H-5 Mandola tops and backs.  Click on image to see Mandola Gallery.
Exact cnc carving on F-5 scroll does nearly all the work.  Click on the image above to see Mandolin Gallery.

CNC Carved Mandolin and Mandola Plates
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CNC carved inside and outside.  Tops are left .030" thicker than standard Loar specs backs are .020" over.  This is enough extra wood for a novice luthier to sand, scrape, call it done and glue to the rim, or for an experienced builder to make fine adjustments to the graduations.

The outline, arching and graduations were developed after studying and drawing 10 Loar Mandolins.

Mandolin/Mandola and Archtop Guitar

CNC Carving Service

How long are you going to let that beautiful piece of spruce or curly maple just sit there waiting for you to turn it into a mandolin, mandola or archtop guitar because you're worried you'll ruin it?  You supply the wood and Smith Creek precisely carves your plates.  Whether you are building your first instrument or build a dozen or more a year, having your plates cnc carved just makes sense.  Click HERE for more information.

Christopher Bass Guitar
Click HERE to go to the Christopher Bass Guitar webpage


Everett Guitars, mandolin and mandola

TWINS!!!  Some fine work by Paul Wilkinson from Perth, Australia

F-5 Mandolin and H-5 Mandola

Inside Body Mold & Template Sets

Why use an Inside Mold?
In the words of several recent customers:


Matt: Just wanted to give you positive feedback on the body mold/template set! It's great, so much better than the outside mold I've been struggling with! Thanks again for your guidance and words of wisdom. (I swear on a bible, I did not add the "wisdom" part myself!)

Joe:  SWEET!  Did the rims for each the last couple days.  They work great compared to the siminoff mold which takes 3 hands and never comes out quite right.  Thanks-  It was worth the price!

Bo:  BTW, I made a Siminoff-style outside rim form, and man, are you ever right - it's nearly impossible to get everything in the right place and the sides butted up properly to the blocks. What a PITA. For Mandola #2 I'm definitely going to use the violin-style fixture you recommend.

Click HERE to
for a Photo Tutorial on how to use.

Click HERE to Purchase a mold and template set.

WYSIWYG Archtop Guitar Plates:
Wayne Johnson of Santa Rosa, CA built this guitar using Smith Creek CNC carved archtop guitar plates.  Beautiful job!

-Designed to work perfectly with Benedetto Archtop plans.
-Pick from the available plates or send your wood to Smith Creek for carving.
-Available HERE

Loar A-5 Plates
Also know as the "Griffith Loar" or "Tut Taylor A-5", these plates are carved to accurately replicate this one of a kind instrument.


WYSIWYG Guitar Tops
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What You See is What You Get.  Tired of being at the whim of some large tonewood dealer?  Don't just hope you get a nice top for your project, pick out the actual top from nearly 200 pictures.

Click HERE to see the tops.