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    Re: No Power Tool Mandolin

    Here's how you do it --


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDQg6qFjjy0

    Steve
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    Re: No Power Tool Mandolin

    Check out this guy making guitars from pallets. DEPALET- artisanal reclaimed wood guitars


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OX6NBxh-Rw0
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    Re: No Power Tool Mandolin

    Laminate back can be quite good. I've heard more than enough laminated back guitars that were better than all soild wood even from the same factory...
    But for tops laminate changes game completely....
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    Re: No Power Tool Mandolin

    I believe in using mostly hand tools to build these instruments. My first couple of mandolins I proudly claimed to have been made with only hand tools. But then I realized that it just wasn't true...
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    Re: No Power Tool Mandolin

    Take a look at Brian Dean's website. http://www.labraid.ca/ The man builds with no power tools. He holds some very strong prejudices against the use of them. I think that (directly or indirectly) has...
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    Re: No Power Tool Mandolin

    Irving Sloane wrote built classical guitars and wrote books on his construction methods, and he mostly used hand tools.
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    I originally was supportive of the OP but...as John Paul Sartre said..."The only reality is action." I was intrigued by the OP at first and was lured along by the naivety of the topic---it has grown...
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    Re: No Power Tool Mandolin

    Like a guy said to me years ago...
    “Fast, Cheap, or Right, pick any two. Fast and cheap won’t be right, cheap and right won’t be fast and fast and right will be far from cheap!”
    And especially on...
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    There is one thing you can count on. There will be mistakes made in thinking and doing, there will be pieces of wood that do something unexpected, there will be tools that turn out to not be the best...
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    I think this is true, and itís not as easy as the professionals make it look in the videos!

    Martyís time lapse videos are an exaggerated example of this, he makes it look fast, simple, and easy -...
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    Re: No Power Tool Mandolin

    Classical guitar luthiers do use molds. For positioning during gluing, if nothing else. It might not be the whole shape, but something to "indicate" your parts to where they need to be is essential,...
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    Re: No Power Tool Mandolin

    You asked if the sound would change if you formed the sides around the soundboard.
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    That's how I do it. It's not "a bit harder to clamp"... it's fiendishly difficult to do. Clamping isn't the problem. Getting the joint perfect is the problem, all the way around the perimeter, with...
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    Hey Pranav,

    I've been away from the computer a couple days. At least as far as the MC goes. I'm sorry to hear of your self-inflicted wound. I've done the same with a chisel. I thought that was...
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    Early medieval lute just finished :)

    https://i.imgur.com/tRnooJV.jpg
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    Re: No Power Tool Mandolin

    If I am not mistaken the same rules apply to wood whether you bring in boards or a finished mandolin. You don't want to make a mandolin that gets impounded. Check into it please.
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    Re: No Power Tool Mandolin

    A couple of questions, Pranav, to help me gain some clarity. No condescension intended, so please bear with me. These are based on your earliest comments in this thread and comments in another...
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    Re: No Power Tool Mandolin

    Hmm... OK. I have a wall full of them, and still don't have enough. :-)
    A vise is useful to have, and everyone should have at least one vice.
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    Re: Material cost to build

    I am a hobby builder.. I build for my own enjoyment. Been a woodworker since big enough to leave dad an grandpa's tools out in the yard to rust. Did learn the hard way not to do that again. Cost has...
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    Re: Material cost to build

    What I am gathering from this discussion is that many or most builders are paying retail for their wood and hardware. That's doesn't seem right to me. I know with AllParts if you call them and say...
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    Re: No Power Tool Mandolin

    Gluing side grain, if the surfaces are perfectly flat, the glue is good, and the joint is clamped well, is stronger than the surrounding wood. Gluing end grain is always much weaker than the...
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    Re: No Power Tool Mandolin

    It's all in good fun. Maybe a little mockery. Probably some sarcasm. But, I certainly don't want to be entertained at the misery of others -- that's what COPS is for! :)):crying::))

    I was...
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    Talking to a friend of mine decades ago, who also was a luthier. He said he was at a dinner with friends, all luthiers, he was looking around the table and happened to notice he was the only one with...
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    Re: No Power Tool Mandolin

    Like I say, this is an entertaining thread. Already at 9 pages, I think it has the potential to go the distance!

    FWIW, Pranav, I hope you were joking about the stitches. Otherwise, I hope you...
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    Re: No Power Tool Mandolin

    Drawings are on the way. Hard to tell when they get there...
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