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Two Mandolins #6: Binding The Body

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Blog entry by Texcaster posted 01-02-2015 01:55 PM 1187 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m really pushing this one now, it’s going to be my new knock around mando. The timber is student grade for Jorge to get his feet wet but I think it will sound pretty good.

Mandolins, archtop guitars and fiddles all have parallel sides, making them easy to overhead route. Spacers are taped to the top edges to route the bottom. Climb cut all the problem areas or little bits of the edge will fly away. The body is bound with no frills 2mm black cabinetmakers edge tape, I didn’t want to use my solomon blackwood here, on this mando.

Overhead trimmer.

Flush cut.

Binding rebate.

sealing the top helps prevent lifting the grain with the tape.

Spacers taped to the top to rebate the bottom

” Ultimate” style scraper made from old tapered plane iron.

working the binding.

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



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shipwright

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#1 posted 01-02-2015 03:05 PM

You make it all look so easy. I’m in awe of people who can build musical instruments.
Is that old UNK in transitional plumage or a new bench buddy?

Thanks for the ride. I’m enjoying it.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#2 posted 01-02-2015 04:25 PM

Work of art, thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 01-02-2015 04:31 PM

Coming along nicely, Bill…. The black celluloid binding complements the body…..I’ve never seen a set-up like you use to cut the groove for the binding….I used a small trim router, and did mine free-hand….Looks like you’re about ready to set the neck…...Is the bird your helper…..lol…?

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#4 posted 01-02-2015 08:44 PM



You make it all look so easy. I m in awe of people who can build musical instruments.
Is that old UNK in transitional plumage or a new bench buddy?

Thanks for the ride. I m enjoying it.

- shipwright

Cheers Mate,
Like boat building, all you have with an instrument is a center line and curves. This little butcher bird is transitional. Soon he’ll be black and white like the much bigger UNK magpie.

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

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Texcaster

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#5 posted 01-02-2015 08:57 PM


Work of art, thanks for sharing.

- siavosh

Thanks for looking and commenting siavosh. I’m really still just getting used to this

They say it is easier to make a decent sounding instrument than one that also looks sensational. Jeffery Yong does exactly that. He has set the bar very high for sound and looks using, what he calls, ” outlaw ” timber. Some of his back and side timber, he says, taps like cardboard. At some stage most prominent luthiers will build an instrument out of rubbish to demonstrate tone producing luthier skills.

http://www.jeffreyyong.com/

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

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Texcaster

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#6 posted 01-02-2015 09:03 PM


Coming along nicely, Bill…. The black celluloid binding complements the body…..I ve never seen a set-up like you use to cut the groove for the binding….I used a small trim router, and did mine free-hand….Looks like you re about ready to set the neck…...Is the bird your helper…..lol…?

- Rick Dennington

Thanks Rick, my overhead trimmer is a home grown solution to a StewMac product. My helpers don’t actually help much but they are really fun to have around.

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

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#7 posted 01-06-2015 04:21 PM

Enjoying this immensely. Thanks Bill.

Butcher is always fun inclusion.

-- ~Tony

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