French polishing on Sean’s mandolin is well under way. I often get asked how
long does French polishing take or how many coats etc. Simple answer- there
is no answer! It’s one of things that you work on and on, and then one day it suddenly looks
done; it tells you when you're done.
Standard plus has now been set-up and I’m really pleased with the initial sound-
loud to say the least! It will stay strung up for about week before the final
tweaking and then be polished.
one of my own tailpieces. One really successful aspect of these tailpieces is
the ability to be able change the shape of the wooden element to complement the
head shape and also to vary the wood itself; so as you can see this one is Indian
rosewood to match the back and sides.
has started on John’s mandolin- we’ve gone for a three piece back on this one.
Putting a back together like this one is a bit tricky. Because the grain in
cocobolo is quite wild, it runs in opposing directions along the joint. Ideally
you should always use the longest plane that you have; however, here I have had
to use my low angle block plane to stop the grain from tearing out.
you the three pieces to align plus a black veneer in the joint; note how
notches have been cut into the back to ensure that the pressure is applied evenly
by the clamps.
here we have it!
Labels: French Polish, Handmade mandolin, Handmade mandolin tailpeice, Luthier