Tools & Techniques

Alberti Clamp Mod

2024-05-25T09:50:38+00:00April 9th, 2024|Tools & Techniques|

The Alberti clamp is great for bassbar glue ups and other long reach applications. Here is a modification that keeps the weight of the clamp from twisting the angle of the clamping heads. Back to Journal

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More mods

2024-05-25T09:49:20+00:00April 8th, 2024|Tools & Techniques, Tradecraft|

A glue up using the Alberti clamps with the modification. Note the caul pads lined with neoprene to protect the top from dents, yet another modification on the clamp. Back to Journal

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Minimalist Shop

2024-05-25T09:48:20+00:00March 27th, 2024|Tools & Techniques, Tradecraft|

Making a violin shop in Vietnam means starting from scratch. Some things can be sourced within the country; carpenters tools are available, some files, some abrasives, metric nuts and bolts. We ordered some scraps from a carpenter's shop for the fireplace and wound up using some if it to cobble specialized tools like the thicknessing gauge. Other things have to be shipped in which [...]

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High Tech/Low Tech

2024-05-25T09:45:03+00:00February 19th, 2024|Tools & Techniques|

In Vietnam, where things can be hard to find (think high quality tool steel, purpose-built tools, varnish making supplies) minimalism becomes a way of life. Compare a bass bar glue up in Hanoi and a bass bar glue up in Seattle. Back to Journal

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Kantwist clamps

2024-05-25T09:47:08+00:00February 19th, 2024|Tools & Techniques|

Without a doubt one of my favorite clamps, replacing the classic "C" clamp with a more balanced and useful tool. And they come in a broad range of sizes. Back to Journal

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