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    Re: Lightweight Octave Mandolin Cases

    I have an older (original Montana) Weber Yellowstone F OM with probably the same case, and yeah, it's overbuilt. Way too heavy to use for sessions or gigs.

    What I've been using on the rare...
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    Re: Weber Dropping 2-Points?

    Weber definitely offers 2 and 3 point body shapes as a custom option.
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    Re: Instrument Case Stand

    Man, that's sharp! I like how it turned out.

    I used that same sanding-acetone preparation process several years ago for painting white PVC when I was installing my rainwater catchment system. It...
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    Re: Instrument Case Stand

    Mike, you'd be my hero but the guitar to mando ratio is way off. ;)

    Whittle, nice work.
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    Re: Instrument Case Stand

    Nice work. I've used PVC for a few things over the years. The Gorilla glue is a good idea as the PVC cement is not forgiving at all when you make a mistake.

    My wife's company was getting rid of a...
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    Re: Instrument Case Stand

    Very nice finished product! And excellent write-up.

    I need to do something similar in my music room. I have a bunch of instruments in their cases laying on the floor or leaning against walls. I...
  7. Re: Breedlove production moving to China -- Will Weber be next?

    Hey fellow mandolin warriors. To put fears to rest. There are no intensions of ever moving any part of Weber to China. We will remain a domestically built family of instruments.
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    Re: Siminoff H5 Build

    Whittle, you can size the binding by cutting, sanding or whatever it takes to reduce the height to fit to the sides. I personally try not to cut into the sides. My binding rests on the sides. I...
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    Re: Siminoff H5 Build

    You're doing a really good job on that !!! Keep it going !!!

    Jim


    https://www.facebook.com/jimmy.combra

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DUGTTuoRPs
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    Re: Siminoff H5 Build

    Whittle, you are doing a great job on your build! The inlay routing looks great! Ebony is so brittle and hard; I don't like cutting it. I would use a bit to clean up the channel. Go slow and don't...
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    Re: Siminoff H5 Build

    That is really good! Takes a lot of the scariness out of it, makes it less intimidating. Well done!
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    Re: Siminoff H5 Build

    Looks to me like you're on the right track!
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    Re: Siminoff H5 Build

    Looking just great! I did the same as you and built an IV A-5 kit first for practice.

    I also made my own spool clamps. Like you I eventually used 1/4" X 4" carriage bolts and 1 1/4" doweling...
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    Right you are! Thanks! :)

    Dissolve 1 oz of dye in 500 mL (or 1 pint) of hot distilled water. Refer to post #10 in string
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    Re: Water or Alcohol for hand applied sunburst

    I like to mix with alcohol. Just have to be careful sealing with the shellac afterwards so it doesn't smear it. I use a small air brush for the seal coat.
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    Finishing using wiping varnish

    Here's an excellent article on making and using wiping varnish. I generally spray lacquer, but decided to post this because there seems to be an ongoing interest in wiped curing varnishes (such as...
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    Re: Cutting a scroll binding channel

    I don't have any in action shots but here is the scroll cutting pin router jig set up that I made for F-5s. The template is shaped with scroll opening and rabbited inset to accommodate the binding...
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    Re: Cutting a scroll binding channel

    Got this set on Ebay long ago. Wasn't Buck or some other name brand so no one else bid on them.
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    Re: Cutting a scroll binding channel

    Still on the bench from last weeks bindery, whatever you do, do not watch a Tom Ellis powerpoint on his giant scroll-carving robot, or you may move on to cutting boards and jewelry boxes...........
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    Re: Cutting a scroll binding channel

    Found it.
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    Re: Cutting a scroll binding channel

    I do mark the curve of the binding slot around the scroll (top or back view), but I mostly just eyeball the line of the side binding (side view). I cut the slot and bind the scroll before it is fully...
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    Re: Cutting a scroll binding channel

    I use 3/16" by .060" body bindings, so my ultimate goal is a slot that size. I sneak up on both measurements. So my first cut will be something like 1/8" (in the 3/16" direction) and around .030" (in...
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    Re: Cutting a scroll binding channel

    Be patient, use whatever tools work for you, take your time, walk away before you get frustrated and come back later, cut the channel as accurately as possible because plastic binding will conform to...
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    Re: JBovier FM5

    I had one that I sold a couple months back. It was a well crafted instrument, with a nice THROATY voice and a beautiful instrument. Also came in one of the nicest custom shaped HSCs (brown faux...
  25. Re: Post a picture of your completed mandolin built from a kit

    Sealing the whole mandolin with shellac and then true oiling over is perfectly ok. I've done 2 mandolins this way and they both turned out well. If you go with the can shellac, you'll need to do...
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