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

CNC Carving Service

You provide the wood, I'll carve it for you.  No need to join the wood yourself, I'll take care of that, then CNC carve it to perfection.  A great way to save countless hours of work and ensure your instrument sounds spectacular.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Due to a very busy shop schedule, lead time for carving plates may be up to 4 weeks.  If you absolutely need plates faster I can make them in about a week but there is a set-up charge of $40 per order.
(Example: if you have a rush order and need 4 mandolin plates carved in a week, the cost is 4 x $80 for the carving plus a $40 set up fee, for a total of $360.
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F-5 Mandolin Top or Back, CNC Carving
click to see Mandolin Gallery
CNC carve your wood 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.

Save time and frustration by having perfect f-holes cut in your top.

CNC Carving Service - Mandolin Top or back, $80

Add f-holes for $15


F-5 Mandolin Plans, $15  (ONLY available with cnc carving service or purchase of a top and/or back plate)
H-5 Mandola Top or Back, CNC Carving
click to see Mandola gallery
CNC carve your wood, 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 one of the few Loar Mandolas in existence.  The instrument pictured has an extended scale and larger f-holes.

Although not complete plans, drawings are available for the H-5 Mandola which give most of the information needed to build an instrument.  Check it out HERE.  The drawing has templates for all the parts you need including the inside body mold.


CNC Carving Service - Mandola Top or Back, $85

CNC Cut f-holes for $15


H-5 Mandola Drawings $10 - ONLY AVAILABLE WITH CNC CARVING SERVICE
Archtop Guitar Plates
Whether this is your first instrument and you're worried about ruining that beautiful piece of curly maple you've been holding on to for years, or you've built a hundred instruments and want to let someone else do the grunt work, there is no other step in archtop instrument building that will save you more time, and ensure you end up with a great looking, great sounding instrument than having your plates cnc carved.

These top and back plates were designed to work perfectly with Benedetto Plans available through Stewart MacDonald Supply.

CNC Carve Archtop Guitar, $175



 CNC Cut f-holes, $15



If you need arcthop wood I can recommend excellent suppliers for maple and Sitka Spruce:

NORTHRIDGE TONEWOODS

ALASKA SPECIALTY WOODS

When you order, have them ship it directly to me (they've done this many times), I'll carve it and ship it to you.  The whole process takes about two weeks.