Trade Secrets: An alternative rib construction method


Luthier Alan Beavitt shares an option that can guarantee an accurate overhang at the end of the process

By Alan Beavitt

Luthier based in Scoraig, Scotland, UK

In the course of my making career I have used various ways of forming the ribs: building up on a board, using an external mould, and having full or partial internal moulds. I now use a modified internal mould, which uses wood screws to hold the corner- and end-blocks in place, rather than the usual glued joints…

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