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Mando Ebony Headstock Overlay
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Headstock Ear Reglue on Mando
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Mando Ebony Headstock Overlay

I got the ebony overlay put down today. I trimmed it flush the sides of the headstock the old fashioned way with a rasp. Very gratifying work!  I do so many setups and repairs that I forget how much I love working with wood. Next, I'll start on the inlay.

Mando Headstock Overlay Design

Here's a quick and dirty mockup of the headstock overlay I'm going to do. The veneer is ebony, the logo and leaves are MOP and the vase will be abalone.

Headstock Ear Reglue on Mando

The ear that fell off the headstock is now all glued up.

More Mando Progress

All the fingerboard binding is on. I scraped it out in the sun in this beautiful autumn day as my dogs played in the fallen leaves. Life is good. Tomorrow, I'll repair the headstock ear break and start on cutting the pearl for the headstock overlay.

More Mando ProgressI've got

I've got over half of the binding on the neck, It's turning out great! The koa wood binding that I ordered for the body will have a b/w/b purfling on the bottom edge. This fine detail will take this up a notch. I'll post more picks as I move forward.

Mando Project Progress

I'm almost finished removing the old finish from the top and I removed the old white binding and left the checkered purfling. Koa binding will replace the removed binding later. In one of the the pics below you can see some dark sweat stains that made it through the finish on the top at some point in this little ladie's 60+ years. I'll gently bleach those stains with some oxalic acid. I also dyed the rosewood bridge with some leather dye. It'll look like ebony but still sound like rosewood.

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Welcome to day one of my blog. I'll be popping in here from time to time to share whats going on in my world of lutherie.

It's a crisp and cool morning here in Mount Juliet. @ STGR. I'm out in the shop sweeping up sawdust which is a common task in the luthier world.  I stayed up until 2:30 this morning working on my mandolin project. Many years ago my wife bought me a real cool little Kay "Old Kraftsman" mando. It's never played well, had a really poor fret level at some point and the headstock had broken at one time and was glued back on by some novice.
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