Author Archives: npcarey

About npcarey

Amateur Luthier, woodworker, music enthusiast, software enthusiast

Soundboard Installation!

Finally, after all of the preparation, the soundboard is finally installed. Now, just wait for 24 hours for the glue to cure and pull out all the nails/spruce pads. This method of soundboard installation requires a “crown dowel”, which simply … Continue reading

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Installing the Rose

Before I installed the Rose, I first thinned the soundboard a bit in the recommended areas. This was nothing more than using a small violin plane (wicked sharp as we say here!) to taper some of the bass region and … Continue reading

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The Soundboard

The bulk of the soundboard work was completed over the past 2 weeks. This included fitting all of the bridges and underside bracing. The only thing to complete on the soundboard before actually installing it into the harpsichord is to … Continue reading

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Adding the hook to the 8′ cherry Bridge

One of the more difficult tasks is making the ‘hook’ that goes at the end of the bridge because it is much too severe (and thick) to bend into shape. It must be cut at the same angles as the … Continue reading

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8′ cherry Bridge steamed, bent, clamped

The 8′ cherry bridge was soaked overnight, steamed in the box for 1 hour this morning and clamped into the form, where it will sit now for a week. It was not as wet coming out of the box as … Continue reading

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Bridges and Nuts

After getting the soundboard fitted into the Harpsichord, it was time to create the bridges and nuts. The difficulty begins with the geometry, first cut a 30° bevel along the face, which is easy enough with either a full-sized table … Continue reading

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Color/Paper samples for Harpsichord

I’m working on some sample boards to show the paint scheme/harpsichord paper choices I’m considering. The color is now decided, called Rittenhouse Blue, a historical, oil color from Old Village paints in Pennsylvania. The papers were colored on the computer … Continue reading

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Soundboard joined and fitted

The thing I have been most dreading is jointing and joining the soundboard planks together. I was lucky enough to get ahold of a number of extra-wide, old Italian spruce soundboard planks from a friend. It only required 3 pieces … Continue reading

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Finally some new Harpsichord work

As noted in a previous entry I thought I was getting the build back on track in 2017 (18 months ago!), but alas, I was wrong. Now I really am (getting back to it). I now have a lot more … Continue reading

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Building a Flute & Whistle Library

Well, since I’ve taken up the flute again I needed to acquire a few (?) books to start building a library, so this is where I’ve begun. Flute Beginner’s Book for the Flute – Part One by Trevor Wye Beginner’s … Continue reading

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