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    This is mando #15.

    Sitka spruce top, black walnut for the rest. James bridge and tailpiece, Tru-oil finish.

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    Not perfect but headed in the right direction I think...

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    That's some striking walnut you found. Nice.
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    Default Re: Burtenshaw Mandolin #15...

    Quote Originally Posted by billhay4 View Post
    That's some striking walnut you found. Nice.
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    Like Bill said, that is some nice looking walnut! I know builders that wonít use it. Iíve made one out of it and I sounded great to me.
    Nice work!

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    Thanks Bill and Skip. I really like walnut. This is the 5th mando I've built from walnut and also one "Dobro" and I like it very much. It's easy to carve and very stable and I like the looks and the sound as well. I'm going to make a guitar from walnut one of these days. Just need a little more time...

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    Nice work and lovely sounding mandolin.
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    Your mando has a beautiful backside. I really like that walnut.
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    This looks and sounds great. I like Walnut as an instrument wood, some of my favorite Epiphone archtop guitars are walnut builds.

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    I have to say but yeah man that Baby's got back! Looks fantastic-the whole package! Some people have a bad allergic reaction to using Black Walnut, I built a table out of it once and had no issue however.

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    It's beautiful! I'm going to finish my current project with Tru Oil. How many coats did you put on it to get that lovely shine?

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    Thanks Rdeane,
    I put a lot of coats on because it doesn't build very fast. Maybe 30 - 40 coats with level sanding at least twice in-between . The leveling takes a lot of finish off so the final finish is still very thin. I think next time I'll build up with Seal-lac and do the leveling with that and then use less coats of Tru-oil. It's a nice finish with a great feel and nice sheen kind of between satin and gloss.

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    Sounds nice and the back is really cool!
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    Great sounding attractive instrument! I like to see (and hear) examples of mandolins that are constructed using tone woods other than traditional maple for the backs and sides (even tho I love Maple).

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    Very nice looking and sounding mandolin, and that walnut is stunning!
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