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Project by Dave Rutan posted 02-12-2017 11:43 PM 562 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the tools that my boss strongly suggested I acquire was a little pricey for my tastes. I finally pulled the trigger and ordered it and then decided that something like this needed a nice safe wooden box to live in. As it turns out, the tool is a bit awkward to hold or even store, so making this box was a very good idea.

I used some scrap wood I had in the shop. actually I wasted a bunch in the process. I cut the top and bottom correctly, but I messed up cutting the sides—several times. Just goes to show I should draw some sort of plan. I ended up using some poplar and mahogany. The finish was boiled linseed oil.

[Below] The pile of scraps that I wasted by either cutting too short or cutting too narrow.

What is this tool?

[Above] This is called a bridge marker. Violins, violas, and cellos have a piece of wood called a bridge. To hold the strings in place and properly spaced, the bridge has notches cut into it. The notches must be equally spaced for the instrument to be played well. This tool gauges the distance of the bridge notches, whether it be a fractional size violin or cello or a full size model. The sliding reference fence is positioned for the bridge. The bridge is centered on the two center cutting rails and is then rolled back and forth to make an impression where the notches must be cut using a special file.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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CFrye

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#1 posted 02-13-2017 12:28 AM

Nice box, Dave. Beautiful grain in that poplar!

-- God bless, Candy

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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 02-13-2017 12:33 AM

Thanks. I’m pretty sure the poplar is a piece from my drawer wood.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 02-13-2017 12:46 AM

Very nice, I have built similar boxes to protect my finger planes and such. Nice work!

-- www.youtube.com/lemongrasspicker

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#4 posted 02-13-2017 01:57 PM



Very nice, I have built similar boxes to protect my finger planes and such. Nice work!

- Lemongrasspicker

Thanks.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 02-13-2017 04:28 PM

looks good

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#6 posted 02-13-2017 04:46 PM

This is a very nice storage box for this set of tools.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 02-14-2017 05:37 AM

This top lid wood looks very nice and ofcourse box itself. You realy take care of your tools.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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