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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:36 pm 
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I started on two tenor ukuleles and was going to use my hand-me-down Dremel plunge base to cut the rosette channels. The friend that gave it to me had fitted it with a homemade precision adjustment add-on that worked well on my first two guitars. But the tool will not go small enough for ukulele sized rosettes. Long story short, Lee Valley had free shipping for a while in February, so I bought the Veritas plunge base complete set, including edge guide, circle cutting accessory, and micro-adjuster (plus a couple of other things I needed). Today I cut the rosette channels for two ukes, and after a little getting used to the tool, I have to say I am very impressed. Cheap it is not, but many others are even more expensive. I have no experience with others except the Dremel brand, and it is far superior to that - much more rigid, easier to use, and it is much easier to change bits when the Dremel is mounted on the base than on the Dremel base. So far, my only quibble is that the supplied depth fine-adjustment screw is a little short when using longer carbide downcut bits (rather than stubbier conventional router bits) but I got it to work. I won't bother to explain the tool in detail; check out Lee Valley for more information. I have also ordered Stew Mac's exclusive (smart people) handpiece for Foredom that fits their plunge base, so I hope it will fit this one. I'll be using it for headstock inlays at some point and will report again on any pros and cons. So far, highly recommended. Bruce W.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:30 pm 
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A little more information on this tool: I have done the rosettes for the two ukes I described, plus another OM-type guitar I started. In the photos, I am preparing to cut the soundholes. There are three centring options: a 1/4" pin, which I used, and a needle point and a flat disc meant to be used with double-sided tape; the latter two would be less useful for doing concentric circles. The pin is at the end of the triangular extension. It can be mounted so that it sits in the triangular gap in the baseplate, so it can cut very small diameters - Lee Valley says as small as 1/2" but I have not tested that. Because I was limited by the size of the abalone ring I bought (maybe intended for a smaller uke) I had to make the soundhole 2 1/4" and it cut that easily. I continue to be impressed with this tool. One minor thing I learned is that the 1/4" centre pin needs to be more than finger-tight; it can loosen with the rotation of the base, which can lift the pivot point a little if the 1/4" hole it sits in is not deep enough. I also received the Stew Mac exclusive Foredom handpiece and it fits perfectly, maybe even more rigid than the Dremel, but I have not tried it yet; I'll try it and a Dremel when I get around to headplate inlays. At this writing, LV still has free shipping in Canada at least. Bruce W.


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