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Teardrop fiddle build #10: Shaping the tab

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 03-28-2020 12:24 PM 316 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After the neck id glued on the tab that attaches the back of the instrument to the heel of the neck must be trimmed. My tab is actually a tiny bit short, so I cheated a bit by paring the heel of the neck down to fit. Then I carved and filed and sanded till the tab had the same profile as the heel.

I wet the mahogany in this second shot, so it has some contrast.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 03-28-2020 01:26 PM

Such a small detail, but I bet it’s pretty important to how the fiddle feels.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 03-28-2020 04:56 PM



Such a small detail, but I bet it’s pretty important to how the fiddle feels.

- Dave Polaschek

Don’t tell anyone, but that tab is really what holds the neck on. The rest of the mortise pretty much functions as a socket, though it gets glued nonetheless to prevent wobbling.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 03-28-2020 05:33 PM

Yeah, I was thinking it had to do that. On a Fender Telecaster, there’s that little metal plate that the four screws go through to bolt on the neck, and I was thinking the tab had a similar purpose.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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