Thursday, February 9, 2017


This is the third day since we started working with keiran in the etaux, and we put some oli on it already:

We started from some 2" lenga that needed a glue up for the jaws, since they are 2 1/2"

This was pretty much what we did the first evening.

Following day was mostly cut dovetails and the moulding on the resting plate.

Today we made the brass braces. First saw them, then drill holes, bolt them together and file them to shape.

 This afternoon it was glue up and oil time.

And a test ride with my little helper Toto.

I got a book about guitarmaking, and all the spanish and french makers that appear on the pictures have one of this on their workshop. So I thought I could use one too. Later on the week we will start with the solera for the acustic guitar.

There is still some work to be done on the inside but will wait for my friend to bring the router. The braces need a runner on the botto but I got tired of sawing today so it will have to wait a bit.

All this because summer school was cancelled due to third parties reasons. A shame, but you need to woodwork anyway in your vacations, isn't it?


  1. Hi Sebastian,
    a few precisions about the carver's vice, the brass square you've cut on the side is in fact a channel iron L shaped that does the guiding of the moving jaw. A bit hard for me to explain so I join a few picts: 79_Etau-sculpteur.jpeg
    I've been looking for one for a long time, but they're getting pretty scarce, so a good thing to make one. The best one were made by "La forge royale" in Paris. The american guys at Bencrafted copied the design and made a small batch, I think you can download the plans on their site. Keep up the good life in Valpo.

  2. Everything you need to know about carver vise:
    There were quite a few variations of this vise for different crafts, modellers, cabinetmakers, stair railers, mostly craftsmen working on curved or double curvature work.

  3. Hi Fran├žois

    That's exactly what I meant by the runner at the bottom. I want to make the lower leg of the "L" by cutting and peening another piece of brass on it. I've been playing with copper nails and steel and it seems to work. I just need to cut a long strip of brass and make the holes, but with the coping saw will be slow as hell so I maybe wait till I can use the university workshop.

    Also the 2mm brass may be a tad too weak, it kind of moves when in use so I may need to cut a new piece.

    I used the plans from benchcrafted, and added a few cosmetic details I saw on another rosewood etaux.

    I've been using the vise pretty much every day, it's a perfect height for filing and cutting small pieces, will write a "review" when I have put a few more hours into it. You should really start looking for a screw thread, they are really more than worth the effort.