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    A bit of progress on my second attempt.



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    Looks like you're getting the hang of it. Beautiful

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    A bout of the flu/bronchitis has kept me out of the shop fora couple of weeks so progress has slowed. I'm just getting back at it and I've got a few coats of shellac on,Things are looking better.





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    Your finish is looking very nice. Glad you are feeling better.

    No update for me. I've been dealing with other projects/issues lately.

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    That's very pretty. Our daughter is getting married in July in our garden so all my fun projects have been put on hold. Next step in my mandolin build is bending the sides which is a very daunting feeling.

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    Thanks Gary, side bending keeps me awake at night but I've gotten a bit more comfy with it through bending practice pieces...lots of them. I use a home made bender involving a disposable propane cylinder and a 150w light bulb, it works well enough.I found an internet recipe for a wood softener that helps with the gnarly pieces.

    4 parts distilled water
    2 parts glycerin
    1 part denatured alcohol.
    apply generously and let sit, then wrap with paper towels and weigh down to keep the pieces flat until dry.It's safe with a shellac finish

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    Thanks for that cat. I'm working with figured cherry. Really concerned about scorching and burning. Luckily I do have a few bits with which to practice. But first things first . . .

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    I use a sled and two sided tape for surfacing thin stock in my surface planer for working on boat models, ukulele's and other instruments. I find that if I want wood thinner than 3mm, the wood can explode if stock is not carefully chosen! Some Tuesday next week, I hope to get a thickness surfacing sander that will allow thinner stock to be run. Your work is very nice Willy!
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    Thanks Jay I've lost some nicely figured side pieces trying to surface plane them thin enough. I made a drum sander attachment for my wood lathe and while it did the job it was a painful process, bending over and pushing the stock through, I replaced it with a proper drum sander. Getting highly figured stock down to 2mm for sides and 1.8 mm for tops is much easier now.This is the sander I ended up with, there is just enough room in my small overcrowded shop.

    Shopfox 12 in drumsander.

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    Who makes that sander Willy? Oops, I saw it in your post. "Shop Fox".
    Jay

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    While "just browsing" I found this on the local hardwood/lutheir supply web site.It's in my cart and I'm sooo close to clicking.Its only $70 and it's beautiful.


    Quilted maple

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    That is a beautiful set. Good luck with your next project.

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    Thanks Gary,any progress on the mandolin?

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    No progress. Daughter getting married in three weeks. Two properties to get ready for the event. Not sure I will survive. If I do, work on the mandolin and Wee Lassie II will have to wait until fall to allow me some time on the Salish after the wedding.

    Am very interested in seeing how you transform that beautiful wood into a beautiful instrument. And we want to know about all of the mistakes that you mange to cover up.

    Good luck.

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    Some photos of the first two tries.

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    They're beautiful. What did you use for rosettes?

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    Thanks Gary,the rosettes are cut from thin black walnut using a LV circle cutter and a dremel.

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    I'm going to use cedar for the sound board on number three. "just browsing" again I found a pair of cedar top sets. They're quite striking and are really close grained.I think they will contrast well with the maple back and sides.Reading about sound board woods suggests cedar makes a good top with a softer sound than spruce or hardwood.

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    Just back in town from some boat time in the San Juans. The ukulele I built for my granddaughter had a AYC top. I don't play but those that have played it say it sounds wonderful. FYI

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    Thanks Gary. The top sides and back are all sanded/planed to thickness. The twisted grain maple back and sides had to be worried down on the drum sander at tiny bits per many many passes while the straight grained cedar went thru the planer down to 2mm without any tear out. I'm trying to improve my side bending skills so I'm working on an idea for a heated form for bending them. I'm looking forward to seeing your mandolin build.

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    I'd be curious to see your thoughts on bending. The mandolin sides will be figured cherry and it burns so awfully quick.

    Daughter's wedding is done so I'm slowly getting back on the canoe and mandolin.

    Thanks - Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Davis View Post
    I'd be curious to see your thoughts on bending. The mandolin sides will be figured cherry and it burns so awfully quick.



    Thanks - Gary
    My first thoughts on side bending are usually "Hoo boy how am I going to do this" I've done more reading than actual bending but some suggestions have included sandwiching the side between two metal straps and spritzing the stock with water just before starting.
    Here's a link to a stew mac tutorial on the subject. There's a few good ideas here.

    https://www.stewmac.com/How-To/Onlin...ding_Iron.html

    I've also got some home made veneer softener that I'm going to try.Good luck

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