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  1. You could get some deft or copal and fill the...

    You could get some deft or copal and fill the crack, then level. But you'd definitely run into some finish retouch as well. Kudos for using hide glue and doing it right! Should last forever, unless...
  2. No open shoes like sandals or flip-flops allowed...

    No open shoes like sandals or flip-flops allowed in my shop. For obvious reasons.
  3. Is it an earthen floor? If so I'd be concerned...

    Is it an earthen floor? If so I'd be concerned about critters like woodworm, powder post beetles, etc. You'll want to spray the wood with a borax or similar preventative solution, and sticker it as...
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    I would add to what Tom said that if you are...

    I would add to what Tom said that if you are looking to use actual carving tools (as opposed to grinding) but want to lessen the impact on your body you may want to look into the Automach carver. It...
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    I'm sure that if you have been around boats you...

    I'm sure that if you have been around boats you know there is never "nothing to do"! Just go out for a quick sail, then head in and fix the head, tighten a shroud or two, diagnose why the bilge pump...
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    You have a point there. However, if the wood was...

    You have a point there. However, if the wood was scraped rather than sanded, contours can occur very quickly. If you have ever seen/felt a Burgess fiddle you will concur, as his brand new...
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    Flamed maple (and other figured wood) changes...

    Flamed maple (and other figured wood) changes with age even if worked when perfectly dry. The flames are a sort-of end grain, and change with cycles of temperature and humidity in a different manner...
  8. I play string bass and electric bass. Make my...

    I play string bass and electric bass. Make my living building and restoring basses and cellos.
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    Grain orientation is important, but so is width...

    Grain orientation is important, but so is width of the bridge (so as to properly interact with the bass bar), mass of the bridge, installation of adjuster wheels (if so desired), thickness and length...
  10. I work with lots of heavily flamed maple in my...

    I work with lots of heavily flamed maple in my instrument-making. To tame tear-out, I dampen the wood and scrape in the direction of the flames (curls). This leaves a rather rough surface, which is...
  11. I'm using a 1" Timberwolf carbide-tipped blade on...

    I'm using a 1" Timberwolf carbide-tipped blade on my 18" Laguna. It's well-made, leaves a smooth finish, and can be re-sharpened. I've sent it back once so far, and the re-sharpen was great. On...
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    I ended up buying a Hitachi at a very attractive...

    I ended up buying a Hitachi at a very attractive price. I do also plan to try and repair the old router to keep as a spare. However, it was getting a bit loose in the trunnions and bearings. ...
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    Anyone here using a Triton? I'll check out the...

    Anyone here using a Triton? I'll check out the Freud, too.
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    My Big Router Died--Suggestions?

    My 20-or-so year old Freud 3 1/4 HP router bit the dust the other day. I'm looking to buy a reasonably-priced replacement that can handle some heavy work. Because of a special jig we occasionally...
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    I would not get anything without a segmented...

    I would not get anything without a segmented helical cutterhead with carbide inserts. Converting my 12" machine to this system changed my life.
  16. I have the Laguna, and it's a great machine...

    I have the Laguna, and it's a great machine (other than the idiotic adjustment for the lower guide, which makes blade changing a chore). My electronics went bad after a year so I put a normal switch...
  17. I have the original JJP-12. I thought it was a...

    I have the original JJP-12. I thought it was a decent, if underwhelming machine. A few months ago I had the Jet helical cutter head (and new bearings) installed, and the difference was startling. ...
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    I have the same saw and I regularly run a 1"...

    I have the same saw and I regularly run a 1" carbide-tipped blade with good results, resawing hardwoods up to 15" thick. I don't leave the blade on long-term, though, as I think it might put a...
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    Kevin, I'm a bass maker. The technology is very...

    Kevin, I'm a bass maker. The technology is very similar, so if you can do some coursework in cello making you will be on your way. There are two books you might want to have a look at: So You Want...
  20. I'm happy to report that I used the thickness...

    I'm happy to report that I used the thickness planer side the other day and the result was impeccable on 10" wide maple and spruce. I took light passes (as I always do) and there was no laboring or...
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    I would think a marine-grade plywood might be the...

    I would think a marine-grade plywood might be the way to go. There will be little seasonal movement, therefore more stability. And marine ply is made with waterproof glues. You mentioned that...
  22. The new head with new bearings is installed! It...

    The new head with new bearings is installed! It took my son-in-law about an hour to put the machine back together. It runs about half as loud and cuts incredibly smoothly. I've so far only used...
  23. My son-in-law took the machine apart and today I...

    My son-in-law took the machine apart and today I took the two heads (old and new) to a local machine shop for the bearing swap. The gentleman there suggested we put on brand new bearings instead of...
  24. I think it's because the spiral head will draw...

    I think it's because the spiral head will draw more power than a straight-knife head at the same feed rate and depth of cut. They probably slowed it down to prevent users popping their circuit...
  25. I have ordered the new spiral head from Jet. ...

    I have ordered the new spiral head from Jet. With cutters and shipping, around $650. Now I'm looking for a local machine shop to switch out the bearings. Thanks for all the advice and info, folks.
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