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my final mandolin

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Comment by Lapsteel washboard on July 13, 2021 at 4:00pm

Thanks for your kind comment RIGuitars! I appreciate it.

Comment by RIGuitars on July 13, 2021 at 3:36pm

Gorgeous. A work of art. 

Comment by Lapsteel washboard on April 10, 2021 at 8:24pm

I cut the handle off an old teaspoon to make the pick guard support brace. 

Comment by Lapsteel washboard on April 10, 2021 at 8:20pm

There’s not much to say. The top and back are graduated. I spent a lot of time fitting the transverse braces under the top. This time, I didn’t kerf the linings but made them from solid strips. I carved a sharp ridge on the back. I inlaid 2 carbon fibre bars into the neck. I bought all the dark wood in various lumber yards in Mexico. I bent the sides over a cast iron pipe heated by a heat gun until it was sizzling hot. Lots of sanding! I sealed it with shellac before several coats of Tru-Oil rubbed on with my fingers. I cut the dots from tagua nut. 

Comment by Ted Crocker on April 10, 2021 at 7:43pm

WOW this is an incredible build!  Please give us some details.  Besides the mandolin, the case is a work of art.  Please fill us in on details!!

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