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  1. Co'mon +1 Sorry I offended everyone so much. MODS please close this stupid thread.
  2. A £500 saw will be huge, probably. A 'small' bandsaw will sit on a workbench and have a capacity of at least 8" wide and 3" thick, and will cost maybe £100, but I'm not sure exactly how much british pounds are or what the market is like over there.
  3. Thanks for all the replys. The car I'm interested in is a 2006 Toyota Yaris, that will be used for short trips in town (work, hardware stores, etc) 99% of the time. I'm may try out the stick, but it may just be best to go with an auto.
  4. I guess I'll start off with the first build progress, Violin #2. Will be constructed from European Maple & Spruce. I start off with the Cedar blocks. They are cut 1mm longer than needed, and lightly glued to the mold: http://files.photojerk.com/mmaatt/violin2/v001.jpg After the glue has dried I use a sanding board to completely level everything off, and add a 2mm taper toward the neck, for a finished thickness of 32mm and 30mm, respectively. Once that is done I shape the blocks to accept the ribs: http://files.photojerk.com/mmaatt/violin2/v002.jpg After selecting bookmatched rib material I trim it all to a rough height of 33mm, then cut the individual ribs to rough lenght: http://files.photojerk.com/mmaatt/violin2/v003.jpg The ribs are then steam bent on an aluminum bending iron, beginning with the waist area. Once they are bent I glue then in: http://files.photojerk.com/mmaatt/violin2/v004.jpg After the waist ribs are dry I do the same with upper and lower bouts: http://files.photojerk.com/mmaatt/violin2/v005.jpg After a preliminary trimming of the excess rib height, I glue in Cedar linings, which are also steam bent, on the front and back: http://files.photojerk.com/mmaatt/violin2/v007.jpg
  5. Here is a classic Gibson with 'mustache' bridge: https://store.bluebookinc.com/Images/PhotoG...onAcoustic1.jpg
  6. Hills are ok, just don't stop on them. The car is practically in neutral when out of gear, right?
  7. This is what a reviewer on Canadian Driver said about the car I'm looking at...another reason I may want a manual.
  8. Maybe .50 cents per. hour for every guitar you have completed. That may be a bit high depending on how many of a particular style you have completed. If you have built 50 Strats, you would be hard pressed to ask $25 per. hr. for an acoustic. If you have completed 4 guitars you may be worth $2 per. hr.,but then again if you can't at least build a guitar that is as clean as a $200 budget guitar(you probably shouldn't charge for your time). Peace,Rich Do people selling custom made guitars really look at hours put into it? To me the price of guitars is too regulated, with all the factory guitars and such. When I was selling mine I looked at what my instruments compared to on the market. Guitar making, or any instrument making, is too much of an art to make the money you think you truely deserve.
  9. Looking into a buying new car this summer. Manuals seem to be about $1000 cheaper for the car I like. So I was wondering how difficult it is to go from 3 1/2 years driving an automatic to a manual. I learned on a auto, but my dad drives a manual and could probably teach me.
  10. I know! A friend owned one of those up until last week when he flipped it five times and landed upside down in a ditch...walked away without a scratch! Anyways, where is the actual thread to start posting in?
  11. If you want to see another violin being made I may be in. I'm already working on it, but I'm only taking one photo per day I work on it, so it isn't a terribly detailed account.
  12. I really like my foreplane - not too big, not too small. Has a good weight to it, too. I bought a second blade for mine that I ground teeth into so I can use it on heavily figured wood without chipping.
  13. Is there a humidity difference? Newfoundland seems like it would be a generally humib place like here in BC, bacause of the ocean. Cuba is surrounded by ocean itself, right? See if you can find some kind of weather related website that gives relative humidty for different areas (Weather Network, or CNN, maybe?). I'd also be cautious about bringing something that valuable along on vacation.
  14. That's the foreplane, right? Is that the standard or low-angle blockplane? Those are GREAT planes. I have the foreplane, standard blockplane & low-angle joiner. ENJOY!
  15. I would always go to AT LEAST 600 when oil finishing, sometimes even 1500 on necks.
  16. That's what I have been trying. I'm automatically muted when I log on. My speakers/headphones & microphone muted.
  17. I'm stuck no mute. Not sure how to get it turned off. Also, is the banning IP based or Username based, because it looks like you could give yourself any username you like, and people could masquerade as another member to cause trouble.
  18. A tube tester is needed to test them. I have an old one from the 1950's my dad gave to me, still works.
  19. No. You will need to scarf-joint a headstock on. EDIT: 500 posts!
  20. First guess is Brazilian Rosewood, second is Ziricote.
  21. Yeah, it's insane. There was a *MINT* 1955 Strat with original case and amp that sold on ebay for $75,000 a little while ago. There was a news article written about it. Even the usually not to great 70's Strats are going for $2000+ and the cheapy Fenders like mid '60's Mustangs & MusicMasters are fetching up to and over $1000 on ebay.
  22. It's not. When I said 'gigantor' in the GOTM entry thread I was refering to the size of the build pictorial (number of pictures, etc.), not the violin itself, which I just call 'violin'. I'd also like to thank everyone who has voted for me, looks like I may finally win a GOTM!
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