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  1. Have you tried it without cleaning with solvent? Guitar makers suggest not cleaning with any solvent from what I have read.
  2. Just for one hot sunny day?
  3. This has worked for me. Carefully put a few drops of alcohol in the jar of varnish, put a flame to it, light it and quickly screw the lid on.
  4. I assume when you say 'people' you mean violin makers, correct?
  5. I have enjoyed your book! Thank you for sharing your work! And also for the measurements down load, i was dreading having to copy them off the website!
  6. That is the first time I used it. At first the saddle tilted back a little but I pushed the lower jaw in a bit and the saddle seated itself. There is no 'slop' between the jaws, the clamp has no barrel nuts like the bigger wooden kind. Originally it had 2 identical plastic jaws. I think it is good to make the endpin jaw a little small so it can go in and out as needed.
  7. In recent years my backs are usually in the 100 to 105 range at about those thicknesses or a little less (and plus or minus 5 grams). It's the tops that I have to work at to get the weights down usually. I'd rather not make suggestions and cloud the subject but keep asking questions instead. I know about enough to cause trouble.
  8. Next question is, is the arching that approaches the channels concave, flat or convex? And for very far? This helps me to picture and characterize your arching.
  9. Can you say how high the arch is, how thick the edges are? Is the channel bottom thickness right next to the inside line of the purfling or is it further away from the purfling?
  10. Are measurements of the bridges in the book?
  11. Can you indicate the height of the lines too? And thickness of the edges? Thanks!
  12. Hi Jeff, I used to use smaller spools of thread and so they would be held on the end there with a carriage bolt. Then I was given that big sample spool from Coates and Clark manufactures, at least a mile long, that you see there. It was too big to fit on the holder so it sits under the bench and I pull the thread through the clamp as needed.
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