Bill Johnson, Cullowhee, NC, US

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Instrument - Guitar refinish with chip carved rossette

I didn't build this guitar, but refinished it using shellac and a french polishing technique. While I had it apart and stripped down to bare wood, I decided to carve and install a chip carved...

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Re: UPDATE:French Polishing: Finishing and restoring using traditional techniques by Derek Jones

When I was faced with refinishing one of my acoustic guitars a few years ago, I decided to do it with a French Polish top coat - actually many, many topcoats. The biggest problem I had was deciding which of several texts to follow in the process since I had zero knowledge of French Polishes prior to that point. The finish came out great, but I'm sure I over did it and could have saved a lot of time if I had one reliable source, rather than piecing together 4 or 5 different sources on one step or another in the process. I can't wait to see Mr. Jones has to say and how he presents it.

Re: The Editors Mailbox Has a New Home

If this note belongs elsewhere, please forward it or redirect me. I've been frustrated by the quality of the videos I access from the online newsletter ovefr the past several weeks or longer. I had hoped to attach a couple of screen captures to better describe what I'm seeing (or not seeing), but that option doesn't seem to be available. Nearly every video I try to view here starts off normal, then as it proceeds, the picture becomes more and more "blurred" (not out of focus, but more like those thermal photos that show areas of hot and cold). It will "catch up" at times, then (just as I'm about to see something I'm really interested in seeing) it blurs again for several seconds or a minute. It seems to be a speed related problem, but my laptop is new, my wireless connection is fast, and most of all, I NEVER see this problem with videos from any other woodworking site. I might see pauses and re-starts on other sites, but I'd rather have that than not be able to see 50-75% of the video at all. Oh yes, everything is updated and properly setup including Adobe Flash. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. I'm beginning to doubt the value of by online subscription because of this problem. Thank you.

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