View Full Version : Post a pic of the mandolin(s) you built from a kit

mad dawg
Sep-14-2004, 10:57pm
I haven't built one (yet), but I thought it would be interesting to start a thread for posting pics of mandolin family instruments built from a kit. Any takers?

Sep-15-2004, 9:29am
Sure ... StewMac "A" I built in the summer of 2003




Bade Millsap
Bulverde, Texas

mad dawg
Sep-16-2004, 3:06pm
Nice work, and nice logo too.

Sep-16-2004, 4:15pm
I want that.

Stephanie Reiser
Sep-19-2004, 7:58am
This is stew-mac that I built last winter.

Sep-19-2004, 11:06am
Amanda Lyn,
Looks great! Did you get the neck bow that you
had posted about earlier this summer taken care of?

Stephanie Reiser
Sep-19-2004, 3:03pm
Actually, I just took the strings off it about two weeks ago, since I love playing it so much. It straightened out a little right off the bat. Then I turned the nut some and that helped too. Today I bought a heat lamp to soften it up, and so I will be doing that next. Hopefully I will have the strings on it by next weekend, since the bluegrass jams are starting up soon.
Thanks for asking.

Stanley Cox
Sep-24-2004, 11:11am
I am working on a Stew-Mac F Style and will have some pics
when I can get 1 of the kids over to get them off of the camera and into the thread. Lots of fun.

Sep-24-2004, 5:08pm
Stanley, don't tell me that a guy that can build a mandolin can't figure out the digital camera or programming the VCR !! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Actually, the electronic stuff is probably more confusing. Can't wait to see your progress.

Stanley Cox
Sep-25-2004, 7:10am
Shane, I can turn the camera on and point and push the button and see images in the little window. However, terms like jpg, resolution, and other binary words seem to be in cyberspace to me. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
Dovetail, neck, top and bottom I understand,(cant do them all) but understand.
Good luck on your building.
Stanley http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/coffee.gif

Stanley Cox
Sep-28-2004, 12:37pm
Kit parts.

Sep-29-2004, 5:34pm

Your Stewart Mac F is gorgeous. Did you do any customizing (bindings, inlays, etc.) or is everything stock? I've got some (limited) woodworking experience. How much technical skill is necessary in putting it together?


Sep-29-2004, 5:45pm
Hey Stanley! Lookin' good so far!

Stephanie Reiser
Oct-03-2004, 5:58am

Your Stewart Mac F is gorgeous. #Did you do any customizing (bindings, inlays, etc.) or is everything stock? # I've got some (limited) woodworking experience. #How much technical skill is necessary in putting it together?


The inlay was okay for a first attempt, but will be starting #2 very soon and want to go slower and do a better job. When I built that first one, it was the only mandolin I had ever touched. The second one will have a better design and will be a cleaner job (hopefully). When I built the first one I was kinda anxious to get playing so rushed it a little too much maybe. Also, the second one will have a radiused fingerboard if I can figure out how.

Nov-18-2007, 3:08pm
where do you your kits? is there a website i could go to to purchase one? i really love the one amanda built! Where can i gat that kit!!!? lol was it hard to put together? how long about did it take? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Nov-18-2007, 3:48pm

Try stewmac.com, or you can google International Violins or Siminoff...all three sites have kits of various levels of complexity and price...good luck!

Bill Snyder
Nov-18-2007, 4:02pm
Stephanie (you called her Amanda) has built several intstruments since that one. That post was from 3 years ago. She is building from scratch these days.

Nov-18-2007, 4:19pm
oh lol thanks i didnt even look at the dates of the posts! thank you!

Nov-29-2007, 4:10am
From a stew mac kit. and yes its been around. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Mark Marino
Mar-22-2014, 3:03pm
117129117130Here are my 3 Siminoff kit builds I did between 2010 and 2014. The F4 has an elevated fingerboard and Virzi. The H4 also has a Virzi but no elevated board. The F5 is pretty typical but I had Siminoff tap-tune the body for me and it really barks. I tried to match the coloring of different old Gibsons in the Mandolin Archive that I've always liked. There were some tedious times but very rewarding and these are my main instruments today.