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The physical design is now roughed in

I got things more-or-less put together tonight. I need longer axles; 20 cm was about 8 cm too short. But anyways, I now know how everything fits, and how the top will have to interact with the furnishings. Designing that … Continue reading

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Keybox, third try

I recieved some feedback about the layout and spacing of the keybox vis-a-vis the wheel, and realized one more iteration would have a positive effect. I built a third keybox, and incorporated the criticisms; I also lengthened the outboard extent … Continue reading

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Layout coming along. I know how I’m going to support the wheel and keybox.

So I roughed in the keybox so it can be dry-fitted to the body; and also began installing bracework to support the wheel. Tomorrow (time permitting) I will create the vertical brace the wheel bearing will sit in, and perhaps … Continue reading

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So the easy fun phase is ending, here’s where it gets tough.

Until now most of the stuff I’ve been doing has been very similar to building an acoustic guitar, which I have experience with. Now I’m getting to a new phase. Today I slapped the first keybox together and realized: the … Continue reading

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More progress: key box started

Today I drilled the square keyway holes for the keys to fit in, roughed in a wheel or 2 some more, and I have a nice pair of cedar blanks gluing up for the top. Progress! With the loose parts … Continue reading

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The Back goes on the Hurdy Gurdy Prototype.

Not much more to say… so far the process has been straightforward because I’ve followed the same method as when I build acoustic guitars.   What comes next is going to require a lot of thought, because the placement of … Continue reading

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Linings going in.

So in the end, I heated up the bows again and let them cook awhile, so unrelieved stresses would be resolved. Using bent linings, as is my wont. One side done: The other side is now set up and drying: … Continue reading

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The ribs are in place. What next? I have to mull that over.

The beginnings of the body came out of clamps today and got trimmed down. I like the shape and size. It feels right. I decided to add some additional reinofrcing blocks in the corners. The head end is going to … Continue reading

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I had to get going, I couldn’t wait

I bent the sides, and glued them to the end block. The first prototype has begun. Design/Build is fraught with peril, but I have a good feeling about this. Tomorrow I’ll attach the for’ard part to another block.

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Hurdy Gurdy, man.

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 … Continue reading

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