Dakota Mandola KIT

Dakota Mandola KIT

Product Details

Mandola Kit

Difficulty Rating

Build your own Mandola with the Musicmakers Mandola Kit!!

The Musicmakers Mandola kit comes with quality woods and lots of customizing options for inlay and/or rosettes providing you with the perfect ingredients to create your own masterpiece.

While we do give this a 4 hammer rating - that doesn't mean this project isn't suitable for beginning woodworkers. The rating is more reflective of the amount of time required (40+ hours) and the intricacy of the kit. Building this kit doesn't require expert woodworking skills but, if you do have those skills - this project really gives you the opportunity to let your craftsmanship show!

What's Included:
Customizing Options
  • Add optional walnut binding around the top and bottom*
  • Or maybe you would like decorative inlay*
    Order 2 strips to go around the top or 3 strips to go around the top and bottom.
  • Add a Medium Rosette (and donut for easy installation)
* Order our router bit set for inlay installation



Our Dakota Mandolin and Mandola

Great kit building video from Craig Marble at CKMWorks

Key Specs

Ukulele Kit Specs
Item Dakota Mandola
Strings 8 strings (4 courses)
Tuning CGDA
Weight 2.5 pounds
Overall Length 31.5"
Scale Length 17"
Soundboard Solid Spruce
Sides, back, and neck Maple

The Musicmakers Kit Warranty

Need replacement parts?

Just notify us of the problem. We are generous with spare parts, but we may ask you to return the defective part if we think we can salvage it. We may ask you to pay for replacement parts if you damaged them during construction. After one year from date of purchase, we may not be able to supply replacement parts if we have discontinued the kit.

Need help with construction?

We are happy to finish assembling a kit for you. The basic fee is the difference between the kit price and the finished price shown in our current catalog (regardless of the price you paid for the kit). If you have done some of the assembly, we may be able to discount the construction fee, unless we need to re-do some of your work. If you want us to do only part of the construction, please call us about the price.

Desire a refund?

We give refunds, or exchanges, for re-usable kits returned within one year of purchase, regardless of reason for return or stage of construction. You must present proof of purchase from MUSICMAKERS. Such refunds will be for merchandise only, not shipping, handling, or insurance fees. We will refund the price of only those parts that are returned in re-saleable condition.

If we made an error on the original shipment, we will pay for return shipping. Please call us for the proper procedure.

Using a Reverie Harp as a Music Therapy Tool.

Somewhat disappointed
Daniel Peters
Verified Buyer
My initial assessment was semi favorable but in laying the pieces I discovered that the cross cuts on the sides were not square and in no way going to fit properly to the corner blocks. These were not cut consistently and are far from a proper mating angle and will need to be recut or replaced in their entirety. Beyond that I guess I'll work out any unknown bugs as I go. I am experienced enough to rectify these issues but did expect a much better condition of fit.
Thanks for the feedback. Sorry those side pieces weren't fit very well. If you feel like you need replacements, please let us know.
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Fun Build
This was a great kit and I really enjoyed building the Mandola. The instructions were easy to follow and were really thorough. You can see the video of my build down below.
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Beautiful Instrument
Bill Klein
Verified Buyer
The wood used in this instrument is truly beautiful and the inlay banding really sets it off. Construction was a bit tricky. The tenon on the neck was not long enough to snugly fit into the heel block. I added a shim for something to glue to and put in three screws to hold it. The finished product is really nice to look at but if you really want to play it, you'll want to lower the bridge some.
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Gary Stewart
Verified Buyer
Just got my mandola kit (took a while to get her(. Everything looks good. Started assembly and will let you know what my result is.
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