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  1. Violin bow re-hairing vise

    Rather than needlessly spend money, I decided to build a vise with which to learn how to re-hair violin bows. Believe it or not, the horse hair which causes the violin to make sound wears out after some time and must be replaced. It's a lot easier to work on such an object when it is held still...
  2. Cello bridge fitting jig

    I made this oddball little helper as part of my journey in lutherie. I need to fit a new bridge to the 3/4 cello that I recently repaired. Part of the process is to make the 'feet' of the new bridge conform to the curved surface of the instrument in the location that it will be put. While...
  3. Tool box for my soundpost tools

    My specialized tools for setting the soundpost in a violin, cello, or double bass have outgrown the tool roll I was keeping them in. I've thought for a while that I would make a tool box to put them in. Currently my workbench at work is still borrowed territory, so I wanted to keep things...
  4. Sliding Lid Box for Violin Tools

    Some tools that I need in my new craft as repairer of rental bowed musical instruments need to be too precicely engineered to make myself. These tools also usually cost a bit of money. For this reason I like to keep them safe and separate, so I made a case for my Violin peg shapers and the...
  5. Nautilus Acoustic Mandolin Prototype

    Progress on my project to develop an affordable, one-man shop, tap tuned, varnish finish, made-in-the-USA instrument by optimizing the entire construction process. This shows the first two prototypes. One is parallel braced and the other is transverse braced. Instead of traditional binding, the...
  6. Teardrop Fiddle from Mohogany and Pine

    Just before the Covid-19 crisis hit, I had decided to build a teardrop fiddle. I had previously acquired a cheap violin neck accidentally, (I thought I ordered a very cheap cello neck, but the description was misleading.) I doubt that I will ever get to a proper lutherie school for violin...
  7. Maple Concert Ukulele

    Here's a little something I whipped up last month… Maple from an old Violin block
  8. quilted maple and bear claw spruce ukulele

    After taking a break for the summer I revved back up finishing this guy in just under 5 days. The sides were about a half inch too short and the back was just wide enough. sweet sounding little instrument.
  9. Mahogany Concert Uke

    here's a little something made from cut offs from the local guitar factory… doesn't everybody live near a guitar factory? anyway, it's South American Mahogany with a Rosewood bridge and fingerboard. it looks, plays and sounds dandy…
  10. Dusty the Concert Ukulele

    ok, so earlier I posted a little bit of a gag, but this is the reat thing now… Both the neck and body were seconds until my daughter started sketching on the ukulele top… she ran with it and this what came about. This is a 16" scale Rosewood and Spruce Concert ukulele. Rosewood Fingerboard and...
  11. cribbage flatbed truck

    This is a bit of an improvement from my last flatbed. Notice the lights (pegs) on the roof of the cab. Kind of suits it there….birthday present for my nephew… enjoy. prez
  12. 29-String Celtic Harps

    My daughter is a young harpist and she had been getting by on a cheap rental harp for a while. I decided to surprise her with a custom-built harp for her birthday last month. She had no idea I was building it, so it was quite a shock to her when I gave it to her. Building it was a lot of fun...
  13. Kitchen Cabinets

    My wife has accumulated a fair amount of "stuff" over the years and we were running out of place to put it all. When we decided that it was time to replace our '70s kitchen (dark brown cabinets, YELLOW counter tops, and brown appliances) I wanted to give her a place for her "stuff." Now she...
  14. Acoustic Bass

    Here are a few shots of an acoustic bass that I have been working on. I've learned quite a bit since I started this that I want to start from scratch. This has been one of the most enjoyable projects, however my wife doesn't seem to have the same enthusiasm as she does when I'm making something...
  15. 4-String Dulcimer, my second one!

    [Legebla en Esperanto] See the case I made for this instrument here: [link] After being told that we were having a small Christmas, I decided to build my wife the long promised 4-string dulcimer. I made her a 3-string instrument a few years ago [link], but I wanted this one to be even nicer. I...
  16. Pair of prototype, thin, deep throat C-clamps

    These two clamps are an experiment to make light duty deep throat luthier clamps. I was hoping they could at least be used to hold down the bridge plate of a guitar, but in that regard they also fail. I need to open them up a bit to do that. However, they can be used to hold the edges even on a...
  17. Striking knife/ luthier knife

    I've been sort of gearing up in preparation to teaching myself how to rehair violin bows and maybe do some other lutherie [link]. So as to not put out any great $um, I've Googled images of what tools are used. Many of them look like variations of tools around the workshop. One in particular...
  18. Marketplace Classifieds
    Hey folks, I'm looking for a quilted maple blank roughly 4"X4"X20". Can anyone help me out? . Thanks,
  19. Woodworking Skill Share
    There is a really great online guitar building course available at here It is just like being in his shop. Great instruction as well as audio and video. What a great resource!
  20. Wood & Lumber
    I am in the east Houston area this week (actually between Baytown and Beaumount) and would like to maybe locate some nice hardwood for a memorial urn. My google-fu is weak so I would appreciate any pointers, addresses, etc. I'm basically looking for flat lumber as opposed to turning blocks...
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