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Ukulele #3: Back and neck install

12-07-2018 09:58 AM by Fchilly | 2 comments »

I sanded the uke and laid out the bridge location and installed it. This was very easy with the fretboard already glued in place, and the back not installed yet. After shaping the braces and prepping the neck joint i was able to move on to final installation of the remaining components. Before glueing the neck or back, I set my router a tad shallow and cut clearance for the back’s binding just in the area my router wouldnt reach later rightnear the neck. I glued the neck into place a...

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Tool Gloat: Brass Purfling Channel Cutter

10-18-2018 10:18 AM by Dave Rutan | 0 comments »

This is essentially a specialized cutting gauge that is used to cut a thin channel in the edge of a violin so that laminated purfling can be inserted. There are several types of these available, but I wanted this one made of brass. Even though I’m not even close to creating a violin, at least I have a tool to help spur me along on my journey. The tool above the cutter is a thin specialized chisel used to dig out the material after the cutter digs the path. This gives...

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Ukulele #2: Binding and catchup

10-16-2018 07:51 AM by Fchilly | 5 comments »

After a cider or two I decided I had enough confidence for an attempt at the binding. I set up the trim router to cut about an 1/8×1/16 step for a Koa binding. I relied entirely on CA glue to attach this, and it turned out very nice. I havent decided what to use for the backside binding, but i’m considering a maple/koa/maple contrasting strip. I’ll keep my options wide open. The saddle and nut just arrived from amazon, this means I can continue on the neck and the bridge which I’m ...

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Ukulele #1: The Uke

10-03-2018 11:18 PM by Fchilly | 6 comments »

I’ve begun a new project. This will be my first attempt at creating an instrument. I bought plans online, there are many different providers. I’m following Youtube tutorials for tips and tricks, and planning out each step in advance to prevent significant losses. Tools needed so far: -Band saw with high quality bladeFor ripping the side walls and front/back -Smoothing planeFor cleaning up tool marks on the front and back-Shooting boardFor making crisp glue lines-Table sawFor cutti...

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Building A Cuttaway Acoustic Guitar #1: Part 1- Beginning Steps of Building an Acoustic Guitar

05-08-2018 04:17 AM by DMiller | 5 comments »

Over the course of my life I have been interested in building a stringed instrument- this last December I began collecting the supplies needed to accomplish what looked like and and still at times feels like a giant of a project. In December, I planned on trying to keep the costs within the budget of $200; since then I have found that is not a possible sum to stay within! (: I did happen to have most of the wood I needed for this project, which greatly cuts the cost down. Now to get to the...

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Shopmade Luthier Tools #29: Brass bridge templates and bevel gauge

09-05-2017 06:17 PM by Dave Rutan | 4 comments »

To badly mis-paraphrase a character from Babylon 5, “Zathras wants to have something nice.” A while ago I made a set of templates out of plastic for creating the arc that is on the top of violin and cello bridges. I was determined that eventually I would replace them with brass ones once I found a source for the brass. Well, eBay sells this 5-inch brass ruler that is an inch wide for less than $2 each… So I decided to start with a template for a full size viol...

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Winning the Sumguy lottery

08-21-2017 03:57 AM by MDots | 1 comment »

I am not a lucky person, despite my Irish heritage. I have never won a game of bingo, or one of those stick-your-name-in-the-hat drawings, or anything like that. However, lady luck might have accidentally turned her head and sneezed in my direction while hanging on the arm of a far handsomer man than myself, as I have had more wood related luck in the past few weeks. I may have mentioned before that I work in a shop adjacent to a hardwood flooring company, and occasionally dig through t...

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Shopmade Luthier Tools #28: Violin and Cello Stick Clamps

08-20-2017 01:50 AM by Dave Rutan | 1 comment »

I have a project coming up, so I’m gearing up beforehand. I have a cello to repair in a fairly major way. The larger clamps are for the cello, though they may be long enough for a double bass, or at least not a full size one. The smaller clamps are meant for violins, though they may even fit on a viola. The sticks are 1/4” dowels and the heads are mahagony. There is a slight chance the heads might come off even though they are glued, so I may pin them before use. The cla...

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Shopmade Luthier Tools #27: Small brass soundpost setter

08-10-2017 09:54 PM by Dave Rutan | 2 comments »

I was looking around for pictures of violin soundpost setters when I found one on eBay with a ram’s horn hook on one end (my term). Its uniqueness attracted me, so I went down to my workshop, grabbed a length of 1/4 inch brass strip. I split one end with a hack saw and cold chisel and shaped the ram’s horns with taps of a ball peen hammer. After I got that end to look satisfactory, I used files, my belt and disc sander, and a brass wire wheel to shape and polish the instrum...

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Shopmade Luthier Tools #26: A few deep reach clamps

08-10-2017 01:18 AM by Dave Rutan | 1 comment »

I made one of these as an experiment and I ened up using it in the orchestral repair shop to hold two edges of a violin face crack. I figured it couldn’t hurt to make a few more. Sometimes I have to repair multiple instruments in a day. I made two sizes, 5 in. And 7 in deep with a capacity of 2-1/4 inches. Turns out this is a little small for a full size fiddle, but then most of our violins are 3/4 size and smaller. I’ll make a few larger ones eventually for full size v...

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