So, I'm now carving the inside of Jonathan’s mandocello
soundboard. You need some kind of “cradle” to hold the soundboard
steady. Building jigs for one-off instruments can be time-consuming and therefore expensive
for the client, so I came up with a very easy way of making a great jig to support it.
Using some thin sheets of polystyrene and a sheet of non-slip
matting I made up this cradle.
is reasonable strong in compression so it supports the force of me pressing down
whilst using a plane, yet it's soft enough not to damage the outer surface.
Holes are drilled to a certain depth and these give you a target to aim for your during the initial rough shaping.
And, here’s the rosette for Alex’s twin-point- it’s a dot and diamond
design but this time using abalone- the variety of colours make for a very
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