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Birthday goodies

Posted by Yopparai on Saturday, July 5, 2008

Wednesday was my birthday. At work my co-workers took me to McDonalds and let me order any single value menu item I wanted. Later, everyone was called into the break room and there was cake. I know what you are thinking, it can't get much better. You would be wrong. After the cake they gave me the first season of "Dark Angel" on DVD.

When I got home there was a package in the mailbox. Bet you can't guess what it was.
   Click to Enlarge  ZITHER PINS!  100 shiny pins of zitheriness. I had been a little worried that they might not make it in time for my project, but here they were, and on my birthday to boot.
  Click to Enlarge The other day while the kids were in the shop with me I commented how I really needed a router table. Its one of the things that I think about buying when I am at Home Depot, but when I am there, I am over whelmed by all the things they have that I would like to have, so I end up not getting one at all.

Well the next morning my eldest told the missus that I could really use a router table and through the magic of birthday wishes (and a bit of keen shopping by the missus) one was awaiting me when I got home from church.
 Click to Enlarge Thursday found me back in the garage. I cut and shaped the cross pieces. Most of the day was spent arguing amonst myself  about whether I should do traditional mortis and tenon joints or cheat and use the more modern biscuit joiner. It was close, but in the end, I opted for the method that was least likely to result in my having to go buy new wood and start all over. The biscuits are so easy and cute.

As you can see in the picture, I was all ready to glue it up when I realized that I didn't have any glue anywhere in the garage or the house.
 Click to Enlarge  Lucky for me, Walmart was just itching to celebrate the 4th by selling me some wood glue.

First I glued the sides and cross bits and then it was time to contemplate the belly of the beast. For that there was a cedar board, crosscut in half and then glued side by side to make a piece wide enough. After the glue set on both the sound board and the body. I traced the outline of the inside of the belly, as well as around the outside edges of the kinnor. I thinned down the sound board from the inside. Hopefully this will make the final instrument a bit louder. Once that was finished, I glued body and belly together.
 Click to Enlarge  Woot!
That's starting to look like something. I used the birthday router table  and a flush bit to trim everything up.

3 comments on “Birthday goodies”

BryanWB Says:
Saturday, July 5, 2008 @10:29:29 AM

Wow - more fun than a Meccano set eh Yopparai?  It's gonna sound great!. Best wishes. Bryan

Bongshang Says:
Saturday, July 5, 2008 @10:42:04 AM

Nice birthday! The results are looking good, JJ

vrteach Says:
Monday, July 7, 2008 @10:59:05 AM

That's a great looking instrument.

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