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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.

Re: Lathe made musical instruments

PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:03 pm
by Jo Dusepo
Historically some instruments were made using lathes. For instance the medieval rebec and gittern, which are both small pear-shaped instruments. Some evidence suggests they'd turn the shape out of wood on a lathe (obviously not an electric one back then, must've taken a while!) and then the resulting shape would be cut in half, for two instrument bodies which would then be hollowed out. In modern times there are similar bowed instruments to the rebec such as the Cretan lyra and Bulgarian gadulka which could feasibly be made the same way.