Saturday, January 31, 2015

Making Progress

This week the neck and fretboard went on to Mark’s Standard Plus mandolin; it’s all coming together nicely.  And here you can see the first outward signs of its left-handedness. I normally start my dots at the 5th fret, but this is just a small custom feature for Mark.
I’ve bent the Indian rosewood sides for Jonathan’s mandocello and in the sequence of photos below you can see a very simple method of holding the sides into the mould………..
............Using rubber bands and strips of wood, keeps your clamps free for other jobs and also keeps the whole assembly light. Half-a-dozen clamps and a chipboard mould can get quite heavy and you really don’t want to drop it!
 And here’s another size comparison for you.

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