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Here's the "finished" Bell Banjo Kit I completed today. I used a dye in alcohol stain and amber shellac finish. I added a wax coating to protect the finish. The strings are still stretching but it sounds great!

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Comment by Dave Vinci on March 12, 2013 at 2:22pm
The kit is well made, the instructions are clear and easy to understand and follow. Thanks Bell Banjos! I've never applied a shellac/french polish finish before and it is a bit tricky but a nice result for my first try. Dye and alcohol stain was new for me as well... a bit hard to control but the practice pieces paid off before I applied the stain to the banjo. Still, a great experience and a nice instrument.
Comment by Jason Stamper on March 12, 2013 at 2:40pm

Looks great David, good work!

Comment by Tim Twiss on March 12, 2013 at 4:35pm

Lookin' good!

Comment by Scott Johnson on March 12, 2013 at 6:53pm

Good lookin' banjo

Comment by Strumelia on March 12, 2013 at 7:20pm

Very handsome!  Are those incised or pinstriped lines going around the outside of the pot?

Comment by Dave Vinci on March 12, 2013 at 8:31pm

Thank you all for the kind words.  Those lines you see going around the pot are in fact the grain lines in the wood.  I was toying with the idea of adding a red stripe around the pot accented with gold but I thought the grain looked real nice and the stripe would be guilding the lily.

Comment by Bell Banjos on March 12, 2013 at 8:45pm

Nice job on the kit, Dave. It'll be fun playing it at the next get-together. You gotta watch Tim, though, he's a banjo grabber. The rim is Ash, it has a nice grain, A little tougher to work with but better looking (than oak) and ash puts a 'bite' in the sound.


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