Tom O

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About Tom O

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    Richmond VA USA
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    Building & repairing stringed instruments; tube instrument amplifiers

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  1. I should have said 'merde, not crap.'
  2. Yeah. I also know how to use 'that' four times in a row in a sentence. That that, that that man said was true, really was true, shocked the crap out of Maire.
  3. I put my moniker down as 'Tom O' because it seemed easier and because, as an untrained newbie, what the hell do I know? I put my name (Tom O'Shea) on my profile thingy,though. I get a lot from this forum, but what I can offer is smart-ass remarks. I mean, I'm a professional English major--smart-ass is what we do--so I'm not ashamed or embarrassed by things I've posted, but maybe I should be.
  4. The Scroll Is My Avatar would be a helluva good name for: a rousing (not necessarily arousing) wizardy adventure movie/novel/action figure set; a middle-aged emo band; a role-playing video game about literate orcs; a hip-hop musical about the library at Alexandria; et cetera.
  5. If you live where dogwood (cornus florida) grows, keep an eye out for local loonies cutting one down. The wood is VERY wear resistant, used for generations as spindles in southern USA textile mills. As far as I can tell, it's not available commercially, and the trees tend to be small. Won't need hardening, but, unless a pink fingerboard (pinkerboard?) is your thing, it will need dyeing.
  6. Looks like a Sears "Dunlop" tilting-table table saw--the motor position and the user end of the fence look right. I had one--I bought it at a Minneapolis estate sale in about 1985. Good for really small work--wonderfully flat table. But the bearings were sintered bronze sleeves and worn out; replacing them was a real pain. The fence was okay for its time amd type, but the tilting mechanism, though cast iron. was a bit too wobbly to be dependable, at least by the time I bought it (for $25 USD as I recall). Half-inch shaft. Eventually it became very hard to find suitable reducing bushings for the more up-to-date 5/8" bores. Sears used a really beautiful deep blue lacquer for their Dunlop power tools.
  7. I've had two Perrys in my shop, one with painted purfling and one with the real thing. The purfled Perry (great band name) came in pieces and I reglued (all it needed) and set up. I'm no expert, but OP's innards (another band name) look right to me. Both Perrys sounded very sweet but not spectacularly loud. The one with the painted purfling had a nice repair of some odd back damage--Mr. Huthmaker in Atlanta thought someone had been "El Kabonged" with it, to account for the impact damage.
  8. Be worth more if it could be linked to the great Korean zombie flick, Night Train to Busan.
  9. Sewing machine oil? I've used Remoil on geared guitar and double bass tuners, but it's too heavy and possibly gummy for bow screws. The brass eyelet's pretty slick to start with--adding more than a scintilla of a drop of anything would be too much. Beeswax seems like a good way to go. I've cleaned bow screws with a drop of naphtha (one of those great words to spell--writing it feels like you've accomplished something difficult--like writing "cthonic," or "tmesis," or "phthisis"), a soft nylon brush, and a paper towel. Don't know how good an idea it is, though.
  10. After it turned Shandy-esque, I told my wife about this thread. She said: "Let's see: detail-obsessive wood nuts, cook-your-own-varnish loonies, and literary jokesters--congrats! You've found your people." "Not true!" I says. "It's literary punsters!"
  11. It's just about the only plot point most can figure out, much less remember. But it's Uncle Toby's endless reconstruction of the siege of Namur (is that right?) that's the most like MN threads. It is Uncle Toby, isn't it?
  12. Tom O

    Violin id

    So many folks on MN write so well about violin id, but where are the posts about violin ego?
  13. These folks are great! Great products. Haven't thought too much about their ideas for rosin-cooked potatoes, though.
  14. Semantics! https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/macbeth-and-macduff-get-into-an-argument-over-semantics?fbclid=IwAR3FBmGe0zs3SDt-DU-H2Rh5kdRGzw5yxTnafzA_JQWJy1bTmR_ryBDsas4
  15. Until this past weekend, it'd been years since I last use them, but I fettled my two old V&B (Vaughan and Bushnell) iron planes--a model 903 and 705--and am thrilled again at their quality. I got mine years ago on the ebay; they'd been used and abused, but still very flat and easily adjusted. If I'm remembering right, the 9xx series is top of the line, but I don't find any real difference in quality in the 7xx series. These planes are worth keeping an eye out for.