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      profchris replied to the thread Dimensioning by hand.
      I too find a wooden smoother converted to a scrub very useful. But I'd recommend a European design, with a handle. I've tried with a...
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      profchris replied to the thread Dimensioning by hand.
      I do, for making musical instruments. 95% hard graft, hogging off the excess. The last 5%, creeping up on the line, isn't exactly...
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      CA has been used to finish instruments, I've used it myself on a headstock. Technique is to spread with a scrap of plastic, allow to...
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      profchris replied to the thread First Guitar build.
      A pic of the soundboard bracing from the guitar I made for my brother. It's small bodied, so I'd go a fraction bigger on your guitar...
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      profchris replied to the thread First Guitar build.
      A few thoughts for if you ever make another one (or for anyone else embarking on this adventure). 1. Leave a small air gap at the end...
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      Bear in mind that the wood has probably darkened over time - to get back to the original colour you'd have to remove the top surface of...
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      I could use shellac on all species. Those with large pores need some filling to get the full effect though. As a researcher in another...
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      On finishing, I get the deepest looking chatoyance with shellac or nitro lacquer. I'm told traditional oil varnishes are good too...
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      Agreed, chatoyance is a challenge not a nuisance (most of the time). Here is some nicely chatoyant oak, and this back could look quite...
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      Runout is where the grain isn't perfectly parallel along the length of the board. If not, when the board face is planed or sanded this...
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      The guy who rejected it sells ukuleles for 4 figure sums (pounds, euros, USD). I guess the knot and resulting mismatch is why I got...
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      I searched, and all the examples I saw of what looks like a deliberate step bookmatch were on electric guitars, usually Les Paul style...
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      Here's one of my ukuleles. You can see I've got a good bookmatch, but the knot on the left has caused swirly grain on the right, which...
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      Ideally all chatoyance from runout would be avoided. This would leave just the chatoyance from other figuring in the grain, so the two...
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      From the luthiery side, the difference we see when bookmarking is definitely caused by runout. Unless the grain fibres are perfectly...
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