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A Box Cello

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 03-11-2020 09:46 PM 632 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while ago my wife mentioned that someday she would like to learn the cello. That set me to thinking until I realized that I could probably build something like a cello.

The front and back are from poplar drawer which I planed to a thick ness of about 3/16 inch. The sides and top of the box are white oak.

I had ordered a neck, but after 3 months of waiting, I just went ahead and carved one using a pattern I found on the web. It was a bit of a job to carve oak, but I had examples of what I was trying to do at work to guide me. I did manage to buy the tuning pegs, strings, bridge, fingerboard and end pin.

After putting it all together I stained everything but the fingerboard with Jacobean stain and finished it with spray lacquer. The result is something quite unique, but playable.

More info on the build is available here: (link)

I hope to have a sample of it being played soon.

Mandatory glue up shots:

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





10 comments so far

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 03-11-2020 09:58 PM

Nice, Dave! How does it play?

Looking forward to the video!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 03-11-2020 11:55 PM



Nice, Dave! How does it play?

Looking forward to the video!

- Dave Polaschek

Well, I can say that it has good volume and is a little heavy for a cello. I’m going to as the cello teacher at the store to give it a go.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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swirt

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#3 posted 03-12-2020 01:35 AM

That is pretty cool. Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 03-12-2020 02:59 AM

is a little heavy for a cello.

How thick are the sides? Half-inch? Three quarter? I suspect you could get by with quarter inch (or maybe even an eighth) sides and still have enough strength, but I’m no expert.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 03-12-2020 06:32 AM

Sure one of the coolest chelos… I eonder hoe it sounds.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Dave Rutan

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#6 posted 03-12-2020 10:20 AM


is a little heavy for a cello.

How thick are the sides? Half-inch? Three quarter? I suspect you could get by with quarter inch (or maybe even an eighth) sides and still have enough strength, but I’m no expert.

- Dave Polaschek

The sides are about 1/2 inch thick.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Oldtool

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#7 posted 03-12-2020 12:01 PM

Very nice work, looks great. I’ll be waiting for the video.

-- "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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#8 posted 03-14-2020 05:16 AM

I know of a couple of lads that might be interested in testing it for you

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4i8J-855y8

I don’t think the lady in the blue skirt was too impressed!!

Dave, nice job overall

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 03-17-2020 12:27 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Dave Rutan

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#10 posted 03-17-2020 11:27 AM



Nice job and congratulations on your Daily Top 3 award.

- Grumpy

Thank you!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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