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Mick Reid
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Nov 17th, 2017 09:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A diamond fret crowning "column" file...

I can't decide whether this is clever and would actually be useful, or just cumbersome and stupid...

Never seen anything like it before.

on fleabay AU

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Nov 17th, 2017 09:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"with 13 different Width and deepth slots & Choose your metric or inch and 150 or 300 git"




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Nov 18th, 2017 03:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looks like it's coated all over, I can't imagine my delicate fingers would enjoy holding that grit while attempting to maneuver a bulky object along a fret.

Mick Reid
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Nov 18th, 2017 04:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Looks like it's coated all over, I can't imagine my delicate fingers would enjoy holding that grit while attempting to maneuver a bulky object along a fret."

I just had a closer look at the listing, and it's dimensions are 30mm long x 15mm diameter. (1-3/16" x 9/16") That's TINY!

I think it would be more of a case of harder to get a purchase on it rather than being bulky.

The photo makes it look yooge!


SonicBlue

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Nov 18th, 2017 08:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It looks like there's a hole down the middle, you could wedge a dowel rod in there to give you something to hold on to.

hotblooze

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Nov 18th, 2017 08:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use a Little Bone to great results.

To level or to crown....

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Nov 18th, 2017 09:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think it may be a great idea in concept, but poorly executed. All really fine hand tools pay as much attention to the human interface (handles and controls) as they do the business end of the tool (cutter, etc.).

You need some precise control when crowning a fret, and the small size would be hard to control.

But SonicBlue's suggestion is a good one: put a handle on it!

Stick a small bolt through it into a file handle, and you may have something that's really useful.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 11:54 AM, Nov 18th, 2017)

Mick Reid
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Nov 18th, 2017 03:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Those are both good ideas.

I wasn't planning to buy one, I just stumbled upon it in searching for other stuff and was struck by the curiosity of if.

Not sure I'd fork out 60 bucks just to try it.


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Nov 18th, 2017 06:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Actually, it looks like to me to be a Vespel Spline Adaptor. It is a sacrificial connector between generators and pumps and the gearboxes they are mounted on on some aircraft. They are, however, made of a frangible composite material.

Vespel Spline Adaptor

(This message was last edited by JAFO at 10:39 PM, Nov 18th, 2017)

Mick Reid
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Nov 18th, 2017 08:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Woot woot! Band name alert!

"Vespel Spline Adaptor"

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Nov 20th, 2017 04:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The "flats" on the file look like they might cause a good deal of harm to a fingerboard surface,even if it is masked off.
The seller has some dodgy feedback.....


Stack-Knob.

(This message was last edited by uncle stack-knob at 06:24 AM, Nov 20th, 2017)

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Nov 20th, 2017 07:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, those flats should be ground smooth and shiny.

But you can't grind 'em; they're *diamonds*!

:o)

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Nov 20th, 2017 10:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't like it for all the reasons above.

I have a double sided crowning file, large on one side, medium on the other. I'm always double checking to make sure I have the proper edge selected. Slows me down. This thing would be impossible.

Cal-Woody

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Nov 20th, 2017 10:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hammond 101, I have that same file from Stew-Mac, the straight one with 2 sides with different widths and you really have to look it over to make sure that you are using the right side. Well, I finally took a Sharpie and marked the corresponding profiles and has helped me to use it more efficiently, but if you don't mark it, yeah, you have to stare at it for a moment or two to figure out which is which! It's really annoying because the handle on it isn't even marked from the manufacturers. I even have some combination nut files that were marked/labeled incorrectly and have almost screwed the pooch a few times when I was just grabbing it and without really thinking I almost messed up, but luckily I paused for just a second and saw the error and quickly relabeled the handle on it and hopefully won't fubar any future jobs!
Long story short, mark'em! Wish I could warm up those rubber handles and reshrink them back on with my heat gun.That would be ideal!!! Maybe I'll try it on an older one and repost my outcome, because it would be great to have the factory label that was provided to be on correctly.
Well, so much for 'Long Story Short'! Lol

Mick Reid
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Nov 20th, 2017 03:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

+1 on the remarks about the "outer splines" being abrasive.

That was one my first thoughts when pondering "how does this thing work?"

I wonder if any poor bugger has bought thing and dug in without the forethought, and gone "Oh s#@t! What have I done!"


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