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Blog series by Tomy Hovington updated 03-27-2018 08:47 PM 21 parts 34804 reads 21 comments total

Part 1: Octave Mandolin build #1( Making the print)

09-03-2016 03:24 AM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

Following up on my previous blog post.. In this short time lapse video I’m sharing the process I went through to make the print for this Octave Mandolin Build. Have a look here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ImTQOWnNgU

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Part 2: Making the mold

09-10-2016 05:40 AM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

This post is to keep you in the loop on my process in making the octave mandolin. I’ve link a video of the process… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwbo3uzQXZw

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Part 3: Bending the sides

09-11-2016 03:26 AM by Tomy Hovington | 3 comments »

This is a follow up video on the last one where I was building the mold for this instrument. In this video i’m bending the sides… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APFf3BoQ2E0!https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/odbliy5.jpg!

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Part 4: Making the Rim

09-26-2016 04:48 AM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

Latest update on my Octave Mandolin build, In this part I’m Making the Rim. I will leave a link to the video… Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NngwNzVoZ1c

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Part 5: How to carve an Archtop Soundboard

10-30-2016 05:02 AM by Tomy Hovington | 2 comments »

Following up on the current build… This next part is the carving process of the soundboard. Link to view the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzTgu1dqCSU

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Part 6: Tone bars, Apertures, and glue up

11-19-2016 07:14 PM by Tomy Hovington | 3 comments »

This is the latest video in the build of the Octave Mandolin. In this segment I’m gluing the freshly made soundboard to the quilted Maple rim. Adding the tone bars and cutting out the Apertures. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmdEjQzoCDA

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Part 7: Tap Tuning the Soundboard tone bars

11-23-2016 04:07 AM by Tomy Hovington | 2 comments »

This video is a tutorial on how I use Peterson strobe tuner to tune the tone bars on the Octave Mandolin i’m building. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7DSON0kS6U

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Part 8: Making the Backboard

01-27-2017 04:16 PM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

I took a bit of time off over the holiday period but for all of you who were following the Octave Mandolin build… Here is the latest part. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0Z3w0zclIM

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Part 9: Tuning the Backboard of the Octave Mandolin

03-28-2017 03:09 AM by Tomy Hovington | 1 comment »

After a bit of a pause I finally was able to get back to this build… It feels really good!Watch the video… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNJfder-emQ

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Part 10: Octave Mandolin Backboard glue up

04-29-2017 05:44 AM by Tomy Hovington | 1 comment »

The Octave mandolin is taking shape and this video will take you through the steps needed to glue up the freshly completed Backboard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFqMVRwiYIk

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Part 11: Installing Ebony Binding

09-18-2017 10:21 PM by Tomy Hovington | 1 comment »

It as been awhile since I added a video in this build, The fact is that I just move to a new house/shop and had to setup shop before getting back to it… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tg7Ddm2WYA&t=29s

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Part 12: Making the neck for the octave mandolin

09-29-2017 04:18 PM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

Following up with the Octave mandolin updates.. In this latest video I’m takind a AAA grade quilted maple neck blank and cutting it and shaping it to a neck. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wioT-oYsQq0&t=25s

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Part 13: Hand cut Mother of Pearl inlay

11-15-2017 05:08 AM by Tomy Hovington | 2 comments »

Here is the latest part of the custom Octave mandolin build. In this Video I’m hand cutting custom MoP from blanks to then inlay them into a Ebony Veneer on the Peg Head. Check out the video..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPq6KdpQNhA&t=34s

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Part 14: How to make a Dovetail neck joint by hand

12-18-2017 11:33 PM by Tomy Hovington | 2 comments »

My build series on the Octave Mandolin build has a new video featuring a hand cut dovetail neck joint. here is a link to see it: Check it out!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbBYzcu2oqM&t=27s

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Part 15: Making the Octave Mandoli Ebony Fretboard

01-09-2018 04:25 AM by Tomy Hovington | 1 comment »

For those of you who follow the Octave Mandolin build, This is the latest video in the playlist… Check it out!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_qVYiysP0k&t=2s

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Part 16: Strings are on the custom Octave Mandolin

01-27-2018 03:56 AM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

For all of you following my custom Octave Mandolin build you’ll be happy to know that I put the strings on it in this video.. check it out!!! https://youtu.be/DVUIsFkv7ps

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Part 17: Voicing the air chamber

01-30-2018 10:22 PM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

Latest video of the Octave mandolin Build is available… Check it out!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0OVTwLyU9o&t=25s

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Part 18: French Polishing the Octave Mandolin

02-12-2018 01:33 AM by Tomy Hovington | 1 comment »

Follow up video in the custom Octave Mandolin build. entering the finishing stages and applied the French polish in the video. Check it Out!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9BWh8AYQg8&t=25s

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Part 19: French Polishing the Octave Mandolin (Spiriting Off)

02-14-2018 10:40 PM by Tomy Hovington | 1 comment »

This is the follow up video about the French polish that was applied on the Octave mandolin. In this video I’m talking about the spiriting off of the finish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XVf1i2kKO0&t=25s

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Part 20: Custom Octave Mandolin

03-15-2018 03:10 AM by Tomy Hovington | 1 comment »

This project was commissioned and was quite the undertaking. My customer wanted a Octave Mandolin with a archtop and flat backboard. Since there was no blueprints to make such an instrument I had to do research, compile information and sketch my own drawing to even start the project. This build stretch over a year and a bit and was just completed.The wood used in this project is AAA quilted Maple back sides and neck, Engelmann AAA Spruce top, ebony fretboard, binding, and peghead veneer. Maho...

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Part 21: Octave Mandolin prints

03-27-2018 08:47 PM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

So, I was asked many times during the Octave Mandolin build if the prints were or if they would be available. They are now! https://youtu.be/b72YZaAF-WE

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