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Shopmade Luthier Tools #24: Brass sound post plier

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 08-07-2017 10:57 PM 325 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a tool that is used to adjust the position of a sound post in a violin. A sound post is like a length of dowel that is wedged between the top and back of a string instrument to help transmit the sound from the strings to the back (little more complicated actually, but that explanation will suffice.)

I bought one of these that is about 8 inches, but discovered during use on the smaller violins that a more petite model would be handy. I used two 6 inch brass rulers, $1 each on eBay. I printed out a photo of a comercial model and used it as a template. I love my hand made tools.

[Above] The one at top is my store bought plier. The lower one is my hand made one.

[Above and below] Showing about what this is used for. A different too is used to get the sound post in and retrieve it (when necessary.
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[Below] I made my own rivet from a brass screw. I ground off the slotin the head, cut it to length, and crowned over the other side.

See the other tools I’ve made for my new craft! [link]

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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#1 posted 08-09-2017 04:42 PM

Your luthier’s tool box is quickly filling, Dave! Your version looks a tiny bit thinner than the store bought one. Is it still sturdy enough to do its job? Do you have a link for the eBay source?

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 08-09-2017 05:26 PM



Your luthier s tool box is quickly filling, Dave! Your version looks a tiny bit thinner than the store bought one. Is it still sturdy enough to do its job? Do you have a link for the eBay source?

- CFrye

It is thinner, and I’ll admit that I have yet to use it, but I think it will work since it’s basically used to grab and pull little dowels. I guess we’ll see.

This eBay item seems to be pretty persistant: [link] If all else fails, just search for ‘brass ruler’ and sort by lowest price.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 08-09-2017 07:20 PM



Your luthier s tool box is quickly filling, Dave! Your version looks a tiny bit thinner than the store bought one. Is it still sturdy enough to do its job? Do you have a link for the eBay source?

- CFrye

Also, Candy,

I can foresee that sometime soon I will be making a ‘clamp chest’ for work. The old tool box that I’m currently using is about to bust.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 08-09-2017 11:36 PM

Thanks, I’m still a novice when it come to traversing eBay!

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 08-10-2017 12:13 AM



Thanks, I m still a novice when it come to traversing eBay!

- CFrye

It doesn’t help much that every 6 months they change the look of the interface either.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#6 posted 08-10-2017 09:14 PM



Your luthier s tool box is quickly filling, Dave! Your version looks a tiny bit thinner than the store bought one. Is it still sturdy enough to do its job? Do you have a link for the eBay source?

- CFrye

I’m very happy to say that I had to use the plier on a 1/2 size violin today and it worked perfectly.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#7 posted 08-10-2017 11:23 PM


I m very happy to say that I had to use the plier on a 1/2 size violin today and it worked perfectly.

- Dave Rutan

YAY!!

-- God bless, Candy

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