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Lathe made musical instruments

PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:13 pm
by Matthew Dirks
I recently got a wood lathe... I love working with it and have gotten rather good with it. Now I would like to see what everyones thoughts are on turning a frying pan style mandolin. Lets see what everyone has to say about the idea.

Re: Lathe made musical instruments

PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 10:56 am
by Dan Pennington
Intrigued by your idea. Tell me more about your design.
I've seen stuff about turning two banjo or uke necks simultaneously on a lathe, but nothing about mandolin type bodies on a lathe.
I turn banjo rims on a lathe. Are you talking about making the mandolin sides like a banjo rim?

Re: Lathe made musical instruments

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:37 am
by Bob Hammond
Hi Matthew,

I've been thinking about what could be made with my lathe as well. There are articles for ocarinas and flutes. For the mandolin, you could do a layered glueup for the body.

Re: Lathe made musical instruments

PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:02 pm
by Harmon Gladding
I've use the lathe to make a mandolin arm rest.