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Project by Ozfiddler posted 01-11-2009 12:12 AM 1358 views 5 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first mandolin – it took me three months in my spare time and I finished it last night – I was amazed at how good it sounds.

mandolin

The neck is Queensland maple, the back is padouk, the sides Tasmanian blackwood and the top is birdseye maple. I used traditional lutherie techniques and used liquid hide glue throughout the instrument. You can see more photos and the journey of the whole project on my blog

And you can hear what it sounds like here

Cheers
Jerry

-- Jerry, Australia





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Rj

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#1 posted 01-11-2009 12:27 AM

You should be very proud -It looks great .
Job Well done

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#2 posted 01-11-2009 12:42 AM

Wow! This is really beautiful, not only because you did such a good job, but because it’s a combination of woods you just don’t see on instruments every day.

By the way, I used to have a friend here in New Orleans who spelled his last name the same as yours… not all that common.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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mrtrim

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#3 posted 01-11-2009 01:41 AM

wow is right, awsome mandolin ! exellent work . i bet it has a really big sound with that body shape as well .
great job

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#4 posted 01-11-2009 01:43 AM

i think you really should tell us what it says underneath too !! lol

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russty

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#5 posted 01-11-2009 02:50 AM

love it
some day soon gona try that
you are too good

-- With God's help all things are possible- even woodworking

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Ozfiddler

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#6 posted 01-11-2009 03:31 AM

Hey thanks guys :-) btw the hidden message reads: “May this mandolin bring the joy of music to all”.
The mando has a rich tone and a long sustain, so the design paid off well :-)

That said, Tasmanian blackwood is not easy to bend – it fractures easily so I probably won’t use it on future instrument sides. hmmm maybe I need a small drum sander ;-)

I used to have a violin made from birdseye maple – I figured that type of timber would make for a good sound board – and it did! The padouk was lovely to work.

Overall there’s loads of things I could have done better – the binding hides a multitude of sins – but I learned a whole lot in the process. And I’m very happy with the sound – I’ll put something on YouTube soon so you can hear it

Cheers
Jerry

-- Jerry, Australia

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#7 posted 01-11-2009 03:52 AM

That certainly is beautiful. Great wood selection. A real one of, custom.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 01-11-2009 04:05 AM

sweet

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#9 posted 01-11-2009 04:23 AM

Thanks Mtnwild and Kolwdwrkr :-) I’ve certainly increased my respect for luthiers who do this sort of thing for a living!

-- Jerry, Australia

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#10 posted 01-11-2009 04:31 PM

Good use of spare time. I love music and this piece is extremely beautiful. Great job.

-- Dana

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#11 posted 01-11-2009 05:53 PM

Nicely done. A musical instrument to be proud of.

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#12 posted 01-11-2009 11:37 PM

Thanks Dana and Maplewood – much appreciated :-)

-- Jerry, Australia

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#13 posted 01-12-2009 05:50 AM

amazing work

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#14 posted 01-12-2009 11:36 AM

Thanks Shawn :-)

-- Jerry, Australia

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#15 posted 01-12-2009 02:20 PM

now you need to make one of these to display your awsome mandolin ! lol

http://s492.photobucket.com/albums/rr283/woodworker_photos/?firstLogin=true

i did a blog on making them about a week ago

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