This seems as good a time as any to ask some construction questions,
as the list has been relatively quiet on that subject lately. Several
construction problems have presented themselves to me as I work on my
Hubbard French double (yes, the world will get another) on which I
would like opinions.
The large piece of maple I purchased for the wrestplank had a split in
it. I bought some extra because the end of the board was visibly
split, but the split continued inside where I couldn't see it until I
got it home and cut off the end. So, I ripped the plank narrow to
remove the split and glued a piece on one side to restore it to 8"
wide. The piece added is 1-5/8" wide. My only concern is that some
of the wrestpins may end up on the joint, so may need to be shifted
slightly. The joint will be in compression, so I'm not worried about
failure. I've fit it into the case so the added piece is towards the
belly rail. Does anyone have opinions on this solution? Should I buy
Has anyone seen the Instrument Workshop's wrestpins? I'm considering
using them, but don't want to buy them without seeing them.
I'm seriously considering making my own wooden jacks and guides rather
than using the plastic jacks that came with the kit. I know that
traditionally the jacks were pear with holly tongues. I have found a
local source for holly and steamed pear. Will steamed pear work?
What other woods are recommended for the bodies? Also, according to
Hubbard's book, Taskin's guides were covered in leather then punched
for the jacks to ride upon. Does anyone do this? Where do I find
detailed drawings of the jacks?
Thanks for your answers.
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