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About mdw3332

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  1. Maybe it is because I do build my own - though I won't put myself in the same category of most of you guys - in terms of quality or quantity. It is strictly a hobby. To the point of having a manager, agent, whatever you may call them, the only downside I see is that, for me anyway, I would want to talk to the person who is going to being the buid, look at and feel the wood and pretend that I know something about the work involved. I have no idea if there are enough people out there who feel the same way to the point that it would make a difference in the big picture or not. The deal with
  2. Mikro, thanks for the advice on the blade size for re-sawing. I don't do a lot of it, but when I first got mine, I cut a piece of mahogany about 5 inches high with a 1/4" blade and it came out just about perfect. Here is a good way to buy one - have a wife with a craft business who met a guy who said he had a bunch of wood for sale as he was leaving the woodworking business. When I went to see it, he had a JET 14" with the riser for $175. I had a Craftsman Professional 14" before and there is no comparison.
  3. Bob, thanks, I haven't heard of that. I will give it a try.
  4. sd, thanks, I hadn't heard that. Have you ever tried the Optima water based stuff? I've done a couple of guitars with it and I like using it a lot. I have given the guitars away, so I don't know how it holds up, but it doesn't try to kill you like Nitro. Thanks. You are in San Diego? We lived in Orange County until 2005 and moved to Oregon. San Diego is great. I worked for Pacific Bell and had an assignment thet kept me in an apartment in Ocean Beach for 6 months through the summer. I worked in several places that were not that nice. Thanks for your help, I'm just kind of getting
  5. Thank you guys, I appreciate the help. Ripthorn, I never even stopped to think that there were both Nitro and Acryli lacquers. I sort of figured that lacquer is lacquer, Live and learn. sdshirtman, why do you uggest staying away from Deft? I''m not questioning your advice, just wondering what kind of problems it creates. Thanks again, I have been away from this for 3 or 4 years and I wasn't all that great at finishing back then.
  6. I haven't been around here for a long time. I haven't been building much and i had forgotten how much good information there was here. Here is my question: I'm finishing a neck to be painted black. Anyway, I want to make sure I am not going to run into compatibility issues by using Deft's Lacquer Sanding Sealer underneath an automotive lacquer paint. Should this be an issue? And if this works OK, would I be OK using Deft's clear lacquer as a clear coat, use the automotive lacquer clear coat or leave the paint alone? Any advice would be gratefully appreciated. Thanks. BTW, I reall
  7. CL can be a great idea - I found a 14" one, brand new, in the box, for $275 on CL. Before that I had the old 12" that I absolutely loved. There wasn't a thing wrong with it, I just couldn't pass up the bigger one at that price. The only downside I have found is that it is more difficult to change blades. Maybe I just need to get used to it. Re-sawing with a 1/2" blade has worked very well.
  8. I had an older Sears router that worked great and lasted a good long time. However, I have never found any of the newer ones to be built nearly as well. Also, I think I would want some more HP and definitely want 1/2" bit capability.
  9. I always had management jobs in a great big company where long hair and career advancement didn't often go along. Wasn't a big deal. A couple of years after I retired, I pretty much just stopped getting it cut . I got it cut last week and it had been probably 10 - 12 months since the last one - it was mid-way down my shoulder blades. At my age - 62 - it really doesn't make a lot of difference to me although my wife says I sometimes look like a homeless guy. I've worn a beard for about 4 or 5 years, but I keep it real short - kind of the movie star stubble.
  10. This is just wiped on amber shellac with clear shellac over it.
  11. Terry, I got mine yesterday - very nice piece of wood and great service. I'm very happy. Marty
  12. I just tried to order one and it showed the price at $68.88 plus $26.95 shipping and it said that the PG promo code didn't exist. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks, Marty
  13. David, Another stunning piece of work - I love it. The pictures of the build were very interesting. Congratulations, Marty
  14. The one thing I have learned - the hard way - is to wipe down your Purpleheart with a solvent before gluing. I've used Naptha. Otherwise, the oils in it will make clean glue lines very difficult. The middle Tele here is my adventure in Purpleheart. I bought 4 or 5 pieces of it (6-7" wide X 5' long by 1/4" thick) for something like $10.
  15. I bought a radial arm drill press that is really versatile. The biggest complaint I had about the smaller one I had was that I couldn't do the holes for string through ferrules.
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