Shopmade Luthier Tools #17: String jack or lifter for cello

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 01-23-2017 09:36 PM 4482 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 16: A few hole clamps Part 17 of Shopmade Luthier Tools series Part 18: Violin bridge jigs »

This is a device that lifts the strings off of the bridge of a musical instrument so that the bridge can be removed during the fitting/adjustment process. I think i first saw one of these in a video on YouTube. After looking it up, I decided it was definitely something I could make. It’s basically a thick bridge, this one is for a 3/4 cello, which has a top piece which lifts with the assistance of a screw. The top piece runs on guides. The commercial products run in slides on the sides while homemade ones I’ve seen use a pair of dowels in the body of the tool.

Judging by the color of the grain, mine is made of poplar. I chose it because it was a convenient piece of 1/2 inch thick material. I added splines to the edges for strength because the grain runs short. I used brass pins and a #10 screw for the hardware. I threaded the wood directly instead of adding a nut somewhere. I stained it with Golden oak stain to cover up the green grain color.

Check out the other luthier tools I’ve made here:[link]

[Below] Mandatory glue up photo. I made two blanks in case of mishap. I may also have a use for the second one

[Below] Someone else’s collection of string lifters.

[Below] These pics should give an idea of how this is used.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 01-24-2017 03:25 PM

Aha! I didn’t notice the notches on top until the last two images. Now, I see! This is fun to learn, Dave.

-- God bless, Candy

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