Workbench Archive: Ribs



A new (old) way to clamp ribs

This way of clamping with string and a dowel is very simple, it applies plenty of clamping pressure to the glue joint and it is light weight. I was introduced to this way of clamping ribs to the blocks by Joe Grubaugh at Oberlin this year. I was amazed. The way I was taught...
Posted by Michael Doran on October 30, 2009

Rib Structures Part 2: Bending...

After the blocks have been glued to the mold I shape them to the right curve to match the model I am making. The shape of the blocks defines the shape of the corners on the top and back, so I am careful to get the shape that will give me the look that I want. Ribs are the...
Posted by Michael Doran on July 2, 2009

Rib Structures: Blocks and Molds

I am varnishing the cello we’ve been following right now. This ends up giving me a bit of time in between coats to work on other things. So, I have started the next cello. More about varnish later. Ribs are the sides of the instrument. They are what gives the air...
Posted by Michael Doran on May 31, 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 above the rib surface. This...
Posted by Michael Doran on April 14, 2009