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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:42 am 
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First name: jim
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City: fayetteville
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Country: usa
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is there a set of plans for building a steam producer or what do I use to take the mandolin apart? I have a hand held torch or will a household steam iron work? thanks jim


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:30 am 
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Do you have an old cappucino maker? They work perfectly - clamp a hose onto the "milk frother"attachment and you've got a steamer, perfect for loosening necks, etc.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:24 pm 
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+1 to what Corky wrote. I use the StewMac steamer tube and tip with my milk frother.

StewMac hose/needle here

Of course others have used a heat resistant tube from your local auto parts store and a basketball(or other ball) air needle.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:05 am 
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I use a krupp espresso machine I picked up at a thrift store for $8. And I bought some high pressure hose at the car parts store and a football/basketball inflation needle and some small hose clamps.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:08 am 
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I use a wallpaper stripper, a flexible rubber hose with a needle from a football pump for doing neck resets, I'm sure it's overkill as the coffee maker sounds perfect, but it's what I had to hand when i did my first reset.
I haven't had the need to use steam for anything else, but some luthiers will use it for gluing on backs and sides with hide glue. Here's an advocate. http://www.thestrad.com/pdfs/hamtradesecrets.pdf

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:50 am 
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Some folks use special gaah gaah gloves when working with steam.I used them when bending long arm bows for making chairs.Steam burns are nasty.I speak from experience.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:29 am 
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Yeah Ernie is right about burns. I burned myself slightly when I first started experimenting with the espresso machine.I don't know if my gloves are special but I just wear these smooth leather work gloves that I have....Mike

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:34 pm 
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I use my wife's Iron with the steam burst option. I know it doesn't get into all the little places, but I sure enjoy watching her freak out that I'm using her iron. beehive


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 12:50 pm 
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Old cappicino machine! if you really need steam.

Personally i only use steam on delicate vintage insturments, or for neck removal.

Mix up a glass of hot water, denatured alcohol, & a couple drops of dish soap and inject it into the seam with a syringe. Or wet the kerfing & glue from the inside. Im not talking about soaking it, just enough to soften the glue a bit.

Take your time with a couple of disassembly knives (stew mac) or pallette knives from art supply store. Work slowly and watch where your tool is going.

As always it's best to practice on a couple of junkers 1st.


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