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Blog entry by Texcaster posted 207 days ago 964 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a blog about designing and building a small body archtop. Plenty of hand work and quiet on one of these.

This photo shows the relation between a 17in archie, my new 13in and a mandolin.

13in.

Making new arch patterns

Where the patterns sit on the top. When each pattern arch fits, I connect the dots.

Tools

Body in the mold

Carved top & back

The insides are bored to a depth, thicker in the center, diminishing towards the recurve at the edges. The thin edge is meant to allow the top & back act like a speaker cone and allow the chamber to push air.

Parts well advanced

The ever versatile tailvise

Ready to play. The pickup is attached to the fingerboard and suspended over the body.

-- Bill....... I listen very closely to the timber and then impose my will.



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AnthonyReed

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#1 posted 207 days ago

Amazing.

-- ~Tony

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kenn

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#2 posted 207 days ago

Well done , as quick as that went I guess you knocked it out in a morning ;). Seriously, amazing craftsmanship, great work, inspiring to see. Thanks for sharing.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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RCT

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#3 posted 206 days ago

Great job love the fret work-
did you cut the “F” holes by hand or use a router?
RCT

-- "Ya but what does he know anyhow?"

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Texcaster

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#4 posted 206 days ago

Cheers fellas,

RCT, I bore the top and bottom holes first, then a series of small holes as far as I can go down the center.
A coping saw blade held in my paw completes the cut. I enlarge and finish the cut with a knife and file. It’s done after carving both sides, so is very thin with considerable flex.

-- Bill....... I listen very closely to the timber and then impose my will.

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Mark Shymanski

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#5 posted 188 days ago

It always intrigues me how instruments are put together, this one looks like a very good example and a good amount of detail on how you accomplished it!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#6 posted 165 days ago

Beautiful work.

BJ

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