I’ve decided to build a Hurdy Gurdy. It will be quite a technical challenge but, I believe, do-able. Heironymous Bosch clearly regarded it as the devil’s instrument. That’s the only kind I build.
I bought a used Delta mortiser this week: it will let me make perfectly square holes for the key box. 24 keys, 2 holes each, that’s a lotta holes and they have to line up in pairs. So that’s good.
I got oak for the sides and key box. I have cherry for the back. I have cedar for the top.
The sound box, I’ll draw on my experience with making guitars. I need to make it resonant. I want it loud and with good tone.