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    Hello everybody, I have become heavily addicted to building mandolins. My first was an IV F-5 kit, second was the Stew-Mac F-5 kit. Now Iím building from scratch. This mandolin has a compound radius fretboard, 1 1/8 nut, spruce top, flamed maple back, sides, and neck, torch and wire inlay, k and k internal, Custom James tailpiece. Built using the Adrien (Hogo) plans. #4,5,6 were built as a batch. #4 is the only one with color as of today. Hagerty mandolins on Facebook. I wanna say thank you to the mandolin cafe and all of its amazing members. Without you all I would be floundering in the world of mandolin construction. I plan on building as many mandolins as I can.

    The mandolin pictured has just received its first coat of varnish.
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    that is gorgeous. I also just completed my 4th and used Adrians plans as well

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    Jeez, I'm only on number 2. Gotta get ctackin'.

    Looking good. Inlay is very nice.
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    Jacob, nice job! Everything about it looks awesome! I love the figure in the back and the inlay is sharp looking!
    What kind of varnish are you using?

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    I’m spraying shellac then sanding, a couple coats of tru-oil then a French polish on top
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    Looking very nice!
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    Great work, love the torch and wire on a 5!

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    very nice looking! look forward to hearing how it sounds
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob Hagerty View Post
    Iím spraying shellac then sanding, a couple coats of tru-oil then a French polish on top
    So after the tru-oil your are layering on shellac with some oil on the rag?

    What steps are you doing for the staining of the spruce top? I thought that your sunburst looked nice!
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    I apply the stain to the top using an airbrush, then I apply a nice coat of shellac with a spray gun, let it dry. Then I begin to sand till level, if I need another coat of shellac it is applied at this point and level sanded again. Let dry go at least a week before sanding. After it’s level sanded I’m gonna apply 2-3 coats of tru-oil wipe on, wipe off. Then finally a very thin coat of shellac will be applied and French polished. Dry and cure for six weeks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob Hagerty View Post
    I apply the stain to the top using an airbrush, then I apply a nice coat of shellac with a spray gun, let it dry. Then I begin to sand till level, if I need another coat of shellac it is applied at this point and level sanded again. Let dry go at least a week before sanding. After itís level sanded Iím gonna apply 2-3 coats of tru-oil wipe on, wipe off. Then finally a very thin coat of shellac will be applied and French polished. Dry and cure for six weeks
    Sounds like a plan I would like to try -- it must be a very thin finish. I also like the emphasis on shellac -- much healthy product to use then lacquer or varnish. Tru-oil is not so bad to use safely without a hood.
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    Jacob, I'm with you on building mandolins being addictive! I spend way more time working in the shop and have very little time devoted to picking.

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    Hats off to anyone that would even attempt such a build. If i cant put it together with a hammer and gorilla glue, i back off.
    Its not a backwards guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skip Kelley View Post
    Jacob, I'm with you on building mandolins being addictive! I spend way more time working in the shop and have very little time devoted to picking.
    It’s a balance for sure, I own a company, I’m in a relationship, I’m in a band that travels a lot, and tryin to build and play as much as I can.
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    Can I put the first scratch on it? Looking great, Jacob! Can't wait to hear it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob Hagerty View Post
    It’s a balance for sure, I own a company, I’m in a relationship, I’m in a band that travels a lot, and tryin to build and play as much as I can.
    Beautiful work and such a busy schedule!

    But wait until you're retired, you'll wonder how you ever had time to work
    Play it like you mean it.

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    Wow they look great. Please share a video of you playing one.

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    as said, looks great, i have a friend who has built a lot, and he told me doing the wire on one side wasn't bad, but getting th3 e 2 to match was look. look great

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