Mike Nelson's Mandolin Page
Rib bending:
Pictures and descriptions on how to do this easily and safely

Thicknessing the ribs
Conversion of a pillar drill into a vertical drum sander

Arching method
This is an illustrated description of the method I was taught for violin family instruments

Chladni pattern plate tuning
This is an illustrated description of how I tune the plates of a mandolin. I first used this method when making violin family instruments.

Everything I know about how they work and how to use them.

Instrument gallery
Pictures of some the instruments I have made.

to other makers of repute.

Email me if you have any comments



Simple plate contouring
without complex templates


Rib bending

rib thicknessing

Rib Thicknessing


Plate tuning

Chladni plate tuning method

Pictures of my instruments

Pictures of my instruments

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