Monday, September 14, 2020
Saturday, June 6, 2020
Work is progressing steadily in setting up the new keys and action parts. This work is quite time consuming and does not make a lot of big physical changes.
Monday, May 11, 2020
This past week all the belly work was completed. It is rewarding to finally put all the new pieces together to the final assembly. Several weeks ago the new pinblock was cut out and fitted to the plate. Before the final installation the holes to receive the tuning pins also had to be drilled. The old pin block is used as a pattern.
Thursday, April 30, 2020
This week I have completed installing new bridge caps on the original bridge body. The first step was to remove the old caps using a table saw. The process is a bit more complicated that normal, as the treble bridge and bass bridge are one piece, rather than 2 separate pieces. After the old caps are removed the top is planed and new hard maple caps are glued to the original body.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
I have built the new soundboard this week. The pictures show the process of using the old board as a pattern to lay out the new ribs. They are then fit into the piano, reliefs cut in ends and finally the ribs are glues to the soundboard in my pneumatic press. The process is actually very more involved than this short summery suggests.
Thursday, April 16, 2020
My newest project is well underway. The pictures show the teardown from removing strings, plate and soundboard and finally the bridges. Measurements are taken, and parts indexed to use the original parts to recreate the new soundboard and bridge caps.
Friday, March 25, 2016
Part of the rebuilding process ios to recap the bridges. The old caps are sawn off the body of the bridge, and then are reproduced.