First steps on the fiddle yard

It’s been a long time coming, and god knows I’ve had many second thoughts about bothering at all over the last couple of years, but finally I’ve made a start on the fiddle yards required to complete Culreoch and hopefully get it back out to the occasional exhibition.  I’m still working to the plan posted back in November.

Really, I thank Ian Pepper for the kick up the backside – getting me a load of ply strip for pretty much buckshee.  Then my conscience compelled me to actually get on and use it!

So, after a bit of thought I have built up the ply sandwich type beams by way of making a start.  I’m desperate not to balls it up this time – so won’t be rushing. At this early stage though, I’m impressed by this form of construction – nicely resistant to bending and torsion (twisting).


Each is labelled to remind me what length it needs to be (less 12mm, though!) and what it is intended for.  Here: a rectangular board side and an outer side for one of the two ‘oddball’ curve boards.


Lots.  I was pretty bored by the time I’d painted this lot, inside and out.  Long edges are to be trimmed maybe on a table saw to square them up, then also painted to seal against moisture changes and consequent warping.  Might as well go belt & braces.

I need now to trim these and drill out to accomodate legs, before I can think of starting assembly.  I have produced the beams for all but one board – my hope is the final board will be made to size and take up any constructional tolerances on the remainder, despite my hope for close-to millimetre accuracy on the cutting bench 😉



9 thoughts on “First steps on the fiddle yard

  1. Glad to see that you are back on track (sorry!) Jamie. You seem to have done very well producing the beams so keep it up with the rest of the boards.

  2. John, Jim, good to hear from you both. Sure, I hope to keep things going. With that in mind, Dave – I guess it depends how you define “soon”.

    Springtime maybe?

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