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Chemicals that add or remove years: Mamie Minch shows how she fades away old brown oxidation - or adds it, to make a new patch of spruce match the surrounding wood.
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Extra video: Just before teaching her session at Galloup Guitars' 2013 Northwoods Seminar, Mamie Minch showed us this do-it-yourself Trade Secret: making a string winder small enough for mandolin tuners.
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In this Trade Secrets Video:
How to lighten or darken wood without actually staining it
Using oxalic acid to roll back the years
Potassium permanganate for instant age
Extra: mandolin string winder hack!
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