Previous Build - Lutz Spruce/Walnut Hummingbird Octave Mandolin

Or is it an octave mandotar? Or an octar?

Lutz spruce top. 

Walnut back and sides.

Indian rosewood binding.

Khaya neck. 

Indian rosewood fretboard with Indian rosewood binding.

Rosewood bridge. 

K&K pickup

I play mandolin in addition to guitar so I thought it would be interesting to build something in between the two instruments. This is the prototype I built to test out some ideas. The body design is typical of a steel string flat top acoustic guitar but significantly smaller. It's about the size of a baritone ukulele but with a deeper body. The scale length is 20".

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Body plan & mold
Body plan & mold
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Bending sides
Bending sides
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Head & tail blocks installed
Head & tail blocks installed
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Installing reverse kerfed lining
Installing reverse kerfed lining
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Shooting top plates
Shooting top plates
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Shooting back plates
Shooting back plates
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Assembled back plates
Assembled back plates
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Deflection testing top plates
Deflection testing top plates
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Installing rosette
Installing rosette
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Leveling rosette
Leveling rosette
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Completed rosette
Completed rosette
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Completed top
Completed top
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Gluing braces to back
Gluing braces to back
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Gluing braces to top
Gluing braces to top
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Braces installed
Braces installed
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Carving back braces
Carving back braces
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Top braces carved
Top braces carved
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Sides ready for top and back
Sides ready for top and back
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Back fitted to sides
Back fitted to sides
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Top fitted to sides
Top fitted to sides
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Pickup installed
Pickup installed
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Gluing sides to top
Gluing sides to top
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Gluing sides to back
Gluing sides to back
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Closed up box
Closed up box
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Assembled body
Assembled body
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