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    New top for a Washburn M2

    After building two A style mandolins and an F5, I wanted to try a restoration project. I found an old Washburn M2 (SN 147) with no top so Iím planning to carve a new one. This is strictly MAS, not a...
  2. Thread: OM Neck dimensions

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    Re: OM Neck dimensions

    Jez, I'm also planning to build an OM and have most of the dimensions in mind except depth. How deep is the body going to be on yours?
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    Re: Staining spruce to avoid blotches and unevenness

    I wanted a honey amberish finish on my first F-5 recently. Tinting the shellac worked for me. I mixed powdered dye in denatured alcohol and then mixed a small amount with super blonde shellac to...
  4. Thread: Finishing question

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    Re: Finishing question

    To follow up: applying dye in isopropyl alcohol onto shellac doesn't work, either by wiping or spraying. After scraping it all off, I mixed very blonde shellac with powdered dye dissolved in...
  5. Thread: Finishing question

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    Re: Finishing question

    I'm attempting a honey amber finish on my first F5. i mixed a very dilute solution of brown Keda powdered dye in isopropyl alcohol and rubbed it onto the wood. I put a coat of shellac on the spruce...
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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: Hand tool point blocks

    I made my own planes inspired by this site: http://www.dunwellguitar.com/FingerPlanes/MyDesign.htm
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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: Don't dribble bourbon on your Gibson A1...

    Butter takes off sticker residue. Let it sit for a few minutes and wipe it off.
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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: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Sorry, I was referring only to octave mandolins. In my limited experience, I've only seen f holes in arch top octave mandolins (GBOMs).
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Steve, what is the scale, depth, length, etc. on your octave? It seems unusual to have an oval hole on a carved top.
  13. Re: needing help with using leather dyes on a finish. and help?

    I have used KEDA powdered dyes with good results. Tru Oil and shellac are both highly forgiving (and cheap) finishes that will produce high luster finishes. I use Tru Oil on the back and shellac on...
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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: Book disappointment

    My copy of the Mandolin Project also included an envelope of full-size plans. I've built two A-style mandolins so far, and Graham has been extremely helpful when I've had questions. I also bought...
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    Re: Advice on first mandolin building kit/tutorial

    I'm on my third of three A style oval hole mandolins following Graham McDonald's book. I decided, based on no experience whatever, that getting to the kit stage from scratch would be relatively...
  17. Thread: Starter Tools

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    Re: Starter Tools

    I've built two mandolins from scratch. My favorite hand tools are a Stanley #100 1/2 block plane 3 1/2" convex sole (Squirrel-tail) for carving, a bright goose-neck light, 1/8" chisel, and a 3 1/2"...
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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...
  19. 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...
  20. Thread: Tap tuning

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    Re: Tap tuning

    What are the rest of the dimensions of your OM (scale, depth, width, bracing, etc.)? I'm planning to build an OM after a couple more mandolins.
  21. Thread: Web page

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    Re: Web page

    Thank you for hosting Lynn Dudenbostle's build section because it is immensely useful for first-time builders like me. I hope you will find a place for it on your new site.
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    1911 Gibson A mandolin

    There's a 1911 Gibson A project mandolin currently on eBay for $399 that ends in two days. It has attracted no bids, so the question is whether it's overpriced for it's condition, or too far gone....
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    Re: Help: Shaping my first soundboard

    Nobody suggested strengthening the braces to compensate for a potentially thin top (probably for a good reason). Is that an option? As a first-time builder, I just carved a "practice" top (oval hole...
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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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