This is how I am making them now. Well received by dulcimer folks.

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Comment by Richard Sanabia on July 28, 2009 at 9:26am
Hi Joe, Thanks for your comment. I don't have a stiffener in this neck, as it is quite stout. Anything longer I use some hollow steel 5/16th square stock. On most of the old mandolins I restore I also cut a 5/16th groove for the stiffener. I recently finished restoring an old Suzuki bowl back, and I was very pleased with the result. I was able to save it from a life of hanging on the wall. The neck wood is Sycamore, and the fret board is Lyptus, an amazing South American wood.
Comment by Joe Scislowicz on July 28, 2009 at 6:23am
Rich, I love this build. When you buid the neck do you use anything to stiffen the neck? I am completeing a 16.5 VSL dulcimer cbg and used a length of aluminum channel epoxied in under the fretboard. Also what kind of wood did you use for the neck, it looks a little like mahogany with a paduack fretboard?
Comment by Richard Sanabia on May 23, 2009 at 3:29am
Thanks guys.
Comment by Paul Doug on May 23, 2009 at 2:58am
Yes, I think Ted put it very correctly. It is satisfying to look at. Very nice.
Comment by Mortimer Snerd on May 23, 2009 at 2:57am
Nice, clean, soft, bright, crisp, thats a winner!
Comment by Richard Sanabia on May 23, 2009 at 2:24am
Thanks Ted. I SINCERELY appreciate your comment. I have made regular mandolins, a square neck slide guitar, and other stuff, even an autoharp, but the satisfaction I get from making these cigar box mandolins, and the pleasure and smiles they generate make them my favorite instrument to make. They are easy to make, and fall to the hand easily. Everytime I go to play at a jam, I wind up selling it. I sell them on ebay too. My ebay ID is bluehiway66. Being retired from the Army, the few bucks I make helps us, and pays for further supplies! I have a lot of fun making them. I also make a longer, (mandola) length. Thank you again for your comment.

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