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Building something like a bass viol #11: Doing some finishing

11-21-2020 01:55 AM by Dave Rutan | 3 comments »

I brought the instrument home to stain and spray it with lacquer. It’s one of the many times I wished that they had a spray booth at work. When the weather permits, I prefer to spray outside, otherwise I use the spray and run method in my basement. After many (perhaps 4) coats of spray lacquer, I scrub the instrument down with steel wood and windex. Then I give it one more spray coat and scrub it down aghain to give it a semi-gloss finish. Trust me it works for me. Then I ...

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Building something like a bass viol #10: Attaching the neck and end pin

11-15-2020 01:34 PM by Dave Rutan | 4 comments »

I mentioned earlier that I neglected to photograph the mortising necesary to attach the neck and the end pin. For that I apologize. I have instead included a few close-up shots of the neck where it meets the body. Suffice it to say that the neck fits into a mortise in a block of wood to which the sides (ribs) are attached. Unlike a cello or a doublebass, the end pin on a viol da gamba is more of a peg that stands up above the top. The tailpiece will hook onto this. The end pin...

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Building something like a bass viol #9: Attaching the top/front

11-14-2020 01:22 PM by Dave Rutan | 2 comments »

With the bass bar installed and the sound holes cut, it’s time to glue the front (or to) into the ribs. Leaving the back off makes fitting the neck and end pin easier. (And just to prepare you, I forgot to take lots of pictures of that part of the process :-( My bad. I did, however make all tghose spool clamps. I want to make just another dozen.

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Building something like a bass viol #8: The Bass Bar

11-13-2020 09:56 PM by Dave Rutan | 4 comments »

Since this is basically a cello-size instrument, I’m installing a cello-size bass bar in it. I’m starting with a piece of spruce that is a little taller than I need. For those who don’t know, the bass bar in a string instrument adds strength to the top against the pressure of the bridge. I actually put off this step by a day because my ‘bass bar’ clamps got left home after my teardrop fiddle build earlier this year. After it’s glued in, I shaped ...

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Building something like a bass viol #7: Fingerboard

11-12-2020 04:07 PM by Dave Rutan | 5 comments »

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. Th...

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Building something like a bass viol #6: Linings

09-05-2020 12:57 PM by Dave Rutan | 5 comments »

Linings are strips of wood added to the edges of the ribs/sides to increase their width for gluing. I was lucky to have cut-offs from the ribs that were perfectly usable for this task. This first picture shows a rib without a lining, on the left, and a lining being applied, being held on by modified clothes pins, on the left. This second picture shows a bit more detail of the lining and the clothes pins. In actuality the clothes pins will have no real space between them. And ...

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