art deco. and pretty good grasp of anatomy considering the contours of clavical, scapula etc.
  13. Caption this...

    Nice! looks like something from H.R. Giger

    wouldn't a forstner bit work? they cut clean holes
  15. Question for chemists: KOH as part of wood treatment?

    That's what I thought. I have seen a picture of a Strad where the wood looked very white where the varnish and ground had worn away but it must have been recent where the wood had not been exposed to atmospheric conditions for very long. When re-enacting 1700's colonial period, char cloth which is basically cloth turned into charcoal is made by heating it in a fire in a sealed metal container with only a small hole to allow smoke and gasses to escape. It doesn't burn up to ash. The charcloth is used with flint and steel to make fire.. One of the last vestiges of the stone age in the modern world. I don't know much about terrified wood but I know how to make charcoal.