Making a Cello #2: Day 2, the blocks.

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Blog entry by PhiltheLuthier posted 05-18-2012 11:37 PM 4153 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The Beginning Part 2 of Making a Cello series Part 3: Working on flattening the plates. »

Thank you for the kind words, I hope you all enjoy this blogging of mine.

So today I spent 5/8ths of my work day making a huge shooting board (2’x4’) which is still missing some pieces, I’ll show it when I use it in a later installment, or maybe post it as a project.

The other 3/8ths was spent working on the cello. I split a large piece off a willow log and turned it into block wood. The log is from a tree that was cut down many years ago and has been slowly aging in my basement. The grain is wild and full of figure, which makes it hard to work with, but we don’t make cellos because of the ease of it! So after two days the cello is ready for the blocks to be shaped, though I should prepare some rib stock first.

That’s it for now, I’ll be back at it next Thursday.

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#1 posted 05-19-2012 05:01 PM

I’m a cellist, so naturally I’ll be following this build.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 05-21-2012 01:23 AM

I play cello too! This is great, i would love to make a cello someday!!

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#3 posted 05-22-2012 04:47 AM

Waiting with bated breath…

-- I never finish anyth

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#4 posted 05-25-2012 02:55 AM

I wish I could play the cello, but I’ll be watching too.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#5 posted 06-08-2012 04:59 PM

This going to be very interesting. Thanks for doing this.

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