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Mar 27, 2022 - 11:31:17 AM
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I have been building a new mini banjo for the past few months. Here are some random photos of the inlaying of the neck...


Mar 27, 2022 - 12:07:20 PM
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TLG

USA

1667 posts since 10/11/2004

WOW

Mar 27, 2022 - 1:54:48 PM

140 posts since 10/5/2019

That’s amazing! Is it already destined to an owner?

Mar 27, 2022 - 3:04:12 PM

4660 posts since 9/7/2009

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Originally posted by Timothy Lindblom

That’s amazing! Is it already destined to an owner?


Yes. 

Mar 27, 2022 - 3:31:29 PM
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59118 posts since 12/14/2005

Always interesting to see what my fellow luthiers are doing, at the OTHER end of the "SKILL" scale!


Mar 28, 2022 - 8:48:55 AM

LukeL

USA

131 posts since 9/14/2017

Love that headstock shape. Beautiful work!

Mar 28, 2022 - 5:08:34 PM
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4660 posts since 9/7/2009

I have all the metal parts made and buffed, cleaned, and mailed to Ron Satterfield for nickel plating. Buffing is not a fun task, nor a clean one!


Mar 28, 2022 - 6:39:56 PM

8035 posts since 1/7/2005

Lookin gorgeous Marvin. Those inlays are really tasteful. And super clean. ( unlike your hands.) ;->

Is that one of those Knew Concepts jewelers saws? If so, how do you like it?

DD

Mar 29, 2022 - 2:30:59 AM

4660 posts since 9/7/2009

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Originally posted by Dan Drabek

Lookin gorgeous Marvin. Those inlays are really tasteful. And super clean. ( unlike your hands.) ;->

Is that one of those Knew Concepts jewelers saws? If so, how do you like it?

DD


Thanks Dan. Yes it is a Knew Concepts. My wife got it for me for Christmas. I like the way the blade loads, and the way the tension is adjusted. It is bigger, and has a deeper throat than the German made one that I've been using. It has taken me a little adjusting to get use to the extra size and weight. 

Mar 29, 2022 - 5:00 AM

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Marvin,

I'm always impressed by your work!  I like the vacuum apparatus you have where you cut the inlays—I always wind up with a lot of white dust on the top of my right hand, the opposite of the black hand from polishing.

Am I correct that you are doing the inlay on the fingerboard and peg head veneer with them both glued on to the neck?

Fantastic craftsmanship, as always.

Ken

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Mar 29, 2022 - 8:35:16 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by Ken LeVan

Marvin,

I'm always impressed by your work!  I like the vacuum apparatus you have where you cut the inlays—I always wind up with a lot of white dust on the top of my right hand, the opposite of the black hand from polishing.

Am I correct that you are doing the inlay on the fingerboard and peg head veneer with them both glued on to the neck?

Fantastic craftsmanship, as always.

Ken


Thanks Ken

Yes, the inlaying is done after the fingerboard and peg head overlay is glued onto the neck.

Mar 29, 2022 - 8:36:48 AM

4660 posts since 9/7/2009

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Originally posted by mike gregory

Always interesting to see what my fellow luthiers are doing, at the OTHER end of the "SKILL" scale!


Thanks Mike, but I'm not a "luthier" ... I'm not that skilled!

Edited by - BNJOMAKR on 03/29/2022 08:37:13

Mar 29, 2022 - 10:55:29 AM

59118 posts since 12/14/2005

OK, then: "Banjo Cobbler"

Mar 29, 2022 - 11:26:23 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by BNJOMAKR
quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

Always interesting to see what my fellow luthiers are doing, at the OTHER end of the "SKILL" scale!


Thanks Mike, but I'm not a "luthier" ... I'm not that skilled!


Marvin,

You are skilled way beyond many instrument builders who refer to themselves as "luthiers".  It's an abused and overused term nowadays, and should be used in quotation marks by many.

Mar 30, 2022 - 9:02:58 AM

Buddur

USA

3239 posts since 10/23/2004

Awesome. As someone who seems to move from project to project I've been wondering what you've been up to since we haven't heard from you in a while.

