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January 31, 2019

Learning to Make a Bowlback Mandolin

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Two videos in 2 days! Which doesn't make up for the long stretches between videos but presently, it's the best I can do. So much for being a professional YouTuber!

Last year I started the ambitious project of making a bowl back mandolin (also known as a 'tater bug', 'neopolitan', 'Italian', or 'traditional' mandolin).

As usually happens a lot of other projects got in the way but it was not forgotten and I've been back at it again.

Along the way it dawned on me that I wasn't making an instrument, I was learning to make and instrument. And one does not just learn to make and instrument, they learn how to make the different parts of the instrument. In this case, I am learning to make the mould. So I am still at the very beginnings, trying different things and progressing slowly and still in the early stages.

And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Hope you enjoy the video and hope you stay with me as I journey through this project, no matter how long it takes.

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THE OPEN WOOD SHOP

It only takes (about) a minute to watch one of these videos from around the shop and yard.

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Box Joint Jig

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Table Saw

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Dust Vac

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Brick Wall

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Rebate Plane

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Lumber Rack

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Sharpening Station


BOAT BUILDING -- ( Redirects to PaddleAndOar.com )

Boat building is a big part of my wood working, so I have it on another site, PaddleAndOar.com >>, which I use to chronicle my boat building adventures.

Click on the images below to go directly to one of the boats that I've built.

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Perfect or Better

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The Phoenix

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Ragtime

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Sturgeon Nose Canoe
/ YouTube Video

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Upper Yukon River Canoe

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Greenland Kayak

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Recovery Kayak

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Folding Kayaks
/ YouTube Video

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Orion
/ YouTube Video

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Slender

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Models


YARD & GARDEN -- ( Redirects to OldMontgomerysFarm.com )

It's not all about mowing the lawn. There's plenty of wood working projects too! All Yard & Garden pages now redirects to OldMontgomerysFarm.com as a way of separating that type of woodworking from my other projects.

all-things-chick-en

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Chicken Coop

bee-kee-ping

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Honey Press

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Centrifuge

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Solar Wax Melter

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Cedar Bee Boxes

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Installing Bees

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Slow Motion Bees

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Honey Harvest

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Hive Top

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Screen Top

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Quilting Boxes

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Quilting Boxes 2

geo-dome green-house

dome greenhouse
Greenhouse

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GH Floor

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Dome Door Retrofit

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Roof Retrofit

mis-cel-la-ne-ous

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Garden Borders

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Rescued Wagon

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Tool Hanger

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Making Pavers

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Making Pavers 2

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Paper Pots


INVENTION

Exercises in head scratching

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The Arm

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The Arm 2

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Filter Cleaner

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Strip Sander

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Strip Sander II

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Circ Saw Jig

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Grinder Chain Saw


MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Musical Toys

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Mandolin pt. 1

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Mandolin pt. 2

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Cigarbox Guitar

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Mandolin pt. 3


TESTS & REVIEWS

Answers to the burning questions of life.

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V-link Belt

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Drywall Anchors


THE BOOKSHELF

It's hard to imagine being a wood worker without the aid of wood working books. From all over the world, from different cultures, spanning back hundreds of years, books are a message from the past to us today.

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Richard Roberts


BOXES >>

Utilitarian, whimsical, expensive wood or shop scraps, boxes are just fun to make. Here is a (growing) collection of boxes I've made over the years.

box gal-ler-y >>

A holding place for some of the box images I've made over the years.

pro-ject pa-ges

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Drill Caddy

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Drafting Case


ABOUT >>

Stuff about this website; stuff from other lives.

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Cardboard Car

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One Man Band

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Tokyo House


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