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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...
  3. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Thread: Tap tuning

    by SBJ
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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.
  7. 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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