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Fitting “C bout” ribs.

The ribs (sides) are initially sawn to a thickness of about 2-3mm. They need to be thinned to about 1mm and this is achieved by using a high angle block plane followed by a scraper which gives the final smooth finish.

The ribs (sides) are initially sawn to a thickness of about 2-3mm. They need to be thinned to about 1mm and this is achieved by using a high angle block plane followed by a scraper which gives the final smooth finish.

The thinned ribs are bent to conform to the shape of the C-bouts using an electrically heated bending iron and a metal strap.

The thinned ribs are bent to conform to the shape of the C-bouts using an electrically heated bending iron and a metal strap.

The willow corner blocks have been carved to match the curve of the C-bout and the ribs have been glued and clamped in place.

The willow corner blocks have been carved to match the curve of the C-bout and the ribs have been glued and clamped in place.

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October 25, 2008 Posted by | (02) Fitting C-bout Ribs | , , | Leave a comment