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Jan 14, 2020 - 3:22:57 PM
1398 posts since 10/6/2009

my , now playing on his own student , is considering making banjo bridges. I have been making mandolins so, I told him I think you need maple, and ebony. I have scraps of both would help him get going. So, my question is , does he want quarter sawn maple for the foot part?

Jan 14, 2020 - 3:32:03 PM
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1015 posts since 11/17/2018

Bart Veerman's site has a wealth of information on bridges -

Jan 14, 2020 - 3:49:48 PM
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1006 posts since 2/2/2008

HI, my opinion is no. There are many posts on making bridges and grain orientation.
I find the more stable bridges for me is straight grain through the length of the bridge.
If you find a grain you like in a plank or block but the grain is on an angle,
you just cut a blank from that piece so the grain is layered flat and straight on the blank you cut.
I tried to draw a quick picture.
Tell them welcome to the world of bridge making, it gets very in depth and there is lots to learn and understand.

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:26:42 AM



1398 posts since 10/6/2009

okay, and I will give him that web. one more question thank you+first for taking the time for grain orientation, do your red lines represent the height of the bridge or the width. thanks again

Jan 15, 2020 - 6:08:22 AM

631 posts since 2/19/2012

He's showing the height. The red lines represent the vertical faces of the bridge before shaping.

Jan 15, 2020 - 6:48:26 AM



1398 posts since 10/6/2009

thats what I thought , I have made a couple bass bridge and we used the same orientation, and i have built a few mandos that need quarter sawn wood for strength. I have some rck hard maple I want to give him that is like granite

Jan 15, 2020 - 6:59:16 AM

631 posts since 2/19/2012

Sounds like fun!

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