Pete Moss

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  1. Looks like you are on your way Shunyata.
  2. Someone here mentioned a solid work bench. This should be considered to be as important as any other tool you may have. A flexing or rocking bench will make producing a good joint nigh on impossible.
  3. I think what Brad and others are doing is very important. We need to have a choice when it comes to packaging. Perhaps it's up to the consumer to direct the supplier. We need to save the planet from ourselves for ourselves.
  4. Hi Michael, do you use Dov's pegs, fingerboards, or other parts? They seem to have everything at reasonable prices, I'm just wondering about the quality... Thanks Pete
  5. Hi G'dae, from a cursory glance at the two tailpieces you ask about, one is made in Germany from finest ebony, workmanship etc. It's 115 mm long. The other one looks very similar but doesn't state the length or other features. Who knows? I would try the cheaper one first, not much to lose if you have to tweak it a bit or if it's absolute junk. P.S. your screen name is fun.
  6. Hi Jackson, If you are worried about dust, anything you can do to reduce it helps. It is a legitimate concern. You mentioned that you wear a mask at times... masks are your final dust collector, just before your lungs. My shop is a funiture shop mostly and I have three dust collectors and a spay booth. To clear the air quickly, I run the booth fan for a bit. I also have a Delta air filter above the sanding area which helps somewhat but is loud. If you have the climate to pressurize the shop, in out with a fan to ensure a clean airflow at all times is good, watch the humidity. A damp mop over the floor is an easy way to "freeze" dust. Vacuum often, don't forget the mask. I think that you are wise in your concerns regarding a safe, healthy work environment. I have developed sensitivitys to certain woods over the years. Thanks, Pete
  7. My only experience is to align the plate to the ribs, clamp, drill through the plate into the top and bottom blocks. You can insert drill bits as pins and scribe the outline. P.s. I'm no expert, Pete
  8. Hi, Have you considered using alignment pins? I'm assuming the ribs are on the mold.
  9. While I am not qualified to remark on the fiddle, I do recognize a good cat...
  10. Hi Julian, Mike Spencer has some good advice. At my furniture shop we say “stay fluid, move through it”. ( woodworkers are not poets). It’s also helpful to stand on a padded surface while working. When sitting for hours working on a fiddle, I use a good drafting chair, adjusting frequently. Good lighting can reduce physical stresses too. Take a walk, go for an easy bike ride, marry a massage therapist. to your health, Pete
  11. Hi Jackson. If I read you correctly, you mean the pin is inserted on the underside (glueing surface) of the plate into the block. Would this not be an invisible hazard to future repair people? Excuse me if I missed your point, Pete
  12. Mr. Beard, message received, loud and clear. Thank you, Pete
  13. May I ask who wrote the book "You can make a Stradivarius violin" ? I do have J and C's book, Sacconi's book and most of Strobel's work, Herron Allen etc. I would agree that J and C's and Sacconi's are very useful. Darnton is also very helpful. thanks Thanks, Pete