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Hullo all

I am aware that this is not a 'rara avis' exactly.

But what I found puzzling was the way the table at the edges swoops down and then up, almost forming a lip just at the purfling. The pics don't really show it - but see last picture

be glad of any comments







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I would love to know what sort of shapes the Thau milling machine actually could cut.

I have seen old plates with large ink stamped numbers on them, that were milled out on both sides. These had a basic outer arching, and a basic hollowing, following this shape.

These plates had no outline cut, and were just the two wedges glued together, then milled to remove the bulk of the waste. I’d estimate that 75% of the waste was removed. If anyone is familiar with how Helen Mitchetschlager sometimes roughs out her cello arching before cutting the outline, you will understand better what I am trying to explain.

So my understanding of the Thau milling machine was that it was a roughing tool, used to remove the bulk of the excess wood, and created a flattish gradual arched shape, which could then be adapted as required by a maker, saving them some time.

I’m not so sure it was some type of early cnc (without a computer) which cut finished plates with a high degree of accuracy, including edge work and fluting, or cut those monstrous bulging arched mingers.

But I’m prepared to be wrong too.

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