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Building something like a bass viol #12: The Bridge

12-02-2020 01:07 AM by Dave Rutan | 6 comments »

I may have mentioned that I had to make every bit of this instrument save the strings. Supposedly a bridge for this is available, but I wanted to do it myself. I found an eBay seller who graciously put the measurements in the photo for the auction, so I took the picture, sized it properly and printed it out for use as a template. Then I used my scroll saw to roughly cut out a pair of blanks. N.B. I messed up these first two in the final fitting and ended up making a third one. The first two were from some kind of maple. The third was from white oak. Purism aside, it will work for this purpose. After giving the bridge blank a going over with rasps and files, I fit th...

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