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Old 09-01-2017, 09:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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"Niles" kit users..... those that use the brass insert. Instructions say use a 1/2" bit. Trying to get the brass insert into the hole is like trying to fit 2lbs of stuff into a 1 lb bag. It has to be forced and it is brutal. Has anyone found or used the proper size bit...if not how are you handling the insert insertion. Thanks, Frank
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Someone mentioned to use a guitar string to burn lines. Use a thin or thick string?...steel not nylon right? I'm using abrasive cords and they break real fast. Thanks, Frank
Funny, i'd not read this thread for a few days, but night before last I wanted to try wire burning for the first time. Tried a D (wound) from a light acoustic guitar set but got nervous about it eroding the red oak blank I was tinkering with. Switched to a B string and couldn't generate enough heat to get more than a little contrast. Strings were from either a set of Elixirs or Martin SP so they may just be too smooth. Music store in town has cheap bulk strings in heavier weights than I normally use--I may spend $1.00 on a string to try.

Side note--steel guitar strings are awesome to have around. Car wax in your windshield washer jets? No problem, B string. Grill burner clogged? No problem, E (low, the wound one) or A (also wound) string. Spray can orifice? High E string. The list goes on. Caution--the pointy ends are...well...pointy, and can penetrate a finger tip with ease!!
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For burn lines hit high speed and use a piece of Formica sample.
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Someone mentioned to use a guitar string to burn lines. Use a thin or thick string?...steel not nylon right? I'm using abrasive cords and they break real fast. Thanks, Frank
Funny, i'd not read this thread for a few days, but night before last I wanted to try wire burning for the first time. Tried a D (wound) from a light acoustic guitar set but got nervous about it eroding the red oak blank I was tinkering with. Switched to a B string and couldn't generate enough heat to get more than a little contrast. Strings were from either a set of Elixirs or Martin SP so they may just be too smooth. Music store in town has cheap bulk strings in heavier weights than I normally use--I may spend $1.00 on a string to try.

Side note--steel guitar strings are awesome to have around. Car wax in your windshield washer jets? No problem, B string. Grill burner clogged? No problem, E (low, the wound one) or A (also wound) string. Spray can orifice? High E string. The list goes on. Caution--the pointy ends are...well...pointy, and can penetrate a finger tip with ease!!
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I thought I read somewhere the wire strings have to wear/burn in a little before they start to work well. Did you attach ends to dowels or some
kind of handle. Thanks for the guitar string tips.
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I'd like to hear what a good selling price would be for these. Kindly PM do not post here. These are Niles stoppers. And no...the mini balls are not Brunswick Centennials. Thank you.
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