How to make a bridge

The bridge blank is cut to size, then the holes are drilled for the bridge pins. I like to drill the holes first in case anything goes wrong. It is suprisingly difficult to drill 12 holes (or even 6) in a perfectly straight line, and evenly spaced out. There is nothing worse than scrapping a piece of work after putting a lot of effort into it so it is best to get the trickiest job out of the way.

Next the slot is cut for the saddle. A piece of wood with a taper (1/8″ over 3″) is clamped to the bench and the bridge blank is stuck down next to it with double sided tape. Then a router with an edge guide cuts the slot. The clamps stop the router in the right place to control the length of the saddle slot.

The wings of the bridge are cut roughly with a bandsaw and then sanded using a jig on the bobbin sander. After that the top face is arched to a 12 inch radius to match the fretboard. The holes are then countersunk, before final sanding and polishing the bridge, ready to be glued on to the guitar.

I added a few steps to make some Snakewood stripes on the wings of the bridge – just for the hell of it.