Things are progressing in celestaville. Not as quickly as I want, of course, but time in the workshop can be scarce. This weekend I made some good progress, though!
A few weeks ago I drew up all the plans I needed to build the action for each piece. I sketched each piece of wood individually, noting its dimensions and where I’d need to cut grooves and dadoes and rabbets and all those fun things.
I also noted some jigs I’d need to make… including a kind of a sled that would slide on my table saw and hold pieces upright. I decided to make this as a kind of a box. And I figured, while I was making a box, I’d use finger joints to hold the joints together!
That led me on quite a lengthy detour. Finger joints are one of the simplest joints to make, but getting everything consistent was a big challenge and led me to refine several of my techniques. In fact, I built a different sled first — one that would make consistent finger joints — so that I could then make the box that would let me do nice tenons without losing any fingers.
I’m currently working on a whole octave’s worth of notes. We’re still in the prototyping stage, but when this is all done and assembled there should be an ugly thing that can make some music.