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  1. #71
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    A bit of progress on my second attempt.



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    Looks like you're getting the hang of it. Beautiful

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    A bout of the flu/bronchitis has kept me out of the shop fora couple of weeks so progress has slowed. I'm just getting back at it and I've got a few coats of shellac on,Things are looking better.





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    Your finish is looking very nice. Glad you are feeling better.

    No update for me. I've been dealing with other projects/issues lately.

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    That's very pretty. Our daughter is getting married in July in our garden so all my fun projects have been put on hold. Next step in my mandolin build is bending the sides which is a very daunting feeling.

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    Thanks Gary, side bending keeps me awake at night but I've gotten a bit more comfy with it through bending practice pieces...lots of them. I use a home made bender involving a disposable propane cylinder and a 150w light bulb, it works well enough.I found an internet recipe for a wood softener that helps with the gnarly pieces.

    4 parts distilled water
    2 parts glycerin
    1 part denatured alcohol.
    apply generously and let sit, then wrap with paper towels and weigh down to keep the pieces flat until dry.It's safe with a shellac finish

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    Thanks for that cat. I'm working with figured cherry. Really concerned about scorching and burning. Luckily I do have a few bits with which to practice. But first things first . . .

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    I use a sled and two sided tape for surfacing thin stock in my surface planer for working on boat models, ukulele's and other instruments. I find that if I want wood thinner than 3mm, the wood can explode if stock is not carefully chosen! Some Tuesday next week, I hope to get a thickness surfacing sander that will allow thinner stock to be run. Your work is very nice Willy!
    Jay

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    Thanks Jay I've lost some nicely figured side pieces trying to surface plane them thin enough. I made a drum sander attachment for my wood lathe and while it did the job it was a painful process, bending over and pushing the stock through, I replaced it with a proper drum sander. Getting highly figured stock down to 2mm for sides and 1.8 mm for tops is much easier now.This is the sander I ended up with, there is just enough room in my small overcrowded shop.

    Shopfox 12 in drumsander.

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    Who makes that sander Willy? Oops, I saw it in your post. "Shop Fox".
    Jay

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