Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'musical instrument'

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One More Guitar #11: Adding the binding and purfling

11-12-2020 10:34 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 0 comments »

After the sound board and back are in place, binding is added to the edges to finish them. Also purfling (the stripes) are added at the same time. In this video the edges are routed with a palm router and the bindings are heat formed and glued in place..

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One More Guitar #7: Bracing the soundboard

10-25-2020 09:42 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 3 comments »

All pieces of the X bracing for the soundboard are made and glued in place. Then, the braces are preliminarily carved down to rough shape.This is one more guitar after a 41 year hiatus from making them. The last one made when I was 24 years old. It uses materials purchased at that time and tools and jigs of that era. See the video here

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One More Guitar #5: The rosette: made and inlaid in the guitar top

10-16-2020 10:27 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 5 comments »

The past couple of days I fashioned a sound hole rosette and inlayed it into the top. A short Video of it here, or click the picture

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Mandocello build series #18: Gibson style Mandocello Full build

02-29-2020 01:34 AM by Tomy Hovington | 3 comments »

over a year ago I started my florentine style Mandocello based on prints that I’ve presonnaly made. so to be accurate I’ve started this build when I started gathering information about this instrument, size, dimentions, scale length, pro and cons etc… so in reality, I’ve been working on this baby for over 4 years. well last week I’ve finally did the final setup and call it a wrap. I’ve just finished the editing on the full build and i’m happy to sh...

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Adventures in Lutherie #10: Just a glue-up-du-jour

03-21-2017 07:17 PM by Dave Rutan | 4 comments »

This poor cello had a slit in its face and part of its top had separated from the ribs. Today I felt confident enough to try repairing it. It is curing until I get to work tomorrow.

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Tongue Drum #1: Tongue Drum Help

12-07-2016 01:07 AM by Raymus | 0 comments »

I am in the process of making my first tongue drum. Got the Poplar box and Red Oak tone board made, needs lot of work still, and a bottom yet. But the 3/4” red oak tone board doesn’t make much sound and three of the 12 keys sound dead. Don’t understand what’s happening? It doesn’t rattle or buzz, just thump, no tone, well, not a pleasant one anyway. Sure could use some insight or help figuring out what’s happened? It’s funny, the two keys along one...

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Musical Instruments #2: Starting the Marimba

11-20-2016 03:36 PM by johnstoneb | 6 comments »

I have finally started on the marimba. I am following the plans I got from They are a good plans although some times you have to translate from oz to usa english. I did a lot of searching on line on commercial marimbas and settled on padauk for the keyboard and cherry for the frame. The preferred wood for concert keyboards is rosewood. I called my hardwood supplier to get a price on rosewood when I was able to breath again I decided padauk was a good keyboard wood (most...

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Dave's Videos #3: The Slit Drum

01-05-2015 02:45 PM by Dave Rutan | 2 comments »

View on YouTube This is an older project, but I finally edited the video. [Spektebla ankaŭ en Esperanto] Slit Drum A slit drum is a musical instrument in the percussion family. It is usually made from bamboo or wood in the form of a box with one or more slits in the top. The majority of slit drums have only one slit, but some have two or three slits in the form of the letter “H”. If the tongues have different lengths or thicknesses, the drum will produce two different tones.T...

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11-18-2012 01:30 AM by Grumpy | 8 comments »

How about this for a musical instrument.

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Acoustic Guitar #7: Attaching the back

10-02-2012 06:07 PM by YorkshireStewart | 12 comments »

Take a long look at your sculpture Stewart; it’s the last you will see of it! Spread the Titebond. Not too much; we don’t want a mess inside there. In the Shaker tradition, even though we can’t see it, The Almighty can. The plywood caul is flexible enough to follow the curvature of the back or front.

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