Well, I felt like doing something really different this summer.
I have decided to try my hand at building a mandolin! I know
next-to-nothing about mandolins; I've never played one, nor have
I ever built one. But over a year ago, I had bought that book
by Roger Siminoff, Constructing A Bluegrass Mandolin
, so I figured now was a good time to try it!
June 19th...I started
working on the mold yesterday. I finished it today. To
the right is a photo. The mold is made of 3/4" plywood.
The two halves of the mold come apart. They are clamped together
with some 5/16" threaded rod, which is run through the 1-3/4"
wood strips screwed to the mold. Those little wood blocks you
see (they're on the other side, too) help support the mold, so
that it sits above the table surface. Turnbuckles are used to
spread the clamping cauls. They will press the sides, after I
have bent them, against the walls of the mold.