More lute-making tools

The fine dovetail saw, the jeweller’s saw, and  the wood-carving knife all fall into the category of ‘necessary luxuries’. I could probably make do without them – but they will no doubt prove their worth. They are a joy to use.

The Japanese Plane is an indulgence, pure and simple (I already have a beautiful low-angle block plane for lute-making purposes).

I am now faced with the challenge of setting it  up. It can be a tricky business, so I understand….

I will report further.




A Heath Robinson project….

This strange object (below) is my version of thickness callipers, intended to take measurements at various points of the soundboard.

The thickness of a lute soundboard varies from point to point.

Professional thickness callipers can be obtained at great cost – beyond my reach – so I thought to construct one for the Boatshed, using scraps of Ironbark, and a few offcuts from Dad’s special collection of Ebony.

Lignum Vitae, I recalled, was used long ago in the making of watch parts….it seemed to me that Ebony and Ironbark might serve well enough.

If the callipers don’t work, for some reason, I will try again….