The triple nut extension that Andreas Jauch made for this lute (Copenhagen, No. 104A) is designed in such a way that the length of the strings, stopped by the second and third nuts, are in whole number ratios relative to each other and to the fretted length.The original string lengths are: 105, 93 and 78 cm. Thus, 105/93 is 9:8 which is a major second and 105/78 is 4:3 which is a perfect fourth. These ratios are important for preserving harmonic relationships across the lute's compass. I wanted to retain them in my lute.
|Earlier model is on top|
some features of the design and second by using a freer approach to executing the design rather than following a template. I squared a block of poplar, laid out the template, band sawed the bottom surface. Here I am proceeding to finish the cuts on the top surface by using a drill press to fashion the tight contours in the design.
This photo, while showing the alignment of the 11th course as it clears the intermediate nut, also shows the initial shape of the treble side of the extension. I have yet to cut the final contours.
To drill the peg holes I set the extension in a machinist's vise and supported the free end. The holes in the first pegbox are drilled perpendicular to the center line of the neck.
I drill from both sides of the extension with the intention that the holes will line-up. That is problematic, so I use a small drill bit. This allows some adjustment when enlarging the hole to peg size later on. I took great care and fortunately all of the holes lined up.