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    Alan, Thank you for all the information. I...

    Alan,

    Thank you for all the information. I have a few questions...

    How far does a key travel before the tangent makes contact with the string?

    I assume I should set the tangents at a depth...
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    413029 I set the balance pins. 413017 Key...

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    I set the balance pins.

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    Key lever pivot pads. I used 1/8 inch square leather shoelace.

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    I bought a fancy fret saw and had a proud moment when I cut out my first key. The...
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    It has been nearly 3 months since my last post....

    It has been nearly 3 months since my last post. Partly due to the demands of spring and summer yard work, and partly due to not knowing how to accomplish a step, the progress has been slow. I haven't...
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    The full size drawing arrived from Scotland and I...

    The full size drawing arrived from Scotland and I pinned it to the wall near the garage. My wife says I canít hang it in the living room. I canít overstate how much easier working off a full size...
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    Soundboard and Bridge Question I had already...

    Soundboard and Bridge Question

    I had already purchased the soundboard wood from Alaska Woods when Alan posted so I accept his suggestion as an affirmation. The shipping was nearly as much as the...
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    405458 Thank you for all the thoughtful...

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    Thank you for all the thoughtful information. The clavichord project is addicting. The precision is challenging but hopefully will make me a better woodworker.
    I was planning on...
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    The key lever guide method for this clavichord...

    The key lever guide method for this clavichord uses thin wooden wafers glued into the end of the key tails. The wafer sides up and down in a slot that is cut into the "rack" that sits on top of the...
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    The back rail and the left sound board support...

    The back rail and the left sound board support (aka mousehole board) are in place. The drawing specified the builder had used pine but I didn't have any decent pine. I did have a lightweight board...
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    A little off topic but I had some excitement this...

    A little off topic but I had some excitement this morning while ripping a board to make the soundboard support. (aka mousehole board)
    I needed to reduce the thickness of my stock so I set the blade...
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    I answered the first question myself. This...

    I answered the first question myself.
    This clavichord survived 300 years so don't mess with the structural design. I don't know why he elevated the hitch pin block 4mm, I can't ask him. My solution...
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    First Question... I am working on the left hitch...

    First Question...
    I am working on the left hitch pin block. The drawing shows the block 4mm above the baseboard. Did the builder not glue the hitch pin block to the baseboard because of expansion...
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    404280 I glued up some wide poplar boards for...

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    I glued up some wide poplar boards for the base. When I ripped the baseboard to width it developed a bow. Unsatisfied with a bowed base, and concerned about cost, I cut the base into 1 Ĺ inch...
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    Newbie clavichord build

    I recently retired and woodworking has always been something that I wanted to have more time for but I was unable to make time for it. My woodworking before the clavichord revolved around home...
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