|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 02-12-2017 11:43 PM||494 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
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!