Handmade Mandolin

This is the first Instrument I actually sold. Takes about 120 hours to build including French Polish finish.
Scale: 13.75 (Inches)
OAL: 25.31
Width: 10.5
Height: 2.00
Soundboard: AA Red Cedar
Sides & Back: Black Walnut
Neck, Head Veneer and Soundboard Trim: Brazilian Rosewood
Frets: Jascar FL37080-200-NS
Nut: Graphtech/Tusq PQ-1535-00
Tuners: Rubner 150-750-000-PI
Strings: GHS PF250 Med/Light
French Polish

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Build Gallery


Wonderfully done. Congratulations!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

That is sweet, maybe one day I can build a stringed instrument. Thinking about a Dulcimer.

Main Street to the Mountains

That is a beautiful instrument.  Very well done!

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Great looking project.  Well done.   Mike

Very Nice,  I checked out the "build gallery"
glad I did.  Very professional build.
Thanks for sharing,  hope to see more.

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

Beautiful build! Thanks for sharing your work with us.
Wow, that's beautiful!

You sold that for $255? Or did you leave a '1' off the front of the price? 
Thanks to all for the great comments. I’m an unknown in the lute making world so I have to take whatever price I can get. After materials, shipping and EBay’s 12.9% cut, my profit came out at $2.50. At least I didn’t take a loss and that’s important. I build these instruments because I enjoy it, not to make a living.
Eric, If you’re thinking of building a dulcimer, there’s a few choices here. I built the model from the Woodworker’s Journal.
The build gallery is awesome, thanks for sharing!!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

thank you for sharing your beautiful mandolin. sad though how much you actually made,but as you said it was done for the love of creating it. please keep showing us more of your great talent,i think your way too modest of your work.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Wow.  Absolutely beautiful.  The building gallery is so interesting.
Do you play as well?
Musical instruments are always impressive builds. This one is no exception.