It’s a little bit lonely over here in the lab. I only have one Magnetic Cello with me here, of the three I built last summer. The first was sent to Florida last March, and now, the second instrument has traveled to Kentucky.
So now it’s just me and my personal cello. I think you know what that means: it’s time to build more.
Last summer, I was able to build three instruments in as many weeks, thanks to my neighbor’s router and a pallet of caffeine laden Coca-Cola. I learned quite a bit from the parts of those weeks that I remember, but the two biggest lessons I learned were:
- Good woodworking takes forever
- Drilling through metal takes forever.
I spent about a week, a third of my time, gluing, sawing, routing, sanding, and staining, and I spent another 5 days just drilling a myriad of holes into the instrument’s metal box using a manual drill.
Luckily, professional help is out there for people like me. I’ve found two resources that will help me build instruments faster and less laboriously:
- A local woodworker will create the wooden body and neck of the instrument.
- The manufacturer who builds the stock boxes I’ve been using will custom machine their metal box with all the holes we need.
I’ll still be doing all the assembling and quality assurance, but now, in theory, I should be able to build the instruments in half the time, once I have all the materials in front of me. I am both the head boss and the craftsman at Magnetovore and it feels strange outsourcing myself, but it’s the next step to bring more instruments into the world.
I have given my woodworker the templates for the instrument and he is currently cutting out the first set of wooden parts. And I’ve sent the machining plans for the metal box to the factory. They should get back to me in a few days, I’ll keep you guys updated.
PS. There are two very exciting things I hope to tell you all about soon. One involves the magnetic cellist in Kentucky. The other is a project I’m working on with a fellow electrical engineer that will expand the abilities of the instrument.