Glad to see you're OK and still at it, Marvin.

Mar 30, 2022 - 5:44:49 PM

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Originally posted by Buddur

Awesome. As someone who seems to move from project to project I've been wondering what you've been up to since we haven't heard from you in a while.

Glad to see you're OK and still at it, Marvin.


As of this Friday, April 1st, I will be retired from my paying job for one year. My wife retired soon after I did, and we became babysitters for twin grand boys. Seams like I got more building done before I retired! I also have had gallbladder surgery recently that slowed me down for a few weeks.

Apr 21, 2022 - 7:47:59 AM
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I have been applying stain and finish to the mini while I'm waiting for the metal parts to be returned, and have been building the mini case.

I have the case constructed except for the neck support braces for the inside. I'm waiting for the metal parts to return from being nickel plated so that I can assemble the banjo and custom fit the braces. Meanwhile, I made the case handle brackets. Once the case is completed, the brackets will be mounted on the outside with screws that will run thru the side of the case from the inside. That way, the brackets are almost impossible to come loose from the case.


Apr 21, 2022 - 10:11:52 AM

Buddur

USA

3239 posts since 10/23/2004

Wow, that Jones cola makes for a great stain.  wink

Apr 24, 2022 - 4:09:41 AM
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The metal parts came back from Nashville Plating Service yesterday. Ron Satterfield has always done a fine job on my plating! I bolted the banjo together for a test fit, and to be able to make the supports for the neck inside the mini case. Soon, I will be disassembling it, wet sanding/polishing the finish, and installing the frets as I finish working on the mini case.


Edited by - BNJOMAKR on 04/24/2022 04:10:18

Apr 24, 2022 - 4:49:03 AM

4634 posts since 6/3/2011

Marvin
Your work never ceases to amaze me. Wonderful!!
 

Edited by - Dave1climber on 04/24/2022 04:50:05

May 3, 2022 - 2:56:20 PM
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As stated earlier, I have been building the mini case while waiting for the metal parts to return. After they returned, I reassembling the banjo and made the interior neck supports for the case. I have not yet completed the banjo as I haven't wet sanded and buffed the lacquer.
I set up a folding dinner table under the carport. My wife doesn't like the smell inside the house! :) I sprayed the exterior and inside top of the case with several coats of flat black enamel and, after a couple of days, lightly sanded. This is to seal the wood before applying the black bed liner. I use the T-REX product form SPEEDOKOTE, and roll on three to four coats on the exterior of the case. I had to work fast since it has a fairly quick drying time.
The next day, the table was moved inside the house into the living room. There, I installed the bumpers, rubber feet and bumpers, and the hinges. I went to install the latches, but the ones that I had ordered had offset mounting and would not work. I have reordered the correct ones and should arrive by the end of this week.
I installed my hand made handle brackets by drilling thru the case side from the-inside-out, and used 4-40 screws and washers to fasten the brackets to the outside of the case. The leather case handle was then installed.
I used my plastic pattern, that I used earlier to drill the mounting points in the brass case emblem, as a pattern to drill the mounting holes in the outside of the case for the emblem. This way, the holes line up perfect for mounting the emblem!
The time consuming chore of making and installing the padded interior was the next step, and took approximately 8 hours.


May 3, 2022 - 8:38:18 PM

4634 posts since 6/3/2011

It just gets better every build

May 4, 2022 - 2:19:36 PM
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The case latches came in today. I got them installed along with the serial number plate and the safety chain. The mini banjo case is complete!


May 6, 2022 - 9:17:19 AM

Buddur

USA

3239 posts since 10/23/2004

What made you go with a metal rim instead of wood? Experimenting?

May 6, 2022 - 5:06:10 PM

4660 posts since 9/7/2009

The metal rims are much more stable than a wood rim which makes the tuning of the short scale easier and more consistent.

May 7, 2022 - 7:24:34 AM

martyjoe

Ireland

156 posts since 3/24/2020

quote:
Originally posted by BNJOMAKR

The metal rims are much more stable than a wood rim which makes the tuning of the short scale easier and more consistent.


Maybe you could give bamboo a try for one. I think it would be even more stable than a metal rim. 

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