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  1. Re: What was your biggest challenge in making an F style mandolin

    Built one (It works!) and teaching myself to play. I literally built my first F5 because I wanted to learn to play the mandolin, so I didn't care how much money it is worth; just that it plays and...
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    Virzi tone producer

    Do makers still put these in their mandolin's? I have a set of plans that details how to make and install one. But most of the makers I am familiar with via books and the web don't ever mention it....
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Wrapped up my holiday gift making, took a short break, gave the shop a thorough cleaning... Now it's on to my next project. Going to do a series of three F5s. I had the one outside mold from my last...
  4. Best general purpose paint sprayer also for mandolin finishes

    I've been taking a break from lutherie and completing some projects around the house. I just built a matching pair of bookcases--about five feet tall, foot-and-a-half wide with cabinet doors and...
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    Stupid(?) question re: resawing wood

    I just inherited an extremely nice, practically like-new bandsaw and it's a massive upgrade from what I had before.

    One major benefit now is the resaw capability. I'm excited about the potential...
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    Re: Side bending. Is this worth saving?

    This is your first one. And I just completed my first one. So I'm coming at this having learned a lot of lessons (and patched a lot of imperfections!). So here are my two cents:

    - The scorch...
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    Dremel attachments

    Going through my dad's old tools. He has a number of Dremel accessories including a full on "drill press" setup as well as a straight line router guide. Do these have any usefulness to the mandolin...
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    Cutting an F4 sound hole - Walkthrough?

    Is there a helpful walkthrough for the process of cutting an oval center hole in an F4 style mandolin? Is it as simple as the F holes in an F5--just draw the pattern, protect the wood and use a...
  9. Re: TurboPlane, Safe-T-Planer - Powering through plate carving

    I was trying to get my head around how you do an entire plate with the Safe-T-Planer. I guess my initial assumption was that you do the outermost level first...but in looking at your post you do the...
  10. TurboPlane, Safe-T-Planer - Powering through plate carving

    For this first mandolin I just completed, I pieced together my plate carving techniques based on a few methods I've seen online. The insides were carved out mostly by hand after marking depths with...
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    Using pine, other "non-spruce" woods...

    I've made one mandolin. I'm looking forward to making my next one, one after that, one after that...

    My dad has some nice long, wide board of pine with no knots. For my last project I used...
  12. Newbie question: Mandolin for other instrumentals

    I just started learning the mandolin. I'm starting with some basic chords and easy picking technique with old standards ("Red River Valley," etc.). But there are a number of songs that I personally...
  13. Re: Advice on first mandolin building kit/tutorial

    Building from scratch has its benefits and its challenges. I chose to build my F5 from scratch, and now I've got the bug. So I'm planning a series of three more. Like you, I have been a woodworker...
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    Re: Sides "denting" under tension?

    I think I will do nothing and just see how it holds up. If nothing else it will serve as a lesson.

    I did not ever see any cracking in the sides evident when I bent them.
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    Sides "denting" under tension?

    (Sorry, no pictures at the moment. I will try to post some later.)

    So, after completing my first build I put the strings on and tuned it such that I was happy with the way it sounded. Other than...
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    Re: My first mandolin

    Paul, thanks for the suggestion. I want to do just that. I found a music shop that gives lessons near my house, and they have an experienced mandolin player/teacher. I'm going to ask him to give it a...
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    Re: My first mandolin

    That thought has never even crossed my mind, honestly... It has a lot of imperfections. I could list them out for you but would run out of space. Maybe the only value it has is in its novelty?? There...
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    My first mandolin

    I started this process in December 2017. So it's taken me over a year-and-a-half. A lot of people on this site have helped with a lot of good advice and support, so I am very appreciative for all of...
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    Bridge "leaning" toward peghead

    I finally started stringing my mandolin today. Th bridge is kind of tilting toward the peghead end of the mandolin. I assume this means the back end angle of the strings is too low? Or maybe I need...
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    Re: Noob question: Nut and bridge

    Thanks, Rodney!
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    Noob question: Nut and bridge

    Sorry for the dumb question... But are you supposed to glue the nut and bridge in place before stringing??
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    Re: binding channel cutting options

    I would like to know about that router arm setup as well. Would love to buy or build one myself. -Mark
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    Detailed plans for a dovetail neck joint jig

    I'm wrapping up my first build, but I am planning to do more. One of the things I am focusing in on before starting another mandolin is getting every jig that I need built out and as precise as...
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    Non-mandolin question (electric guitar)

    Sorry for the non-mandolin question. But my son has been watching me build my first mandolin. He has been mildly interested, but mandolin music is not his thing. I've wanted to get him in the shop...
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    Re: Recommendations for a ruined(?) finish

    Thanks again to everyone. And thanks to those of you who recommended Tru Oil. I've been please with it so far.

    One question: I've gotten seven thin coats of Tru Oil to build up nicely. I've...
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