Building the “Artist” 10-string mandolin

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Carving the back:
I find it easier to carve with a single, low light source, because it shows up all the lumps and bumps very well.
I carve entirely by hand , starting with a gouge and progressing to thumb-planes and scrapers until the arch is just right.

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I use a pin guided router to cut beautifully clean soundholes.

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A close up of the inside of the bass side soundhole.
Part of the ‘X’ bracing can be seen in the top left.
The kerfed linings (lower right corner) are made from English Lime.

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Binding channel and dovetail are cut:
The top purfling is in place and I’m about to fit the birds’ eye maple binding.

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Here is a close-up of the Birds’ eye maple binding.
The mandolin is has been fine sanded ready for the stain and lacquer.

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This is one of the more tricky details ; The purfling and binding need to be perfectly mitred where they meet the Ebony heel cap.

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The mandolin is stained and has its first coat of lacquer:
I block the soundholes with card and put masking tape on the fingerboard during spraying.

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Finished!