Sunday, December 09, 2012
The lute is fighting back
This happened a lot!
I had fixed the middle rib to the mould with a tiny screw, but I should probably have done this for the rest of them too.
Anyway, the photos show the making of the end cap, with its black veneer binding. After cleaning it up with a cabinet scraper I bent it into shape on the iron and glued it into place with Titebond.
This has strengthened the tail end considerably, but I have plenty of cracks, holes and tiny knot holes to fix. I am going to work through these with Araldite epoxy glue mixed with ebony dust.
Meanwhile the mandocello bowl now has four ribs. I am finding these much easier to fit accurately - the walnut is a bit thicker, it has a very straight grain and the tailblock keep the ribs from peeling apart.
I much prefer the mandolin mould design, but the lesson from both instruments is that the mould should be as close to perfect as possible!