Preparation of the Bridge

For the bridge you need a narrow piece of hardwood with standing annual rings. Usually rosewood is used, but flamed maple makes an equally good bridge. First I made a wooden template, drew the outlines on the piece of wood and sawed them out.

Trimming of the blank

I grind the "ears" with a belt sander to 5mm thickness.

Grinding the blank Abraded blank

The position of the string holes are marked and made with a sharp drill.

Mark the dimensions Drilling the pin holes

Radii are applied to the upper side with the top milling cutter and a starting milling cutter..

Rounding the web front Bored and rounded blank

Now the channel for the bar insert must be milled. For this I glue the blank with carpet tape on an aluminium sheet. It is fixed diagonally so far that the channel runs parallel to the front surface of the sheet (6.5mm to 65mm).

Angular fortified ridge
Milling with stops Milling of Stegnut

A finger cutter with a diameter of 2.5mm creates the canal. The sheet metal including the bar blank is moved along a strip, the stop on the left and right side is fixed with a screw clamp.

Forms the ridge back

Now the upper side must be created with a rasp or file.

Polishing of the web

With a buffing wheel and some buckhorn wax the almost finished bridge is polished.

Almost finished webs
Pavers maple bridge Pavers Rosewood