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  1. After trying every purfling scribe I could get my hands on, I’ve abandoned them. For the last ten years or so I’ve only scribed a line using metal veneer calipers. Then followed by a knife or a Tom Croen Foredom attachment. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but worth a try as another tool in the tool box. That and it doesn’t cost a thing to try, chances are the tools are on the bench!
  2. My favorite misuse was the use of a microwave to dry rosinates. It looked like a scene from Breaking Bad in the sculpture studio!
  3. Plane size vs. hand size is an interesting argument. My hands are wide and fit an XL size glove well, my wife’s hands are considerably smaller. Her favorite plane is our LN 103 because the palm sits higher because of the higher blade angle. For me, I always gravitate towards a 102 style and almost always the Veritas apron plane, probably because I’ve had it for 20 years or so. This statement is purely based on comfort of use and not blade angle. You would think that the person with bigger hands would like the taller plane, but that is not always the case. We have enough planes on hand that if some piece of wood is being difficult, a change to a different tool to rectify the situation is very fluid. Everyone has their favorite tools, it’s interesting to see who likes what and why. It’s more interesting to see people use tools in their own way. Oberlin is a great place to witness unorthodox tool use in a glorious way!
  4. There it is! I would be willing to bet that the Super Luxe isn’t maple at all.
  5. Hi David, maybe the Superluxe was beech? Either way,I wish I still had a few!
  6. Aubert made sycamore bridges 20+ years ago called Super Luxe I did know a handful of people that seemed to really like them.
  7. The sides of the Veritas apron plane are parallel for about one inch from the edge of the blade then taper towards the adjuster. Not sure if the Tormek jig would hold it or not (haven’t used a Tormek in years)
  8. The veritas apron plane is the same size as the LN 102, both low angle and smaller than a 60 1/2. Both of mine have the A2 steel blades and both blades hold an edge the same. Lateral adjustment on the LN is with a hammer, the veritas has a Norris adjustment that does drive some people insane. The LN is more beautiful, both are really nice tools. I find the smaller size is better for planing violin/viola fingerboards and general small work. I typically use the 60 1/2 as a small smoothing plane. For years I used a LN number 7 and a LN 60 1/2 for everything outside of arching.
  9. Out of all the 60 1/2 style planes, Lie Nielsen really is the king. In fact I have two! - one has the standard blade and the other has a toothed blade. This has been my go to plane for the last 15 years, I did use a Stanley with a laminated Samurai blade before. A good 102 style plane is worth its weight in gold as well. The veritas apron plane is the first one I grab, but I’ve had it the longest and my wife uses the LN the most.
  10. The best thing about the Sloan del Gesù is that it is a beautifully restored and well cared for example that is set up to play. Bill is a passionate owner and person, he wants to share the violin with as many people as he can, which is quite incredible. My arching height notes say that the top is 16.5 and the back is 15.5. Like many makers, I have used this violin as a model and found raising the arch a little bit for a new violin helps.
  11. Al hired me at his shop Casa del Sol the summer before I went to violin making school the same year he died. I still use one of his finger planes. He was quite a character and had an impressively clean shop. Most people might not know that he had lost both legs in a plane crash years before and walked with prosthetics. One day he was in a particularly grumpy mood and asked what was wrong. He said that a screw in one leg moved and his foot was pointing in the wrong direction! Of course he didn’t have the right size Allen key. He handed me a handful of cash and sent me to Ace hardware. A few minutes later he had adjusted the hardware on his prosthetic and was happy as a clam! Al was the toughest and best boss I ever worked for, paychecks were on benches like clockwork every week. Lunch was 29 minutes and 59 seconds long, no more.
  12. VSA is always a good time, especially on competition years. Indianapolis is a great city, should be a ton of fun. If you want to see and play the competition instruments plan to attend on the last two days.
  13. Fulton fumed his plates in ammonia then boiled them before bending them with wedges. (Book matched with the wedge opening the book) the joint was made after bending. I’ve never seen nor heard one in real life. The worked looked very amateur on video
  14. My favorite trick to cut down on fatigue is to set my finger planes as fine as I can. Less stress on each cut lets me work much longer and more cleanly.
  15. Good turpentine is amazing, bad turpentine is unpredictable and stinky. Diamond G makes great turp. Be more wary of questionable linseed oil than the turp in varnish, but like everything- it all matters a lot when added up. Many fantastic makers use different things to thin oil varnish. I prefer turpentine.
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