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  1. I just put my finger tip under the blade and feel how much is sticking out. When if feels right, I tighten the screw. Finger tips are very sensitive to slight differences in how much the blade is sticking out. I like Rico's slip of paper idea though. I'll have to try that!
  2. If you do decide to use a pipe and propane torch make sure it's an iron pipe and not copper. Copper gets too hot too fast and will burn the wood, iron wont. Also I agree with the leather belt, it works well.
  3. Why would anyone not use an addblocker? I haven't seen any advertisements in years. I wonder about people who make advertisements.. what's it like producing something that everyone hates.
  4. A pin at each end can be useful for quickly and accurately positioning the table when gluing it to the ribs.
  5. Davide what is the sanding material that you attach to the block and where can I get some?
  6. Do you still have linseed oil available for sale?
  7. Well if you need some, I have some that I could send to you.
  8. If you're talking about the kaolin that is mined in Georgia... I have about bucket of it about 40 pounds. How would you use it to make a lake?
  9. The recipe still survives since the 1700s? I'm always interested in varnish ideas.
  10. I started taking the survey but then realized much of it doesn't apply to me as a new novice maker.
  11. An old leather belt works well as a bending strap I seem to remember a photo of a Strad rib with a slight burn mark in the tight part of the C bout curve. I'll have to dig through a lot of old correspondence to find it though.
  12. I just found out I was wrong about something. Well there's a first time for everything. so the 27mm height is where the centerline of the fingerboard meets the bridge position. Not at the end of the fingerboard as I previously thought. Well fortunately it's not too late to make adjustments!
  13. I guess I'll have to wear a big backpack to carry wood home. With 125 horsepower you better strap the bowler down with a bungee cord.
  14. Warning: A non violin related post.... This is going to be my new toy. Half the weight and twice the horsepower of my old Honda VTX
  15. Well I'm trying to do a neck set and it's a bit too loose. I may need to glue a thin shim, maybe a plane shaving, on one side or both of the mortice and then re-set the neck. I got a good fit on the bottom where it contacts the button of the back plate by using homemade carbon paper. I've got right at 6mm overstand is that the right word for it? And right at 26mm at the end of the finger board. I know it should be 27mm. It's not too late to increase the angle a little bit to get an extra 1mm there. But the string pressure on the bridge is going to push the top plate down a little bit so maybe the current 26mm is ok.
  16. Badgers? We dont need no estinking badgers
  17. Someone put the post in crooked. And all those cleats! pretty much invalidates Fry's hypothesis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8-rOvWeV8k
  18. For a moment there I was afraid I had stumbled into the wrong sort of forum...
  19. Those are beautiful guitars. I don't have a clue but think it would be worth researching the art and technique of marquetry. There must be some information out there on how it's done on curved surfaces.
  20. Thanks! I found it.
  21. I don't see a pinned thread on arches where is it? I'm blind in one eye and can't see out of the other one.
  22. Too hard to narrow down to just three tools so maybe a few general categories. Hand saws, gouges, planes, drill, vise / plate hoder. Most important of all is the optivisor since I can't see worth a darn without it!
  23. MikeC

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    That reminds me of something my dad used to say. "Let me see said the blind man as he picked up his hammer and saw"
  24. MikeC

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    BlueJeans and a Tshirt or a hoodie depending on the weather
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