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    Re: Rib assemblies too small?

    my plates are always oversized and are then fitted to the rims.. then are final thicknessed .. it's a great luthier that can cut a plate exactly to a rim --- I'm not even close to being there.....
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    I've tried several ways to cut out the sound holes but this works best for me.. After tracing the holes out, I will use the smallest brad point drill I have and drill out the hole being careful to...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    184636 with all the down time thanks to this virus stuff, I've been keeping busy building parts ahead...
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    Re: Marketing and getting your name/brand out.

    I've been trying to "break into" this market for almost 20 years.. I've donated, loaned, given away, and even sold a few. There has been only rave reviews about looks and sound and price.. Been...
  5. Re: What was your biggest challenge in making an F style mandolin

    Building a good looking, great sounding, easy playing mandolin and not having any interest in your dream.. Spending 120 to 150 hours doing something you love and chasing that dream and hoping...
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    Re: Post A picture of your favorite "A" model

    182171 I haven't finished my favorite A style yet...
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    Re: Becoming a Luthier-How?

    I would be happy with "minimum wage"...
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    Re: Truss rod soda straw?

    Next time you eat at Olive Garden , ask for a few extra straws.. they're almost the same size as the truss rod, and work great... they are black in color and seem not to be affected by glue....
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    Re: Shop organization, layout suggestions

    organization??? mine looks like a bomb went off in the middle of Harber Freight....
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    Re: Go Down Memory Lane

    I built 4 mandolins before I felt confident enough to start numbering them.. By the time I got to numbered 0003, my construction was solid enough that I wanted to try to improve on them.. I'm...
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    Re: Who makes their own truss rods?

    I've built my own using 3/16 weld rod for almost 20 years.. I heat the ends and thread myself.. In the beginning, I put the slight bend in them as per Siminoff.. But after seeing others thoughts,...
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    Re: side thickness

    What John said.... I keep mine around .080 , but if having trouble bending , I'll go thinner.. With the hard stuff, I'll mist and clamp in the forms and let dry.. That little thing works...
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    Using inside spanners in forms

    175727 Spanners are suggested in both of Siminoffs' books when glueing up rims. I've never been comfortable with this method because I could never get the proper pressure in the right places to make...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    175694.. working on a few in the white. Their waiting for binding..
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    175668 Lately I've been spending a lot of shop time bending and forming rims, both A's and F's.. I found several 1x6's a while ago that have some nice birdseye figure and thought to save for...
  16. Re: do you hammer or press your frets-do you use glue?

    I use a 500lb press from Harbor Freight.. My first few, I tried the hammer, but was hard to hold and would spring out after a few coerces.. Before the fret board is attached, I use a piece of oak to...
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    Re: western redcedar

    I've made a few mandolins using "cedar" for tops and am very happy with its' tone qualities. Even now I have a finished F5 that I play , and there is an A5 in the white waiting in the wings. I was...
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    Re: Newbie builder question

    Siminoffs' first book suggests a small screw angled into the head block.. As the screw is tightened, it draws the extension into the crossover and top.. I have in past also glued with TiteBond, but...
  19. Re: How do you store your instruments when not playing

    A few years ago, I was in Louisville, Ky visiting family and stopped in at First Quality Instruments to have a look. They had a instrument storage area I believe called "the vault". There was a...
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    Re: Don't give up on that repair...

    Thanks everyone for the support. I don't have photos of the finished instrument thu. I tried to keep as close to original as I could with all of the repair, hoping that I could bring it back to some...
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    Don't give up on that repair...

    173683 A while ago, a friend came to me with a repair request. It wasn't a mando, but he was desperate for any help. His wife's concert grade violin had been crushed and was told it was...
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    Re: Soundboard tuning and tone bars/bracing

    173469 way outside the box.....
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    Re: Favorite Mandolin Picture

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    Re: Mandolin all cracked up

    I've taken on two repairs that were almost as bad, because of the emotional value they held. They meant a lot to the owners and I couldn't stand to let them go. Neither had any value but was well...
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    to go with the hubcap.....

    172638 this is for the hupcap mandolin post.. when the wife complains about "that crappy bluegrass music", I get this bad boy out.. I tell people you can use it...or really use it..
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