Mandolin and Guitar in Progress

It is a beautiful October morning here in Schuylerville, New York.  We've got the wood stove going which feels so nice on these crisp mornings.  As usual, things in the shop are keeping busy. I am installing the binding on the A-style Mandolin.  I hand scribe the edge and router it out with a special  cutting tool I've been developing.  I find this way to be accurate and efficient. Although, I create all my instruments using hand tools, when I am making a jig or mold for an instrument, I find using a power tool works real well.  Mainly because I may be using a plywood material that stays very stable and lends itself to a power tool.  Here I am routing out the guitar mold.... I am almost done gluing up the mold outline... A guitar is a type of negative of the violin or mandolin.  With the violin/mandolin I carve the curvature directly into the instrument.  With the guitar, all the curvature is carved into the mold and pressed. Jigs and molds are key in guitar making.  Well, that's all for now.  Feel free to leave a comment, I always like to here from you all. Martin  

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