Genesis

The instrument that is the subject of this e-book was built from October, 2008 to May 2009. During its construction, I wrote a series of non-technical articles for North Carolina Woodworker.net describing the building process. At the same time, a four page article about my harpsichords appeared in the April/May 2009 issue of American Woodworker magazine. As a result of these two seemingly unconnected occurrences, I was inundated with e-mails, from the U.S. and abroad, asking for more information and details. It soon became obvious that I couldn't keep up with these requests on an individual basis. Writing a book detailing the construction process seemed to be the only viable solution - and so the Harpsichord Project e-book was born. A year later, after many revisions and formats, the book was completed in its current format. Due to its extreme length, a printed version would be prohibitively expensive, especially considering the relatively small number of people who would be interested in the subject matter. I chose the .html format so that anyone with a computer and an Internet browser (it's not necessary to be on-line to read the e-book) would be able to read the material without purchasing an external reader or other hardware.

What's Included What You Need What's Not Included
  • Over 900 pages of detailed documentation
  • Over 850 photos/illustrations
  • CAD files for instrument blueprints
  • Computer templates for intricate assemblies
  • Complete list of necessary tools and machinery
  • Complete list of suppliers
  • Complete Index
  • Videos teaching necessary skills
  • Sound files of the instrument in concert
  • Complete instructions for building necessary jigs


  • All measurements displayed in Imperial (inches) and Metric (millimeters) units
  • The Harpsichord Project 3.1 E-Book
  • Computer - minimum screen res 1280 x768
    1600 x 900 recommended
  • Internet Connection
  • Printer
  • Microsoft Word, PowerPoint (optional)
  • Photoshop (or similar)
  • Patience
  • CAD software*

    * No knowledge of CAD is necessary.
    All necessary CAD files are included in
    all four common CAD formats. Any
    CAD software will be able to read and print these files. I use Delta Cad which
    is very inexpensive, simple to use, and more than powerful enough for our purposes.
The Harpsichord Project e-book is
not a course in woodworking.

It is assumed that the reader has a reasonable competency in safe woodworking techniques and has, or has access to, the necessary machinery.