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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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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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Expanding this blog site a bit

I recently decided to move all of the content from my ‘ukulele web site to this space. What has resided at http://www.pauhanauke.com can now be found here, albeit reorganized and edited, under the Lutherie menu as Pau Hana ‘ukulele, with … Continue reading

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‘Ukuleles Eight/Nine/Ten

So, why no ‘ukulele seven? Longer story, in a later post. There is, or will be, an ‘ukulele 7. The body is just being finished up now. ‘Ukuleles 8, 9, 10 were all built as gifts. Eight and Nine were … Continue reading

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‘Ukulele Six

‘Ukulele #6 started out to be a traditional tenor ‘uke with a Spanish heel, Mahogany neck like the others so far. This instrument was being built by my cousin for his own use, with my assistance. A lot of work … Continue reading

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Creating a Library

Having a library of resources is very important and in Lutherie it is critical, at least for me. I started collecting materials related to instrument making, especially books. This began back in 2004 and over the years since then I … Continue reading

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The advantage of the Internet

Search engines and the internet are wonderful things. What did we do before we had the internet to find so much information? Soon I was searching and finding lots of interesting and useful links to sites with a lot of … Continue reading

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