Tag Archives: Harpsichord making

Very Risky Wood Planing , 18th Century Style, or How to Get Out of a Self-Imposed Problem

Hello everyone: So now I’m back to making parts for holding the strings in the spinet.  I’ve begun with the bridge, the curved piece of cherry seen in the above photo.  It’s long and thin, sawn from a solid slab. … Continue reading

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Spinet Braces Attached

Hello all: Next phase of the spinet is complete.  I’ve glued and nailed the tulip poplar triangular knee braces into the interior of the case.  Follow the captions on the photos (don’t forget to click on them for closeup views) … Continue reading

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Yes, Virginia, There Really Is Sandpaper in 1775

Okay, we would like to settle the perennial question (or statement) we get in the shop:  “Since you didn’t have sandpaper…” or “Did they have sandpaper?”  or “Was sandpaper available back then?” Answer: Yes, we had it.  Proof?  Here goes: … Continue reading

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We’re workin’ on it!

Late January and February are quiet at Colonial Williamsburg.  The woodworking symposium is over, the kids are back in school, and the tourists are either skiing or migrating further south than Virginia.  This, then, is a great time of year … 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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