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    Default My first mandolin

    I have built a number of instruments, mostly ukuleles and some small parlor guitars. I wanted to try something different and I like Celtic music so I've built an octave mandolin. Laminated black walnut sides (very stiff), X braced top and back with 15' radiuses, Alaskan yellow cedar top, koa binding and headplate, side sound port,ebony fingerboard (cut down Martin Guitar D-28 fingerboard acquired as a scrap since it had an edge chip), 21.25" scale, gold EVO frets.
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    Default Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tukanu View Post
    Just completed a nice little Selmer Style 4 string jazz mando. It is made of Sycamore and Spruce with a maple neck.
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    Thanks Jim.
    The customer wanted a 330mm scale, basically 13". It is strung with Thomastik (of course).
    I went a little lighter on the bracing because it has only 4 strings.
    Interesting choice of sycamore. What are the tonal properties of that wood? I am unfamiliar with that though we have a large sycamore in our front yard. It is still doing well so no mandolins out of that one yet.
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    Default Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Interesting choice of sycamore. What are the tonal properties of that wood? I am unfamiliar with that though we have a large sycamore in our front yard. It is still doing well so no mandolins out of that one yet.
    Very similar to mahogany, but with a more interesting grain.

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    Default Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    I'm mostly a mandolin builder, but given the enthusiasm of folks in this thread for beautiful woods, I couldn't help but post my latest build, all local woods from Tanzania where I live. Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    No disrespect for the beautiful instruments in this thread. Clearing off my bench is my main motivation to build an instrument. It gets like this very quickly after a build or repair. Well, not sideways.

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    Default Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    This has been competing for bench time with the Griffith tribute.
    F5 pegheads are not the only ones that take too much time! I could have made several entire guitar necks in the time this peghead has taken... so far!
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    That inlay is magnificent, John, and the volute is so beautifully sharp.
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    Very nice. A two piece birds beak neck joint?
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    Thanks folks.
    The inlay I farmed out to Precision Pearl. It's a standard pattern that they have in the computer (CNC), so I wouldn't cut and inlay those pearl pieces for what they charge me.
    The diamond volute is purely cosmetic. It is carved on a one piece neck. This will make half a dozen guitars for the same customer, all with the same peghead.

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    The precision of your work is what makes the "purely cosmetic" aspects - including the inlay and slots - so stunning, at least to my eye.
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    The diamond volute originated with methods of attaching a separate piece of wood to the neck shaft for the peghead. There are 3 different neck joints (that I know of) that can result in a diamond volute... or not, if it is simply carved away. It's a somewhat curious thing that the look is so popular that the volute remains even though the joints have largely fallen by the wayside. When we build a one-piece neck with a diamond volute we are imitating a glue joint.

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    Default Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Blackwood and spruce, mahogany neck, ebony fretboard and binding, Blackheart Sugar Maple headstock veneer. Waiting for finish to set up a bit more (and for a drilling jig to arrive) then will install tuners.

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    My first attempt at a nyckelharpa coming along. Sawed sides!

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    The Griffith tribute is finally strung up.
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    Very nice, wonderful finish.
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    My first attempt at a nyckelharpa coming along. Sawed sides!
    Cool! Are the sides of your nyckelharpa cut from solid? Is that the usual method of construction. I'd always assumed they were built like violins.

    Here's the colascione all completed...


    A soundboard and pegbox for an oud...


    And how bear claw spruce is made
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    Hey John I have to ask, is the joke here that this is the Griffith Observatory?

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    Yes, the Griffith Observatory inlay is a bit of a joke suggested by the owner of the mandolin. I gather that it is a well known landmark, but It's probably more recognizable to people from the western US than it is in these parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusepo View Post
    And how bear claw spruce is made
    I always wondered about that. 😹

    Have you been talking with Bill Bussmann???

    Also liking the inlay on the oud top. And the rosette on the colascione. Beautiful work, as always, from your hands.

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    Someone got it!

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    Not on my bench for the photo because I hung it up outside. Busy varnishing.
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