Category Archives: Harpsichord

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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Fitting the Lowers

Fitting the Lower Registers this past week was more than a bit challenging. The challenge presented itself when I discovered that the pinblock supports were too short.This is the original maple block, coming up 1/2″ short. The lower register needs … Continue reading

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Harpsichord Registers (Next Phase)

After a bit of a summer break for relaxing, vacations, and stuff like that, I’ve finally gotten back to the harpsichord to try to get the registers finished. The upper and lower registers are all cut and are now being … Continue reading

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Register Cutting Jig

There has been rather a long pause in the building process as I had to take some time off. I moved the harpsichord back down to the workroom after being in storage (in the corner of my dining room) for … Continue reading

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Beginning the Registers

The registers are part of the heart of a harpsichord. As such, they must be very precisely built, to the thousandths of an inch. I printed out the upper registers template. This required lots of trial and error in getting … Continue reading

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Case Liners, Braces, Stiffener and Pinblock

These activities went on for about a month in June, 2011. I had to replace a poplar plug in the side of the case that came out during a previous session and planed it smooth. Then I installed the bentside … Continue reading

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Tools, Finishing the Case, Nameboard

More tools are required, and although I don’t need some of these for quite some time, I like to take a break from the main building to do these little projects. I turned two maple handles on the lathe to … Continue reading

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The Bentside and the Bottom

Continued fairing the first side of the bent-side jig. The first side is extremely close to the drawing. I used the first side as a guide for the 2nd side, then cut the 2nd side out, screwed both together and … Continue reading

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CAD Printouts

Spent some time measuring the full size plan CAD printout only to discover it was off by a small amount. Then I had to spend quite a bit of time communicating and straightening out the CAD misprint problem. Finally got … Continue reading

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Completing the Harpsichord Keyboard

Cleaned up the key frame, installed the green action felt and red felt punchings. Afterward realizing that once I installed the felt on the keys, it would cover up the key numbers and names, so wrote the numbers and note … Continue reading

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