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    Re: Time to build?

    belbein has it right. A build will take as long as you want it to depending on the quality you're shooting for. My first build took 18 months (working on it on weekends), but subsequent builds get...
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    Buffing Tru Oil

    Hey,

    Quick question about buffing tru oil - I have let 16 coats (cut with mineral spirits when applied) dry for three weeks. I went to start lighting hand buffing with stewmac buffing compound...
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    Re: SystemThree Epoxy Grain Fill

    Thanks guys!

    LMII has these two below for grain filling so I wasn't sure. I imagine as long as a get a thinner viscosity and long cure/working time I should be fine right?
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    SystemThree Epoxy Grain Fill

    Hey there,

    Just about ready to do a grain fill and it looks like my local Woodcraft carries System Three.

    Can anyone recommend the specific model/type they used with good results that have...
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    Re: Satin Nickel Tuners

    Thanks Marty,

    I checked out Rubner but it looks like they're F Style Worm Under (what I'm looking for) are still in the works.
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    Satin Nickel Tuners

    Hey,

    Couple of quick questions:

    1. Are the black knobs on Golden Age Tuners ebony or plastic?
    2. Can anyone recommend a good tuner brand that offers satin nickel? (Aside from Golden Age and...
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    Re: James Mandolin Tailpiece

    Thanks for the feed back! Having a hard time finding a flat top tail piece that has a shiny appearance but is better than the stamped sheet metal pieces. I suspected it would be difficult to polish...
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    James Mandolin Tailpiece

    Hey,

    Anyone ever try polishing a nickel or silver James Mandolin Tailpiece? All the pictures I've seen are matte.
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    Re: Preparing for a Tru-Oil Finish

    I want to prevent the Tru-Oil from soaking too deep into the wood and dampening the top plate.
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    Re: Preparing for a Tru-Oil Finish

    It's a water based stain.
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    Re: Preparing for a Tru-Oil Finish

    Thanks guys I a really appreciate the responses! I do not have access to spray equipment (one of the reason I'm going TO) so is there a recommended process for applying it by hand? And will shellac...
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    Re: Preparing for a Tru-Oil Finish

    Spruce top, walnut sides, and mahogany neck
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    Preparing for a Tru-Oil Finish

    Hey!

    I've been doing a lot of research on laying down a Tru-Oil finish, but wanted to get your take on how to apply a wash coat of shellac. Having never worked with it, I would really appreciate...
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    Re: Bridge and Tail Piece Recomendations

    Thanks for the response guys! I'm leaning towards the ebony bridge from elderly (https://www.elderly.com/collections/all/products/mandolin-bridge-469) the description says the insert is plastic but...
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    Bridge and Tail Piece Recomendations

    Hey,

    Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel on my first flat top build and had a couple of questions regarding the bridge and tail piece:

    1. Will the Ashton Bailey tailpieces work...
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    Quick French Polishing Question

    Hey,

    I'm getting ready to finish up my first flat top mandolin with a mortise and tenon neck joint. When doing a french polish finish, do you guys typically finish the top/sound plate before...
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    Fret Slot Depth

    Hey!

    Had a quick question regarding fret slot depth. My fret slot is about .03" deeper than my fret wire on a 12"radius fret board.

    I've seen something similar to this one Martin guitars where...
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    Re: On the search for a fingerboard

    That's a good call and what I was leaning towards - Just wanted to make sure it wasn't too out of the ordinary
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    On the search for a fingerboard

    Hello there,

    I've been looking around for a radiused fingerboard and had a couple of questions:

    First off, I don't really have the tools or setup to radius and slot my own so I was hoping to...
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    Re: Zero GLide Nut

    Yeah, I'm building a mandolin but don't quite have the set up to cut and radius my own fret board. Can you recommend any good info for installing a true zero fret?
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    Zero GLide Nut

    Hey!

    Had a couple of questions about fretboards and nuts - Thanks in advance!

    1. Does anyone have any experience using zero glide nuts? How did the installation go and was there a noticeable...
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    Re: What the heck just happened?

    Is there anyway to prevent this in the future? I guess I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around how any mandolin can be made if it can only be maintained the same same humidity it was built. ...
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    Re: What the heck just happened?

    That's good news if I just have to redo the bracing. Does anyone have any good ways for removing the current bracing?
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    What the heck just happened?

    Looking to understand what just happened to my sound plates....

    I've been slowly and happily moving along through my first build when I had to go on a short hiatus to move into a new house.
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    Re: Side Spring Back

    Also, will go bars be good enough for gluing the firt plate on while in the jig since there won't be enough room for cello clamps?
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