Siminoff Banjo & Mandolin Parts...
What You'll Need
The Ultimate Bluegrass Mandolin Construction Manual includes a chapter on the tools and materials you'll need to build an instrument from scratch.
However, if you choose to build a mandolin from one of our kits, here's a basic list of the tools and materials you'll need (basically, all parts are ready for sanding).
[ ] Tuning machines, nickel- or gold-plated*
[ ] Tailpiece, nickel-or gold-plated*
[ ] Fretwire (several size selections available)
[ ] Mother-of-pearl pieces (for inlay)
[ ] Case (shaped, or oblong)
[ ] Strap
[ ] Dust mask(s)
[ ] Eye protection (glasses)
[ ] Thin rubber or vinyl gloves (for staining)
[ ] Sandpaper 200 to 300 grit
[ ] Wet-or-dry sandpaper 320- and 400-grit
[ ] Steel wool, "000" grade
[ ] Rags, old towels (to cover table)
[ ] Single-edge razor blades
[ ] Access to band saw (unless you'd like us to prepare neck joint*)
[ ] Access to drill press (unless you'd like us to drill peghead holes*)
[ ] Access to spray equipment (with adequate ventilation)
[ ] 3" C-clamps
[ ] Leather "cauls" (pieces of leather for under clamps)
[ ] Dremel or similar tool with router base (for inlays)
[ ] Small hammer (for inlaying frets)
[ ] Pot of boiling water, or heat gun (hair dryer will do)
[ ] Jeweler's saw blades (available at most hobby shops)
[ ] Wood carver's chisels (to do detail carving around scrolls)
[ ] Body fixture to hold the rim during construction*
[ ] Neck fixture to hold neck when preparing dovetail**
[ ] Masking tape
[ ] Titebond® Cement
[ ] Duco® Cement
[ ] Feibings® leather dies (brown, dark brown, yellow, chocolate, black - or other colors of your choice)
[ ] Lacquer thinner
[ ] Sherwin Williams T75C16 clear hi-gloss lacquer (or similar)
* Should you choose to purchase these items or services from us, they are listed in our Online Store.
** We can cut dovetail or "V" joint as option. See "Neck Services."
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