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Sunday, October 31, 2004

body and neck

I have eyed up the work so far and it seems to be OK, especially from the front. The view from the back looks a little crooked, but epoxy glue is strong stuff so I have to accept the result whatever. On the whole though, I'm pretty pleased. I have just finished off the body/neck joint with some wedges which force the ribs against the grooves in the neck heel - tomorrow evening I will clean it up and think about the belly (the mandolin's, not mine).

Saturday, October 30, 2004


Sober & wide awake - I glued the neck to the body - let's hope it's on straight

Friday, October 29, 2004

It feels like I'm more than halfway there

I have now trimmed (very carefully) the base of the heel where the neck attaches to the back & ribs. I've cramped it up and it seems to fit. Next comes the gluing, and I can't afford to make any mistakes, so I will wait until I am not tired, and I have not had a couple of glasses of wine (tricky!).

Ready to attach the neck to the body. The red thread is to check alignment

Sunday, October 24, 2004

The neck & the Body

The neck slots are now cut & it fits inside tyhe body...not glued (or even fitted exactly) but it feels like progress.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

the gap

Well, I've sorted out the gap under the peghead. It was only a fraction of a mm wide so I filled it with Zap-a-gap (cyanoacrylate glue) after a quick sand it looks fine...phew.

I have now drilled the holes for the tuning machines (which I haven't bought yet so I hope they fit!)

My birthday present - some useful tools...

Tuesday, October 12, 2004


It's my birthday today...and I'm delighted to report my lovely Missus has kitted me out with some great tools - photos to follow I expect. And my Sis bought me a book on Inlay Techniques : The Art of Inlay: Contemporary Design and Technique by Larry Robinson. :)

Friday, October 08, 2004

The peghead veneer

Disaster...well, not too much of a disaster. I have just glued on the peghead veneer (see below) and there's a small gap on one side. Perfection is no longer achievable. Oh well. I now have to decide between filling the gap with some epoxy mixed with some ebony dust, or binding in a fillet. I'll let you know...

gluing on the peghead

Saturday, October 02, 2004

the neck roughed out