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  1. Re: Confused about a spirit varnish over a sunburst on first mand

    Personally I airbrush almost dry layer of sheallac to seal the color and then brush 3-5 layers of oil varnish (currently this one :https://www.ceneo.pl/8297358 - simiar to old style phenolic...
  2. Re: Confused about a spirit varnish over a sunburst on first mand

    Bill Halsey studied the finishes on his collection of teens and early 20's Gibsons a nd came to conclusion that they used oil varnish base (judging by typical features of slow drying finishes like...
  3. Re: Confused about a spirit varnish over a sunburst on first mand

    There has been a lot of conjecture about old Gibson varnish finishes.

    I think most of us will agree that at least the outer coats, at least in 'teens instruments of most colors, were some sort of...
  4. Re: Confused about a spirit varnish over a sunburst on first mand

    Yes, a few sprayed coats of shellac (the first very light, then slightly heavier) should lock in the dye so subsequent coats won't disturb it. Once TransTint dries, it's the same stuff whether you...
  5. Re: Confused about a spirit varnish over a sunburst on first mand

    I have found locking in the color with a sprayed coat of Shellac, followed by a couple of wiped-on coats of Tru-Oil works great to avoid the problem that you are describing.

    Don't think I would...
  6. Thread: Sanding

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    Re: Sanding

    I'm perhaps too old school guy but I don't think I have used up more than 3-4 sheets of sandpaper total for final sanding (meaning if I combine all the pieces of various grits I've used in last 20...
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    Re: Mandocello K-style build

    over a year ago I started my florentine style Mandocello based on prints that I’ve presonnaly made. so to be accurate I’ve started this build when I started gathering information about this...
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    Re: another contour map question

    One tip for doing the perimeter with the Safe-T-Planer that helps avoid tearout is to make a small climb cut all around the edge before going back and making a deeper cut in the conventional...
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    Re: another contour map question

    Mike, keeping it as simple as possible, once you have the 5mm all-over thickness, aim for around 4.5mm in the centre under the bridge, and gradually thinning out to around 3mm in the recurve except...
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    Re: another contour map question

    Loars were made in factory that made many many mandolins a week. The plates were carved on duplicating machines and final graduations or archings were not reworked too precisely. From CT scans I have...
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    Re: another contour map question

    Each maker has his own style of arching (albeit mostly based upon the Loar style). Basicly the A or F style have the same arching except the scroll area. Some carve the recurve all around top...
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    Re: Mandolin Builders output?

    My 595 over 30 years has been made possible by: no adult supervision M-F, location so far up the creek even the Episcopalians are handling snakes up here, and enough 'mental health' instruments to...
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    Re: Marketing and getting your name/brand out.

    Just come accros this thread. Thanks to Graham for recomending my ebook. Yes, it is useful according to the nice emails I get from folk about it. Link HERE.

    The best way to sell your work is to...
  14. Re: Marketing and getting your name/brand out.

    Most of us are not very good at marketing. Andrew Mowry's story is very familiar to me, I am also an introvert, so salesman I am definitely not. The first mandolin I sold took 9 months to sell, and...
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    Re: Marketing and getting your name/brand out.

    It sounds like your background in communications would be very helpful. I can't claim to have been a huge marketing success, so take all of this with a grain of salt, but here are my thoughts...
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    You should notice that most of the videos are of sunbursting hardwood, especially curly maple. That is a breeze to do compared to carved spruce top (even flat top spruce is incomparable to carved)....
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    Re: Mandolin Builders output?

    Who? McClanahan? Perhaps he just started numbering with 700... Common practice. Many makers or factories use fancy numbering systems containing encoded date and year so the resulting number is in 5or...
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    Re: Mandolin Builders output?

    I have been building 27 years and I have built over 165 instruments. I asked him one time how he based his serial numbers, he wouldnt answer me ??
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    Re: Mandolin Builders output?

    Stradivari ran a small production shop with many workers, family, and apprentices in the old world tradition; he did not work alone. He also lived a very long life was still producing instruments at...
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    Re: Mandolin Builders output?

    One should also think that they were noto working alone but had workshop with aprentices. In times of stradivari that was typically whole family pluse several aprentices and journeymen all working...
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    Re: Mandolin Builders output?

    Two prolific luthiers:

    1. Antonio Stradivari. Surviving examples: at least 602 instruments. Estimated total production: 1116 instruments.
    These numbers do not include instruments with a...
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    Re: Mandolin Builders output?

    I was hanging out with Will Kimble in his shop today. He is up to 275.
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    Re: Mandolin Builders output?

    Gilchrist is in 700s now and he's been building since 1980 or so. I find it hard to believe that McClanahan serial number reflects the # of instruments he's built.
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    FWIW, I sand the wood thoroughly, but only to 220 grit. I rub dyes directly on the wood with no sealer until after the staining. I use dyes dissolved in alcohol.
    Parts of the wood where the grain is...
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    Yes, I should have clarified, I use TransTint and haven’t had any problems with using denatured with that. For mixing shellac I use EverClear.
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