Written by Marty October 26, 2011
Blog #25: The Ledge for the Binding
Well, its been awhile since my last blog, I was wanting the last blog to be up for awhile being a finished piece and all.. I do really enjoy creating a piece entirely by hand. It feels so natural and pleasurable. Hand tools are extremely efficient when used with skill and experience. In these next blogs, I feel to focus in on those areas in constructing a mandolin where it may seem too hard to deal with using hand tools.
I have an F5 mandolin I am working on and am now completing the ledge where the binding is set. This may seem a tough spot to use a hand tool for.. I like to use a violin scribing tool and a special chiseling device that I am developing. This works very efficiently and has no follow up work. The binding has a consistent thickness all through the entire edge.
I hope this blog will encourage makers or those who do not have access to machinery to feel more capable to create a beautiful piece of work using hand tools.
Enjoy the pictures!
Scribing top edge
scribing side edge
special chisel tool
pops right off
fine chisels on scroll
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