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    I agree that sanding figured maple without a hard...

    I agree that sanding figured maple without a hard backing is a poor practice!
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    My steel string acoustics have all had cutaways,...

    My steel string acoustics have all had cutaways, nylon strings as well. Florantine style. Certainly required more attention but no big deal. The sound board is a big deal indeed. Enjoy the process...
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    Agreed wholeheartedly about your neck pocket...

    Agreed wholeheartedly about your neck pocket observations John. It didn't take me long to see that relative humidity plays a critical role in instrument health, heck likely even my health. I have...
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    I never stated that others don't have problems...

    I'm not sure exactly what your point is Dan? I know that other people are having troubles.

    My point is that you don't have to have a problem. If someone is hollow grinding and ruining their tools...
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    Absolutely agreed. If you are sharpening your...

    Absolutely agreed. If you are sharpening your tools because you are working wood, then sharpening is ancillary to the woodworking. I want fast and effective sharpening so that I can stay "in" the...
  6. Cost, portability, and fits in small shop. Unless...

    Cost, portability, and fits in small shop. Unless these three criteria were on my list I would not choose one of these machines over a full size floor model. But I would own one if I needed it.
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    Sometimes you learn more about guitars after you...

    Sometimes you learn more about guitars after you build them.

    Figured maple telegraphing through finish is pretty standard stuff regardless of how dry it was prior to finishing. This is not to say...
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    This isn't really an issue at all. You can buy...

    This isn't really an issue at all. You can buy these type of screws at specialty fastener suppliers. If the heads aren't ground flat and square you can do this in your shop with a simple little jig....
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    It was a pie cooling on the window sill David,...

    It was a pie cooling on the window sill David, too good to pass up. "Reggie Jackson" was a nice touch! I had to Wiki him to get the full meaning.

    All future pies will stay on the sill. Chris.
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    As others have mentioned, it takes a sharp steel...

    As others have mentioned, it takes a sharp steel and repeated passes, chatter is the kiss of death. I like to adjust the blade to its full depth in stages, this really helps for me. I've done a fair...
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    I have been waiting for this for some time David!...

    I have been waiting for this for some time David! The pot calling the kettle black. Over thinking is stock in trade around here if you know what I mean, and "practical problem" had me bent over...
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    Wow, the "experts" weigh in

    Sean, don't get too riled up by your detractors from the peanut gallery. Predictable and pathetic. You actually made the piece that you posted, not for a paying patron or the State, you did it...
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    Oh my...

    Someone has actually learned about sharpening, but likely not from a woodworking forum! Sparks can fly and you can still touch the cutting surface when all is right.

    Get the right bond,...
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    Right over the edge

    I grind a brand new edge so effectively I grind over the edge! I realise that this may seem impossible to a person starting out but with the right touch it is easy as pie. As I mentioned, you won't...
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    The effort required to ruin an iron or chisel on...

    The effort required to ruin an iron or chisel on a dry bench grinder would be monumental and there would be severely burnt digits involved. Sure you might monkey up a portion of blade, but having to...
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    Scarf joint as others have recommended but I...

    Scarf joint as others have recommended but I would be more aggressive and try for 20 to 30 degrees. Easy to do on a table saw with a 5 minute jig using your mitre guide.
  17. I use argon from my TIG welding set up as it's...

    I use argon from my TIG welding set up as it's paid for and on hand. I agree that it is worth isolating many finishes from air.
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    White ash is versatile and a colour cameleon

    I really enjoy using white ash in my shop and if you take the time you can make it look as light or dark as you want. Here is some white ash that I dyed and glazed to get a rich dark brown effect. I...
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    I have had three jointers so far: 8" Tiawanese,...

    I have had three jointers so far: 8" Tiawanese, 12" jointer/planer Italian, 16" jointer/planer in Italian combo machine. Each machine was right for me at one time and it suited the scale of my work...
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    Order of importance

    Joshua has given you great advice!
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    I'm not sure of your banding profile but I would...

    I'm not sure of your banding profile but I would suggest using black dyded swiss pearwood veneer, I have used it for banding material for years and it really fits the bill. Google A&M Wood Specialty...
  22. I use my oven for tempering, it works just fine....

    I use my oven for tempering, it works just fine. It can be stinky as pointed out. David's suggestion for a torch is a good one. On larger blades I may use two torches and have even made a crude oven...
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    The right set

    I find that setting a saw just right, for me, eliminates any need for wax. Never used it. Of course if you need to make a cut and you don't have time or can't set your saw then wax away to get the...
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    The right set

    I find that setting a saw just right, for me, eliminates any need for wax. Never used it.
  25. Will the machines show?

    I am not much of a professional right now as I am doing other work for bread and water these days.

    Now free of the profit motive I totally agree with you and I too see the hand tool work as the...
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