Build Your Own Mandolin With a Ham Can (A Hamdolin!)

Follow Wayne Erbsen's instructions to build your own mandolin (or "hamdolin") using a ham can and some inexpensive building materials.



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"There is beauty in the unambiguity of an instrument made from a ham can," says the author. Note the tailpiece, made from a brass strike plate.
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A chair rung joins the body to the neck.
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Use these measurements to create frets that will keep you in tune.
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Tuning pegs are made of nuts, bolts and wing nuts.
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The neck piece of this instrument looks professional, but it's relatively cheap to recreate.
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