Here's that same view of the back after staining. You can see the blemishes more easily and this will only grow more pronounced when I lacquer.
You'll see here that I chose to leave the EROS logo on, but I wanted to add my own little mark... the Dead Hand logo that I used on my Highwayman Banjo build. This time, rather than inlay, I painted it on. See how I simply made a template and then stuck masking tape around it to give me a hole in the middle to paint. It's nothing fancy, but in fitting with the overall look I was trying to achieve.
Next it was onto refinishing with round after round of lacquer. Doesn't my new workbench look peachy ;-)
What do you reckon to the end result? I've put everything back, electing to leave that fret-dot missing to keep the rustic look.
Next up I needed to restring it...
I bet you're wondering what it sounds like. So was I. Bear in mind that I've never played a mandolin before. Here's what I came up with to try it out... a haunting rendition of a classic!
One last photo, before I close off.
I bought a strap for my mandolin which is fantastic and worthy of a plug. The strap is made by Leathercraft of Liverpool. I bought mine from SuperMusic57 and it felt like it had arrived before I'd even finished paying for it! It's light and strong... I love it!