|Not too much excitement
here. I start with big pieces of wood. This concertina will
be made of birdseye maple. I usually use mahogany, my favorite
wood, but now and then I get a special order and I am happy to oblige
||This will be the top of the
concertina. It will be a book matched top and be very pretty when
completed. Big clamps aren't they?
I love hide glue, don't you? Once you get control of the glue/water content and learn how to use it you will find it a very reliable glue. I hear that the glue pot in the next frame has been discontinued, I hate to hear that. I you have one and don't like to use hide glue, I would like to have your old glue pot. Call me.
|Believe me when I say that this
is my finest piece of precision equipment. This thick piece of
plate glass is very handy. You see here, I have lightly
glued a piece of sand paper to the top of the glass. Not
just any darn sandpaper either. I like to use Norton 3X made in
Canada. It really cuts 3 times faster and lasts 3 times longer
than brand X. I have no stock in the company either. I can
really make some dead flat joints with this set up.
||Here I am vigorously attacking
my book matched maple top with my Lie-Nielsen plane. You can see
my bandsaw blade has a hitch in its git along. I had to apply
some real elbow grease to get the riffles out. Why don't I use my
perfectly good electric surfacer? I don't know, stop bothering me.
At least I will get both ends done at the same time
Still working. Not very romantic is it?
|These pieces of wood will
comprise the sides of the concertina. The piece in the middle is
basswood for the bellows frames. It is light and sturdy enough
for the job. It will be covered with leather eventually.
That is good because basswood is not very sexy. All the pieces
have to be the same size, so I clamp them together and run them through
||Here I am laying out the sides
of the concertina. Basswood in the middle, maple on either end.
I have had those dividers for 30 years, mercy.
|Side rough cut. Now I set
the saw blade at the proper angle to make a six sided concertina.
I have made six sided, four sided, eight sided and 12 sided
concertinas. Don't ask me to make another 12 sided concertina.
||Well, now. doesn't that
look more like a concertina? I usually fuss with this job quite a
bit. All the sides have to line up nicely.