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?
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.
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
He's showing the height. The red lines represent the vertical faces of the bridge before shaping.
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
Sounds like fun!
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