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  1. I'm prone to calculus buildup under my gums which means regular trips to the hygienist. Flossing and avoiding sugary things helps, but it just happens regardless. Problem is, I am likely to have periodontitis now, and the increased systemic inflammation from that puts me at higher risk of heart disease as I age. Joy. I hope that the CBD I take for my anxiety and joint pain (it's working wonders) also reduces inflammation in that respect also. It should just be made commonplace already.

  2. That's a weighty and well-reasoned stance, Drak. I would probably feel a more detailed dislike of this human detritus if I had the time to waste on them 😉

    As such I can only provide a brief condensed, yet directly cutting commentary on this dreary anchor holding back the progress of good in humanity. Yes, there is likely a number of reasons behind psychopathy and unfettered narcissism and destructive success of these people. I can't handle them though. I have a short fuse for idiocy of most kinds, and can't help but call out fuckery when I see it. Like my boss. He has rampant ADHD, is ruining his business (and hence my future employment) and simply cannot accept that anybody else can be good, can't delegate or value people to be individually and uniquely good at what they do. Sometimes it makes me wonder how he managed to even get to his sixties, never mind run a business for longer than a year.

    So yeah, this week I had to fix a fundamental problem in the furnishing/facing construction of food market on the next ship which was entirely due to his atrocious lack of data management. So me finding this made the problem my fault, because of course. Bury your head....let the fools pass.

  3. Anybody who calls themselves an influencer or accepts being one should be shot around the back of the chemical sheds. These people are the detritus of the modern world. The scum at the bottom of the barrel who insist that they're at the top. Fatuous irresponsible delusional entitled windbag snobs with zero regard for the deleterious effect they have on the easily-influenced. About as inspirational as a dose of diarreoh and only one percent as welcome.

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  4. Gah, ballache time. I was testing the new 0,5mm cutters for fret slotting and dropped a bollock on the nut slot. My DXF import from Rhino to WoodWOP for the Homag baked in discrete values for the fret slot depths with respect to the Z base. Cue me copypasta'ing a variable name into the "depth" for each fret slot, click-paste-doubleclick-click-paste with mouse moves between operations. Accidentally caught my nose on the finishing line by pasting the variable name into "distance offset" instead of depth for the slot either side of the nut. Cue the CNC driving a slot 22mm out from the nut in the middle of the first fret instead of 22mm up from Z=0. I might be able to rout out the rectangle of Maple between fret slots and glue in a replacement rectangle from a neck offcut, however the grain direction isn't a complete match and neither is the wood tone.

    I pulled the trigger on a Birdseye board pre-slotted from LMII so I only need to machine in the compound radius. In the meantime I'll attempt the repair on this board, and if I end up with two boards then, damn. Whatever would I do with two?

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  5. Man, that's terrible. I'm unsure whether people keeping their pain inside or the lack of receptivity from the outside is the worst. I do my best to make people I meet know that "I see you". Old people, immigrants, wheelchair users, anybody. Being invisible usually magnifies internal pain and isolation. Being a teenager with inexperience in processing existential or otherwise all-encompassing thoughts is always difficult for so many reasons. It's a sad loss when somebody isn't able to find their way through that for whatever reason.

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  6. Sapele and Tru-Oil are a natural combination. I also brazed the brass light extension bars with cross-members, and will add a final centre vertical piece to link the cross-members. Sockets are loose, so a little wonky.



    There's still a few details to finish at the top, specifically an electrical cover and cable inlet hence why this part is still pretty rough. It doesn't need to be pretty, just functional. The central part of the box was made from the sapwood side of the Sapele boards since it'll never be seen. Unfortunately, sapwood is also pretty fracture-prone and I usually junk it. The holders for the brass bus bars were 3D printed. Currently in the process of making four brass flanged fittings to secure the lighting bars.



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  7. This is a bit of a rare one in the G&G canon, even though a few commercial repro makers have it in their repertoire. Essentially a Mahogany lantern style light which will be going into our kitchen over the dining table.

    Photos of the original:





    I always try and start from the original piece rather than getting quick answers from the repros, otherwise mistakes end up being copied into the copy. Dimensions were altered for our end use and a few key changes based on working methods.

    Quick Rhino render of the full assembly.

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    Then an artsy preview with one leaded glass panel drawn in as a test.

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    Lower frame glued up.



    The real trick with this was producing exact reliable pentagonal profile with 90 degree shoulders, 135 degree external angle (180-45), etc. Joinery was simple 5mm Domino work. The piercings in each panel were an absolute PITA to sand!

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  8. Good news, then! Well, I'm surprised that the CDC are recommending that vaccinated people can go without masks in public....that's strange, and sounds somewhat politicised. Over here vaccinated people are still advised to wear masks since you can still be contagious regardless of vaccination status. Unsure what their methodology was behind that, especially since people can't tell who has and has not been vaccinated. I avoid non-maskers out of caution until the waters are clear again. Be careful!


  9. Well hello. Fancy seeing you here. Whilst we're in one place, let's have a minor update.



    This is straight off the CNC. Truss rod and fillet glued. DNA added to the headstock after I cut my knuckle along one of the sharp edges. Not the usual DNA (denatured alcohol) but the real stuff this time.

    I've attached the DXF file I've been using to work from. It might be a little different to what I sent into the wood thanks to tweaking here and there at the CNC console. Essentially this is the flat 2D information. The yellow border defines the workpiece extents, purple lines for drilling. The inlay placement, frets, nut and headstock transition were reference only. Instead of roughing the headstock as a flat plane with a cylindrical section at one end, I decided to use my preferred method of using a spindle sander to face the headstock and add in the transition once the fingerboard is in place.

    This DXF does not contain the truss rod routing strategy, which was essentially three steps; first being the adjuster hole via a helical immersion move with the spindle set something like 92 degrees on the A axis. Next was the barrel nut with pretty much the same maneuver at a couple of degrees off vertical. The rod slot was a point to point arc with a radius something like 15m.



    Next job is to flatten off that surface prior to glueing up the fingerboard which I have yet to complete. I'll be testing strategies for milling fret slots, so this will take a few test pieces before I commit to the birdsarse Maple.


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  10. 4 minutes ago, ScottR said:

    So true. But anyone can take your mechanic drawings and get to Mars safely and exactly the same way every time. Those that want to follow my plans have to have a lot of faith in the pilot and need hold on tight for the wild ride.



    You mean all, "I thought you said this thing was fast/Watch your mouth kid, or you'll find yourself floating home"?

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