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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Adjusting a one piece bridge

I chose a rosewood bridge / saddle on the miniatures. I had to go over them a couple of times to adjust the action. In the pic you can see my miniscule shoulder plane (and some excellent shavings).

It doesn't make them a lot more playable, but it did improve the intonation.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Soundhole cutter

Inspired by Ken Timms' marvellous creation, and a bloke with a blog called The Village Woodworker, I finally made a decent soundhole cutter. The blade is from an old Taylor chisel, with the stamped acorn. It's easy to choose radius, the piece in the middle with the pin slides, guided by the dowel going through the piece at the end.

It would work for rosettes as well, but I've never felt the urge to make one. Perhaps now with this tool I'll try.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Soundboard material, maybe

I got a strange looking bookmatched piece out of the board. What looks like beautiful curl is marks from the bandsaw.

I plan to try a fairly thick top with light ladder bracing. There is tone in there and I'm gonna get it out.

Attempt at reclaiming

This used to be a boat. Built in 1899, it's on the last lap now. Just for fun I have salvaged a board from it. Maybe I can use it for... (drum roll) a ukulele!