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Tongue Drums #1: The soundboard/tongue top

06-07-2021 01:08 AM by GnarlyErik | 1 comment »

There’s been enough interest in the tongue drums I’ve built, I’ve decided to make a blog entry to share what I have learned, much of it through trial and error, as well as what research as I can find. Plese keep in mind that I am NOT a musician, so there’s been a lot of trial and error on my part. I’ve lost count now, but I’ve made well over a dozen of these things, with no two of them exactly alike. I will attempt an ongoing blog to describe the process and what I’ve learned. Since...

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Cigar Box Guitar #1: First CBG instrument

11-19-2019 03:21 PM by D. B. | 2 comments »

Last year I broke my back and smashed my wrist. A year latter, Drs have put ol’ humpty dumpty back together again. My wrist is stiff, formal therapy is over. But I thought playing a guitar would be good exercise. So that means building one. This past week I found a book in the library on making cigar box guitars. That piqued my interest and started a new project. First I visited local cigar shops and found they give boxes away. A trip to Lowes provided the wood materials for un...

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Ukulele #3: Back and neck install

12-07-2018 09:58 AM by Fchilly | 2 comments »

I sanded the uke and laid out the bridge location and installed it. This was very easy with the fretboard already glued in place, and the back not installed yet. After shaping the braces and prepping the neck joint i was able to move on to final installation of the remaining components. Before glueing the neck or back, I set my router a tad shallow and cut clearance for the back’s binding just in the area my router wouldnt reach later rightnear the neck. I glued the neck into place a...

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Ukulele #2: Binding and catchup

10-16-2018 07:51 AM by Fchilly | 5 comments »

After a cider or two I decided I had enough confidence for an attempt at the binding. I set up the trim router to cut about an 1/8×1/16 step for a Koa binding. I relied entirely on CA glue to attach this, and it turned out very nice. I havent decided what to use for the backside binding, but i’m considering a maple/koa/maple contrasting strip. I’ll keep my options wide open. The saddle and nut just arrived from amazon, this means I can continue on the neck and the bridge which I’m ...

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Ukulele #1: The Uke

10-03-2018 11:18 PM by Fchilly | 6 comments »

I’ve begun a new project. This will be my first attempt at creating an instrument. I bought plans online, there are many different providers. I’m following Youtube tutorials for tips and tricks, and planning out each step in advance to prevent significant losses. Tools needed so far: -Band saw with high quality bladeFor ripping the side walls and front/back -Smoothing planeFor cleaning up tool marks on the front and back-Shooting boardFor making crisp glue lines-Table sawFor cutti...

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Shopmade Luthier Tools #19: Small size sound post setter

03-27-2017 08:02 PM by Dave Rutan | 4 comments »

I already own two violin size sound post setting tools which I purchased online. The other day I was setting a sound post in a less than full size instrument and I got the feeling I was stretching the limits of the tool. I got the post set successfully, but it entered my mind that a smaller tool might be handy for if I should have to work on a 1/4 size violin or smaller someday. So today I went down into my woodshop, took a piece of 1/4 iinch flat brass and went to work with the grinde...

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Adventures in Lutherie #8: Simple violin repair

01-11-2017 06:52 PM by Dave Rutan | 0 comments »

won’t make this a regular thing, but I wanted to post this first one. This is a 3/4 size violin with a beak in the tuning peg box. The break was clean and simple to fix with glue. Epoxy was used because the break line went Right through a tuning peg hole. One clamp held everything perfectly in place while the glue cured. Just reiterating that these are student rental instruments. The idea is o keep them playable. In this case the repair is nearly invisible, but this will not al...

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Adventures in Lutherie #2: Diving in Again: Mountain Dulcimer

11-07-2016 06:01 PM by Dave Rutan | 2 comments »

Heads up! It’s been a while since I built my wife’s 3 string mountain dulcimer. I’ve been promising to make a 4-string for several years. As I write this, I’ve already started cutting wood. I hope to have it done for Christmas. I’ll be posting a build series as well, chiefly because I want to translate it into Esperanto. I’ll have to make a hard case for it as well. ;-)

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Experimental Wood Block

11-02-2015 05:49 PM by Dave Rutan | 6 comments »

(This is not posted as a project because I felt it was just an experiment, I’m not completely happy with the result and I didn’t put finish on it.) The pile of wooden blocks that I got as cast offs from the pre-school at my church has been living in a box on my floor. It’s been tasking me. Today I decided to give a try of creating a musical wood block from a block of wood.I simply chucked a 3/8 inch bit in my drill press and set the depth and a fence as a guide. The...

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Tone Wood List - Persimmon?

10-03-2015 03:28 PM by ppworkshop | 1 comment »

Before I started on the Persimmon Woodblock Percussion Instrument project, I did some research on the tone of persimmon wood. I had never made an instrument of any kind and hadn’t ever heard of persimmon being used, but what I found was encouraging. Here is a link I found to a long list of wood types and some notes about their tone. I was going to use the persimmon either way, but I did find the information in the list interesting.

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