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    Hi Guys, hope that you are all managing to keep well and safe.
    I’ve just started to build a new emando, this time with a chambered body.
    Above is what I’m calling “the core”.
    I'm doing a series of YouTube videos on the build process, so if your interested here’s the playlist.
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...rvp8N_Dx9xOCoN

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    I'm becoming your friendly neighbourhood video embedder :


    Cool stuff Gary!

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    interesting. Can't wait to see & hear the end result!
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    The new emando has just gained some beautiful Koa sides.
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    And here's how I did it!



    Cheers Gary

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    Thanks again Gary for the very clear and instructive videos you produce. Always so enjoyable to watch and hear.
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    This sort of thread is truly fun! Looking forward to the next video, Gary.
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    I’ve been working on the first stages of the neck; preparing the sapele, laminating for both decoration and stability, spliced head joint, inserting carbon fibre, head overlay, shaping the head and volute, tuner holes............
    And here's how I got there-

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    Another clear, interesting and very instructional video, Gary. Thanks for posting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kelly View Post
    Another clear, interesting and very instructional video, Gary. Thanks for posting.
    Many thanks John, your comments are always greatly appreciated.
    Take care and keep safe.
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    I’ve been working on the Koa back, to match the sides that you would have seen in an earlier post. I wanted to incorporate; what Alembic call a “continuous wood backplate”. However, lacking sophisticated machinery, I had to use my router, a template and template follower and a 1mm diameter cutter. Now, if you’ve drilled 1mm holes you know that the drill can bend or break quite easily, so it was with some trepidation that I put 1mm cutter into a plunging router……….

    Cheers Gary

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    Gary, I loved your shooting board. The tutors at Anniesland College back in 2003/4, Paul, Bill and Michael, had us making and using a shooting board, and I still use mine to this day. Our preferred method of checking the edges of the joint for accuracy was to press both pieces together against the window pane and then carefully look for any light creeping through the joint line. The slightest leak of light meant a bit more planing. It worked a treat. Working with hand tools, jigs and other bits you have made yourself is so satisfying.

    Thanks for another enjoyable video, and stay safe.
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    I’ve just made the tailpiece for the emando and the video below gives you an idea of the processes involved in making one.
    One thing that occurred to me as I was making it; it’s one of the few things that I make, where you can start and finish it in the same session- no gluing, no finishing etc. just hewn from one piece of material!
    Cheers Gary

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    That is excellent! Thanks for posting this.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    The body of the electric mandolin is now together and all that extra internal work hidden from view- unless you watch the video!
    Cheers Gary- and a Happy Christmas to one and all!

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    Another great video, Gary. I love the idea of your carving the top rather than having a flat top, and those rebates for the controls are rather classy too!
    Have a happy and safe Christmas and I look forward to your next video in the New Year.
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    Just watched the latest video ... thanks so much for these, Gary! It’s like dropping in for tea and catching up on your latest work. Echoing John Kelly on the safe & happy Christmas.
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    ........One thing that occurred to me as I was making it; it’s one of the few things that I make, where you can start and finish it in the same session- no gluing, no finishing etc. just hewn from one piece of material!


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    Nice looking electric. thanks for sharing
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    Quote Originally Posted by MB-Octo View Post
    Just watched the latest video ... thanks so much for these, Gary! It’s like dropping in for tea and catching up on your latest work. Echoing John Kelly on the safe & happy Christmas.
    Anytime you're this way, you're welcome to a cuppa!
    Cheers Gary

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    I am really enjoying your videos. I am building something similar. Not quite as complicated though. I wish I had thought of the centre section cutting out and gluing. I did a lot of drilling and routing ����#♂️.
    I have made one that I have posted about previously. The current one is a variation trying to make it easier to build. You are providing some inspiration (to actually pull my finder out) to get on with it.
    I wish you a Happy Christmas and prosperous new year.

    Keep the videos coming.

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