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Building a Box Cello #1: Building the box

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 03-08-2020 11:57 PM 845 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I should have the project post up in a week or so. In the meantime here’s the process of the build.

Gluing up a few boards to make the back. These are actually poplar drawer fronts.

Putting the box together. The sides are poplar drawer sides (I think.) The two narrow ends are oak.

Gluing the back onto the box.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 03-09-2020 10:57 AM

Looking good so far.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 03-09-2020 11:40 AM



Looking good so far.

- Oldtool

Thank you!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 03-09-2020 12:13 PM

Never heard of a box cello before, but I guess I’ll get to see one soon. Thanks for showing us the build, Dave!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 03-09-2020 12:52 PM



Never heard of a box cello before, but I guess I’ll get to see one soon. Thanks for showing us the build, Dave!

- Dave Polaschek

I’m putting the accessories on it today. Then I’ll test it out in the shop before bringing it home.

This is perhaps the best article about such a creature as I’m building: (link)

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 03-09-2020 01:05 PM

Thanks for the article. I figured the shape, but didn’t know it was also designed to be taken apart and put together quickly.

I’ve been pondering a stick dulcimer myself, but it’s down the to-do list a fair amount, and my shop won’t be done for another few weeks at best… At the moment, all I can do is ponder.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 03-09-2020 10:56 PM



Thanks for the article. I figured the shape, but didn’t know it was also designed to be taken apart and put together quickly.

I’ve been pondering a stick dulcimer myself, but it’s down the to-do list a fair amount, and my shop won’t be done for another few weeks at best… At the moment, all I can do is ponder.

- Dave Polaschek

This one doesn’t disassermble, but it is a box. Next I’m thinking of building a teardrop fiddle.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#7 posted 03-10-2020 01:16 AM

bit small for a cello is it not?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-YuSKeFMxY

Sadly we all may end up here!

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 03-10-2020 01:19 PM



bit small for a cello is it not?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-YuSKeFMxY

Sadly we all may end up here!

- robscastle

Rob,

Not for a box cello. It’s as deep and tall as a full size cello. I made it only as wide as the width at the C bouts. If it were wider, and kept as a box, there would be difficulty bowing the strings properly.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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