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    Re: Nut File Size vs String Size

    The slots will be okay just a slight bit over but the strings should only go up half the thickness in the slot.. But the nut slot should slope away towards the tuners.. Same at the bridge, sloping...
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    Re: Tone bar placement on an A style

    I've been building A styles for only about 5 or 6 years and have been making F styles for almost 20.. My A style braces are pretty much the same as the F's .. I think that the braces are more to...
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    Re: Bob White mandolins

    I attended a workshop sponsered by Mr. White, in the art of building mandolins several years ago.. Very nice guy, and made me want to be all that I can be.. It was at a folk fair in down town ...
  4. Thread: Bedpan-dolin

    by buckhorn
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    Re: Bedpan-dolin

    196889196889 the mighty pandolin
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    Re: Two Point Mandolin

    I've made several inside forms for both A and F style mandolins.. they work great for me.. but I have done away with using the inside spanners after my first couple of builds.. .. instead, I just...
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    Latest photo of the BUCKHORN family

    196810 The latest additions to my family.. Some are older, but the mandolins are all fresh off the bench.. And yes, there is a lefty in there too.. Some are even looking to be rehomed......
  7. Thread: Nut width..

    by buckhorn
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    Nut width..

    Just to be more clear, when talking about NUT width, what is the normal length.. I know, it's a personal thing, but I've seen anywhere from 1 inch to as high as 1 1/4 inch.. And the most important...
  8. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    With my first mandolin, I tried to build without a thickness gage.. Of course I got to thick on the bass and too thin on the trebble... It cracked.. learned how to replace a top right off the...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    196465196465 here are their backsides
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    196464 Been working through most of the summer and here they are.. five F5's and one A5... One of the F5's is a lefty.. I offered it up for sale about a year age when it was unfinished.. No one...
  11. Re: Dead Sounding Strings - Do I have a bridge issue?

    the slots my be filed backwards also, slopping in instead of back..
  12. Re: seeking advice/connection to builder to re-top an F5

    I've done a few top replacements with both Fs and As.. the fret board does have to be removed because of the fret board extension.. the extension sets on top of the plate and is either screwed in...
  13. Re: US Made Mandolins "around $1500" (a...hopefully...helpful lis

    My mandolins are all hand made in my shop (one man) using materials from local mills and suppliers.. They are made from LOAR style prints as close as possible.. My A style mandos start at $1000 and...
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    Binding has cracks when mounted

    About 90% of the time, I get a really good joint when I glue up my binding. This time I used black ABS for my binding. While level sanding, the dust seeped into the cracks and is a bear to get out....
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    195062 Here is what I've had on the bench the last few weeks..
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    Re: Low/No budget DIY mandolin making tools

    Being the kind of guy with concerns over cost control, I've made many of my own jigs, forms and tools.. when forming, I use 2x4s to press the bent rim parts.. I've made a few custom clamps.. what...
  17. Thread: Douglas fir

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    Re: Douglas fir

    I have both an A and an F in the rack in the white that have fir tops.. I've made four others using the same, and have no problems with splits or cracks.. did have a pitch pocket scare, but lucked...
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    Re: Truss Rod Wrap

    I use straws from Olive Garden.. They fit almost perfectly for the 3/16 steal rod I use when I make my own...
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    Re: Non-musician Luthiers

    I have been building mandolins since 2001, and offering parts for sale since 2010.. I have made about 30 some mandolins under my belt with many repairs to mandos, violins , ukes , and guitars .. ...
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    Re: Gassing for next Mandolin

    I have two F's and two A's that are in the white.. you want finish them yourself ?????
  21. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    I've never been one to spend the big bucks for the 4A and 5A figured maple.. Most of the maple I use comes from local suppliers and is in the 2A to 4A range.. The dedicated picker wants the sound...
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    Re: Neck Block Materials

    I use mostly mahogany for all blocks and points.. It's hard to find it in thickness to make solid blocks.. So I started cross graining 3/4 inch materials , and have done so for a long time.. lots...
  23. Thread: Price Tag

    by buckhorn
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    Re: Price Tag

    Just because my name isn't in the top ten (or even twenty) of famous builders, don't overlook what I can do.. There are many of us "hobby builders" that make a fine sounding and looking mandolin.. ...
  24. Thread: Price Tag

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    Re: Price Tag

    A lot of us small time builders are happy to make and sell a few mandolins a year.. When you are a one man shop, the pressure is to make a quality product and keep it at a very reasonable price.. ...
  25. Re: Stewmac router binding jig - experiences anyone?

    Cutting the binding channel is probably the #1 scariest part of the build.. I started by cutting by hand and realizing that took way too long.. Next was the dremmel with Stew-Mac cutter.. That...
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