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  1. First Acoustic Guitar Build Video Documentary

    Hello folks,
    I am building my first acoustic guitar and documenting the journey on my Youtube channel. Here is the introductory video and a link to the playlist. I have been at it for about a year,...
  2. Thread: Spruce

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    I have a guide, but graduated from that to free...

    I have a guide, but graduated from that to free hand sharpening. But I do recommend one if you are new to sharpening tools. You can go cheap or expensive. Up to you.
    The suggestion of a loupe is a...
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    I use 2x4 and yellow pine a lot.You really need...

    I use 2x4 and yellow pine a lot.You really need sharp tools.
    IMHO, I would buy this https://www.chefknivestogo.com/ckcodipl40.html
    and this ...
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    Lovely looking neck!

    Lovely looking neck!
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    I love my Stanley spokeshave, #64. No...

    I love my Stanley spokeshave, #64.
    No adjustments except with a small hammer, but it is one of my favorite tools. Whether you need adjustment ability the LV(or MF) affords, a spokeshave is a...
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    Weekend Rusty Find 7/15/2018

    Hit the flea market yesterday. There was a guy selling very nice vintage chisels, he had probably 50 of them. But they were all $20 and up. Stanley 750, and several other brands which escape me now....
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    At the cost of some of these plates, in my mind...

    At the cost of some of these plates, in my mind it just makes sense to add a lubricant of some kind between the chisel or plane and the plate. But they can be used dry, and I think I even read in the...
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    Looking great!

    Looking great!
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    I can sort of identify. I have built several...

    I can sort of identify.
    I have built several electric guitars and basses. There are skills that cross over, the biggest of which I think is neck building/carving.
    I'm building basically the same...
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    Thanks, Pat!

    Thanks, Pat!
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    Thanks, Daryl!

    Thanks, Daryl!
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    Wanted to post this. The bender in action. ...

    Wanted to post this. The bender in action.


    https://youtu.be/PKMMLZr7P0Y
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    That's beautiful! I bent the sides on my first...

    That's beautiful!
    I bent the sides on my first yesterday. Really satisfying experience.
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    Wanted to report back. I bought another dimmer,...

    Wanted to report back. I bought another dimmer, and everything is working like it should now. Apparently, I fried the first one.
    But...I tried running it wide open. The Cumpiano book says if the...
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    Ken, sweet. I remember that build thread.

    Ken, sweet. I remember that build thread.
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    John, that sounds sweet!

    John, that sounds sweet!
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    Thanks, John. That happened to me, actually. I...

    Thanks, John. That happened to me, actually. I was building electrics, and not set up for acoustics. Wanted to build them, but kept waiting until I had cash to tool up. Spent four or five years,...
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    Yes. this is the way it was done.

    Yes. this is the way it was done.
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    You are right about them sharp objects. That is...

    You are right about them sharp objects.
    That is lovely, per usual. Lemme guess; milk paint?
    Got a friend who loves the stuff.
    I would leave that just as it is, with some clear poly over it, screws...
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    It won't even heat up at all now, so safe to say...

    It won't even heat up at all now, so safe to say it's done. I know the starter is good, the only other thing it could be is the dimmer. In my situation, if I want to get moving with the guitar...
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    Be very careful with the blood thinners, my...

    Be very careful with the blood thinners, my friend.
    Best of luck to you.
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    Thanks, John. My Charcoal starter pulls 500...

    Thanks, John. My Charcoal starter pulls 500 watts, according to the specs written on it. The dimmer switch is rated for 600 watts.
    But I think I know what happened. I have wired this about 4...
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    Thanks, Mike. If I wire the charcoal starter...

    Thanks, Mike.
    If I wire the charcoal starter directly to the power cord, it glows cherry red.
    The problem is when I try to wire it to the dimmer.
    Short of cash(real short), which is why I tried...
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    I have thought of that, and HF is half hour away....

    I have thought of that, and HF is half hour away. But the dimmer is $8, the speed controller $20. Thought I'd try this first.
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    Marshall, I'm in Virginia. Was 103 with heat...

    Marshall, I'm in Virginia. Was 103 with heat index yesterday. Gets fairly hot here, too.But for me it would get pretty hot in a shop, particularly since mine would have no AC.
    But if you look at the...
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