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Building Teardrop No. 2 #2: Shaping the end blocks

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 04-28-2020 03:30 PM 422 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After the end blocks are glued onto the mold, I shaped them roughly with a chisel then refined them with my disk sander. The ribs will be glued to these and later the mold removed.

On my last fiddle I had trouble conforming the ribs to the neck block, so I have made a little form block to help push the ribs onto the neck block. Live and learn.

I would have been further along on this build, but on Sunday we had a power outage just as I was about to get into it. Then it was supper time…

Then on Monday I got called in to work! Yay! I’m essential! Keep breaking instruments, kids!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 04-28-2020 04:19 PM

Nice. And nice that you’re essential as long as kids keep being kids. ;-)

Seems very project I do, I discover something like your form block that I can do smarter the next time around. That’s part of what makes woodworking fun for me, I think.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 04-28-2020 09:26 PM



Nice. And nice that you’re essential as long as kids keep being kids. ;-)

Seems very project I do, I discover something like your form block that I can do smarter the next time around. That’s part of what makes woodworking fun for me, I think.

- Dave Polaschek

And there are jigs and tools that I thought would be good, but it turns out they are either unnecesary or ill suilted to the task.

I also had to rescue the parts of the mold that I’m using. Turns out that it is handy to be able to push the ribs around the curves instead of just depending on clamps to hold them to the mold.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 04-28-2020 09:39 PM

Yeah, that’s the other side of that coin. Sometimes you spend time building a jig only to realize there’s a better way. I try not to get too upset about that, since I picked up woodworking as a hobby to fill my retirement, so if all I’ve done is wasted some time and a little bit of lumber, Mission Accomplished! ;-)

Your blogs going through all the steps of building these teardrop fiddles inspired me to blog building a till to hold all my braces. Hope it’s as interesting as yours have been!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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