Posted on August 11, 2021August 19, 2021 by Dale Phillips 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. Become A Member to Continue Reading This Article This article is part of our premium web content offered to Guild members. To view this and other web articles, join the Guild of American Luthiers. Members also receive 4 annual issues of American Lutherie and get discounts on products. For details, visit the membership page. If you are already a member, login for access or contact us to setup your account.