Musical Instruments Restoration #1: Bandurria Picolo

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Blog entry by BertFlores58 posted 06-25-2013 12:36 PM 1461 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Quite a break for me… without post in the lj. I was just reading and viewing to be updated. Here back to same hobby.

Glad that the old musical instrument was taken cared by my late father in the province where i grow up. With the condition that is nearly beyond repair, made myself available to try restoring it. In return, the challenge is really interesting.

Bandurria is a spanish origin. The Philippines made a variation to make it 14 strings from original of 12.

The body

I have to make a new boards for both the front and the back. The best board is my seasoned jackfruit. I resaw with rip hand saw. I manage to plane and sand it. My thicknesser can only plane to 5mm thick therefore jackplane was the last result for roughing. Grinding with sandpaper is not enough. I used my barber’s razor as scraper. I tried with glass but it easilly becomes dull. The finished thickness is 1/8 ” and the brittleness plus the hardness of the jackfruit give me an exhausting effort.

The neck and the head

Actual neck and head can still be used. You can see that this is a solid piece with label face brown hardwood. I can not retrieve the fretboard so i make .

What is interesting is bending the wood. I thought bending wood is easy. I try steaming using the laboratory sterilizer but not sucessfull. It is just springing back to its original. Some of my try just breaks or splits. Finally, I was able to bend using a dry and nicer wood.

The reaming is also an entertaining way. I have to use a blow torch fo heating the plastic for bending

Till then

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 06-25-2013 01:46 PM

This is really involved, Bert! I hope you can finish this up successfully. I appreciate you sharing the steps necessary to restore this with all of us. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 06-25-2013 02:14 PM

Bert that looks like a big challenge


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 06-25-2013 02:53 PM

That’s a complex little job Bert but if anyone can get it done you can.
I have faith in you.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fibrerglas trees.

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#4 posted 06-25-2013 04:43 PM

It looks very good so far Bert. I’m sure your efforts will be well rewarded when you complete the project and have a beautiful family heirloom. I know it is hard to make/restore something like this without special tools, but this will test your creativeness. Can’t wait to see it progress.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 06-25-2013 04:46 PM

You are back! Looks like a project of love. Restoration is always more involved than making a new piece.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 06-25-2013 07:45 PM

Git-r-done Bert! :-)

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#7 posted 06-25-2013 08:31 PM

Just woke up n check my fellow lj who always inspire me… thanks..
This is not the only one…there are more. Violin …. octavina…. another bandurria and a melodica… there is also century old piano. Actually the above sounds great when i was only 8 years old and i am already 56 today almost half century.
God bless.

-- Bert

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