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Finally had the time over the holidays to finish one of Terry Bell's Boucher Banjo Kits.  I may not be as fine a wood worker or finisher as Terry, but I think it did turn out nicely.  And it plays like a dream. Anyone that sees or hears it is quite impressed. 

Now, back to more practicing.

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Comment by Ian Bell on January 16, 2013 at 7:52am
Great Looking grain in the neck!
Comment by Tim Twiss on January 16, 2013 at 8:29am

Looks like it turned out really well. I am fond of the darker ones. It has to be rewarding to pick it up and play.

Comment by Bell Banjos on January 16, 2013 at 9:45am

Hi Patrick. It looks great. I'm curious - did you use dye or stain? Finished with Shellac or something else?

Comment by Strumelia on January 16, 2013 at 10:18am

What a beauty- great job!

Comment by Patrick Haas on January 16, 2013 at 8:47pm

Thanks everyone. Terry, I used dye, black to bring out the tiger stripe, and a brown/red blend for the main color.  I finished it with 5 layers of amber shellac and then two layers of clear shellac.  Polished it out with mineral oil and rotten stone.  It is a nice bragging rights that I put it together and looks and sounds great.

Comment by Bell Banjos on January 16, 2013 at 8:54pm

That's great, Patrick. That old time finish job really makes it, doesn't it?

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