Blog #12: Points between the Binding
Hello! Hope everyone is staying cool…its in the 90’s in our area! Well, When I am finishing up the points
between the binding I like to use Ivory or Wooly Mammoth. It is nice to use this material because
each one of my mandolins are special and one of a kind, yet still respecting Loar and his model. Because
I don’t work in such high volumes, I am able to use very fine materials. Take Care, Marty
Blog #11: Finished binding and Flattening the Fingerboard
Howdy all! Well, I have finished all the steerhorn binding on the commission
instrument that I am working on… and soon it will be time for varnish. This
is the part where it seems like a lump of clay and there is a beautiful mandolin
under all those rough edges.
I also will be putting the frets in shortly. Right now I am doing step two
of the flattening process…which involves flattening the ebony fingerboard
and binding and then pressing the frets in. Still working on some re-finishing
repairs as well. I am also building a brick planter to the right of the workshop porch
area. I will send pics when it is finished!
Keep on pickin! Marty
finished with binding
Blog #10: Greetings! Putting on the fingerboard in the workshop. I have a three step process that I feel makes for excellent action:
Step 1: Flatten the neck where the fingerboard will be glued.
Step 2: Glue fingerboard on without fret or binding and then flatten again.
Step 3: Put binding and frets in and flatten one more time.
This three step process ensures great action, no fret buzz, and no fingerboard extention dip. Playability and intonation play a very large part in having an excellent mandolin. Until next time,
Inserting truss rod
Clamping on fingerboard
Blog #9: Greetings from the Workshop! Today I am positioning the fingerboard using small pins where the fret slots are.
It is the same way I position the back and top on a violin, so I can always get perfect positioning when glueing.
I am also drilling out the truss rod adjusting hole with my small hand drill. I just love using hand tools!
Until next time,
Blog #8: Hello all! Just a short blog to let you know we have added more images to our website under Gallery and Workshop-Mandolins.. Feel free to check them out!
Many of the new photos added are of the quartet I was commissioned to make from a customer and friend in Hartford, Connecticut. Also, if you have not checked out the store part of the website, there are new photos there as well. I will write again soon!