Frequently Asked Questions
IS EVERYTHING I NEED INCLUDED IN THE KIT?
No. Nerdygurdy.nl is the only place to buy all-inclusive kits. All other licensed kit providers will supply you with the laser cut wood and/or 3D-printed parts that are unique to the Nerdy Gurdy. You will need to purchase some common hardware, strings, and other parts.
WHAT TOOLS DO I NEED?
No special tools are required. You will need screwdrivers, clamps, (you can get away with only 4 but 8 are recommended…more if you are able), an electric drill, sandpaper, utility knife, blades and a set of metric allen wrenches (hex keys).
WHAT OTHER SUPPLIES DO I NEED?
Wood glue (Titebond III is highly recommended), stain, and varnish of your choice. This instrument is not picky about finishes. Whatever finish you choose will not affect the sound quality. And even though hide glue is often used to build instruments, it’s not needed for the Nerdy Gurdy. PVA wood glue is the best for this purpose.
WHAT IF I CAN’T FIND ALL THE OTHER HARDWARE?
When you order, I send you an email with more info and links. Send me a message if one of the links is broken or something no longer available. I will find you another source. I’m available to you through the entire build if you have problems or questions.
CAN I USE SAE (IMPERIAL) SIZE HARDWARE INSTEAD OF METRIC?
Yes. 8MM=5/16”, 2,5 X 13=#4 X ½”, 3,5 X 17=#6 X ¾”.
I CAN’T FIND METRIC SCREWS THAT ARE 13 & 17MM LONG. WHAT DO I DO?
In the US, they don’t sell the odd-numbered lengths of metric hardware. For 13mm, go up to 14mm and use 18mm rather than 17mm.
WHY DO YOU RECOMMEND INEXPENSIVE STRINGS?
Because during the process of setting up your Nerdy Gurdy, it’s quite common to break a string or 2. After it’s all set up and working nicely, you’ll want to purchase better strings.
SHOULD I STAIN EVERYTHING BEFORE I BUILD THE KIT?
Not unless you are using water-based stain or dye. If you are using any spirit-based product, wait until all of the body parts are glued and before the key box is attached to the body. The stain will keep the glue from bonding to the wood.
WHAT IF I MAKE A MISTAKE AND GLUE SOMETHING WRONG?
No worries. PVA wood glue can be loosened by using a heat gun or a decent blow dryer. Scrape/sand off the old glue before gluing it correctly.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART OF BUILDING A NERDY GURDY?
Truing the wheel to be sure that it’s absolutely round BEFORE you apply your veneer. (video coming soon)
HOW DO I SET IT UP AND GET IT SOUNDING GOOD AFTER IT’S BUILT?
Please see the VIDEOS page for instructions on tuning the strings, tuning the tangents, applying cotton, and applying rosin to the wheel. Patience is the ABSOLUTE KEY to a wonderful-sounding Nerdy Gurdy. Set it up correctly and it’s wonderful to listen to. Rush through that part and it sounds like you’re killing cats. 😉