Category Archives: Harpsichords and Spinets

Small Planes: More Tools of Our Time

Hello everyone: Anyone recognize these little tools?  If you are into violin making or bow making, you should. They are known by names such as violin planes, finger planes, palm planes.  They may look like toys from their size, but … Continue reading

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Further Info on Spinets

A few months ago we had a question regarding a small book on early English spinet harpsichords.  We’ve also had some visitors to the shop desire more info on them. Given that I am banished from my tools to let … Continue reading

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Spinet Assembly Progressing

Hello everyone: It has been a busy time with projects and visitation, but we are moving ahead. As you can see, two major pieces have come together for the spinet case assembly.  The spine, or backboard, went on first, then … Continue reading

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Spinet Assembly Moving Forward (A Little)

Hello, everyone: The front rail and left cheek of the spinet are on. Thus begins the assembly of the outer case walls. Further inside support bracing will follow, once the walls are up. The front rail is a single walnut … Continue reading

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The Toothing Plane: A Tool of Our Time

Okay, everyone, prepare to be re-acquainted with what could be construed as one of an 18th century woodworker’s secret weapons. (Drum rolls, please.) The toothing plane, a tool that has gotten me out of more difficult situations than I care … Continue reading

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Why Harpsichords in a Cabinet Shop?

A regular question we get from visitors is: why do we have a harpsichord maker?  Fair enough, so to introduce what hopefully will be regular and useful contributions to this site, I’ll answer this question and justify my existence here … Continue reading

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