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    Quote Originally Posted by Lappy View Post
    a teardrop, Sitka spruce and bigleaf maple, leather case padded and lined, still have to fit the bridge
    Good work, Lappy, and nice to see you back at the Cafe. Hope everything's going well. Any tunes for us?
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    Back in my #8 through #18 days I would have had 11 multiples of several mistakes.
    Thankfully I pay attention to detail and keep good notes on my process. Always room for improvement but I rarely make a “mistake”. A good luthier knows how to fix them.
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    Dont mind me asking. What kind of a time frame to just get one finished? Thats quite a undertaking with whats on your bench. Nice.
    I started these in July 2020, they take as long as they take I’m not on a schedule, I work for myself, by myself. I assume these will be finished up around August or September. My customers are thankfully very patient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob Hagerty View Post
    Thankfully I pay attention to detail and keep good notes on my process. Always room for improvement but I rarely make a “mistake”. A good luthier knows how to fix them.
    Fightin' words, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Jacobson View Post
    Fightin' words, lol.
    Nah, I'll just aspire to make fewer mistakes and fix the rare ones I make.

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    Wetting to raise the grain on a two-point. This is going to look good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skip Kelley View Post
    Wetting to raise the grain on a two-point. This is going to look good.
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    Thats a Nice looking back.

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    First ever attempt at "real" inlay!
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    Due to COVID pandemic circumstances, I've been set up in our apartment on one bench working at like 1/10th speed with my studio packed up in storage awaiting a major move several states away. Here's the first of some new mandolin and octave mandolin models that have been on the back burner for years. Feels good to get these going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunburst View Post
    Nah, I'll just aspire to make fewer mistakes and fix the rare ones I make.
    I appreciate you John. You have been a huge help and inspiration in my whole process, as well as a wealth of extremely helpful knowledge.

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    Here is a book match for a top. Might have a challenge with the end being ripped out, and maybe not I’lll just make it to neck side instead of the end of the instrument. The colors made me think I mixed up a couple wedges but the saw marks line up correctly. Funny how things can color change.Click image for larger version. 

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    My avatar is of my OldWave Oval A

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    A rounder bodied baroque mandolin coming up to completion soon...
    I am a luthier specialising in historical and world stringed instruments. You can see more info at my website.

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    I got great string tension. The cast and structure is holding up well.
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    Its fully tuned. No stress cracks. Nothing for issues.

    Thanks for looking.

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    Grain filling with epoxy on the right; gives a good indication of what it'll look like when varnished!
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    I bought an old Washburn M2 that missing a top and carved a new one. It is the first time I used micro mesh pads on the shellac, and I was surprised at how much sheen I could achieve. Also shown is my K Salon hot hide glue pot which also melts wax to get rid of unwanted hair. Luthiers have to look their best even in the workshop!

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    I am a luthier specialising in historical and world stringed instruments. You can see more info at my website.

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    Grain filling with epoxy on the right; gives a good indication of what it'll look like when varnished!
    That's very attractive, Spencer. It's going to be a beautiful instrument!

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    Every now and then, I get an instrument that compels me get the rubber gloves out. This teens Gibson oval hole mandolin is the worst so far and was a measure more gross than your typical player mung.

    The mandolin is owned by a person that is suffering from Dementia and unrecognized by, or unknown to him, there was a rather bad roach and carpet bug infestation in his home. I brought this to the attention of the person helping him out and the issue has since been dealt with.

    The mandolin had hung on his wall, undisturbed and un-played for several years. The dark dots and streaks seen in the images, are insect excrement. This person is also a heavy smoker and the instrument was well laced with Nicotine funk. The original case was stored in a closet and had a few roaches still doing their thing when it was given to me. I immediately sprayed it with Permethrin for fabrics, followed with a thorough vacuuming.

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    I think that is a stink bug all the way to the right. Must have taken a wrong turn somewhere...
    Sucker for a hard luck case

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    The inside of that old Gibson is gross.

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    Repeat after me: "No thank you."

    End of discussion!

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    Well worth saving. It will be beautiful once you're done.
    My avatar is of my OldWave Oval A

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    Yep, been there , seen that. After working as a violin repairer and builder for 26 + years, I have seen lots of bug (cockroach) poo and even skeletons of mice inside instruments.

    That should clean up ok.
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    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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    Eeww. Yuck. The mandolin will be so happy when you are done.

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    Hah. All I can think about is the summer my brother and I were tasked with removing 25 years of bat guano from the attic of an old house that had been divided into apartments, in Eastern NC. That mandolin might be unpleasant, but it can always be worse . . .
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    The mandolin did clean up nicely and the bug excrement all came off without leaving any staining or blemishes. Still have some poo spots inside and I may yet go after those with a bit of dampened rag taped onto a stiff wire. I used an ultrasonic cleaner with a Windex bath for the tuners and metal parts, a real time saver and cleaned them up like new. Waiting now for strings to come in, so I can do a setup and get it finish up. It is an all the original example, with original case and is structurally sound. It will be a rather nice piece once I get it set up.
    Sucker for a hard luck case

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