Saturday, February 13, 2016
Progress on piccolo and soprano
I'm building a soprano of walnut and cedar. My customer has asked for cedar since he likes the sound of the one I built for BaronK, my friend Robin that is. I planed the soundboard to thickness instead of sanding it, and chose braces and bridge patch from reclaimed wood. The pieces come from an old piano and a hundred year old loom (that I cut up).
But on Robin's uke I put a single tone bar as well, so in order to replicate that I'll put one on this one as well.
With a lamp behind it I can clearly see how to shape the brace. It needs to fit the dome I introduced when I glued in the bridge patch.
And once it's curved I glue it in.
Here's where we're at. Bridge blanks are planed and ready for carving. The soprano neck has an ebony reinforcement stripe and a headplate to match the back and sides.
Closest to the camera is a bunch of fretboards I prepared. Laburnum, rosewood, mystery wood and lilac.
No, wait - here's where we're really at. I glued the sides to the soundboard. And I glued the cross grain strip to the seam of the back as well.