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Shopmade Luthier Tools #18: Violin bridge jigs

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 02-07-2017 08:09 PM 868 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 17: String jack or lifter for cello Part 18 of Shopmade Luthier Tools series Part 19: Small size sound post setter »

It stands to reason that if I need bridge jigs for a cello, [link 1] [link 2] I’ll need bridge jigs for a violin as well. I made these out of some scrap wood. The bridge fitting jig (on the right above) was made from oak. The string jack/lifter is from poplar. I made the blank for it at the time I made the blank for the cello string lifter.

Brass hardware gives a tiny touch of class to jigs which are very utilitarian.

I finished the string lifter with golden oak stain and the bridge fitting jig with danish oil.

Check out the other luthier tools I’ve made here:[link]

[Below] I had to cut the tail off the bridge fitter because I made it too long. I refitted the wheel to the shorter tail.

[Below] Here’s what a commercial bridge fitter looks.

A few more pics:

Family photo of the cello and violin jigs:

Here’s a picture of the bridge jig in use on a 3/4 violin.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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#1 posted 02-07-2017 08:15 PM

I’m convinced that string jacks are just ugly ducklings.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#2 posted 02-09-2017 03:07 AM

I added a picture of the bridge jig in use.

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#3 posted 02-09-2017 12:00 PM

I added a picture of the bridge jig in use.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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