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Kent Barnes
Apr-12-2005, 8:30am
I strung it up yesterday. #
Adirondack top, red maple back/neck/sides, abalone inlay & dots, side-bound, Schaeller tuners, Allen tailpiece, 12" radius fingerboard, lacquer finish.

Sounds pretty good to me!




Kent Barnes
Apr-12-2005, 8:33am
a few more....




Kent Barnes
Apr-12-2005, 8:37am
last one....(for now # http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif #)


Apr-12-2005, 8:52am
Mighty nice, especially for a number 3. Excellent work.


Bill Snyder
Apr-12-2005, 9:10am
Mighty nice Mr. Barnes.

Apr-12-2005, 9:44am
Wow! Looks super, and a great finish!

french guy
Apr-12-2005, 9:49am
Kaybee , I remember your first attempt some years ago, you start a topic saying :" Just start my mandolin tonight "
And I've start maybe 1 or 2 months just before you , and give you some advices , as for example : " do your own carved top , you will not regret " .
Now some years after , I must say that you are just impressive .
you do a great job , really great .

Skip Kelley
Apr-12-2005, 10:06am
Nice job on the finish! The mandolin looks awesome! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Apr-12-2005, 10:22am
Superb number 3! That's a mighty fine looking mandolin there boys and girls.

Apr-12-2005, 11:13am
Beautiful wood-grain - 'specialy the BACK!!! - Thanks for sharing! Moose http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Apr-12-2005, 11:26am
That is one mighty fine looking mando.

Really like that finish.

Scotti Adams
Apr-12-2005, 12:06pm
..something to brag about....very nice.

Keith Wallen
Apr-12-2005, 12:09pm
Absolutely beautiful Kent and I am not just saying that because my first name is Harlan... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif
I love the color and the lighter burst so you can really see the grain. I also like the dot inlay, the sidebound, and the overall fit/finish. Outstanding!

Apr-12-2005, 1:36pm
Kieth, that is beautiful. I'm gonna have to drive out to Flower Mound one of these days to hear it.

Was the side binding easier than top binding, or about the same?

Also, what stain/finish did you use and how'd you apply it? It's beautiful. Congrats!

Kent Barnes
Apr-12-2005, 1:51pm
Thanks everyone. #I would welcome the opportunity for anyone to stop by and give it a try!! #Flower Mound is a suburb of Dallas.

SJennings - the side-binding was a bit easier to do (those pesky corner mitres on top-binding are a pain), but you have to 'make' the binding (glue & scrape 2 pieces to make the side binding), so in the long run it probably takes longer.
I used several different colors of TransTint dyes mixed with denatured alcohol - Honey Amber, Reddish Brown, Medium Brown - applied with an airbrush. #I then spray a couple of light coats of McFadden's nitro lacquer to seal the instrument, then scrape the bindings. #Topcoat is McFaddens's sprayed with a standard paint gun. #I spray 4 coats, level sand, 4 more coats, level sand, then 2 coats. #Final sanding is with MicroMesh sandpaper - 2400 grit up to 12000 grit. Then just a light polishing with clearcoat compound.

Apr-12-2005, 7:38pm
It does look nice, Kent.

I dare you to do a varnish finish on the next one! I'm sure with your talents, it'll look awesome.

Apr-13-2005, 7:34am
Kent, that's a real beauty. I hope it sounds as good as it looks. How is the Kentucky?


Stanley Cox
Apr-13-2005, 8:05am
Great job Kent, I am glad I was able to see a lot of the building steps done on #3. It is magnificent. Keep up the good work.
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Kent Barnes
Apr-13-2005, 8:39am
SJennings - I might do varnish if you "triple-dog-dared" me . #

Scott - The Kentucky is great, but now that this one is complete and sounds so good, that KM1000 may be for sale again. #But I have enjoyed it! #It sounds great and is easy to play!

Stanley - Thanks! I hope to see you Sunday.

Apr-13-2005, 10:00am
Awesome. Great looking F-5.


Apr-13-2005, 12:37pm
OK, I triple-dog-dare you! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Apr-13-2005, 1:48pm
Kent, that is one excellent mandolin. How does it sound?

Austin Clark
Apr-13-2005, 1:49pm
Absolutely gorgeous. I wish my #3 had looked so good. I may just have to try finishing with laquer. Did I mention I am jealous??

Stanley Cox
Apr-13-2005, 7:07pm
I second the "triple-dog-dare". Allthose in favor???

Stanley http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Apr-13-2005, 7:17pm
Kaybee- That's amazing! Great job. All of you builders do such incredible work for just starting out. How does the learning curve shoot up so fast? I'm consistently impressed by you guys.

By the way, if you decide to sell that KM1000- let me know!

Apr-26-2005, 11:35am
Did you laminate the body binding the same way you would do it on the fingerboard, to get the black line? I like the looks of that. Binding looks thick. I am getting where I like the look of just plain ivory binding without the black line on the front. Looks good on the side as you have done it. Good Job! JD

Kent Barnes
Apr-26-2005, 8:38pm
yes, the binding is made just like the fingerboard binding, but I used plain ivoirid the same size as the normal top binding, glued with a thin black/ivoroid, then scraped flush.

diamond ace
Apr-26-2005, 9:25pm
WOW! I'm very impresed. Great job, I can't belive thats your 3rd mandolin. Looks mor like a #300.

Brad Weiss
Apr-27-2005, 12:36pm
THIS is what I want my next mandolin to look like!! That finish is phenomenal- I love the way you can see the wood grain all the way to the edges- even in the heel cap- and it looks like tiger stripes climbing up the back of the neck. If it sounds half as good as it looks you are extraordinary.