Baroque Lute Build

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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by tateharmann » Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:38 am

Love that!!! I want to try this very much. I thik if I ever build I will start with a ukulele, though :)

Excited to see the finished product!
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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by Ricardo Barros » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:44 pm

Thanks tateharmann !!

You should try to build a guitar ! Unless you want to build a Ukulele because you love ukuleles, I would advice against starting with one. It is not much easier than a guitar. Get a good guitar kit (such as lmii), a good book or two, Robert Obrien or Bogdanovich videos, and 1 year later you will have a very decent guitar.

The only problem, that any amatheur luthier can confirm, is that it is a highly addictive activity. You have been warned ! :D
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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by Michael Lazar » Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:45 pm

That looks just excellent. I like the choice of woods.

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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by tateharmann » Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:49 pm

Thanks Ricardo for the tip!

I do like ukulele and already have one.

What I really want is a baroque guitar so maybe I should start there :)
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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by Ricardo Barros » Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:20 pm

Hello friends !

An update in my baroque lute build thread - I just finished the top.
First, after joining the two halves, I brought the top to its final thickness.
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Then, came the rose carving...
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Very far from perfect, but good enough....

Then I cut the braces and brought them to their final dimensions:
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And glued them all:
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After shaping the braces, and some cleaning, the top is done.
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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by vesa » Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:00 am

Thank you for this thread Ricardo. Very few ¨tutorials¨about lute building in the internet. Interesting to follow, might try it someday too.
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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by Ricardo Barros » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:30 pm

Moving on...It's neck time!

I am using Maple for the neck and peg-box, and Ebony for the veneers.

First I planed the neck to achieve the curvature on the back side:
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Then I planned, cut to size and glued the ebony veneer:
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And finally, glued the neck to the body!
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Next step was to plane the curvature on the front side of the neck, a feature of baroque lutes.
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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by tateharmann » Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:45 am

Lovely! It's coming along,sir :)
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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by Ricardo Barros » Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:33 pm

Thanks a lot ! :D
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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by Ricardo Barros » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:14 pm

The show must go on!

Another major step forward; I have made the pegbox and glued it to the neck. I cannot recommend Mr Van Edwards course enough ! It is simply amazing.

First I made the plans to the pegbox:
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Then I made it's structure, with Maple, glued the bass rider, and glued the ebony veneers:
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The result looked pretty good, if I may say so:
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And finally I glued it to the neck:
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It's coming together nicely! Next step is the bridge.
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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by DenisJ_III » Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:08 pm

It's looking very good, Ricardo - thanks for sharing this.
The photos are excellent too!

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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by Ricardo Barros » Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:38 pm

A few major steps completed this weekend.

First, the bridge. I used Maple , with an ebony veneer on top.

Here the maple blank, cut to its initial dimensions:
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Then I cut the bridge outline and glued the veneer:
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After that I carved those small recesses in the bridge, marked the hole locations and drilled them:
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This is the final aspect of the bridge and its weight, 10.3 grams
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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by Ricardo Barros » Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:44 pm

Then I put the bridge in its correct location, marked it and glued it!
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And finally, I glued the label. It's my first lute, and fifth instrument (3 classical guitars, one 13 string guitar and now this baroque lute). Gluing the label is always a special moment, makes me very proud. This instrument in particular is making me very happy !
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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by Ricardo Barros » Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:13 pm

And finally, I glued the soundboard to the bowl:
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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by geoff-bristol » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:10 am

Very nice ricardo - I'm just thinking about doing a simple renaissance lute 6 or 7 course.
Nice choice of rose design - I'm trying to draw one but its sending me crosseyed - so may just take my pick form the many designs online ?

Do you know the reason for the curved fan brace - never quite understood that one ?

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