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  1. Re: Is there a particular method for sawing fingerboard wood?

    It's bois d'arc. I was lucky enough to visit a guy here in Texas who actually grows orchards of the stuff (believe it or not; long story...) and harvest a bit that he allowed me to have. The longer,...
  2. Is there a particular method for sawing fingerboard wood?

    I have some logs that I want to process in to blanks for fingerboards. Is there a particular sawing method that is preferable--quartersawn, etc. Thanks.

    (P.S. - I may have posted this same...
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    Rib assemblies too small?

    Question: If an F5 body is roughly 3/32" smaller all around its edge than a traditional F5 (based on replicated Loar plans), is it still an acceptable F5 mandolin?

    Let me explain:

    I made an...
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    Re: Time to practice hand rubbed sunburst

    Mike,

    I am an absolute amateur, so everything I post should be read with that taken in to consideration...

    What I found in practicing my own sunbursting technique is that you just need to...
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    Post-setup: 15th+ fret buzz

    I got my mandolin set up nearly perfectly. I sanded the bridge bottom to perfectly contact the top plate, based on the intonation positioning that I figured out through testing, repositioning,...
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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    No offense taken! I didn't provide any details on my background, so you wouldn't have known. I am absolutely a novice instrument builder, but not a novice woodworker.
    Your references re: violin...
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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    I really appreciate all of the suggestions and comments here. Thank you all.

    As an experienced woodworker, I feel my fundamentals are fairly good. Sharpening, pattern and template making (and...
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    Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    I'm trying to determine if it would be worth my time to learn to make bridges. As a novice, I have bought the "standard" ebony adjustable bridges and saddles from StewMac...and in trying to fit them...
  9. Re: An extremely dumb question: Ridges on binding

    Thanks, everyone, for your follow-up, questions and offers to help. Upon further inspection, rcc56 was correct that this was a coloration or effect placed on the binding. It is, in fact, entirely...
  10. An extremely dumb question: Ridges on binding

    I've made one mandolin. I used ABS binding. Never again.

    But it was perfectly smooth. For my next build I'm using celluloid binding, which I ordered and recently received. I noticed it has ridges...
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    Re: First attempt at heat bending: questions

    That looks great, Spencer. I'm a newish builder, myself and appreciate seeing your progress. As for worrying about the number of pics/posts, I've been quite prolific myself and so far no one has...
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    Re: Required tools for building own fingerboards?

    For those of you who build fretboards out of green wood, rough lumber, "found" wood, etc... What dimensions do you cut your initial billets to to store them for drying? I'm dealing specifically with...
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    Solid spruce top - What to consider?

    I'm neck-deep in several builds right now. But yesterday I acquired a piece of sitka spruce that, by my measurements, is large enough on its own to produce eight (8) mandolin soundboards--that is, as...
  14. Re: Truss rod: Too tight? And still a string-ward bow.

    Good news: After removing a uniform 4mm in thickness from the neck, the truss rod appears to be functioning now. The fretboard is dead flat with the truss rod tightened just to where it snugs up. No...
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    Re: Neck dovetail and truss rod barrel nut

    So in referring back to my original image and how I'm approaching this now it seems that using a barrel nut is unnecessary and also compromises the dovetail. I should just use a regular nut and a...
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    Re: Neck dovetail and truss rod barrel nut

    John, these photos are extremely instructive. Thank you for sharing.
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    Re: Neck dovetail and truss rod barrel nut

    Thanks, Dick. Gladly, I won't need to plug anything. I cut this and a few other neck blanks strictly for testing out execution and fit of truss rod installation. But I get your point and appreciate...
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    Re: Neck dovetail and truss rod barrel nut

    I don't have any instructions for these. I made them myself.
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    Re: Neck dovetail and truss rod barrel nut

    Thanks, Sammy. I will give that some thought.

    I also considered drilling a cavity downward in to the neck at the top (i.e. where the fretboard will sit) but behind where the dovetail will be. I...
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    Re: Neck dovetail and truss rod barrel nut

    I guess my question is: If anchoring the truss rod with a nut at the heel end and also cutting a dovetail, where does one place the space for the anchor so as not to compromise the dovetail? Or am I...
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    Re: Neck dovetail and truss rod barrel nut

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    (Please note, I did NOT cut the dovetail with the truss rod or barrel nut in place... :grin:)
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    Neck dovetail and truss rod barrel nut

    I'm using plans based on a 1920s Loar F5. This includes a curved truss rod, which I'm replicating. The heel end of the truss rod I am securing with a barrel nut, which is different than the Loar...
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    Re: Required tools for building own fingerboards?

    I appreciate the advice and your experience. I'm still mulling it over, as it will be a while before I have time to work on these fretboards.

    One question on the table saw method: How does it...
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    Re: Required tools for building own fingerboards?

    Thanks, Graham. Yes, just the hand fret saw with depth stop would be much preferable over a whole jig/setup--from a financial standpoint! The more I look at online the more I think that's the way to...
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    Re: Required tools for building own fingerboards?

    My bandsaw is a Laguna 14bx, and I have an Inca 570 jointer/planer in extremely good condition plus a large supply of extra blades, etc. My table saw is perhaps the least impressive of the set--a...
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