Well, a crazy idea came to me last week. I thought that an electric mandolin might be fun. So I started looking at them and it turns out that most are not terribly attractive, if you ask me. Nothing wrong with a Tele style one, but mandolins are supposed to be just a little more sophisticated. So Saturday I drew one up, based on one of my previous designs coupled with a cool element I saw somewhere. I also thought this would be a great opportunity to use up some of the wood that I have that is too small for guitars. Turns out I had several pieces of scraps or smaller bits that will suit this guy just fine. Details: Body: - Walnut back - Curly mango top - Curly maple binding Neck: - Curly claro walnut - Bloodwood fretboard - Curly maple binding (?) Hardware/Electronics: - Hipshot tuners, nickel - Custom machined bridge (I have some brass just itching to be a bridge) - Single pickup (I'll be winding this, likely a single coil) - Volume only control Templates: I bought a beautiful piece of curly mango at Woodcraft a long time ago that was about 5" wide and 13" long. After resawing, this will be the perfect size for the top, a truss rod cover, and maybe even the rear cavity cover. I love jointing with hand planes, such a perfect seam... This piece of curly claro walnut was a $5 bin find at Woodcraft last year and has been waiting to do something with its life. Some scrap bloodwood flooring was plenty big enough for the fretboard, but too narrow for a guitar. Used my new laser engraver to mark out the slots, since I don't have a template for mandolin scale. This is soooo much better than using a paper template! No adhesive residue, taping up paper, etc. I resawed the neck blank to get enough for a really nice headstock veneer. Then I proceeded to cut the scarf joint. This is the one where the seam is on the headstock face, which I have not done before, but it allows me to use a better part of the blank. Pretty standard stuff. So here is the color scheme (minus the maple binding, which has now been cut and thickness sanded): Next up is all the fretboard stuff. I need the tuners in hand, along with winding the pickup and machining the bridge. I also need to do a practice top to determine if I will do a carved or beveled top. This is where it being small is convenient. If carved top, I will likely to a hollow body with f hole, as seen on the template. If beveled top, It will likely stay solid.