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orgmorg last won the day on October 1 2013

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  1. it works just as well in a drill press if you have one
  2. I love it, it is my main finish these days. Really easy to use. I use the flat though, don't have any experience with the higher gloss versions. It is a bit white/bluish, so I tint it with a little Transtint honey amber and vintage dark maple
  3. Walnut is a wonderful wood for necks. It is not as strong as maple, but stronger than mahogany, so that is not really an issue. It is expensive compared to other american hardwoods, but not so much compared to exotics The bulk of the good clear straight grained logs go to veneer manufacture, since that is where the money is for the logger, so it is not as easy to find suitable stock for necks in the lumber market, at least not for production. It does give a notably less bright tone, which I find useful for when I am using hard, dense body woods like beech or oak.
  4. Ya, in that photo, I think O, WA, and N stand for oak, walnut and natural, but refer to the stain, rather than the wood. The N actually looks like ash. The grain in yours looks a lot like hackberry, as evidenced by the zig-zag pattern of the earlywood pores, and its rays are similar in size to what you describe. Hackberry is vary pale, though, almost white, but there are a lot of species in that same genus spread out all over the world, including China and Japan, which may have different coloration, so I have a feeling it may be one of those. In any case, the headplate does look fine with it,
  5. That is most definitely not oak. The most obvious giveaway is the lack of visible medullary rays. If it is chestnut, it is a variety I am not familiar with, not american.
  6. I have one of those drill presses, too, but the bearings are worn out, and were discontinued a long time ago. I use it as a fret press now. Also have a Unisaw and 14" bandsaw from the early 40's, both of which I have modified in ways that would horrify most tool geeks. The Unisaw is fantastic. The bandsaw is adequate. Old machines are pretty much a crap shoot, rarely the holy grails that enthusiasts make them out to be. I used to be really into them, but have ended up with about a ton of relatively useless iron.
  7. found it.. one of my older ones, ran it in GOTM a few years ago
  8. I have, actually, but it was just a small pickguard, on the treble side of the pickups. Yard sales are good for finding unplayable records for cheap that can be used guilt-free
  9. I use Tusq on guitars with a tremolo and locking tuners
  10. I use Micarta, which is similar to Corian I prefer it to bone because it is much more consistent in density~ no random soft or hard spots Also, I hate the smell and feel of bone dust
  11. I use the Stew Mac ruler, and it gives a reasonable approximation of equal gap. As mentioned, it does not account for a wide range of string gauges. In addition, it assumes a consistent increase in string diameter from one to the next, which is not how it really works. So yeah, not exactly equal, but a good compromise, and feels comfortable enough.
  12. This is the kit I put together for my vacuum press~ http://www.veneersupplies.com/products/Project-EVS-Auto-Cycling-Pump-Vacuum-Press-Kit.html A rebuilt pump is another hundred or so, and fifty for the bag, so it gets a little pricey, but it really works nicely, and so much easier than mucking with a million clamps.
  13. If I get someone who has a good idea, understands that it might not work as envisioned, is open to letting me make it work the way I need to, and is willing to pay what I decide it will cost, then sure, I'm game. I have built some really cool stuff I might otherwise have not thought of this way. But for every one of those customers, there seem to be a dozen that fall far short of that. Then there is the fact that I just don't like dealing with other humans very much. Not much of a business asset, I admit; but it's the way I am. I have plenty of my own ideas that I want to work on right now
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