Mandolin Project

Week 1

Here is a summary of what we hope to accomplish our first meeting:

  1. Meet and greet
  2. Summary of the build
  3. Q&A about materials, timing, etc
  4. Certifications for new people on table saw/drill press/band saw
  5. Partnering up for now
  6. Mould (jig) build-should look like this when done
  7. Any extra time-making sanding jigs for top/bottom radius
  8. Clean-up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Materials needed for this jig

–2 pieces of 3/4 plywood 6″ by 15″

–2 pieces of 1 x 4 18″ long

–some 1 1/4 screws to put it together

–a piece of 2 x 4 about 8 ” long

–2 all threads 16″ long

–4 screws for the all thread (wing nuts best)

–a piece of 2 x 4 about 18” long (radius sanding jig)

 

Week 2

Friday we’ll work on a couple different things to minimize bottlenecks at tools. I propose you break up into groups of 2 and work together on the same task. Here’s what we’ll work on and what you will need.

 

Sides – we’ll cut and dimension the 2 side pieces to 2” tall x .085” thick x 18” long.

Bend the sides to shape using a heated pipe.

Bring a heat gun if you have one. We’ll have a few so not to worry if you don’t have one.

Bring a spray bottle for wetting the sides while bending

Bring (2) 2” wide x 20” long strips of aluminum to aid in bending the sides if you have anything available. I have several made from scraps of gutter that we can use so don’t go out and buy anything.

 

Top and back – we’ll join the top pieces and back pieces. Final dimension 11” wide x 15” long

 

Neck – we’ll use either a solid block or glue a sandwich of 3 pieces for a neck with final dimension of 16” long x 2” wide x2.5” tall

 

Material needed:

Back and sides to match –  I suggest one of the following: Mahogany, Walnut, Maple, Cherry

Top – Spruce (we have enough spruce from an old piano soundboard that you are welcomed to use)

Neck – We should have enough mahogany if you want to use it otherwise I suggest maple

 

Luthier Group kicks off mandolin project.

Our first Mandolin Class was a Big success!

We had 6 students, and 2 others who just had to miss the first class, making a total of 8.

We also had 2 other brand new guild members who joined, due to hearing about the class, but didn’t feel ready to take the class.

Ken did an awesome job as the Friday night supervisor, as he had 5 new Guild members to certify on several tools.

Thanks Ken for all the help and support!

2016 Annual Christmas Party

The annual Guild Christmas Party was held Thursday evening, December 1, 2016 at the Riverchase Methodist Church. We had a great turn out with approximately 80 people in attendance. The tables of food were overflowing and the desserts were delicious. Ray Ziegler and Patrick Murphy provided a little history to the Guild along with a 2016 year in review presentation. Afterwards Pat Bush played Santa and passed out the door prizes.

September 17th Pre-meeting

Mentor Mike Key gave us a demonstration on how to use the finger joint jig. This jig was built by Bill Newman and donated to the guild. It is currently set up to cut a 1/4 inch wide finger and slot. Thanks, Mike! Check out this You Tube Video for making a finger joint fixture.

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No idle hands here.

It's busy on Thursday evening in the Hand Tool Group. Here are some photos from September 8, 2016 as the members work on a set of chairs to go with the trestle table they recently completed. Also work is progressing on a book case from an earlier class.

New drive to the WEC!!

Old drive, 8/11/2016.

Old drive, 8/11/2016.


What a transformation. The drive to the WEC was nothing but potholes on Thursday.

Then on Friday, two loads of gravel were delivered.

Now Saturday morning we have a great looking drive.

Two loads of gravel for the drive, 8/12/2016.

Two loads of gravel for the drive, 8/12/2016.

New drive, 8/13/2016.

New drive, 8/13/2016.

A big Thank You to Dunn Construction for their gravel donation, and to Franklin Enterprises for spreading the gravel.

June Update

The wood chips have been flying on Tuesdays at the WEC. In the first five months of 2016, the Toy Group has produced over 5,100 toys. Congratulations to the Over The Hill Gang!

Meeting

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Great Guild meeting today at City Hardwoods. David Traylor and John Graves gave us a tour of the shop and answered lots of questions about their selection of hardwoods and services they plan to offer their customers. After all that, they even fed us lunch. Thank you CH for being such fine hosts.