Category Archives: Harpsichord

Carving and Casting

One of the details for the bench is a rosette that is placed in the corners above the legs. The plan calls for eight of them in total. Carving one out of basswood took a few hours and was then … Continue reading

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The Jack Rail installed

The Jack Rail (aka Jackrail, aka Upper Rail) is the piece that fits in front of the music desk and controls how high the jacks will ascend when a key is pressed and the string is plucked.┬áConsider this diagram, where … Continue reading

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Case Mouldings for a Harpsichord

I’ve been working on the Harpsichord’s case mouldings for the past two weeks. At 1/4 x 1/2 inch they are rather small and delicate, and all have to be routed. The routed profile is only ~ 9/32 of an inch, … Continue reading

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Ready to sit down!

The bench, for all intents and purposes is now complete! All told, I think it was about 16 1/2 hours of work to build this bench. This was quite satisfying to finish. I hadn’t gotten much accomplished over the past … Continue reading

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Back to the Bench . . .

Literally and figuratively. I’ve been away for quite a while for a lot of reasons, but I’m back at the bench now. And as it turns out I’m working on the Harpsichord bench. I’ve done most of the important parts, … Continue reading

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Filling a split

A few months ago I discovered that the harpsichord case had developed a split in the bottom. Although it sounds more awful than it really is, it was somewhat alarming at the time. I knew I would have to fix … Continue reading

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Legs to Stand On

The four legs for the harpsichord stand are complete. I haven’t turned much lately, but today I finished turning the four legs for the stand. It took me about 8 hours total, probably pretty slow, but I’m really a novice … Continue reading

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Transposer and Music Desk

I recently spent some time looking at and copying pictures from the Ruckers book for the moulding profile used in the period instrument I’m building and discussing it with my mentor. In the end I decided to seek out miniature … Continue reading

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Upper Registers Installed

The final, and trickiest part of the harpsichord registers is to install brass capstan screws in both the bass and treble ends to allow for adjustments left and right to align properly with the lower registers and to ensure that … Continue reading

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New Set of Uppers

Back in the Harpsichord Registers (Next Phase) I showed a pair of Upper Registers that I really wasn’t happy with. Registers are complicated and must be extremely precise, and straight. These were not. Here you can see that when laid … Continue reading

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