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WorkshopThomas Buchanan's folkmandolin
Workshop

working drawingsOnce the properties of an instrument have been decided, working drawings are produced.

Following traditional methods timber for fronts are selected from split logs of spruce and cedar.

soundboardSplitting with an axe will force the timber apart following the grain exactly along the entire length of the soundboard.

The fronts back & ribs, blocks and linings are then assembledBack and ribs are sawn in book matched pairs ready to join the rest of the cutting list for assembly.

The soundboard is inlayed with an attractive herring bone design inlay, this binds the grain together, preventing any future splitting problems around the sound hole.

The necks are individually hand carved before being dovetailed into the bodyThe fronts back & ribs, blocks and linings are then assembled . The edges are then bound with a line purfling and a hardwood edge.

high gloss lacquer is applied and then hand finishedThe necks are individually hand carved before being dovetailed into the body.

A box section adjustable truss rod is then fitted before gluing on the fingerboard.

Once the scraping, rubbing and sanding is complete a high gloss lacquer is applied and then hand finished.