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Teardrop fiddle build #4: The Plates

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 03-22-2020 12:32 PM 373 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m making the top and bottom (front and back) plates from mahogany for the back and pine for the front, (it may actually be poplar.)

I cut deep kerfs in the edges and cut the rest by hand.

Then I glue the edges together.

There are several reasons to create the wide plate this way, but for me it was

a) I didn’t have wood that wide

b) The hope of getting a cool, bookmatched grain pattern.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Serradura

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#1 posted 03-22-2020 02:30 PM

Really like this series! Following with interest!

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#2 posted 03-22-2020 04:10 PM

Are you going to hand plane the assembly, or electric sand?
Resawing has always been a difficult task for me, never works out well, even broke a bandsaw blade once. Hand sawing isn’t any better, I usually end up with one usable board out of the two.
Is there enough material there in that glue up for a top and bottom?

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#3 posted 03-22-2020 04:24 PM



Really like this series! Following with interest!

- Serradura

It’s good to have you along for the ride!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 03-22-2020 04:28 PM



Are you going to hand plane the assembly, or electric sand?
Resawing has always been a difficult task for me, never works out well, even broke a bandsaw blade once. Hand sawing isn t any better, I usually end up with one usable board out of the two.
Is there enough material there in that glue up for a top and bottom?

- Oldtool

Because I brought it home, I ran the plates through my thickness planer. If I had stayed at work, I would have tried very hard using just the planes I have there.

I used a table saw to do most of the work and yes, the center surfaces end up very rough.

There is enough material, though the mahogany could have been an inch longer for security. It’s just long enough!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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