Category Archives: Woodworking

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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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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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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A Guitar Foot Stool

Still working on finishing up a host of never-completed projects! So, I dug out the parts I had cut out a few years back. This was all leftover mahogany pieces and the only thing I had to purchase was some … Continue reading

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A Neck Routing Jig

A well-fit neck is essential to any stringed instrument. I’ve had decent success, but in order to execute this important  joint it would help to have something that would make it easier to get consistent, accurate results. I recently discovered a … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for Steam Bending

This week my wife gave me a Rockler steam bending kit (yes, she is awesome!) and I just completed building the steam box for it. Soon I will need to bend some bridges for my harpsichord project and want to … Continue reading

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Some New Shop Furniture

I took a small hiatus over the past few weeks and worked to finish something I started several weeks ago. Back in the Nov/Dec 2009 issue of Fine Woodworking there was an article on building Krenov Saw Horses which I thought … Continue reading

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Hand Tool Education

I recently enrolled in The Hand Tool School, which is an online school for learning and improving hand tool skills. The first ‘semester’ is focused on fundamentals, beginning with hand saws. The longer I am involved with woodworking and lutherie, … Continue reading

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A little Tool work

For my birthday last year my wife gave me a set of antique planes (Hollow & Rounds, Nos. 2-18 Even), which I proceeded to clean, polish, sharpen and otherwise restore to working order. I then went on to find and … Continue reading

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