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charisjapan last won the day on August 24 2018

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  1. Congratulations, Chris! Indeed, my heart was torn ... my granpappy had a ‘61 Falcon Police Package. I took my drivers license in that car when I was 15-1/2 (he was county sheriff). He willed it to me before he passed, but getting it to Japan would have been difficult. As to the Ferrari V ... just WoW! But in the end , your gorgeous A&W creation with the Marscape fretboard (complete with Martian birds) won hands down. I could get lost in that top!! Well-deserved win ... again!
  2. Absolutely miserly! They had several of each of the "hero cars," as well as some very nice "bad guy cars." But was not able to drive any this trip ... maybe next time!
  3. While visiting my kids in Hawaii, I got to visit Daughter#2's workplace, and borrowed a few chairs. I asked Higgins if I could borrow Robin's car, but it didn't happen ... maybe next time
  4. Where was I? Oh, yeah ...Using the table saw that a buddy gifted me, I made a more proper sanding beam box ... which works great. When I super glued the black binder on, a few fret slots sucked up the CA, and when I was cleaning it out, chipped some of the ebony. Fortunately, it fixed up pretty nicely. Frets soon!
  5. Right?!? That’s 32 oz price. But beggars can’t be choosers, Amazon won’t ship to HI or Japan, Amazon JP sells Tru-oil for $16 ... a 3oz micro bottle. The vise was a bargain, AND got 10% off, so will be happy.
  6. Aloha! Visiting family in my US “state of residence,” Hawaii. Day 1, go to WoodCraft ... Finally got a real luthier’s/patternmaker/gunstock carving vise. Issue was always price and shipping, so sale price was good (on top of that, my daughter got me a 10% military discount) ... but had to give up 18 kilograms of luggage allowance to get it home, i.e. free shipping. Tru-oil is expensive in Japan, so nice to get this, then the Woodpeckers Mini-Scraper was an impulse purchase. The shop had a lot of Koa wood, but nothing special. Back in a week.
  7. Confession noted ... and appreciated! I don't want to "paint" the board or stain it black(er) or anything, just keep it from getting dull at the slightest hint of moisture. Tru-oil, or even Odie's sounds like a plan. I have a small cutoff, maybe I'll give the slurry a shot. Thanks and Cheers!
  8. The Ebony fretboard is a typical Gibson scale, so there wasn't anything past the headstock side of the nut ... but I wanted a "Nut Support." Chopped a little bit of the unused fretboard and glued it in place, then shaped it with the Dragon rasp.
  9. Waiting for a Micro-Mesh kit, but got this with #1500 abrasive "sponge" available here. Some folks say not to use anything on Ebony, but the slightest moisture dulls it ... suggestions to protect/seal it?
  10. First problem was searching “micromesh” on Amazon Japan ... no hits. Bezos may own the world, but Amazon USA and Amazon Japan are not on speaking terms. Next, ya gotta have the hyphen. Fortunately, I have an American account, and they will ship to Japan a lot cheaper than eBay. So weird how companies will “ship worldwide,” but consider Japan to be another planet. Thanks guys, I did find it, and will buy it ... but might just pick some up if I can find it in Hawaii next week. My grandson is having his First Birthday Party ... a BIG DEAL in Hawaii! My daughter is now working as an A.D. on “Magnum P.I.” so decided she can fly my wife and I there to celebrate. Good Kid! (I asked if I could drive the Ferrari, but apparently “Higgins” said NO!) Just a thought, but would using a quality wet/dry paper #1000 ~ #2000 ~ #3000 accomplish the same thing? That I have in hand now ...
  11. Recommended grit? Micromesh is not available here, but something similar is ... and it’s not inexpensive, I can’t find and muti-grit packs, so have to choose a grit. Thanks.
  12. Got out the triangle section sanding beam for the first time, and found the pre-slotted, pre-radiused Ebony board, needed more than cursory work. Used #180 with the beam, then #400 on the Stew-Mac block, finished with the #1500 abrasive pad. I would like a bit more shine ... but don't know how. (first time to do Ebony) Any tips?
  13. Fretboard at 6.35mm (1/4") was a tad too thick for my tastes, so took 0.5mm off the middle with a trimmer, then scraped/sanded/scraped to 5.8mm. I will later take a bit more off the top, with a little angle toward the nut to offset edge thickness, and then bind it with 1.5mm black. (I understand this is a bit unusual, but hoping it is a "good" unusual. Glued and clamped, waited and released, the joint looks nice, the truss rod works without binding. Now I just hope it works WITH binding, Haha! A coat of urethane over the shellac tells me that the shellac performed it's sealing task as advertised. Considering a light burst, and natural maple edges around the bevels and soundhole.
  14. Yikes!! That is magnificent .... (what can be said after magnificent) if there ever was a candidate for magnetic covers, this is it. Only got two thumbs ... do big toes up count?
  15. Epoxied the rods in, and made a "point press" to hold the rods down. (Last neck I almost had a terrible mess when a few bubbles pushed the rods up. Fortunately, I caught it before it set, and pushed the rods down with bamboo sticks ... and some of the bamboo is buried under the fretboard) Sure enough, the next morning there we a few bubbles ... on top of the rods (this time), which were seated firmly in their channels. Removed the tape and a few swipes with a card scraper got the neck ready for fretboard.
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