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    Re: new top F hole repair

    Up until now I’ve always did the F holes with a coping saw. This time I decided to get the plate closer to graduation measurements and use the Xacto method described above and I’m pretty pleased...
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    Re: Starter Tools

    I’ve only built 8 mandolins so far but I’ll tell you what I’ve got. A cheap, used bench table saw, band saw, bench drill press. Bought a new dremel, stew Mac binding cutter, thumb plane, and small...
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    Clinton #8

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    Re: Building a violin... easier?

    Fscotte, I personally think you should consider building a fiddle instead of a violin :grin:
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    Re: New Builders Tap tuning

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?128031-Tap-Tuning-F5-mandolins

    There’s a lot of threads on this subject. This one for example that I’ve saved. Let us know what camp ya join...
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    Re: New Builders Tap tuning

    Larry my experience is limited but Iíll share my findings thus far. Iíve got both Siminoff books and he says to tune the bass tone bar to Ab and Treble bar to A#. I was always confused and could...
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    Re: Ebonizing?

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    I used iron acetate on the walnut veneer on the headstock of this mandolin. Can’t say that I particularly like the grain pores but it was ok I guess. I’ll be using ebony on the next
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    Babies with Mandolins

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    This little fellow came later in life for me. Looks like he has an interest already at four months old lol:mandosmiley:

    Post your baby (or grand baby) Mandolin pics
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    Re: A list for first time builders

    Don’t forget to add “Aleve” to the list for the back pain and arthritis flaring due to carving
  10. Thread: Pava

    by Clinton Johnson
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    Re: Pava

    Congrats Greg D from Pennsylvania ! Enjoy the new Mandolin :mandosmiley:
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    Re: DataNick's Band at Temecula BG Fest

    That’s the stuff! Great job Nick:mandosmiley:
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    Re: DFX code for f5 f hole

    Ok I’ll ask. What the heck is DFX Code?
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    Re: Cattle In The Cane

    Great vid and excellent pickin bro! Thanks for sharing that. :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Underrated Players?

    Jesse McReynolds
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    Re: Stringing up new build

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?101710-playing-in-the-white
    Here's some more on the subject when I asked the same question several years ago Robismi
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    Re: loving curly maple binding

    That's beautiful David
  17. Thread: #7

    by Clinton Johnson
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    Re: #7

    Had a great time jamming with friends last night.
    National championship banjo player Kurt Stephenson (who can find his way around on any instrument) the Nichols family and bassist Irl Hees (who...
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    Re: Need Inspiration

    Butch I've been laid off for the past two months and was denied unemployment benefits (which I'm fighting presently) and it's looking like I'll have to take another contract job out of state again to...
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    by Clinton Johnson
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    Re: #7

    "Banks of the Ohio"
    I'll post better clips when I get it in the hands of the aliens
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    Re: Plastic fauxl ivoroid binding

    On my last project I went with plain white boltaron (ABS/PVC) from LMI to avoid the dreaded hazmat fee and I agree with Jim in post 5. It was somewhat difficult to work with compared to celluloid . ...
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    by Clinton Johnson
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    Re: #7

    Hi Matt and thanks,
    After a few coats of bulls eye shellac (clear in the can) to seal the stain on the wood, I did about 8 thin coats of True Oil over that with soft Tshirt rag. Wipe on in small...
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    by Clinton Johnson
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    Re: #7

    Dale I've only carved two button scrolls out of the 7 that I've built. The first sucked and the second was ok-ish? Lol....my hat is off to you guys that do it all the time. Definitely is no easy...
  23. Thread: #7

    by Clinton Johnson
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    Re: #7

    Ivan I can pm the "list" to you if you'd like lol. Thanks for the nice compliment brother.
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    #7

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    Several flaws in my workmanship but a nice mandolin nevertheless.
    I'll get a sound clip on soon.
  25. Re: Gluing a Mandolin Top Plate to the Rim.

    Great video Oliver and I love that fixture you use, that's a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I request you post another when you install the back.
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