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Building something like a bass viol #7: Fingerboard

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 11-12-2020 04:07 PM 487 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I mostly work on this project at my place of work and a pile of broken cellos and double basses delayed this post.

To create the fingerboard (and tailpiece) I laminated together a piece of mahogany and oak. (Note to self, the oak can be thinner next time.)

The first thing I did was to cut it to length (a little oversize) and plane the sides down to the appropriate taper. Then I planed the radius on the mahogany side.

Then I flipped it over and coved out part of the underside. This is basically done to lighten the piece and make it look less blocky. One of the cellos I repaired recently had a fingerboard that was not coved out and it looked very much like a toy.

Here’s the fingerboard, neck and the ribs set together. Before I set the neck, I’ll temporarily glue the fingerboard to it to aid in visually aligning things.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 11-12-2020 04:36 PM

Nice work, you’re becoming quite the master at this.
I like the note to self, I often go back to my posts to see how I did things, can’t remember anything anymore.

-- "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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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 11-12-2020 05:55 PM

I ended up hand planing off about a quarter inch of the oak.


Nice work, you re becoming quite the master at this.
I like the note to self, I often go back to my posts to see how I did things, can t remember anything anymore.

- Oldtool


-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 11-12-2020 06:32 PM

I was wondering what had happened with this one, Dave. Good to see it moving forward again and getting closer to making music.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 11-12-2020 06:36 PM

And I can see into the future. It’s going to look pretty neat.


I was wondering what had happened with this one, Dave. Good to see it moving forward again and getting closer to making music.

- Dave Polaschek


-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 11-14-2020 01:11 AM

Noted to self – don’t even think you can do this! Instruments are the pinnacle of woodworking skill needed. Beautiful even in the raw (wipes drool…).

-- Bstrom

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