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    For those who may not know,that is a SLIDING BED...

    For those who may not know,that is a SLIDING BED type lathe. A rarer type of construction even found on some older metal turning lathes. The bed can slide back and forth to open the gap portion as...
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    They now have cabinet making,with my last old...

    They now have cabinet making,with my last old apprentice building spinets in one area of the shop. Added is a joiner's shop as well as the long established out door carpenters using period tools,most...
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    You can grind a small bevel on the back of the...

    You can grind a small bevel on the back of the blade, which will get rid of the pits, and give the plane a higher cutting angle, more suitable for planing hard or figured woods. Many a 18th and 19th....
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    I can make any size wood tap correctly with 90...

    I can make any size wood tap correctly with 90 degree threads (V threads). Unfortunately,the tool steel 3' bar of drill rod is pretty expensive in the larger sizes. When you get up to 2" drill rod,it...
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    I can make correct taps of any size....

    I can make correct taps of any size. Unfortunately,as said above,a large tap would cost a few hundred at least. In the DICK catalog from Germany,last time I looked,about 10 or 20 years ago,they...
  6. Thanks John. I have been reading a lengthy book...

    Thanks John. I have been reading a lengthy book about the life and times of Elmer Keith,one of the greatest six gun experts ever. Bach in the 20's he did nearly all his hunting with a pistol. He...
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    It would not be as much trouble as making violin...

    It would not be as much trouble as making violin tops and backs,which have a dip near the edges of their arches,and a more complicated shape.

    Did you know that Gibson made their arch top LP...
  8. Way back in the 1950'5 and in the 60's when I was...

    Way back in the 1950'5 and in the 60's when I was very active in making modern guitars,(before Colonial Williamsburg snapped me up,and sent me back 200 years!), I used to automatically make compound...
  9. I have been building classical and flamenco...

    I have been building classical and flamenco guitars since 1959. Other guitars since 1954. Most haven't been at it that long on other fora. The correct info given here covers the subject pretty well.
  10. In regard to abrasion resistance: some alloys...

    In regard to abrasion resistance: some alloys like chrome are added to certain tool steels to increase resistance to wear. D2 is such a steel. It has about 14% chrome and is also a very hard metal....
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    I agree with the others: A beautiful bench. I've...

    I agree with the others: A beautiful bench. I've made several over the years. For some reason,I have always really enjoyed making benches. At my age,I doubt I'll be making any more ! Too heavy for me...
  12. As hinted at,make sure there are no real sharp...

    As hinted at,make sure there are no real sharp edges on the nut or the bridge saddle. Your expensive guitar is not dead. If all else fails,you can use a lighter gauge set of strings. They are under...
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    I just remembered that I haven't advised you...

    I just remembered that I haven't advised you about the ALL IMPORTANT issue of building in LOW HUMIDITY. 45 0r 50. You are likely in high humidity being in Florida.

    I can't tell you how many...
  14. You need to get a black and a white ceramic...

    You need to get a black and a white ceramic stone. They will sharpen steels that nothing else will sharpen. I made a knife rom D2 tool steel that I couldn't quite get razor sharp until I got my...
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    The neck is looking a lot better. That's quite a...

    The neck is looking a lot better. That's quite a joint you have made for putting a neck on. I hope the attachment under the fingerboard stays stuck. Ebony is a little tricky to glue.

    If you do...
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    The places where the neck meet the sides of the...

    The places where the neck meet the sides of the body on your neck are convex. They,at the least need to be straight lines. Better yet,and I would not settle for less,they should be concave.

    I have...
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    Oh,I've just for the past several months not felt...

    Oh,I've just for the past several months not felt like being on the computer,on fora,or even on ebay. Very hard to get up from this without an chair with arms. And,on october I'm having the other...
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    58 for the blade is plenty hard. A 1095 saw blade...

    58 for the blade is plenty hard. A 1095 saw blade like we used to make is 52. The blades we made were a little hard on files,but soft enough to not often have a tooth break off when setting them. The...
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    Julie,I don't mean to aggravate you,but the heel...

    Julie,I don't mean to aggravate you,but the heel of the neck should be a good deal slimmer,with hollow edges where it meets the body,rather than convex ones. Take a real good look at the heels of...
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    Hi,Julie. I haven't been here for months,so just...

    Hi,Julie. I haven't been here for months,so just now saw your guitar making thread. You have been doing some nice work. Very fine craftsmanship. However,I am concerned that the ends of several of the...
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    A very interesting looking project. I like the...

    A very interesting looking project. I like the curved front. Adds a lot of interest to the piece. I wish I had the energy to do a similar piece.
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    I have had a set of Ibex violin planes for many...

    I have had a set of Ibex violin planes for many years. I find them very nice. I'vce also thrown together a number of small planes. Some thrown together more carefully than others. These were usually...
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    Oh,I didn't realize that my contribution had...

    Oh,I didn't realize that my contribution had expired! thanks for the heads up.

    There,fixed it.
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    Thank you,Mel

    Mel,I'm not trying to avoid you. I have tried 3 or 4 times to send you a private thank you,but something is wrong with my ability to send messages. I cleared out several old SENT messages,but every...
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    Them90 angle threads are to help keep the sharp...

    Them90 angle threads are to help keep the sharp edges of the wooden threads from breaking off. Metal is ,of course,not nearly as fragile as wood.
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