Shopmade Luthier Tools #28: Violin and Cello Stick Clamps

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 08-20-2017 01:50 AM 1962 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a project coming up, so I’m gearing up beforehand. I have a cello to repair in a fairly major way. The larger clamps are for the cello, though they may be long enough for a double bass, or at least not a full size one. The smaller clamps are meant for violins, though they may even fit on a viola.

The sticks are 1/4” dowels and the heads are mahagony. There is a slight chance the heads might come off even though they are glued, so I may pin them before use.

The clamping pressure is applied manually. I figure the stick will be pulled through the head with the wingnut and pressure supplied by the thumb pressing on it. A great deal of pressure should not be required, just enough to hold things together for a while. The cushions you see are slices of a wine cork. The overhanging edge of the instrument should fit in the depression against the cork and thus not recieve damage.

These are finished with spray lacquer to help give the clamp heads something to bite into.

Intended use:


-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 08-21-2017 10:19 AM

Interesting, I’ve this sort of clamp.

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