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Above is a Binding Groove Cutter or perhaps a Gramil exquisitely crafted and photographed by Christophe Mineau.

Christophe Mineau is a kindred soul and an amazing craftsman who is nine years younger than I am and a hundred years ahead of me in craftsmanship!   His musical instruments are a delight, his tools a […]

Pocket Burnisher for Scrapers, Macarons and a Game Update

Birdcage Awl is also a Burnisher
If you read my previous birdcage awl post, you might recognize this tool. This was the real purpose of the tool, it is a fun and convenient twist that this tool also works as a pocket birdcage awl. This will allow a straight edge burnish and angled burnishes. This is ideal for curved burnishers.

The rest of the post is about cookies and games, so ignore the [MORE] if you are just here for the woodworking!

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Birdcage Awl Made Easy!

How about a quick easy project! How about quickly making a tool you will never want to be without!
Bird Cage Awl from a distance

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Making a Nut Float

The problem with making tools, is that eventually you have all the tools you really need. I have met this problem and figured out how to conquer it! Simply manufacture the need! In this case I have decided to make a mandolin.

This requires a bunch of new tools! Since I want to learn luthery, I have started out by doing repair, adjustment and fine tuning. Repairing a range of instruments means even more tools.

One such tool is for cutting or adjusting the notch in the nut to take a string. Ideally you want a perfect fit. Of course you could just buy a set of nut files, but since you need a nut file per string size this could mean four files for a basic mandolin. If you broaden you range, you can quickly find a need for quite a few nut files.

Here is a small collection of string sets;
String Sets

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CedarAmp

I made an ‘amplifier’ for my iphone.

CedarAmp in the Mist

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