I am in Lockdown, because of this Plague so I got some time on my hands and I thought I'd get some building done. Today is a practice body Build, a pine Flying V. its smaller than a standard Flying V, so If it comes out ok, I'm thinking it will make a good solid CBG build.

Planing was easy, cutting not so much, but clamping the 2 halves has been a major pain. Don't think it will come out the greatest, but I got time do more and get it right. might just use this as a template for future attempts.

I can't put my pics up at the moment, but will do soon. What you guys think?

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ok that makes sense, to make a suitable hollow V, it'd have to be bigger, I wonder if the reverse V would work better.

 JP, Nice and fun stuff you have here. I'd like to see that "reverse V".


sorry,there seems to be a problem with the text,Can I apologise if it is not the done thing to post pics on someone elses thread.Very new here.Should I start a new thread or is it ok to post pics and compare notes JP

That's quite alright, it is often best to start your own thread for new builds and seeking advice, but I don't mind anyone posting pics on my threads. tell me about your build, looks interesting.

Thank you,I will start a new thread in the mandolin section,but thanks for asking.

I have fancied a mandolin for a while,something tough to throw in the back of the campervan but also not too loud for playing in the evening.I was given a very nice piece of oak and after looking at a selection of plans decided to go for a solid body,I am working on how to cut the body work to mount a box behind  but for the moment I am concentrating on the shape and getting the neck cut.I suppose it is a bit of an exercise in woodworking as much as making a working mandolin but one thing is for sure,it will certainly take a few hits without breaking.will keep you posted

best wishes


Hi again, it looks like you created a mandolin thread JP, ha ha. So if you don’t mind I would like to add a bit more info on the subject.
Kevin, here is a solid Mandolin body I built but dismantled many years ago, and when I get a moment spare, I’ll resurrect it. Very basic. Single coil guitar pickup with a bar instead of six pole pieces, so it picked up the strings better.


I don't mind Taff, some Mando tips would be helpful, I'm working on a 12 stringer, might help to know how to do 8 strings first.

so the race is on.3 frankenlockdown instruments,let battle commence

you guys you will win, I don't build on the weekend, lockdown or not.

Looking forward to watching this race. Mandolin is for some other day for me. I'm in the planning stage for my first lap steel. I have a nice piece of iroko. I know, it has lot's of mojo, I'll wear protection and will seal The Iroko Man in with some sort of sealant, yet to be selected...


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