The Workbench Blog

The Workbench Blog

The Ground

All the woodworking is finished on these two cellos. Now comes the ground. People use this term for many things, but in this case it includes everything I do to the wood before I actually brush on the varnish. First, I want the wood to have a beautiful...
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Posted on April 27, 2009

Closing The Box

All of the work on the “corpus” or body of the instrument is done. I will now glue the ribs onto the back and then glue the top on. To do this takes many specialized clamps called closing clamps. The closing clamps apply pressure directly...
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Posted on April 14, 2009

Bassbars

A bassbar is a supporting brace on the inside of the top of a violin. If you look in the bass “ff” hole you should be able to just see part of it.  The bassbar runs lengthwise to the top and should run just inside the bass bridge foot, mirroring...
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Posted on April 13, 2009

Graduation

Graduation is the process of thinning the top and back to their finished thicknesses. This is  done after the outside of the top and back have their  finished shape. Tops are generally of a fairly even thickness throughout, with a bit more thickness...
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Posted on March 31, 2009

Neck Grafts

It is interesting to blend the world of new making and the world of restoration. One common repair on old instruments is a neck graft. This is the process of sawing off the neck at the scroll and fitting a new neck to the scroll and re-setting the new...
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Posted on March 30, 2009