I have constructed my caliper as per the wonderful Harbor Freight depth gauge directions (though delivery took two weeks!). I think I'm ready to start graduating my plates.
I have found multiple small countour maps of F style mandos. I own both Construction a Bluegrass Mandolin and THe Ultimate Bluegrass Mando Construction Manual.
Problem is, I don't see any plans in them that indicate thickness of the plates. There are some lateral views of the graduated plates, but am I supposed to take measurements off that?! What about around the f-holes? The rim? Etc... Specs on these don't seem to appear in either of my books.
Additionally I could not locate on the MIMF the PDF that was mentioned here in a thread on contour maps...
Should I roughly plot out the numbers on the smaller contour maps previously posted on the forum?
I want to do this thing RIGHT since I intend to continue doing it...
Does someone have an A contour map/blueprint they could sell or post?
Any and all input is appreciated.
Thanks so much,
Weber Gallatin Mandocello
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