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Teardrop fiddle build #14: Carving the nut

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 03-30-2020 10:28 PM 282 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m forming the nut from a piece of maple, just like the saddle. It starts out as a chunk which is square on the sides which attach it to the fingerboard and the neck.

The nut does not need to stick up very far above the fingerboard. Here I have drawn a line with a pencil to give me a target during the carving.

I do my carving freehand with a sharp chisel and later a file to smooth the nut out. Sandpaper is also used.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 03-30-2020 10:36 PM

Familiar with that from guitars, but the nut on those is thinner. I’m assuming there’s less tension on fiddle strings, so the nut doesn’t have much force on it?

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 03-30-2020 11:30 PM



Familiar with that from guitars, but the nut on those is thinner. I’m assuming there’s less tension on fiddle strings, so the nut doesn’t have much force on it?

- Dave Polaschek

I’m not sure of the force of the average guitar, (6 string, 12 string?), but the nut on a violin is more or less triangular, where a guitar nut is rectangular(?). I think the violin bridge holds more actual downward pressure on it than the nut would.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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