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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2023 4:02 am 
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I have been getting a great deal of pleasure from learning to build and play the mandolin, so have decided to add an octave mandolin to the family.

It is a 20 15/16 inch scale length, lattice braced with a pin bridge, drawing on the techniques and plans in Graham McDonald's "The Bouzouki Book". Sound board is sitka spruce, back and sides claro walnut, neck is Queensland maple and the fingerboard lacey sheoak. Headstock veneer, rosette and end graft will be river oak and have yet to decide on the bindings (either dark - ebony / blackwood - or light - maple).

I finished refining the bracing this afternoon and attached the sound board to the sides - a very satisfying stage of the build process!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2023 6:02 am 
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Box closed, overhang trimmed, mortise and tenon cut and fitted. Attachment bolts 5mm too short, so new ones in the mail. Time to start shaping the neck.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2023 12:12 am 
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Hard shellac finish, neck on, tuners fitted. Will let it rest for a day or two before fitting the bridge and saddle. I find this part of the prcoess very difficult, as I simply want finish as quickly as possible so I can play the instrument and hear its music!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2023 11:50 pm 
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It looks great! Let us know how it sounds once you the strings on it.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2023 4:23 am 
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Looks nice! I always get impatient at the end too, just want to hear them.


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AN absolutely stunning instrument, inside and out. Bravo!

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That’s a beauty! Please share a sound clip later if you can. :)


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