Making a mandolin, a courting dulcimer and some more mandolins....
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The first two ribs
Here are the first couple of ribs (there will be thirteen in all) fitted to the lute form. The yew wood was taken to a thickness of 1.5mm on my drum sander before bending into the correct shape. The thin black dividers (I have always called them stringers - is that right?) are cut from maple veneer (0.6mm) stained black. These are bent to shape in a hacksaw slot cut into the top of my bending iron.
The yew has a lovely grain, but it is really wavy and so it's very difficult to plane the side of the rib ready for fitting the next one. I have instead made much more use a small file for this step.