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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    I recommend building your own bridges if only to explore different tones and volume as well as the physics of bridges. It's fairly straight forward to build a functional one-piece bridge. Like every...
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    Re: Virtual Shop Tour(s)... I'll show you mine

    I've only built two mandolins so I hardly know anything. What I've found is that I've needed smaller and smaller tools like thumb planes, small chisels (1/8 in), gouges, files, and rasps. Plus...
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    I'm building my first F5 after building two A4s. At least use this top to practice carving the scroll and binding channel, which I found to be very difficult. I'm glad I don't have to feed my family...
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    Re: Advice for a pre-professional luthier?

    I have built two A style mandolins, and I'm happy to remain a hobbyist. But if I were to turn pro, I would read all of grandcanyonminstrel's (James Condino) posts regarding his jig that enables you...
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    Re: binding channel cutting options

    As a first-time builder, I made a binding channel cutting jig for a router similar to this one that Lynn Dudenbostel posted some time ago:177404
    It works great, and the mandolin is highly protected...
  6. Re: Newbie Builder - Getting started - which books/tutorials

    As a first-time builder, I would like to say that there is plenty of information on this forum alone to build an A or F style mandolin. I am continually grateful for the amount of time builders spend...
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    Re: Help with D'Angelico plane

    As a first-time builder, let me put in a plug for the Stanley No. 100-1/2 Block Plane, which is 3 1/2 in long with a squirrel tail and curved sole. So far I have carved a mandolin top out of softwood...
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