It has been awhile since I have posted a progress report on the second mandolin. Here’s a picture of the completed first mandolin along with the second in process. I have used a little more contrast in the starburst on the second one, with a darker tone around the edges and a larger golden area in the center. The fretboard on the second one is ebony, while the first is rosewood.
There is still much work to be done: the neck still needs color, and the 10 to 12 clear coats of finish remain to be done. This is followed by a polishing process which uses about 12 incredibly fine grades of sandpaper culminating in 12,000 grit micro mesh which should bring out a good shine. The last finishing step is the application of a “deluxing compound” which is a wax with a very very fine abrasive. Lots left to do. . .