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    Re: A Question to the community

    Harpkit.com
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    Re: Getting the Gallatin look

    Charlie,
    One other piece of advice is that when you think you’ve added enough dye, you haven’t. Once the first sealer/finish coats are sprayed the colors brighten greatly. This mandolin looked...
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    Re: Which bridge should I get?

    Bill James bridges can be found at axinc.net. Equivalent to CA bridges IMHO. Shipping is rather steep for one bridge...
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    Re: Getting the Gallatin look

    This is a new build, so no old finish to worry about. As long as you’ve got the clear coats off a little dye left shouldn’t matter since you’re re-dying dark.
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    Re: Getting the Gallatin look

    Just finished an attempt at Gallatin faded leather yesterday. Not sure how close I got as I had only internet photos to guide me. Used Transtint med. brown dye in alcohol(started with recommended...
  6. Re: Ring - Concave / Convex Pliers for Bending Binding

    I too bought those pliers after Sunburst’s post. I found that for tight outside bends I had to pre-bend with a heat gun wrapping binding around a dowel larger than final radius before using the ring...
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    Re: Machining/Routing Celluloid

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    Had a scare trimming binding on my router table. Small fireball while pulling binding across the table. Done this a dozen times before, but today I was “blowing out birthday candles” on my...
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    Satin NC lacquer how to advice needed

    Customer wants a satin Weber Gallatin-like finish. Never done anything but gloss. Will be using Mohawk products and have some guidance from their docs, but am not sure whether I should spray several...
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    Rounding edges when not binding

    What do builders use for round overs on unbound F5 mandolin edges? Hand tools only please. I expect this will be a one-off build for me. Other than multiple passes with small finger planes and...
  10. Thread: deflection jig

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    Re: deflection jig

    I copied a design I found on the Cafe...

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  11. Small area on red Spuce acting like black hole for sealer

    After spraying the second coat of 33% reduced vinyl sealer I have a 2” square patch near the tailpiece base side that can’t get enough and still appears “dry” after spraying as much extra as I could...
  12. Thread: CA Glue Advise

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    Re: CA Glue Advise

    I use mostly thin CA from hobby lobby which is $1.80 per 0.5oz bottle with their always available 40% coupon. Have never had a hardened tip, I believe because I store it in a Mylar ziplock food...
  13. Thread: StewMac kit?

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    Re: StewMac kit?

    Have you looked here:?


    https://americantonewood.com/product/pre-carved-f5-mandolin-top/
  14. Thread: Build Question

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    Re: Build Question

    As Bill says...it’s family. Whatever amount you decide on, track your labor hours so you know for the next build. Also, maybe ask her what price she has in mind.
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    Re: Favorite Mandolin Picture

    https://www.howtogeek.com/254830/why-your-photos-dont-always-appear-correctly-rotated/
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    Re: What Router for Inlay work

    I use a homemade router base made from thick plexiglass with a Harbor Freight flex shaft grinder. An aquarium air pump to blow the dust and a mini flashlight. Grinder speed always on high. Cost...
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    Re: need set up near Columbus,ohio

    I can help you out. crooksmandolins.com. Call or PM.

    John
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    Re: Source for pre-carved plates

    http://www.oldworldtonewood.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=32_101
  19. Celluloid binding victim of Trump’s tariff war

    Just saw this on the Axiom website
    Between the (33% ?) haz-mat shipping fee and this “tariff”, wood binding is starting to look cost effective !


    Information about China Tariff

    To our...
  20. Re: Finished first build - Thanks for all of the help

    Excellent job! Not easy to pull off a blonde top. Good luck with your next build.
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    Re: Schaller Grand Tune Tuners

    Hole spacing is standard. Don’t know about bushing diameter vs older schallers.
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    Re: Schaller Grand Tune Tuners

    A few weeks ago I installed a GrandTune set replacing Rubners with bad gearing on a warranty repair. They look great (unless you want vintage gibson look). Very precise gearing design, which requires...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Just finished F-5 ready for shipment and a "Lefty" Griffith/Loar A-5... nothing more relaxing than building an "A" after an "F" !
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  24. Re: Thinking of build oval hole and f-style at the same time...

    I have found that building two mandolins concurrently saves a significant amount of machine setup time. As the differences in their designs increase, the build steps fall “out of sync”, e.g. F5 vs...
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    Re: Radiused Fingerboard?

    Check out this: ...
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