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Electric Mandolin

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by I_build_my_own, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
    Hold the horses Rob, my day job consumes me- besides me being habitually slow with my builds. :)
     

  2. Barncaster

    Barncaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Someone has to give you grief Helmut!
     

  3. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
    IMG_7620.JPG IMG_7625.JPG IMG_7626.JPG I got the studs for the tail piece. I like the locking stud design with the flat beveled head. I only drilled 1/4 holes - these have 7mm - so more quality time on the mill.

    Was also counterboring the top and bottom to accomodate for the net hight of the typical tail piece flanges.
     

  4. Gary in Boston

    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

    Apr 17, 2003
    WALTHAM MA
    Man, I didn't pay enough attention in wood shop class to know how to use those machines and its beautiful to watch it be created

    Gary
     

  5. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Aug 3, 2010
    Loganville, Ga.

  6. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
    Thanks Rick!
     

  7. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
    Thanks Gary
     

  8. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
    IMG_7627.JPG IMG_7628.JPG German over engineering alert!!! To solve the problem of wood not being the best conductor - and being afraid of the trouble that ungrounded strings will cause, I came up with this solution... Running a wire from the stud over to the area where I insert a metal piece for holding the strings. Drilled a 0.7mm hole so that half of it sticks out and will touch the metal. Then milled a 0.7mm slot from the hole over to the stud (1mm deep)

    Then I got a bit distracted... John and I had a play date...
     
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  9. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Aug 3, 2010
    Loganville, Ga.
    We are looking at the underside, right?
     

  10. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
    Is this a test question????? Didn't I start the paragraph with "over engineering alert". Gimmi some credit, would you :D
     

  11. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
    IMG_7629.JPG IMG_7630.JPG Rick, look it is still pretty on the top side, no scar :D

    The screw's top bevel rim is flush with the top.
     
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  12. nosmo

    nosmo Friend of Leo's

    Jan 31, 2012
    Lake Jackson, TX
    Beautiful! Never seen a mandolin with a tone block. I like it.
     

  13. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
    Thanks Nosmo: Well it is not a real tone block like on a string through body - this metal piece goes into the tail piece
     

  14. nosmo

    nosmo Friend of Leo's

    Jan 31, 2012
    Lake Jackson, TX
    Yep, I figured that. Great idea.
     

  15. adirondak5

    adirondak5 Wood Hoarder Extraordinaire Ad Free + Supporter

    Oct 24, 2009
    Long Island NY
    That's some nice precision work Helmut
     

  16. John Nicholas

    John Nicholas Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 26, 2014
    Poughkeepsie, NY
    Well, I may be the cause of some of the delay on the Mando... since I was in the area, we went on a cruise over to the local lumber emporium to dig through their shorts...

    We found some nice bits for great prices and had fun looking and drooling on all the nice stuff. While looking at the beautiful ebony and seeing the amazing color and grain I was really tempted.... that is until I saw the price!! At $70. per board foot, the small pieces that were held up for Helmut's inspection were over $100 a board!! A bit rich for me...

    When we arrived back at Camp Helmut it was off to the mill. I had a neck that needed to have the back of the tenon square to the fingerboard. In fact this was what kept that particular project from moving forward. As always, Helmut to the rescue.

    Photos do not really express how amazing the mill actually works! Since you guys have already seen photos and Helmut can not shoot video while operating the mill.. while his hands were full I took a bit of video.

    Shhhhhhh! Don't tell him!!

     
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  17. John Nicholas

    John Nicholas Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 26, 2014
    Poughkeepsie, NY
    Forgot to include the finished photo...

    IMG_1811.JPG
     

  18. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
    Thanks John for the movie.

    It was 15 minutes mounting the neck on the table so that it is parallel to the axis and 3 minutes shaving the wood. :)
     
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  19. adirondak5

    adirondak5 Wood Hoarder Extraordinaire Ad Free + Supporter

    Oct 24, 2009
    Long Island NY
    Yea , setup takes longer than the actual job run time , but results make it so worth while ;)
     

  20. Barncaster

    Barncaster Poster Extraordinaire

    I have tool envy....
     

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