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Two Mandolins #1: Two Mandos

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Blog entry by Texcaster posted 10-31-2014 02:10 PM 1531 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Jorge has been working with me two mornings a week learning a bit about woodworking and lutherie. We’re building two mandos. All the photos will be of his instrument. I only started taking pics today. Two sides are bent and in the only mold. This will be an on going blog, a mando takes about two weeks full time.

Jorge came up with this variation of the chalk fitting method. Chalk is rubbed on to the arch pattern.

The chalk is left on the high spots

Scraping the rough carving

Almost ready for sanding

Mandolin arch patterns.

The Maggie stays near the reception area.

Two sides in the mold

Jorge plays one of my basses, it’s in for a new bridge I made. Like the double bass in my avatar this neck is bolt on for portability. It is getting harder to find an airline that will bother with a DB.

Emergency lighter, steel wool and a 9V battery

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.



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handsawgeek

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#1 posted 10-31-2014 03:53 PM

Wow, This looks like a really good project. I will definitely be following this series.

-- Ed

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#2 posted 11-04-2014 02:11 PM

Some how I missed this initially.

Just fascinating. Thank you Bill.

-- ~Tony

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