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Lute Rib-Cutting Jig

Lute Rib-Cutting Jig

by Robert Cooper

from his 1984 GAL Convention lecture

Originally published in American Lutherie #4, 1985 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume One, 2000

The lute I brought with me today has a half-round cross section. In such an instrument, each stave is identical in size and shape to its neighbor. A set of these ribs can be cut quite efficiently on a jig I made for use with a router fitted with a small circular saw blade.

The main section of the jig is a solid wedge of wood, like a slice of apple. Or more like a slice of a pear.

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