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    No 5 is en route to its new owner, and I've been in shop improvement mode for the last month or so... No instruments on my bench yet, ... so I am working on an exhaust system for the shop. I have a friend who is an HVAC tech who gave me this (roughly) 1000+ CFM squirrel cage. He recommended creating a system where fresh air is pulled from outside the shop and flows past an arm of smaller duct angled with the airflow out of the shop to create suction. This way anything pulled out of the interior shop will never pass through the fan or motor. Hopefully it works.

    Also on the bench, I recently bought a copy of James Condino's Snakehead plans from GAL. My next build I plan to be a Kalamazoo style flattop and from what I can tell from the little bit of looking around I've done, the Kalamazoo mandos are the exact same shape as the early Gibson A's with the neck joined at the 10th fret. So also down the road when I'm ready to try a carved top (I've only built Flatties up to now) I have a good set of plans to work from.

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    First varnish layer on my latest octave Click image for larger version. 

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    Nice pinholes in the varnish! Ive finished up the binding on this F5. I will glue on the fingerboard tomorrow. Click image for larger version. 

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    Splined the joint of the neck and extension on a violin style mandola build. I routed it out and epoxied ebony in.Click image for larger version. 

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    Timelapse of building the body of a Brescian/Cremonese mandolin:
    I am a luthier specialising in historical and world stringed instruments. You can see more info at my website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fazio View Post
    Nice pinholes in the varnish! I’ve finished up the binding on this F5. I will glue on the fingerboard tomorrow. Click image for larger version. 

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    Beautiful pictures, but when I click the in-line pictures to enlarge they open as PDFs instead of image files. Still works, but wondering if anyone else having this issue?
    I am a luthier specialising in historical and world stringed instruments. You can see more info at my website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusepo View Post
    Timelapse of building the body of a Brescian/Cremonese mandolin:
    You really do work fast! ��
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusepo View Post
    Timelapse of building the body of a Brescian/Cremonese mandolin:
    WOW! Just... Wow!

    It helps to appreciate the time, skill and handwork involved in making your beautiful instruments.

    Thank you so much for posting this!
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    What a fascinating video, Jo. I watched it at normal speed on YT then dropped the speed to 0.25 to see more clearly some of the processes. Incredible work.
    Thanks for posting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusepo View Post
    Beautiful pictures, but when I click the in-line pictures to enlarge they open as PDFs instead of image files. Still works, but wondering if anyone else having this issue?
    Yes, same issue.

    Jo, that is a great video! Will there be a follow up video of making and setting of the neck?
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    Thanks everyone for your kind words! I'm glad you found the video interesting.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Will there be a follow up video of making and setting of the neck?
    The instrument is now finished (I think I posted it somewhere on MC, but maybe I forgot?). I did record a lot of timelapses though and some of them do feature neck construction and the neck tenon. My original plan was to make a much longer video showing the whole process, but it got way too long and was a bit of a pain to have a camera in the way. I'll see what I can put together from the remaining footage.
    I am a luthier specialising in historical and world stringed instruments. You can see more info at my website.

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    I finished up the woodwork today and got to staining. It’s now in the uv box while the sealer coat driesClick image for larger version. 

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    Installed the "whiskey plank" to complete the hull of the Bob's Special canoe today.
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    Looks like fun! Canoe joints and epoxy?

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    Thanks John, Tightbond III for the strips. After the hull is faired, 6oz fiberglass cloth and epoxy.
    And yes, the boatwrights toasted the last plank with a nice Kentucky bourbon.
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    Two mandolins in the finishing stage. One is Tassie Blackwood and Engelmann spruce with a Macassar ebony fingerboard, the other is Camphor Laurel, Engelmann spruce with a ziricote fingerboard. River oak binding and headstocks. Ive been applying hardened shellac for a few days and just about ready for hand polish and fit up. Also a tenor ukulele in Bunya Pine and Jamaican Fiddlewood. I carved the sugarloaf pine neck this afternoon and put it all together to check the fit. Having fun!

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    Finishing up the varnish on this octaveClick image for larger version. 

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    Almost ready to wire up the electric octave mandolin. Its nice getting to pop into the world of guitar tuning machines.

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    Starting my next flat top; Douglas Fir top and some lovely Birdseye Maple for the back with a 1/8" strip of Sapele in the middle.

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    The fir top on my last build sounded so nice I wanted to do it a second time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by soliver View Post
    Starting my next flat top; Douglas Fir top and some lovely Birdseye Maple for the back with a 1/8" strip of Sapele in the middle.

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    The fir top on my last build sounded so nice I wanted to do it a second time!
    I think so many builders overlook non traditional woods. They have been brainwashed into thinking it must have a spruce top. I was told by a well respected classical guitar builder that rosewood and mahogany were the only woods suitable for backs and sides. To me it seems more about the bracing than the wood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soliver View Post
    Starting my next flat top; Douglas Fir top and some lovely Birdseye Maple for the back with a 1/8" strip of Sapele in the middle.

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    The fir top on my last build sounded so nice I wanted to do it a second time!
    I’m sure it will be a nice instrument, but I’m not sure of the wisdom in using a water stained piece of fir. It wouldn’t make the grade for a piece of exposed millwork unless it was specified as ‘distressed’.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soliver View Post
    Starting my next flat top; Douglas Fir top and some lovely Birdseye Maple for the back with a 1/8" strip of Sapele in the middle.

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    The fir top on my last build sounded so nice I wanted to do it a second time!
    Rock on, Mr. Oliver (no relation known)!
    I get what you're doing. Keep it up.

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    I hear you Bill, I just found the natural beauty of the wood attractive... it turned out beautiful and it sounded awesome on the last instrument, so I'm repeating the process.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/147007...7720296449579/

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    Can’t argue with that outcome, sounds great. Nice playing too.

    The color down the center is broken up, which changes the aesthetic for me. Nice contrast to the walnut, which I think is really underutilized.
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    Adrian, and all the others who posted their helpful comments here; thank you for your help! Using Adrian's compression method and scrap yard sourcing as my model, I made some "clamps" from some scrap aluminum, bolts (from a different project), and maple blocks made from from a tree that blew down in our backyard. I was able to clamp my rib stock to my bending strap (strap on the outside of the bend) and successfully bent all the rib pieces for an F5 on some very challenging quilted maple. Previously, I had tried over and over again and no combination of heat or moisture (very little to generous) gave me much success. Certainly not with any consistently. The photos attached show my simple setup that helped me, in case they can help anyone else who is struggling like I was. They're overbuilt, so smaller scrap yard supplies would work too. It's just what was available in my "scrap yard".

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